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Every so often you get a brilliant idea. You wake up in the middle of the night and say, "GADZOOKS, THIS IS GENIUS!!" And maybe you grab a note pad by your bed and write down your $billion$ idea and then, when you wake up the next morning, you look at the note and try to figure out what you meant when you wrote, “put it online and phzilkygiiisz.”
I know how you feel. My penmanship, which is somewhere between doctor and dachshund, gets even worse in the middle of the night. If I could have read the notes about all my great ideas the next morning, I’d be so rich right now that I’d have someone sitting by the bed all night, just waiting to take dictation.
Until then, I’ll just have to content myself with the recognition that some of those billion-dollar ideas might not have panned out quite as well as hoped. For every idea that hits it big—Pet Rocks, Hula Hoops, carpal tunnel syndrome—another 500 turn out to be expensive flops. I know, because I invested in most of them.
There is something much worse than a bad idea that flops, however. Far more expensive and irritating are all the bad ideas that succeed. We are plagued daily by timesavers and solutions that cause much more trouble than they’re worth. They might have seemed like good ideas at the time, but they come from a box labeled Pandora. My own Hall of Shame includes:
The list goes on and on, but all this whining is tiring me out. Time for me to go take a nap and dream about some great new ideas to improve our lives. If we’re really lucky, I’ll forget all about them before I wake up.
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Some days, you just marvel at how crotchety you’ve become, although in my case there has been a veritable landslide of provocation behind my agitation. To wit…
End of rant, at least for now. Stay tuned for the next time I’m really cranky.
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Good and really cheap advice
Please save me from all the financial experts shoveling good advice on me for the new year, especially as the bar keeps getting set lower and lower for whatever constitutes “good” advice. As I read the papers and the blogs and the news sites so far, here’s the gist of it:
The list goes on, but you get the idea. It’s all the kind of stuff you knew when you were in high school and, if you haven’t paid attention until now, there’s no reason to expect that the click of a calendar is going to change things.
No, what we need is new advice, advice for the life we live today and the world as we (wish we didn’t) know it. To get you started, here are a few suggestions to make you more financially successful:
Following this advice will guarantee you a prosperous New Year, a comfortable retirement and, quite possibly, immortality. Let’s see you get that from one of those name-brand experts.
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