I recently finished a book called “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice“, by Bill Browder.
It’s about him starting his first hedge fund at the same time the Soviet Union fell, allowing him to swoop in and buy companies at fractions of pennies on the dollar.
Well, when good ‘ol Communism fell, the government took everything they controlled and put it on the “open market”. Of course, the top government officials had first dibs and became billionaires overnight.
(Just what a capitalist would do)
Anyways, in the book, there’s a Russian proverb I really like that helps to sum up what will culture shock a lot of people that travel to the Former Soviet Union countries:
“One day, a poor villager happens upon a magic talking fish that is ready to grant him a single wish.
Overjoyed, the villager weighs his options: “Maybe a castle? Or even better—a thousand bars of gold? Why not a ship to sail the world?”
As the villager is about to make his decision, the fish interrupts him to say that there is one important caveat: whatever the villager gets, his neighbor will receive two of the same.
Without skipping a beat, the villager says, “In that case, please poke one of my eyes out.”
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself and all, I s’pose.
It’s a fish eat fish world out there.
And really, the dating scene isn’t much different. In fact, you could argue it’s exactly like this if you go to a place in the FSU and start dating a bit.
Girls are sweet, but they can absolutely screw you if give them the capability to do so. They’ll poke both your eyes out and steal your wallet if you give them the opportunity to do so.
If you don’t set ground rules…bad stuff happens.
- Boring + expensive dates
- A lighter wallet
- Wasted time with low-quality women
My friend Brock recently said something along the lines of:
The only thought that came to my mind when I read it:
When ya think about it like that, yikes.
I mean, there was a point in time that being a “suga baby” would have meant certain social outcast, shaming, and a generally disdain towards you. Now though, if a lady can pull it off…more power to her, grrrrl.
Now, you can make a ton of money and play that game.
(Or just act like you have it, it’s stupid simple — nobody dates these girls for their IQ, after all.)
But maybe that’s what you’re not about.
Maybe you just want — heaven forbid — one nice, simple girl.
If so, I might have something for you.
For now, I’m dubbing it “The Girlfriend Blueprint”.
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