The importance of friends to our lives


FriendsFriends are the family you choose. ~Jess C. Scott

Were you a fan of that wonderful American, television sitcom Friends? Wouldn’t it have been great to share their company and all the fun they had in Central Perk?

For me that show highlighted the important role our friends play in our lives.

It is a fact that we don’t get to choose our relatives but the good news is that we do get to choose our friends.

Friends is a relationship of equals.

Friends are the people whose company we enjoy; people with whom we feel a real sense of connection and with whom we share common interests. They are also people we’d be willing to go out of our way to help if we thought they were in trouble.

Family and loyalty go together of course. You can’t really have one without the other. And a relative can be a friend too. As were Ross and Monica in Friends.

However just because you’re related to someone doesn’t mean you’ll like them or that they’ll like you. Being related is no guarantee you’ll enjoy their company.

Friends are different; friends are special.

If you have a small number of really close friends then you’re very lucky indeed.

Appreciate your friends because they’re the people that make life worth living. They’re the people that add a sparkle to a life that could otherwise be quite dull.

Let me know what you think:

Well I’ve given you my opinion but what about yours?

Do you have any experiences of friends, either the people you like to hang out with or the sitcom, that you’d like to share with other readers?

I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment.

Friends the sitcom:

Friends the sitcom is still available on DVD of course should you want to re-live the memories of this peerless classic. You can check it out on Amazon if you CLICK HERE.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about fake friends

Quotes about fake friendsHow often do you hear people say, “Oh, I have loads of friends?

For a very lucky few that may be true. However mostly it’s not true at all.

Almost always, real friends can be counted on the fingers of one hand with some fingers to spare.

For me a real friend is someone we could phone at 2am if we were in serious trouble and be absolutely confident that they would be straight out to help us in a heartbeat.

Everyone else is just people we know with varying degrees of familiarity.

Yes there will be a wider circle of people with whom we socialise occasionally but most of these people will be quick to distance themselves from us when they think we’re in real trouble.

Such people might be categorized as ‘fair weather friends‘ but some of them will be genuinely fake. There when it suits them but otherwise they care little for us at all.

So we have to learn to differentiate the real from the not so real when it comes to friends.

Here are 21 thought provoking quotes about fake friends to help you with that process.

Quotes about fake friendsQuotes about fake friends:

  1. You don’t lose when you lose fake friends. ~Joan Jett
  2. A fake friend is an enemy in disguise. ~Ellen J. Barrier 
  3. Pay close attention to the people who don’t clap when you win. ~Author Unknown
  4. Better an honest enemy than a false friend. ~German Proverb
  5. Sometimes it’s not the people who change it’s the mask that falls off. ~Author Unknown
  6. Make sure the lions you roll with aren’t snakes in disguise.  ~Genereux Philip
  7. I didn’t lose a friend; I just realized I never had one. ~Author Unknown
  8. Everybody isn’t your friend. Just because they hang around you and laugh with you doesn’t mean they’re your friends. People pretend well. At the end of the day, real situations expose fake people. So pay attention. ~Author Unknown
  9. A true friend cares about what’s going on in your life. A fake friend will make their problems sound bigger. Be a true friend. ~Author Unknown
  10. You never lose friends. Real ones will always stay, no matter what and the fakes, you don’t need them anyway. ~Drishti Bablani
  11. I’ve got more respect for someone who comes out and says they don’t like me than for the ones who act like they do but talk bad about me when I’m not around. ~Mitchell Perry
  12. An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. ~Buddha
  13. As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have a ton of friends and more important to have real ones. ~Author Unknown
  14. True friends will always find a way to help you. Fake friends will always find an excuse. ~Author Unknown
  15. You don’t lose friends because real friends can never be lost. You lose people masquerading as friends and you’re better for it. ~Mandy Hale
  16. True friends cry when you leave. Fake friends leave when you cry. ~Author Unknown
  17. False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports. ~Richard Burton
  18. The same person that speaks highly of you will be the same person that downs you. Be careful who you call friends. ~Author Unknown
  19. Growing up means realizing a lot of your friends aren’t really your friends. ~Author Unknown
  20. Fake friends: once they stop talking to you, they start talking about you. ~Author Unknown
  21. The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies. ~Author Unknown

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How to deal with criticism in the workplace

How to deal with criticism in the workplaceHave you ever had a problem dealing with criticism in the workplace dear reader?

If you have, you’re not alone.

Most of us can be a little sensitive when we’re criticised by other people, particularly in the workplace. That’s natural and I struggle with it just as much as the next person.

However over the years I’ve learned that criticism comes in two types, as follows:-

  1. Constructive criticism; and
  2. Destructive criticism

What’s the difference?

People who offer constructive criticism are genuinely trying to help, even if that isn’t immediately obvious.

However just because they’re trying to help doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right in what they’re saying. I’ll get back to that point shortly.

When you’re being subjected to destructive criticism then someone is just having a go at you.

That may be to bolster their own ego or they may not like you very much and so can’t resist the temptation to belittle you or just generally make you feel uncomfortable.

Remember there are people who get off on other peoples’ discomfort and having a go a people. These are the haters and the trolls. They exist in the workplace, as well as on social media.

How to deal with constructive criticism:

When you’re on the receiving end of criticism, don’t take any of it personally. Remember you’re bigger than that.

Just remain calm; listen to what’s being said; consider the person saying it; and of course the rationale behind their comment.

As you absorb what has been said to you, ask yourself this question “Is this person being constructive or destructive?

If you feel they’re being constructive in offering their comment then the next question to ask yourself is, “Do they have a fair point?

In answering that question you must be really honest with yourself.

Remember it’s a sign of maturity when you can acknowledge your own inexperience and mistakes.

And you can’t learn from your mistakes unless you recognise them first.

So if after careful reflection you feel that they do have a fair point then take it on-board and use it as a learning opportunity.

At this point thank your critic for the feedback and decide how you might use it to improve and be better at what you do.

You might even ask your critic for suggestions if you think they can help you.

Even constructive critics are not always right:

Not every self-appointed critic has a universal monopoly on knowhow and common sense, however well-intentioned they may be. Even so-called experts get stuff wrong occasionally.

So in reflecting on any constructive criticism offered, your judgement might be that they don’t have a fair point. And as long as you’re being really honest with yourself, it’s perfectly reasonable to say, “You know what? I think they’re wrong.

If that’s the case then be polite, thank them for their feedback and agree to disagree if necessary.

Accept that they offered their comment in good faith and their intentions were honourable but just move on, without any sense of feeling hurt just because someone had the temerity to question your approach.

They’re entitled to their opinion but you don’t have to accept it.

How to deal with destructive criticism:

If someone is attempting to be destructive in their criticism then don’t rise to the bait. Just smile politely and move on.

Do not give anyone the satisfaction of a reaction or signs that they’ve got to you. That’s the oxygen on which they feed. It’s the dopamine hit which they crave.

You’re better than that so don’t allow yourself to get drawn into their game. They’re unworthy of a reaction or any of your emotional energy.

And never allow such people to chip away at your self-esteem.

That’s what they’re trying to do, so know that and as you’re smiling just say to yourself, “I’m better than you and your attempt to have a go at me won’t get you anywhere. So stop wasting your time and mine.

Conclusion:

Recognise that criticism has two forms. Either way never take any of it personally, even if you suspect your critic is being personal.

If your critic is being constructive, then be honest with yourself and question whether your critic has a point. If they do have a point then you must learn from it.

If your critic is being destructive then do not give then the satisfaction of a reaction. Just smile and move on.

And if you’re not sure whether they’re being constructive or destructive? Give them the benefit of the doubt, assume they’re being constructive and act accordingly.

Your experiences:

Dear reader, I’m sure you have your own experience of being criticised. It would be surprising if you didn’t.

I’d love to hear how you dealt with it and whether you found it all difficult to deal with.

Please share your experiences with my readers.

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101 of the best Tattoo Quotes you’ll find anywhere

Tattoo QuotesTattoos have become highly fashionable and having quotes inscribed on your ribs, your back or your arms can be a great way to promote your own personal philosophy or simply make a personal statement.

The important thing is to find the right quote for you. So before you ink, think.

Which quote reflects the true you?

Find something original if you can.

Don’t just go for the quote everyone else is using. Be an original not a copy.

So if you need some suggestions then here are 101 tattoo quotes which you might consider. 

101 Tattoo Quotes:

  1. I believe in me.
  2. My life my way.
  3. I can and I will. Watch me.
  4. Think less. Live more.
  5. You’re playing with fire.
  6. Kind words touch hearts.
  7. In my story I’m the hero.
  8. We all need love not judgement.
  9. Life’s short so enjoy the ride.
  10. I’m not a copy, I’m an original.
  11. I may forgive but I don’t forget.
  12. Life is a journey to infinity by bus.
  13. No one owns me. I’m a free spirit.
  14. Smooth seas don’t make skilled sailors.
  15. It’s better to wait long than marry wrong.
  16. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone.
  17. I’m as good as anyone and better than most.
  18. I’m an emotional being not a thing to be used.
  19. Things end and people change but life goes on.
  20. I am who I am and your approval is not required.
  21. Follow your heart but take your brains with you.
  22. I just want to spend the rest of my life laughing.
  23. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Live today.
  24. Are you big enough to take this tiger for a ride?
  25. Love given will be reflected. That goes for crap too.
  26. The choices you make will dictate the life you lead.
  27. I’m stronger than I look and smarter than you think.
  28. I can’t change the past but I can influence the future.
  29. I’m old enough to know better but young enough not to care.
  30. There’s your way and there’s my way but there’s no right way.
  31. You won’t get to second base if you don’t take both feet off first.
  32. I will trust you until you give me reason not to trust you and then I will never trust you again.
  33. Making the right choices today will improve your tomorrow.
  34. Doing better than me doesn’t mean you are better than me.
  35. I wasn’t born just to go to work and pay bills until I die.
  36. I may be a work in progress but I’m getting better every day.
  37. You never really know someone until you say no to them.
  38. It’s pointless arguing with people. They’ll believe what they want to believe.
  39. Givers have to set limits because takers don’t have any.
  40. I am valuable and irreplaceable.
  41. Enjoy today for life is short and one day it will be your last.
  42. Dare to do something that scares you.
  43. Look back only to see how far you’ve come.
  44. Like me, love me. Take me, leave me. Just don’t hurt me or use me.
  45. When trust is broken, sorry means nothing.
  46. Being alone is better than being with a liar or a cheat.
  47. Don’t judge me until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes.
  48. If your vibe isn’t positive I don’t need the drama.
  49. You’re never too important to be nice to people.
  50. Tattoo QuotesDon’t trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar.
  51. There’s no such thing as failure, only feedback.
  52. You’ll never have today again, so enjoy it.
  53. Nothing will work unless you do.
  54. If you have nothing in life but a good friend, you’re rich.
  55. Loneliness doesn’t come from being alone. It comes from feeling that no one cares.
  56. My past was a series of lessons not a life sentence.
  57. Don’t try to change that which can’t be changed.
  58. Enjoy each moment because life is fleeting.
  59. People will take everything you give and a bit more too but rarely is it truly appreciated.
  60. Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget.
  61. Man who chases two rabbits catches neither.
  62. Happiness is enjoying the little things in life.
  63. Maybe I can; maybe I can’t. I won’t know unless I try.
  64. I’m too fabulous to fit in.
  65. I don’t want a perfect life I just want a happy life.
  66. If you respect me and I’ll respect you.
  67. While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
  68. Attitude is a behaviour we choose for ourselves.
  69. The most precious jewels I’ll ever have around my neck are the arms of my children.
  70. Embrace who your children are and not who you’d like them to be.
  71. The best thing about the worst of times is that you get to see everyone’s true colours.
  72. You never know when it will be the last time, so make every time a good time.
  73. Never allow someone else to hold the key to your happiness.
  74. The quality of your life will depend on the degree to which you can tolerate life outside your comfort zone.
  75. It’s not about being the best. It’s about doing your best.
  76. Every ending is also a beginning. Embrace the next chapter in your story.
  77. Good things may go to those who wait but the best things go to those who hustle.
  78. I succeed or I learn a lesson but either way I win.
  79. Don’t lie to me. It’s not worth it and I don’t deserve it.
  80. A positive mind finds opportunity in everything. A negative mind finds fault in everything.
  81. I need encouragement more than I need critics.
  82. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
  83. Marry the right person and you’ll be happy. Marry the wrong one and you’ll be a philosopher.
  84. There’s no such thing as failure only feedback.
  85. Life may be hard but it’s harder if you’re stupid.
  86. You can’t change people they must change themselves.
  87. One good friend is worth a thousand fake ones.
  88. I can only be myself. Anything else would be a fake.
  89. I am unique just like everyone else.
  90. It doesn’t matter whether you believe I can, as long as I believe I can.
  91. If you can only be one thing, be kind.
  92. Life is what you make it, so make it great.
  93. Real life starts outside your comfort zone.
  94. Know your why and you’ll find a way.
  95. Every day is a new opportunity to start again.
  96. Nothing matters much and few things really matter at all.
  97. If you’re thinking anyway, you might as well think big.
  98. Life is an adventure or it is nothing at all.
  99. You become the people you surround yourself with.
  100. I live life through the windshield not the rear view mirror.
  101. Words have power, use them wisely.

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The secret to happiness

Secret to HappinessIf you want to be happy with money, first, be happy without money! ~Author Unknown

When you hear news of someone winning big on a lottery, do you ever think that you’d be so much happier if only you could win big too? You’d be happy, if only you had loads of money?

Certainly having money can make life comfortable. It can allow you to do all sorts of things you couldn’t do otherwise. Live in a nice house; wear the finest clothes; drive a nice car; and travel to exotic places.

However there’s one thing money cannot do and that’s make you happy. It’s a fact, having loads of money by itself will never make you happy.

If you weren’t happy without money, then suddenly gaining a substantial amount money will not change the way you feel. If anything it’s impact on your life will probably make you even less happy.

Happiness is a state of mind. It’s the capacity to appreciate life for what it is and not what you think you’d like it to be. It’s being content with what you have, whatever it is.

Happiness is a positive mental attitude; a willingness to see the good side of every situation, regardless of how bad it might actually be in reality; a determination to enjoy the moment; whilst being comfortable in your own skin.

You can work towards creating your own pot of gold by all means but in doing so never lose sight of what matters most.

A lifetime is short and it all goes by in the blink of an eye. Yesterday has gone and you may never know tomorrow. The here and now is the only certainty you have. This moment is your life, so find a way to enjoy it. Get the most out of it.

Enjoy the simple, inexpensive pleasures like having a laugh or a coffee with a friend. That’s when you’ll be happiest. That’s how memories are made too.

Accept that your life will be full of challenges, which is what makes it all interesting. And recognise that in having to respond to challenges you are growing as a person. So it makes sense to respond to every challenge with enthusiasm because you can only win, ultimately. Either you’ll succeed or you’ll learn a lesson.

And remember this; as your life passes, you won’t remember expensive clothes you bought but you will remember experiences you had with the people who mattered most to you.

Enjoy life for what it is and don’t fret about what it isn’t. The secret to happiness is contentment.

If you can be happy without money then having money is just a bonus.

Now that’s what I think dear reader but do you have any suggestions as to what you believe is the secret of happiness?

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Why investors shouldn’t ignore stock market sentiment

Stock Market SentimentBuy when the blood runs in the streets. ~Nathan Rothschild

If wealth creation is your aim then investing at least some of your money in the stock market can be a great way to achieve above average returns, if you know what you’re doing.

The problem for most people is that they don’t really know where to start, so they avoid the stock market altogether. And that’s a shame really.

However if the stock market does have some appeal to you and you’d genuinely like to know where to start then my advice would be to take a close look at successful investors, the professionals, and see how they approach the process.

Look at what they do because if it’s worked for them then it’ll probably work for you.

The legendary investor Warren Buffett once observed that markets are driven by fear and greed. And greed always trumps fear.

When stock markets start moving quickly on an upward trajectory, amateur investors are tempted to join the party, particularly when the return on cash deposits is low.

The problem for amateur investors is that by the time they notice what’s happening in the market, all the real bargains have gone. So they tend to join the party at the wrong time and then over-pay for the stocks they buy.

Stock Market SentimentMy underlying point here is that market movements tend to be exaggerated, in both directions.

The collective herd behaviour of investors tends to cause the market to overshoot fair value when it’s rising and then fall way below fair value when it’s in decline.

Stock prices are driven by the economics of supply and demand.

When lots of money is chasing a relatively few stocks then the price of those stocks keeps going up. Until professional investors realise that the stocks have become overpriced, relative to the underlying fundamentals of the businesses involved.

At this point fleet-footed professionals sell and bank the profits.

Amateurs tend to be slow to notice a downturn but when they do, they lose their nerve and sell. Usually that means they sell at a loss but also, as the index has by now hit an exaggerated low, they actually sell for less than the underlying value of the asset. Thus creating more bargains for professional investors.

So what signs are professionals looking for to allow them to bag a few bargains?

The answer to that is simple. Successful investors know that the best time to buy is when everyone else is heading for the hills. When there’s a panic going on.

That’s when you’ll find the real bargains.

The market is always volatile of course but had you invested in 2008 for instance, when market conditions were as dire as they get, and you held your nerve, then you’d be sitting on some very good returns over the past 10 years.

And what sign tells successful investors it’s time to sell?

Well they know that the best time to sell is when the ordinary man and woman in the street are starting to talk about the stock market and the shares they’ve just bought.

When everyone has bought into the market, then professionals know that demand must start drying up and without demand prices can’t keep going in an upward direction. So they know it’s time to bank some profits.

Personally, I view the market through a contrarian lens and so far that approach has served me well.

I look for value but it gets harder to find the more market sentiment lifts prices to levels which defy sound investment logic.

Again to reflect on Warren Buffett’s investing philosophy; he suggests you should be greedy when people are fearful and fearful when people are greedy.

Stock Market SentimentThe key to successful investment is that you must never lose sight of stock market sentiment and signs for when the market might turn, either up or down.

And never listen to anyone who tells you that it’s different this time. It’s never different.

Markets fundamentals never change, not in my experience certainly.

So that’s what I think but what’s your opinion?

Please share your thoughts and experiences with me. I’d love to hear from you dear reader.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about motivation

Quotes about motivationIf you’re having problems getting motivated then here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about motivation that will help you.

Motivation is the enthusiasm you have for what you’re doing or what you’d really like to be doing.

It’s a burning desire to pursue your dream.

It’s the irrepressibility and steely self-belief you possess.

And it’s the certainty you know what you want and the determination you have to get it.

Motivation is the magic ingredient that will translate effort into success. You will not succeed unless you’re genuinely enthusiastic about whatever it is you’re doing.

However you will succeed if you love what you’re doing and it really matters to you.

Your desire must be so great that no one can stop you going where you’ve decided to go.

If someone closes the door on you, you’ll climb through the window. If they build a wall to stop you, you’ll get over it no matter what, even if you have to build stairs to help you.

If you can’t find a way, you’ll make a way. That’s motivation.

Never accept an answer unless it’s the one you want. With motivation you’ll succeed. Without it you cannot succeed.

That’s my opinion of course but here are the 21 thought-provoking quotes about motivation and they reflect the opinions of some of life’s greatest thinkers.

Quotes about motivationQuotes about motivation:

  1. The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential. These are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. ~Confucius
  2. Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honour your creator. Not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high but by doing what you can to make grace happen – yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. ~Bradley Whitford
  3. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. ~Norman Vincent Peale
  4. If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there. ~Roy T. Bennett
  5. Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis. ~Zig Ziglar
  6. The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. ~Jordan Belfort
  7. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
  8. No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist. ~Anonymous
  9. You can do anything, but not everything. ~Anonymous
  10. The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~Napoleon Hill 
  11. Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. ~Pablo Picasso
  12. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar
  13. We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret. ~Earl Nightingale
  14. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~Les Brown
  15. The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. ~Colin R. Davis
  16. In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it. ~Jane Smiley
  17. You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. ~Michael Jordan
  18. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Rohn
  19. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. ~Dale Carnegie
  20. Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. ~Wayne Dyer
  21. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. ~Dale Carnegie

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Why anxiety about spending money is pointless

Anxiety about spending moneyIf you can afford to go first class and you don’t, your heirs will. ~Mike Spinelli

I am a firm believer in the need to manage money carefully and I have made that a constant theme in this blog. You really must look after your money.

If your aim is to create wealth for yourself, then you have to manage your money with great care, otherwise it will disappear faster than you can say “stone broke’.

However as with everything in life balance is very important too.

If you can’t enjoy a little of your money then it all becomes a bit pointless, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Putting off enjoying your money until old age is a bit like putting off sex until old age. Why would you?

We’re all going to die one day and you can’t take anything with you when you go. So if you don’t enjoy some of your wealth now then your heirs will; of that you can be sure.

My message today therefore is create wealth for yourself but don’t stress when you’re tempted to do something nice for yourself. It’s perfectly reasonable to reward yourself occasionally.

Why?

Why not?

You’re worth a little enjoyment occasionally, surely? Ultimately, anxiety about spending money is pointless.

It’s never a good idea to waste money but it’s a good idea to ensure you enjoy the fruits of you labour now and then too.

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The real cost of being a fashion victim

Fashion VictimYoung people need to develop a sense of being responsible with money. ~Joseph Crosby

Dear reader, are you a slave to fashion? If you are, you’re not unusual.

Young people in particular are often driven by fashion, as indeed are many not quite so young people.

People feel a need to fit in with their peer group, so they feel the need to dress like their peer group.

However the fashion industry exists ultimately to drive the sales of new clothes.

Fashion is an essential part of the clothing industry. It encourages people to buy new clothes constantly, despite the fact that they may have plenty of very good and serviceable clothes in their wardrobe already.

Fashion says, “Oh, you can’t wear that anymore, it’s so last year.”

And so people are encouraged to spend their money on things they don’t really need and could easily live without.

Next time you’re thinking of buying the latest fashion item, ask yourself this question, “Should I part with my money and make someone else rich or should I start being more responsible with my money and then I could start building wealth and financial independence for myself.”

If you line the pockets of other people by spending your money on things you don’t need then you’ll always be poor. That is a fact dear reader.

So start taking more care of your money. If you don’t waste it then you can start building your own wealth and one day you could be financially independent.

People looking back at photographs taken during their youth usually cringe at the fashions they wore. I know I do. How about you?

A nod to fashion is fine of course but being driven by fashion is a serious mistake and one that will prevent you from ever becoming financially independent.

Dear young reader, your parents were fashionable once. Do you look back at the fashions your parents wore and think to yourself, “Hey, don’t they look cool?” I rest my case.

Don’t be a fashion victim.

You’ll cringe when you look back at the clothes you wore but you’ll never, ever cringe when you look at a healthy bank balance. Trust me.

Calculate the cost of your improvidence:

We’re all guilty of buying clothes we don’t wear or wear very little.

So here’s a little task for you reader.

Take an inventory of your wardrobe and identify all those items you’ve never worn or worn very little. Then calculate the original cost of these items. Then ask yourself, “Was this money well spent?”

Share your conclusions with me in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you.

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Why the importance of health can’t be overstated

Importance of HealthHealth is better than wealth. ~English Proverb

Accumulating money at the expense of your health is unwise, to say the least.

Yes we all want money and we’d all like plenty of it too. I understand that, as I’m sure you do dear reader. However if you’re in bad health you can’t really enjoy your little pot of gold, can you?

The problem is, work can often be stressful, particularly if you’re an entrepreneur running your own business. And stress takes its toll on your health.

As any entrepreneur will know, running your own business can be a 24/7 game.

You work very hard and you work long and often stressful hours too. It goes with the territory.

The payback is that you can get very rich this way.

However you must be very careful here. Building wealth is an admirable pursuit but not at the expense of your health. There must be some balance in your life. It can’t be all about chasing money.

Yes of course money can pay for better healthcare but so what? You can only truly enjoy your life if you are fully fit and healthy, surely?

There’s a lot to be said for financial freedom of course but being free from illness is always better than being rich.

Run your own business by all means. That can be an excellent career choice. And success, either as an entrepreneur or an employee for that matter, will need plenty of hard work. That’s a given dear reader.

However never work yourself so hard that it has a negative impact on your health.

There is no sense in making yourself ill. Damage done to your health can’t always be repaired.

So your priority should be to pay attention to your own wellbeing and make sure there is some balance between making money and staying fit and healthy.

Being the richest person in the graveyard has little going for it, does it?

That’s my opinion dear reader but what do you think? Have you got a cautionary tales you’d like to share with my readers? I’d love to hear from you.

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