Are You Superstitions?
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller
Wealth in money and life requires risk. Like it or not, there is no substitute for jumping in the ring. In my youth, I had lots of fears. I didn’t think I was capable and thus avoided trying. In high school, I was afraid to try out for the tennis team, even though I was a “good enough” player. As an Economics major in college, I was afraid to strive for a professional job, because I didn’t think I’d measure up. I went for a clerical job upon graduation instead. Fortutnately, I’ve come a long way since those fearful days of my youth and gone on to confront my insecurities whenever they crop up.
That doesn’t mean I’m without some superstitious behavior. I avoid getting too excited about successes, for fear they will fade. I wear my NY Giants sweatshirt during a game, to help the team win. When playing a tennis match or other game, I keep my mind on the present and avoid thinking of the outcome. Actually, that behavior has worked out quite well for my competitive performances. And who doesn’t knock on wood on occasion?
In life, there is no substite for EFFORT. My mom and dad never quit and because of that tenacity, have overcome tremendous obstacles. I believe that by putting one foot in front of the other, success will follow.
I accept my superstitions, but never let them deter me from my goals.
Please enjoy some great reads on this Friday the 13th!
The Simple Rules for Success at The Financial Blogger. I’m a sucker for motivational self improvement writing. From the time I was a teen, I devoured these writings, and I’m still at it. Enjoy!
The Business of Blogging and Bootstrapping an Online Venture at The Digerati Life. Take a peek into goals of one of the top personal finance bloggers on line.
Lindsey Knerl on 1099 Mom Blog wrote an article about the new law in the works to stop trademark piracy, SOPA. If you do ANYTHING on line, you must get educated.
Retire by Forty asks What’s Your Motivation. Another thoughtful end of year post looking at the past and requesting you ponder why you are doing what you are doing. Similar questions have been asked this year, I think I spot a trend.
Reflecting Back on 2011 at Sweating the Big Stuff. A new marriage and cross country move are some of the biggies in Daniels 2011, let’s see what’s on tap for 2012.
Turning My Resolutions Into Smart Goals at Tight Fisted Miser. Buying another blog is keeping Andy on track to up his income in 2012.
Atypical Tips for Writing Awesome Blog Posts at Smart Passive Income. Now this isn’t a New Years Resolution type post, it is very useful for those bloggers reading who are seeking to improve their blogs in the New Year! There’s a graphic in this one too which is really useful for any writer.
We’re Gonna Rock 2012 at Yes I am Cheap. Sandy is doing quite well with her goals and letting us in on her futur plans.
Do Your Commitments Match Your Convictions? at Wealth Informatics I think this one qualifies as an epic post, with charts and all.
20s Finances; What to do When You are Behind in Debt?
You Have More Than You Think; A Cool New Way to Make Living with Family Members Work for You
Novel Investor; Good-bye 2011; Best & Worst Market Awards
Tax Deductions and Year End Tax Planning Tips; The Frugal Toad
Did We Meet Our Goal of Saving 50% of Our Income?; Frugal Confessions
Analyzing the Perception of the 1%; My Journey to Millions
Home Security-To Spend or Not to Spend; Money Reasons
Barb Friedberg Across the Blogosphere
Roshawn from Watson Inc. focused on my “Sunk Costs” article in his well researched, Home Mortgage Leverage Sucks!
Carnival of Financial Planning #217 at The Skilled Investor; Best Articles this Week From Financial Blogs.
Yakezie Carnival-New Years Eve Edition at The Ultimate Juggle
Self-Directed Investing For Retirement Carnival – New Year’s Edition at Arbor Investment Blog
What are your superstitions?
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