By Flea - Be A Survivor
I am a big proponent of reading, almost everything I know I have picked up from reading books. I never really had anyone that could show me anything. My dad was a great father but wasn't really particularly great at anything. He gave me attention, love and advice when needed which is more than some folks get. My grandfather was hard man who showed little emotion and even less interest in me. I never met my fathers dad as he split when my dad was 17. So I never had anyone take me out back and show me how to fix the car, build anything or any of that kind of stuff.
Don't cry for me Argentina because things have worked out just fine. I am what Mayberry would call a "resourceful feller". I got that way by reading a shit load of stuff about a shit load of things. The one thing reading did for me was get me a good career. I only just graduated from college but have made quite a nice 14 year (and counting) career in IT by reading, studying, and getting vendor certifications in a crap load of stuff.
I have always been good with money but people laugh when they talk to me because I am so cheap when it come to certain stuff. I learned many techniques on being said tightwad by, you guessed it, reading. There are a ton of book on that subject in particular and I have a few more on the way that I just ordered. I will try and review them for you guys when I finally get to read them. One book I can recommend if you are in debt is Debt-Proof Living: The Complete Guide to Living Financially Free (Debt-Proof Living (Paperback)),it is a great book and changed my life when I read it about 5 years ago. I was hardly in substantial debt but I did have some, it provided some basic guidance on how to move forward and get out of a hole.
I will give a whirl at fixing most things before I break down and call a professional but I also know when I am out of my league. Reading opens a lot of doors, even if it just peaks your interest, it may direct you towards a path where more substantial learning can occur. It all starts though when doing that initial research in the form of reading.
There is nothing better than cracking open a book on a subject you are interested in learning about and digesting the first few chapters. It is almost like a flood of information has been released and to use a common analogy you almost feel like you are drinking from a fire hose. The key is to slow down and approach everything with the expectation you are not and may never be an expert in that given subject BUT knowledge is indeed power.
I feel a bit guilty because I have a bunch of books calling me to read them but I have been so busy. No excuse I need to get back to basics and dedicate some time each day to reading. IT IS that important. You do the same.
BTW I picked up a CASE (12) of Rayovac Industrial Flashlights (the kind that use 2 D batteries) for about 30 bucks on eBay, about $2.50 a piece...not too bad. The deals are there, but as they used to in Hill Street Blues, "Be careful out there."
...that is all.
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