You can't help but turn on the television or computer right now
and see all the hoopla surrounding this election season. Promises
are a dime a dozen at this time of the year.
Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you to take their word
on it, whether in big or small elections. The list of promised
accomplishments addresses the poor to the rich, those with jobs and
those without, and so on. While I do my best to pay attention to
the big issues, I come to realize as I get older, the more you have
been around the block, the less politicians actually accomplish in
relation to their promises.
I know this concept of useless politicians is no revelation to
most folks out there, but in my line of work, I have to look at
numbers as well. When I see data telling us that inflation is a
non-issue, yet practically every bill I pay has gone up year over
year, not to mention the rising daily expenses we all face, it
becomes obvious that governmental words and numbers can't really be
trusted. You have to be able to figure out for yourself how much
money you actually need to afford things like owning your own home,
and not listen to a generalization from every market commentator
under the face of the sun, that "there has never been a better time
to own a home EVER!" Note they seem to say this same thing year
after year, in good markets and bad.
In the professional world, this concept is no different. You'll
likely be promised many things throughout the course of your career
("we don't have money at this time for a raise, but you are going
to be first in line when the time is right", "I know the manager
there and you are as good as hired, when they actually will need
someone of course", "I will get right back to you with this if I
ever can make enough time to do so"). How many of these promises
actually paid off? Not many, I'll bet.
You see, most people have the right intentions - and even the
right words - but the actual results tend to tell a different
Now here's the upside to the world of empty promises. This is a
great time to take advantage of bad information. If you have the
passion and can identify the right path to take in your career,
your finances, and your personal life, you are going to leapfrog
the many who remain stuck in the same place with the same excuses
and with the worst results.
Actually delivering what you say you will these days is what
stands out. We get numerous e-mails from subscribers who are
ecstatic that they are able to see real results from their
investment portfolios. It's almost as if they were expecting the
opposite to happen! People have been conditioned to be disappointed
over and over, so when you actually show them some real results,
they are amazed.
So if you take a good hard look at some key issues in your life,
and ignore the noise surrounding them, I'm sure you'll be able to
make some big improvements. You can take my word on it!
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