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Trying To Buy Your Way Out of Financial Dilemmas

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 by

I was just catching up on some news as usual from various sites and one thing that kept coming in-front of me were all these articles about managing debt and how you should buy these kits that cost about $200 to teach you basic information on how people get into debt so that you avoid it yourself. This was targeting people that were in debt too. I was thinking how ironic that kit is in many ways as I would think spending that much money would just place you in a deeper hole financially as my assumption is that most people get into debt cause they keep buying stuff that they can’t really afford in the first place.

I guess the real question is how do you get out of that habit where you think that you can always just buy your way out of a financial dilemma? For myself I usually have the mentality where if I got myself into a mess then I should rightfully try my best to find a way to solve it with my own energy and effort with the current resources that I have available.

This has to be a lifestyle habit in general, in my opinion. For example, if you are running a business and you need more revenue for whatever reason I’m sure it would sound pretty odd where instead of focusing on capturing more market share and working on the company’s spending habits you instead spend thousands on a seminar that promises to teach you how companies get into debt in the first place. That just seems like an odd direction to go with.

No real difference in your personal life I say if you are trying to get out of a financial pickle. If you don’t have a lot of money shouldn’t the first reaction be to just look at yourself and to find out where it is all going to? You don’t need to spend money to find that out. And hey, it’s free to do if you get into the habit of assessing yourself and your situations. From there you can usually come up with a lot of solutions to your issues.

Value of Being Self Taught VS Formally Trained

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 by

Today there was a lady that was getting complimented so much about her cooking style where people then started to ask what type of formal training she received as she could use that as a way to further promote herself to drive more business in terms of looking professional. Her answer was an interesting one as she said she can’t really say that she went through any kind of training as she learned everything from real life experiences and by the type of things that she surrounds herself with such as watching simple cooking shows.

She then threw a comment that because of that she is a little hesitant to say that she has had any training at all as in her mind people always view training as only something that is done in a formal classroom setting or by an instructor one on one. However, she believed personally that what she did to get to where she is in terms of her knowledge and expertise is equally just as good and valuable without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars.

In my opinion it is all about perception as in many cases you can either use say an education of sort to edify your qualifications or simply let the end results speak for themselves. Many times people forget that you can create your own market too as opposed to always trying to appease to a group that only has a particular way of thinking. Kind of like artists that have their own niche fans I’d say. If you are attracting people to your offerings then you are doing something right regardless if say one person has a piece of paper saying how great they are versus someone who doesn’t have one.

Always Thinking About The Positive Possibilities

Friday, April 23rd, 2010 by

I was reading this heated debate about people who were having a hard time finding work in various industries due to a slowdown of sort. What was interesting was that there was essentially a group of average workers debating with the self employed about this. Interestingly enough, while both sides admitted that it was slow virtually all of the self employed people were saying how it was perfectly manageable.

Of course, there was a lot of finger pointing afterwards on how it must be the person’s own fault for not taking initiative in doing something during the slow times. For the most part I would have to agree with that sentiment as you pretty much do mold your own future. The only other semi reason that I can sort of understand on why many simply can’t do it on their own is that people are trained to always work in a traditional job and corporate environment.

To me it’s almost like people fight themselves from doing things on their own at times where it can make sense. Kind of like how as a child you are so creative in trying to think of the craziest ideas to turn into reality and when you get older most people just try to change your way of thinking where so many things are impossible and that you shouldn’t try.

In many ways this makes me reflect on how many people get so pumped up during events like a business opportunity convention as all of that hype kind re-triggers the imagination and thinking big part of people. That is the key too in terms of getting over the fear of trying things on your own. Instead of focusing so much on the potential disasters that can happen you have to mix it in with an equal amount of thoughts in regards to the positives that can happen if you are successful.

Making More Than You Spend On Training

Sunday, August 9th, 2009 by

One interesting line that I heard from a person today was how his philosophy in running his business is that he believes people that come into his school to learn should be leaving out the door and landing work that pays them more than they are spending at his school. This isn’t exactly a traditional public school setting, but think of it like say a person running a constant seminar or a language tutor that you visit each week.

Essentially, he is comparing himself to his competitors where it seems like for the most part they want to fill up their classes. Then what happens after is not too much of a concern as they base all of their prices on the value of their service and not so much if it actually helps you find business/work.

The general notion is that when it comes to anything that you have learned it is up to you to apply that knowledge. However, to prevent yourself from spending tens of thousands of dollars and falling for situations where people promise the moon if you train with them is to set goals for yourself on the type of returns that you think is realistic based on the investment you are putting forward.

That is different from say a mindset where you are investing to make yourself reach to a certain level of competency which you then hope will generate results. Specifically expecting a result from your investment in training or learning from a person can make you quickly realize too if it is working for you or not.

In many ways I think this goes for items like books too. Of course, it is unrealistic to say something like if you bought this $10 book that you will make one million in a year. Instead, there should be a goal with that. Example, you wanted to learn to save an extra $100 a month and so this book should be helping you to save about $25 a week. Basically, expect to earn more than what you invest. It’s not always about many, but you need to be self conscience of it to a certain extent I’d say.

How Long You Are Willing To Invest In A Skill

Monday, July 20th, 2009 by

I was talking to a person today that had such an interesting and blunt direction in life when it comes to paying for various classes for his daughter. For example, it is not uncommon for a parent to pay for some kind of music lessons for a child with a common one being piano lessons. For him though, he mentioned where after four months since his daughter wasn’t getting any better he said forget about it and told her straight up that she was bad in playing the piano. She then went into different types of instruments and has found success fairly quickly.

The same went in investing in activities such as teaching her various sports too where he mentioned if she does not get good enough within a specific time period then he will just tell her straight up that she is horrible with it and will move on to something else. It’s one of those mentalities where you either got it or you don’t I suppose.

That is kind of anti “being persistent” I’d say where sometimes you just have to stick with it as everyone needs a different amount of time to truly become good at something. How long I would personally stick to things of this nature in terms of expecting results depends on the intention of doing it in the first place.

Life skills in general is a long term investment where it is more about benefiting my everyday life. However, learning a skill to compete with others is a different story as that I would be more inclined to say maybe it is not for you if you can’t compete at a certain level during an X amount of time.

It’s almost like a business too where you have to think how much of your time you are willing to invest and stick at it till you decide “This is not right for me” if you still aren’t making immediate financial progress.