Passive, Active and Non-Passive

I was reading how Alphabet made an announcement to acquire FitBit today. In reading the VP’s blogpost on what they think would be a great union between the two companies (I for one am excited to see where FitBit can be even more useful with Google’s platforms), triggered by the words being active and that means for health and investing.

Being more active is what a lot of doctors tell us to do. Being more passive is sometimes what people tell us to do if you don’t know anything about investing and think that it’s just one long random walk. While that all may be true, we have come to use these terms with it’s connotations in health and wealth/investing.

Perhaps the best thing to do, I think in this moment, is to be non-passive. Being active means you’re investing by buying and selling and being active also means you’re running or exercising constantly. Or at least that’s the connotation that I feel when someone tells me they are physically “active.

We have increasing evident that any movement, even standing is better than sitting and so our Apple Watches and FitBits now tell us to stand when we sit for too long a period. That’s being non-passive to me.

Think about how to be non-passive. Perhaps this is what Charlie Munger said to invert — always invert.

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