An unpleasantly familiar situation: you have just invested in shares and suddenly their worth plummets. Should I sell? If so, when? Or should I just wait? What is everyone else doing? What would Warren Buffet do now? Is there a pattern I should follow?
These are questions I’m sure all of us have asked ourselves at one time or another. I find these questions exciting because the concept can be transferred at will. What is the pattern in our lives? Do we always follow the crowd, do we move synchronously and cyclically to the general expectation, or do we go new, perhaps even unexpected ways?
A personal experience
Looking back, I realize that very often in my life I have acted anti-cyclically because instead of following the crowd, I believed in topics that just seemed logical and promising. I have taken on new professional challenges expecting to do something new, to fill the free space with innovative ideas. This was enriched by new impulses from outside, new cultures, new ways of working and much more. Today I can say that each of these steps was absolutely right, because I followed my feelings in a rational way.
Bringing feelings and rational action into harmony may sound strange, but I am firmly convinced that it is possible: all it takes is weighing the pros and cons, gathering information, drawing logical conclusions and establishing appropriate new lines of action. This way, everyone can recognise their own opportunities. An “anti”-attitude is always only half of a movement or cycle. It always presupposes an “against” and this is something we should be aware of.
The concept can be transferred at will
Anti-cyclical behavior in buying and selling shares, in career changes, in our daily actions, or even in P‑ton, which I founded in 2019. Digitalisation is often associated with greater efficiency: higher, faster further. But I am firmly convinced that technology can also slow things down, bring people together and be a valuable support for all of us – We Socialise Digitalisation. We are currently proving this in several successful projects, including the hybrid board game console AVA and Rodinia, a completely new entertainment, culture and gastronomy concept.
Excellent example: anti-cyclical project Rodinia
Who on earth builds system gastronomy venues with immense capital requirements in times of covid, political instability and exploding energy prices? We at P‑ton are doing exactly this because we believe in the concept, because we have done the math for all current conditions, because we have won best-in-class partners, because we are breaking new ground, because we are innovative – because we are, quite simply, convinced. We act rationally, weigh opportunities and risks, recognize global needs early on and develop sustainable concepts. At first, experts are astonished by our innovative concepts, but in the course of the discussions they become increasingly enthusiastic about our ideas and solutions.
What have we learned from our work over the last few years?
- The cautious simply stop and wait.
- The confrontational plunge right into the center of the hurricane.
- The conflict-averse avoid the situation and flee.
- The courageous completely change direction.
Very few people try this last option – we as P‑ton embrace it.
I would be happy to discuss new disruptive paths and investments with you. Why not invest today and be there in twelve months’ time at the opening of our first location – and secretly do a dance of joy that says: I was right, no one wanted to believe me, but today I am part of Rodinia, part of the P‑ton.