My name is Mihir Patel. I am a product builder and a student of design, decision-making & finance. This site shares my continuous long-term learning and investigation of topics I am interested in. I put a lot of love and labor into it.
Exploration is dear to my heart. Learning is more valuable to me than fancy titles and achievements. I hope learning does not change as I get older. Learning is one thing, but teaching is another. The latter is much harder to strive for because we have to put our demons like ego and selfish acts to rest. This is why I share what I learn here.
I have picked up a few games in life that I thoroughly enjoy. I have listed them below. I go back and forth between these games, but they all balance me well.
The game of studying markets is always fun because it challenges me to adapt. There is no better way to learn about the real world than throwing myself out there. I purchased my first stock at the age of 17, which also happened to be right before the 2008 recession. In a few months, I lost all of my savings that I accumulated from my summer jobs. The pain from losing so much money at young age was tough to swallow, but I learned serveral lessons early on in my life. It shaped my choices and way of thinking. This is when understanding the psychology of markets and business became fascinating to me. In the end, markets are people. If we understand markets, we understand people, and vice-versa. Money is the greatest incentive to study human behvaior. These days I study markets not to get rich, but to understand human emotions and behavior.
The game of creation is another one. There is something beautiful about bringing abstraction to life. If I wouldn't have studied finance and accounting, I would have gone to school for design or engineering. I built my first product after graduating from college. It wasn't rocket science—a bamboo pen with postcards packaged beautifully. The ability to bring the vision to life and sharing with others was fulfilling. Soon after that, I learned how to write code. Creating has become my obsession. My motto has become something like “don't complain, create.”
Lastly, the game of finding harmony with our soul. I truly cherish immersing out in the nature, being out in the woods, hiking trails, climbing mountains, gazing at the stars, reading in solitude, teaching my son about life and creating beautiful things. When I pursue these things, I am in my truest element. There is no pain, and more importantly my soul is alive. All of these things help me build surplus of positive energy. All I am striving for is to become a tree with continuous goals—firmly rooted, building deep systems, growing slowly, abandoning fail paths, finding new paths, seeking light, free from external conditions, working bottoms up, building inside out, cultivating others, and exploring for the sake of exploration without any expectations.