Sunday, August 28, 2016

To be successful sooner, unlearn what you think you know

Blaze your own path

Spoiler alert: society has already defined the path to a successful life for you. Nothing for you to do except follow the instructions and don't deviateIn case you missed it, here's the plan:

Get good grades in high school, graduate from college, land a good job, get married, buy a home, have 2 kids, climb the corporate ladder for 40 years, retire at 65, live happily ever after.

It’s not a terrible strategy. It even works!  Countless people have followed (are following) this plan and they lead perfectly happy, content lives.  Although the major milestones are predetermined, at least you get to fill in the details.  For example, you get to choose which college you go to, which cars you want to lease, where you’ll live, etc. etc.  But the general plan is in place and anyone that deviates from the norm is, well, abnormal.  

So just stick to the plan and you’ll be fine. All it will cost you is your freedom.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Are you penny wise and pound foolish?

Examples of being penny wise and pount foolish
This proverb is slightly older than the Union Jack, but you probably didn't know that anyway. Image credit

Penny wise and pound foolish is an old English proverb that is sometimes used in the States & Canada as well.   Penny and pound refer to English money.  If you’re penny wise and pound foolish then you make decisions that appear to be financially beneficial, but can actually cost you far more money in the long run. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Blog statistics - my first review of this blog's stats

Get Rich Quick'ish is officially 7 months old today.  I was looking at some numbers yesterday and decided to publish a few stats for no good reason, other than to provide my fellow personal finance bloggers with some type of benchmarking numbers.  Hopefully this post will be of some use to you.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Net Worth as of 7/31/2016

Like just about everyone else, July was very good to the ol' net worth figure.  I'd like to think it is all due to my financial savvy, but in reality the stock market was en fuego last month and drove most, but not all, of the increase.

I found a small stash of silver bullion in an old cigar box buried under my old baseball card collection, buried at the bottom of my closet.  Even my car went UP in value.  It seems I could do no wrong in July.

Here are the details, along with my wish: may August be just as good!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Okay, I’m ready to die

Henry Van Dyke Poem Gone From My Sight

I’m officially ready to pass away.  Not that I want to or anything.  I’ve still got a few things I’d like to check of the ol’ to-do list, but should something happen to me, I’m ready, financially speaking.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Work to earn. Save your passion for your hobby.

I recently stumbled across a video that offers some interesting work-related advice from Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs.  His advice: Don’t follow your passions. 

Really?  That's his advice?  Uh, okay - thanks, Mike.  That is such a ridiculous statement that it's easy to dismiss without a second thought.  But what if it's not such a ridiculous statement?  What if it's actually pretty great advice?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Net Worth as of 6/30/2016

We are back in black after a down month in May, but just barely.  Liabilities are down a bit while assets  managed to increase ever so slightly.  Considering all the fuss with #Brexit I suppose I should be happy that I'm up at all.

Here are the details for June: