Things will just come together if you keep on persisting

Things will just come together

Things will just come together if you consistently do the right things. I know life can be frustrating. Believe me. I’ve been as frustrated as anyone.

However, if you consistently develop good habits, things will just come together.

For instance, financially, we started off with absolutely nothing. We had a child out of wedlock. Everything seemed to be going downhill.

Then, we made consistent changes. They may seem like they weren’t a big deal, but as I’ve said before, little good habits add up.

I went to Grad school for a certain certification just so I could get a decent paying job. I ended up at a startup, busting ass and working very long hours. It paid off since I made five figures in stock alone.

Now, that may not sound like a big deal, but it was enough to put a down payment on a piece of shit condo. We flipped that piece of shit condo and made another five figures.

And of course, the whole time, I was filling my savings and retirement accounts.

Little things add up

This is the thing – little things add up until they become big things. We ended up getting married and decided that we’d work as a team, even if it was us against the world. That changed our mindsets big time.

We timed the market right with that condo flip, and with that money, bought two more houses. Meanwhile, we kept on putting money into our savings and retirement accounts.

Now, all this sounds so boring to a lot of people. Then, to these same people who find it boring, they will later on be the same assholes who say “oh, you’re just lucky.”

It’s not luck, my friends. It’s persistence. If you and your spouse make a plan and stick to it, you’ll succeed. You just need to keep persisting.

That’s the trick. Life will throw all kinds of curve balls at you. I’ve been laid off multiple times. I’ve been laid off because a company lost its main client. Of course I’ve been in companies that went under. And, I’ve even been in a company that was too good, so a bigger company bought us out and laid us all off.

You have a have a safety net for this bullshit. I suggest that if you’re married, have one income go to paying off bills and the other income going to funding both your savings accounts and your retirement accounts. That will often mean driving piece of shit cars and not owning a television.

Don’t try to impress your neighbors

It’s funny. I told this story a long time ago and it’s buried on this website.

Either last year or the year before, I was talking to an apartment owner who drives a Honda Accord. His tenants all have BMWs and Mercedes Benz’s. The owner, you know the guy with real net worth? He drives a Honda Accord.

Is something wrong with that picture?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not some cheap ass bastard who doesn’t tip my server. I always tip big because I want good service. Servers know that when I come to their table, they’re going to get good tips and they know me and my wife and always treat us better than the other tables.

But I’m talking about gizmos and gadgets and liabilities. I have an iPhone 5c. It’s old and I’m always having to delete shit as my phone keeps filling up with space. Oh, the horrors!

And for cars, I’ve always driven Saturns, the best cars ever made. Do you know why they went out of business? Because for one, they were so cheap. And for another, they never broke down so you never had to pay for repairs.

I got so many miles out of my Saturns. But you see? I don’t have to impress anyone. I’d rather work on my next vacation and put my extra money in my band.

America has plenty of cool places to visit

When you’re starting out young and broke, plan a car trip. America has tons of cool places to visit. Don’t just take my word for it. Visit some travel blogs and get ideas from them. This shot is of the Manitou Cliff Dwellings in Colorado.

Gas, food, and cheap motels is all you need. Your family may not appreciate these road trips when the kids are young. But believe me, they’ll talk about them years later!

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Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie.

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