Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Tag: finances

499. Good Side

There are a few people you just don’t mess with: your doctor, the person making your food, your mechanic, and those handling your paycheck. Stay on their good side.

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481. Military Enlistment

If you join the military — and I don’t think you necessarily should — follow a few guidelines:

  • If you must enlist, join the Air Force. You’ll have a nicer life and your own place.
  • Don’t enlist “open general”.
  • Only sign up when the contract lists a precise job. But know that the contract has a clause which says they can change your job at their preference and without notice.
  • Take as much school and pass as many CLEP tests as you can while you are in. The military will pay for much of it during your enlistment and your CLEP results will give you college credit without making you pay for or take the classes.
  • If given the opportunity, choose the higher investment into your military college fund. You will need every dollar you can get.
  • The military is not for everyone. If it’s not for you, get out and do what you like. If it is for you, do your best. That should go for everything, though.
  • Yeah, do your best at everything. Don’t be afraid to fail; do your best at everything. You’ll do great.

    439. Instrumental Value

    There are few things worth what you pay for them. Instruments are one of those things, partially for how long they will last and partially for how well they can communicate from your soul.

    404. Quotes: Warren Buffett on Investing

    “Be fearful when others are courageous, and be courageous when others are fearful.”

    —Warren Buffett, speaking of investing in turbulent economies

    327. Quotes: Paul Rand on Money

    “Make lots of money. In your life you will do things you don’t like to do, but they’ll make money. You can use that money to do the things you want to do. It’s really as simple as that.”

    —Paul Rand, designer extraordinaire, in a conversation with John Maeda

    Others have said it other ways: Money is a tool. Or, when dealing in business, be shrewd as serpents and harmless as doves. Or, don’t be a slave to money; make it serve you instead. Or, be trustworthy with the little you have been given to steward so you can be trusted with much more of your own.

    281. Freedom Misconstrued

    Some people think freedom means doing whatever you want whenever you want to do it. That’s not freedom, it’s anarchy. Just think — career, marriage, surgery, acquiring money, mathematics, communication — can you imagine a scenario where this anything-goes-freedom holds true?

    That’s because it doesn’t.

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