So much financial advice, so little time, and so little money.
Suze Orman, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Til Debt do Us Part, The Money Moron, The Wealth Barber, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Dave Ramsey, J Money, The Simple Dollar – all self-made financially successful coaches with ways to help you do more with the money you have.
This is not that kind of blog.
That kind of advice requires at the very least some small measure of discipline and organization – which if we had, we wouldn’t need advice; we would already be doing most of the things they tell us about like it’s some dark masonic secret. That kind of advice just makes people like us feel bad – because we don’t always make the right choices. We turn right instead of left because it’s easier (I always try to drive in a circle).
We avoid making decisions and then we act impulsively; we’re kind of lazy when it comes to controlling our lives. Generally we don’t even seek out blogs that tell us what we are doing something wrong although sometimes things show up on social media that suck us in and we end up flagellating ourselves about what we could be doing better.
We can feel better about what we do or don’t do by putting it in perspective, because ultimately we all live with our own karma and karma is not, in fact, a bitch. People don’t know that karma is neutral. Karma just tries to keep things in balance. What happens is not a punishment or a consequence; it’s just the other end of the teeter totter.
The trick, as Lawrence of Arabia is reputed to say while burning his finger with a match, is not minding it. Or, paraphrasing Wanda from Bojack Horseman, when you look at the world through rose-coloured glasses “—all the red flags just look like flags.”
Expect lots of pop culture references because I think that makes things easier to relate to; plus it might get me more hits. Also, expect some really lazy ways to do things – which usually requires you to almost not do anything at all. Also, also, expect colons and semi-colons because I have a lot to say and I hate using eg. or i.e..
Next time…why does advice make us feel bad?
P.S. Yes my URL is an ABBA reference because I’m just that cool.