Money Mistake | One of My Poor Life Choices
If we had to we could probably count 99 problems. Here’s one of mine…When I was 22 years old I made one of the worst poor life choices. I bought a set of car rims for $999.99. You might be thinking, “What’s so bad about that?”. Well, let me explain where I was at that year and why it was one of my poor life choices.
About 4 months earlier my brother and I had both quit our jobs and decided to move out to San Diego. I was working for a company out of New York but in their Tokyo branch doing Marketing. I was making a competitive salary while living in a paid company apartment with a maid. For a young twenties adult male this was Awesome!
Why’d I quit then? This might seem silly to you but…I had recently watched Office Space and knew I needed to quit my desk job and move to sunny San Diego. Just kidding! It could be true though, for some. I quit because I wanted to go back to school. I knew marketing wasn’t for me and I wanted to get my bachelors. I didn’t know what in but I wanted to be the first in my family to finish college. So I left my comfortable lifestyle and moved to San Diego with my brother. We drove cross country from Greenwich, CT to San Diego and started a whole new life. This wasn’t my poor life choice though.
As you all know, going to school and working is no easy task. I had become spoiled with the salary I was making and I couldn’t find anything close. Even jobs I didn’t want but good paying I couldn’t get. My brother on the other hand found an enjoyable job with a decent wage. My bank account was taking a hit and so was my confidence.
It is in moments of personal crisis that we face tough decisions. It is here that our character and fortitude stand out.
Unfortunately I made a bad decision – A Poor Life Choice. To boost my confidence I went and bought a set of rims for $999.99 with additional cost for tax and installing. I look back now and I don’t know what I was thinking. There went a third of my bank account on car rims. To make it worse the rims cost a third of my cars value. You get the picture? I probably looked like one of those twenty something’s in a cheap car trying to throw some bling on it to look “cooler” than I was. It’s hilarious thinking about it now.
This taught me a lot. It taught me about my poor financial decisions and also exposed how fragile my confidence was. I was placing value and worth in material possessions instead of character traits like responsibility and honor. I was looking for worth in the wrong places. But we live and we learn, and we walk away a better man. Got 99 Problems? Poor life choices will happen. We can’t avoid that. But we can avoid making similar ones twice.
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