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Things that mess you up

December 4, 2008

“If there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Fighting words, often used to get out of tough situations.

Nothing illustrates how these words can mess up people’s heads better than one guest on the Suze Orman show last week. If you don’t know, Suze has a show on NBC where she dishes out financial advice to ordinary folks like you and me. She reminds me of my mom in many ways. Don’t spend! Save your money! Clean your room! Yada yada yada. Good stuff.

I’m digressing. Anyway, the guest was a lady who finally decided that her credit card debt of $900,000 was a bit of a burden to carry. On top of that she still owes the bank close to a million bucks for her house. Her household income together with her husband? $9,000 a month.

So what did this lady do to rack up almost a million bucks on her credit card? Oh the usual stuff – jewelry, home renovation, furniture, wide-screen LCD tv’s, etc. I guess she feels so good about her belongings she even made a home documentary to show off her jewelry collection and beautiful house.

Her financial position is simple. She owes far more than she’s worth or is ever able to make to pay off her debts. Technically, she’s bankrupt. And for someone so deep in doo-doo, she looked eerily calm, even slightly amused.

Asked if she would sell her house, she responded, “Nope. Ain’t gonna happen.”

Asked how she intends to repay her debts, the response was something like, “Well, that’s why I came to your show. I need help.”

Pressed further on why she won’t sell off the house seeing that she’s technically bankrupt, she said coolly, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Bingo. Words that move mountains.

There’s optimism and there’s blind optimism. In the land of blind optimism, logic, mathematics, and the law of gravity stop working. Its kinda like being in a kindergarten sandbox except this one’s for grownups.

So you close your eyes, make a strong wish and whoosh, all the right solutions will fly to you like a magnet.

Hey, I think we just found the perfect solution to the US economy. Choose a day in December, get all Americans in front of the TV and have a host say, “Althogether now, lets make a strong willed wish that the recession will disappear! One…two…three…go!” and wham, the right solutions will fly to America like a magnet. Damn, why isn’t this lady in the White House?

If there’s a will, there’s a way.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. LC Teh permalink
    December 4, 2008 12:43 pm

    Sounds nearly like CEO of certain motor corporations going bankrupt yet flying private jets…

    or

    Someone’s been watching ‘The Secret’ and believing every word?

    The Secret thing sounds more plausible, hehe. Its also called the head in the sand syndrome. 😀

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