A Payout for Every Action

in SteemLeo •  last month 

We are taught from an early age that certain actions are rewarded. Certain behaviors are better than others. Especially behaviors that tend to benefit society and the larger “tribe” of humans.

This kind of thinking, coupled with materialism, often leads to this “tit for tat” attitude. Many people are always looking for a trade.

On their time.
On their money.
On their health.

People tend to look for a clear and cut transaction. “If I take x of these diet pills, I will lose y weight.” Or “if I invest 1 hour of time, I expect x dollars.”

Some transactions in life are simple. There is a clear cut answer to what you’re going to get for what you put in.

Others.. not so much.

There are plenty of situations and actions in life that may have no clear reward. Some things that may have delayed gratification or some that even have an unknown gratification.

You know that something is right. You know that it is good for you. You know that it moves the needle toward your ultimate goal.. but you don’t see the clear reward in the near-term.

This can easily be translated to the thinking of many people who come across Steem. Some will use it a few times and then be disappointed by their rewards and move on.

Others will earn some quick cash and then stay hooked for months or years on end.

Others may realize that Steem has a long-term potential payoff. That they may only make $0.10 or $10 on each of their posts, but that’s not really $0.10 or $10… It’s 1 or 100 STEEM…

In my mind, 100 STEEM is a lot more meaningful than $10. There is a lot more to it than that. When I think of STEEM as a currency, I imagine the value that it could have if the right variables were in order.

I can (and have for the past 3 years) imagined STEEM as something more valuable in the future than it is today.

Today, STEEM might be worth $.13 or it might have shot up to $.175 (it just did the ladder).. Regardless of the price today, the price tomorrow still seems better.

I can see the development. I can see the positive things being built on Steem. I’m not stuck in a hazy cloud where I can’t tell left from right though. I’m not delusional about what it takes for STEEM to reach mass adoption or even “partial” mass adoption (let’s call that, 1M daily active users)…

It’s going to take a hell of a lot of work. You may put in 10 hours a day on STEEM and have little in terms of short-term gains to show for it. Even in this situation, if you believe in the long-term payoff that Steem can provide, then you may be positioning yourself exactly where you need to be.

Everything is a game of perspective. Where we choose to place our attention and focus our actions determines where we end up in life and affects our enjoyment of the journey.

happy $0.175. Here's to $1.75 and beyond 🚀

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well, I still believe steem is meanginful but did make a swing trade here and made out with 60 steem profit

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Lets hope it will payoff in the end.

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I see very bright future ahead of us my friend!

I was pretty happy at 0.12 cents I was stacking regularly and adding to my position with SPUD too. I believe that it's still worth the effort and every year the chain sticks around is another year to keep growing.

There is a lot more upside potential than downside risk in my opinion. If this place could just get into the million user level it would be well worth every effort which I'm hopeful it will

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You are absolute it right and some action doesn't require having a reward at the end of the tunnel.

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  ·  last month (edited)

So true! As a teacher, I understand what you are saying. Delayed gratifaction is something I see every year. Not everything worthwhile will produce instant gratifaction!

It's also a perspective of long term or short term investing. Long term investing is what allows people to retire early with much more money.

One problem that humans have with long term though is they can't imagine what it will be like in 1 month or 1 year, let alone 5 or 10 years.