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Rob Breszny knows what is in the back of my mind all the time today.

Let's do a check-in, Leo. In the first eight weeks of 2004, how well have you taken advantage of the stellar wealth-building opportunities? Have you been doing the inner work necessary to increase your value? Have you unleashed your imagination in a quest to heal and supercharge your relationship with money? Have you started to lay the groundwork for the livelihood you want to be doing by March 1, 2009? It's prime time to intensify your efforts in all these tasks. P.S. I suggest that you also cultivate relationships with collaborators who can help you attract resources you'll need for a long time.

Healing my relationship with money? Well I'm working on that slowly. Cultivating relationships with collaborators? Hello, thank you livejournal. Groundwork for the livelihood I want by 2009? What?! Huh?!! I wish I knew what I wanted to be doing in 2009. Every day it's something different. Psychiatrist. Lawyer. Social worker. He misses the mark on wealth: I do not consider myself a wealth-builder. I consider myself a comfort-accumulator. It's not exactly the same thing. It's probably not too far off from what we read about in Bobos in Paradise although I like to think myself above the materialism and excessive expense Brooks describes in his book. So, 2009... it's time I face you. At least I feel like there are a certain number of doors available to me, and that the only thing that will prevent me from opening them is me. (That's who has been doing it all this time, after all...)

I have to go to a class today unexpectedly. I am nigh unto ticked off at this fact.



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Feb. 26th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
Psychiatrist!!!! (MED SCHOOL!!!)
Feb. 27th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC)
i need an academic advisor. and more undergraduate work. and a million dollars.
Feb. 27th, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
2/3 aren't bad! And loan companies love to support med students. If it's what will make you the happiest career-wise, it's what you should do!
Feb. 26th, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
Heh..us Leo's barely know what we're doing tomorrow, much less in 2009. Geeeez. ;)

It appropriate for me, though, as well; I really need to get moving getting my business back up and running. I get discouraged very easily when things aren't going my way, and I know I need to get past that.
Feb. 27th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC)
one thing i know is not in my future: running my own business. i can't handle all the myriad details, egads! if you can run your own business you are a better woman than me.
Feb. 27th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)
Well, obviously, I ran into problems, otherwise I'd still be doing it, hehehe.. But someday, I'd like to do it again.

Its really just a side thing right now. The details are annoying though...taxes and insurance being the worst of it. I can handle everything else.
Feb. 26th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
You could be accumulating a wealth of comfort! Or something. I don't think I'd want to build groundwork for my 2009 livelihood, though. Unless it was in the sense of making sure there would still be a lot of open doors to select from.
Feb. 27th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
I want to be on a road. I want to be on a path that leads somewhere... I know that sounds silly because everyone is and no one really knows where their path is going. But for the first 18-22 years of my life, everything was building towards that day in June of 1997 when I walked across a stage taking a paper that said "BS" on it. (Take that for what you will...) And I suffer from the classic syndrome of most people that let that goal drive them their whole lives, where once it happened I drifted. Drift, drift, drift. I want to take control! But how and of what? I've never been a good captain.
Feb. 27th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)
pardon me while i lecture you about the future ;)
By default, you control your life. Even if you're feeling aimless, you don't have to do anything specific to take control (so there's the how). I'm generally kind of obsessively captainly, but I think the first step to ending the feeling of drift is to make decisions about immediate stuff - not to decide flat out what you want to do in the future. Then generalize the immediate stuff to less immediate stuff (like a job you'd like next year) and generalize that to stuff you'd like to be doing in 2009. The reason I don't get really specific about 2009 is that the intermediate steps will change my ultimate goals. And I like that.

Take the wealth accumulation thing, for example. Most people would like to have money available when they retire. But if you came out of college and looked at how much you'd have to contribute to a retirement account in order to have X dollars when you were 60, it might have freaked you out (it freaked me out, at least). Instead, you could just decide to contribute some amount of money that you could easily part with to retirement, then redecide whenever things changed. In the meantime, your circumstances might change your retirement desires, and you'd end up changing what you saved to meet immediate needs and your changing future goals.

That was supposed to be an analogy that you could also apply to, say, going back to school. Or whatever.
Mar. 2nd, 2004 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: pardon me while i lecture you about the future ;)
Unfortunately, if I let myself take control of immediate stuff all the time, I end up with a small feeling of satisfaction, but not getting any real progress on any large task. One week I clean my room. One week I organize my library. One week I read feminist literature. One week I take up working out. One week I try to get CCNA certified. All sorts of immediate gratification, none of it amounting to anything significant. I feel like maybe it all comes together for some people, but for me it just ends up in useless dilettanteism. Not that what you are saying doesn't resonate, I guess I just maybe don't know how to apply it properly...
Mar. 2nd, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
Re: pardon me while i lecture you about the future ;)
But are your immediate decisions based on any of the previous immediate decisions you made? I think the connection from one thing to the next is how it goes beyond dilettantism (which I don't think is useless) to developing a theme for your life and goals.
Feb. 26th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC)
I'm with you on the comfor-accumulator. I could care less how much money I have, or what people think of me as a result, or what car I drive, etc. However, I like comic books, and I like going out to dinner, thusly, I needs teh monies.
Feb. 27th, 2004 06:55 am (UTC)
The only caveat I will add to this is that I want to be able to /retire/ in some kind of comfort as well, which generally means being careful to amass some wealth.
Feb. 26th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC)
I would imagine you at least don't have to change your schedule as dramatically as you used to for this surprise class...
Feb. 27th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
Oh, if they had sprung a full day of class on me on the previous overnight shift, I would have said, "no".
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