Let’s take two young men. Same age. Similar income. Similar education. When it came to buying a car, they both had about the same amount of money to spend.
The first guy bought a 12 year old muscle car. Over the years, it had been fixed up but it needed work to get it running. But, it was a cool looking car. In addition, for that model and year, there were plenty of add-ons to sweeten the ride.
The other guy spent about the same amount of money on an economy car that was about half the age of the hotrod. [click to continue…]
Don't Do It
Doesn’t anyone want to work anymore?
Three years ago at my office, I would receive four or five job applications a month. That used to be normal. Now I get one application every three or four months. If these economic times are seriously this dire, one would think that I should be receiving ten times the applications rather than 10%.
I hired a young lady last year. She made it three months before she quit. Why did she leave? Was the job that bad? Am I such a horrible boss? No. She told me that she could work 40 hours per week and get a paycheck. OR she could stay home and get 80% of her paycheck. That blew me away.
The increase in welfare availability has caused serious problems in our country. Although I would love to jump on this topic from a political point of view, for this forum I want to keep it personal. I want to discuss how being a welfare recipient affects the personal life. [click to continue…]
A while back, we had a series of inconveniences in our home. About three months ago, our refrigerator and our dishwasher went out. I don’t how long it’s been since you’ve been out to price kitchen appliances, but it was definitely an eye opener for me. But then, to make matters worse, about two months later the transmission went out in one of our cars. And if you haven’t been in the market for a transmission, let me tell you that a fridge and dishwasher are chump change compared to a rebuilt tranny. I was telling a friend about these breakdowns and how annoying they were.
“Inconvenience? Annoying?” she exclaimed. “That would kill me!”
I smiled to myself, realizing that she didn’t have the same perspective I did. [click to continue…]
Are you someone who eats out every day? If you are, I’m sure you’ve seen the guys who bring their lunches every day. They walk in the door carrying their little cooler bags or even brown paper sacks. How boring. They look worse than boring. They look like dorky, little boys whose mommies have packed their “wittle wunches”. Even though they’ve been teased about it, cajoled and snickered at, these guys relentlessly continue to bring their sandwiches and leftovers. Maybe they know something you don’t. Maybe… just maybe…there’s a secret here. [click to continue…]
Too much stuff
Success and wealth can be measured in so many ways, but often it boils down to the collections of items we have in our lives. As Bernadette Peters claimed in The Jerk, it’s not about the money, it’s about the stuff. In an effort help maintain perspective, I decided to take a look at how we view our material things. Maybe some of the confusion in your life is not the result of your job, relationships or other circumstance. Maybe, just maybe, it’s how you view your material wealth. A little perspective might make your life a little easier, so I would like to introduce you to Lex’s Maxims in Regards to Stuff. Pay attention, these are pearls. [click to continue…]