Would you rather spend your time on twitter or Facebook than getting an education? Would you rather work at a job that pays you peanuts than spending those long hours developing your business? Would you trade off immediate gratification for future prospects?
How much is your time worth really?
Time is the currency of life and life is a mall with a million and one stores with endless products and services. Some are outrightly worthless, some provide little utility, and some satisfy your needs. All you need do is choose, wisely.
When it comes to choosing one has to have options, and in other to pick correctly what you would spend your time on, you have to compare and contrast, in other words weigh your options. For example, I have been crying about the low level of engagement on steemit. Honestly it's really frustrating having little or nothing to read. But I thought about this: these set of persons who have left this platform are leaving because they have better options, if not they won't leave and that's the simple truth. Those of us here are here not because we cannot do better things with our time, but because we see the prospect of steem and we decided to stay, hoping our loyalty and commitment to the blockchain will payoff someday. In essence we chose to be here. Is it a good decison? Well, only time can tell.
It's really about perspective. While some are about long-term goals, some choose to capitalise on the gains of the short-runs and move elsewhere in search of greener pastures.
One of my recent articles talks about my preference for engagement over 0.02 upvotes (I admit I have a problem with this figure). Rather than spend 14hours a day gathering 0.02 upvotes, I could streamline my engagement to reading 10 posts per day, leaving valid comments on them, which might cost me 2-3 hours of my time. The remaining can be spent reading other things, developing my craft and resting--very important. If I die this minute and I'm asked what I did with my time for the past one week, I will really feel ashamed saying I spent more than half of it on here for less than $2. I've bought data worth 4steem this week, I could simply have reduced my activity online, purchase 2steem with half of the money, use those extra hours doing something else and I would be in a better position than I am today with more steem.
So I'm sorry to disappoint some persons but gathering 0.02 upvotes overtime doesn't cut it for me, especially if I have to grind hard for it, why not just buy? It is relatively cheap at this point. Many make it seem that earning steem is hard, it isn't. If you do have money to invest in the blockchain you will be far better off than some of us who write 10 articles a week with little or no steempower. Grinding is for those with nothing but their talent to give because they are dependent on top users for their reward. You on the other hand that have money to invest can simple buy steempower, pay for bots, buy votes and you're good to go. Is this right or fair? No, but we are clamouring for investors, aren't we? Without these set of persons there will be little or nothing for red fishes like myself to scavenge on
Now instead of getting angry over what I am saying, think of ways to solve this problem, because in all honesty, this is why people leave. Maybe no one is willing to say this, but this is the reason why people leave, and news Flash! We have many competitors now. So as a business losing customers isn't it in our best interest to re-evaluate our current position and devise means to resolve this rentention problem?
"What is your solution Mr. Nonso?"
As it is some people's duty to solve problems, it is a responsibility for others to pick them out. I really don't see any way past this other than investing one's own money in purchasing steem, especially for those at the button of the foodchain--planktons. Back up your effort by buying steem and interact with your fellow planktons. Their upvotes might be worth nothing, but that might change someday. It's hard to find good ones on here, so I will advise you join one or two communities. There are many with little visibility, so you can support each other, hopefully one grows into a bigger fish and slowly pulls the rest along with him/her.
I think what many don't see here is that our time is a thing of value. Maybe some of us need to change our concept of time. Would you go to the supermarket to purchase a gallon of milk for $10k? Why not? Well your reason is the same reason why I can't spend a month gathering $2 worth of 0.02 upvotes (that would be a hundred by my calculations). I would rather trade that off for 100 comments in a month and buy steem instead because in all honesty when they're reviewing those who have significantly impacted the blockchain I will stand out with my 100 comments than $2.