About investing

In one way or another, we are all investors. Some of us navigate this path more consciously than others, yet the act of investing is an inevitable part of our existence. Over the past decades, the spotlight on investment has grown brighter, especially with the emergence of the startup culture. This shift has shattered the perception that only a privileged few can partake in financial growth. Now, many of us are connected to various forms of investment, whether it’s real estate, stocks, or bonds, but I want to take a moment to explore investment beyond the monetary realm.

Traditionally, investment has been tied to financial gains, driven solely by profit. This transactional approach has become our measure of success and motivation. Yet, let’s broaden our perspective. The heart of investing lies in the concept of “being invested” – to care deeply and engage authentically. But, when our care revolves around transactional outcomes, we inadvertently foster a world focused solely on self-gain. This cycle perpetuates highly transactional systems that chain individuals in financial obligations, a cycle that’s hard to escape.

We need to redefine our investments to embrace something more profound – an attitude that resides within us. If our investment attitude is solely survival-based, it’ll only feed our bank accounts. But if our investment attitude is about thriving, about supporting the freedom of self-expression, then our investment must cultivate that freedom. 

True freedom isn’t gained at the expense of others. This is where the art of giving differentiates investment from speculation: Investors are supporters, speculators are locusts. One gives, the other takes.

You might be resistant to this idea. It’s not what you’ve learned. For many of us, investments are only ever about outcomes, not personal development. However, if our investments fail to support freedom, they become a blight on humanity, perpetuating injustice, ecological imbalance, and emotional turmoil. 

Our investments need to empower, and this is possible when they stem from conscious intention, not automatic financial reflexes.

A responsible investor acts from abundance, not scarcity. They view investment as a tool for their intentions, not an amplifier of fears. They are very clear on where their resources go: relationships that foster growth, friendships that challenge, businesses that align, practices that enhance health, and pursuits that resonate deeply. 

Don’t invest recklessly. Don’t amplify negativity. Instead, amplify the voice within through conscious choices. 

Shift your intention to support thriving, not surviving because staying stuck in survival mode limits your intention to mere profit, perpetuating pain for others and, eventually, for all of us.

By OLIVIER EGLI

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