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"You have to look at what you have, not at what you had."

by J. Money on Wednesday, July 30, 2008

toyota highlanderWords of wisdom from the queen of finance herself – Suze Orman (who seems to be popping up everywhere these days!)

I don’t know much about her, but it sure seems like she wants me to :) She’s on every other magazine, or financial show i check out – my favorite being the SNL skits they always do on her! haha…. she’s got one helluva marketing strategy!

But this quote of hers, “You have to look at what you have, not at what you had.” is really something to think about. It’s SO enlightening, yet so simple. I love it! With all my bitching about sucky cab rides, friends trying to “split” the tab, and those whacked-out investors feeding off of emotions, it’s a nice slap in the face to get back to reality. (you can check out her wiki here)

The truth of the matter is that I have a LOT more than I sometimes think, and I’m willing to guess the same goes for you too. Having stable jobs, good families, and nice financial safety nets (even if in theory), beats out those trivial complaints by far. The only problem, of course, is REMEMBERING that you are fortunate enough to have these things – something I should probably focus a bit more on.

That being said though, a little financial bitching every now and then never hurt anyone ;) In fact, it makes life (and blogging) even MORE interesting, not to mention accurate. Not everything that happens to us can be positive, I don’t care if you’re George Bush or Barack Obama……haha sorry, i’m really not sure where i’m going with this…the words just typed themselves out :)

I think there’s a healthy mix of appreciating what we all have, and learning from the reasons why we don’t have what we did yesterday … sprinkled with rants and raves throughout! As for this Suze chick, I’m gonna have to do a little more research and find out how she got this cult following. I heard “The Money Book for the Young Fabulous & Broke” was pretty good, anyone read it?

ps: Thanks for emailing me the quote RSB , it sure got my brain thinking!


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