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Balancing the Grind with Richard Valioukhov, Founder & Head Analyst at Tradervidz Investments

Richard Valioukhov is the founder & Head Analyst at Tradervidz Investments, an Australian based educational platform and community for all things crypto and stock education.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I have always been business-minded and wanted to build a self-sustaining future for myself. From an early age, I had realised that risks in life are meant to be taken if you want to succeed in your career. My education streams back to studying at Deakin, completing my Bachelor of Commerce while majoring in Economics, Finance and Financial Planning. 

In addition, I hold several certificates and a diploma in construction. Only recently I had given up my full-time career as a senior estimator to pursue the dream of running my own company. 

I have always had a passion for finance and economics at school and university but jobs were not easy to come by, so I had to work within the construction sector to keep on top of the bills.

Construction helped discipline my work ethic which transferred over to my current role as one of the founders at Tradervidz Investments (TVI). I also am the sole owner of a construction estimating company called Costimate.

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

There are not many hours in a workday; therefore structure is crucial to your overall progression.

My day starts at 6:00 am heading to the gym. I strongly believe that keeping fit plays a major part in mental & physical health.

From 8:00 am is where I get down to business taking care of a community of more than 10,000 like-minded people. 

8-10:00 am – Crypto coffee chat – where I update the community on the movement of crypto and also world macroeconomics, mixing in some motivational speaking to kickstart everyone’s day. 

10-12:00 pm – Mentoring, answering questions, emails, content creation for posting on Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter and TikTok. 

12- 4:00 pm – Swing & Day Trading, Chart analysis, 1000+ Discord community members to mentor and send out TVI signals for entry and exit on particular coins and stocks we are watching.

5- 9:00 pm – Costimate emails, Bill of quantity measures, review of contracts, invoicing and quotations. 

9:30 pm cooldown – An early night for me is necessary for my mental production line to keep on moving on a daily basis. If I can’t get to bed by 10:00 pm, then the next day’s production will be stagnant. 

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

Both of the companies that I run are flexible and remote working where I can dictate my own hours of work. TVI has leased out an office in South Melbourne to help stimulate work ethic, accountability and it’s also great for our company culture.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Work-life balance is a pretty important footprint in my life. My determination, work ethic and drive to achieve my goals are a big part of my achievements but allocating time for myself, my partner and my family are the most important to keep all the pieces together without breaking.

The perfect split for me (even though my weekdays are completely booked out for work) is to spend quality time with everyone that’s important to me on the weekends.

Sometimes it’s very important to switch off from the addictive working lifestyle to something a little more normalised and sustainable. Without that switch, the mission and vision will quickly disappear.  

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life? 

Yes, hanging out with friends over a couple of drinks on the weekend was a big player in the game that was stopping me from achieving my success today. No one loves hangovers and sometimes those hangovers last a bit too long, especially as we grow up. I definitely still have the fun side around but have really toned it down to help excel my working days and for me to succeed, mature and grow.

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

TVI will be releasing its own podcast in the coming months, so that’s something to tune into!

A must-read book is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, and you can’t go past a good Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Another podcast I listen to weekly is called We Study Billionaires, where billionaires literally get interviewed. It’s great to learn from the best in the business.

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

My phone. Simply because it’s used to run both my companies. Discord, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, Twitter are all applications that I use on a daily basis! My air purifier, you would be surprised how much cleaner the air becomes and how much better your night’s sleep becomes.

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?  

Elon Musk. Some call him an alien due to his work ethic, but I see him as a genius. The man built a company from sleeping on his sofa. It’s very hard to have a perfect work-life balance 50/50 split. One will suffer more than the other. Especially in a start-up phase when you need to be 100% committed to growing your business.

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers? 

Take care of yourself daily, make sure to spend some time exercising and doing things you love. Even if it splits up your day so that you can re-focus on your daily tasks. i.e. going for a walk at lunchtime or lifting some weights before work. Have some ‘me time’ whether it’s 30 mins or 1hr to de-stress and refuel. 

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