This week, I want to share something that I’m feeling pretty bullish about. It’s the idea of being bullish about your own game. Whether you’re launching a startup, climbing a career ladder, or creating content online, being bullish can make all the difference. Too often we give up or lose hope and in these moments, we have to remind ourselves — if we don’t back ourselves, then who will?
In the investment world, being bullish is about being super confident that the price of a particular share will rise or predicting the future of a certain market to grow in a particular way, and sticking to that opinion no matter what. Since I particularly enjoy extracting business terminology and stuffing it into self-improvement lessons, here’s why we should be bullish about our own game.
When people called out Elon Musk for being too ambitious with Tesla, he didn’t go and end the whole thing. When Tesla was on the verge of collapsing financially, he didn’t give up. Why? He was bullish about Tesla being the gold standard for electric vehicles. Almost 8 years after launching Tesla’s first mass-production car (Model S), Tesla has now sold over 1-million electric vehicles in 2020 alone. Madness. But did you know Tesla was founded in 2003? That’s almost 18-years ago and only now we are seeing Elon’s master plan come to fruition. He was bullish.
I use this as an example, but you could also use the very recent example of Beeple’s daily digital art created over 14-years of consistent work selling for $69m. It sounds absolutely absurd but there’s no surprise here that work initially considered to be out of place or overly ambitious takes a) a very long time to produce any tangible results and b) requires a heck of a lot of bullishness to stick it out through the lows.
Now, I definitely think there’s a fine line between being ignorant and being bullish. When we’re bullish we understand the importance of feedback, making 1% improvements over time, and listening to the market. When we’re ignorant, we fail to recognise these important nuances. For as long as we are doing these things, I strongly believe that if we’re passionate about a particular thing, then the only factor that separates the very best/most successful from those who lose sight and give up is our bullishness towards our own game.
I don’t really know what I’m bullish about yet, for starters I’m hopeful that this whole content thing has legs and will eventually take off, but I also have a few other things in mind, whatever I decide to pursue — I will be bullish about my own game. What about you? What are you bullish about?