Aug 032015
 

The wisdom of what not to do

The famous investor Charlie Munger once said, “A lot of success in life and business comes from knowing what you want to avoid: early death, a bad marriage, etc.” I think this quote, much like an elevator operator, speaks to me on many different levels. ­čśÇ

Often deciding what not to do is just as important as deciding what to do. If investing in profitable companies such as Cineplex, and Mondelez┬áis how I’m generating profits each year, then not buying lousy investments is how I’m able to hold onto my gains. A strong combination of financial offense and┬ádefense is the best recipe. ­čÖé A few years ago a marketer I met at a real estate seminar suggested I should invest in distressed houses in Detroit. His pitch was interesting, but I ultimately refused the offer because it was outside of my comfort level. ­čśÉ ┬áI’ve saved a lot of money by knowing to simply┬ánot partake in something I don’t understand.

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Too many teenagers in the world are still picking up the costly habit of smoking. Buying a pack of cigarettes every day can cost more than $5,000 a year. There’s also the immense cost to one’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking costs the United States $300 billion a year in medical care and lost productivity.

Too many high school graduates rush off into college without considering all their options. Sometimes it’s better to postpone university. It’s okay to not┬ádo what all our friends are doing. Sometimes we need to take some time off to discover what we really want to do with our lives.

Too many people rush into marriage without really thinking it through. This leads to a higher chance of separation later on. ­čÖü If the goal is to end up in a happy, stable relationship then being single is miles ahead of being in an unhappy marriage. Single people are already free to meet others and develop compatible, long lasting relationships. But incompatible couples who are in dysfunctional marriages have to first divorce and reconcile any baggage they may have before they’re finally ready to date again.

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Apr 202012
 

It’s been a pretty busy week for people here in the Greater Vancouver area. Hockey playoffs, teachers taking job action, elections, and 4/20. I feel like the week went by way too fast. To unwind for the weekend here are some┬áinnovative┬áideas to save either time or money, or otherwise make our hectic lives a little more simple and manageable.

simple life hacks

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┬áThe wooden spoon suggestion works perfectly. I made soup yesterday and tried it out. The bubbles didn’t even build up high enough to touch my spoon. Why did I not know about this before (-_-‘)┬áI’m not sure about the elevator trick though. I’ve only tried it a couple of times in my apartment and it appeared to have worked but I don’t know if that was just coincidence in both cases, lol. Feel free to share any┬áquirky or interesting┬áideas you may have.