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    Quote Originally Posted by Incognito View Post
    Since anything can happen to anyone, I feel that some of the more critical generalities in this thread need to be balanced with the wisdom learned from living and observing life.

    There are so many situations where one person might call another person a failure, but only God can judge correctly.
    And there are so many circumstances that can profoundly affect a person's life resulting in a continual drain on finances and resources, (through no fault of their own).
    The assessment of a person's worth as a human being must not depend on financial status or even material well-being, but on the inherant dignity and worth of a person's life and character.

    IE: A number of great artists and musicians were very poor--and died poor, yet their positive contribution to the world is indisputable.
    And many unknown poor people have been a blessing to the lives of their families, friends and society in general. We all know such people, and they are remembered and valued long after they are gone.
    And then there are those who tried and failed, who should not be disrespected either, since their lives count before God, and they are valued to those who know them best in spite of their faults.

    Perhaps we need to define, or redefine the term "failure", since we're all human, make mistakes, and are involved in life's struggles together.
    I think the point of this thread is more about the ways that people sabotage themselves financially, rather than about their eventual "success" or "failure", which is always subject to individual perception.

    I don't think anyone on this board percieves people who don't "get rich" as failures. Face it, many of us are poor ourselves, or certainly were once. And most of us, if we're lucky and work really hard at it will achieve financial stability and security... but will never be "wealthy".

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    TheVail FTW.

    The title is "Tips for Failure - Or - How to Guarantee a Life Of Being Broke"
    not "Tips for Failure - Or - How to NOT be rich"

    One need not be rich to be a success. Heck, one CAN be broke, and be a success, if one's goals aren't monetary.

    But the number of people who genuinely, truly, honestly don't factor money at ALL into their measure of success is very small. The missionary doctor who chooses poverty in a 3rd world country to help others because nothing in the world is more important to her - she's a success.

    The couple with 4 naked dirty babies in the slums who live on welfare and aspire to do nothing meaningful with their lives but live off of whatever they can wheedle, con or steal are not.

    And no, thank you, I am NOT calling everyone who lives in the slums a con artist baby producing leech on society, only using those that DO exist as examples...

    The point is, if you spend more time at the end of the month worrying about how there's more month than money, you can hardly consider yourself a success, can you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greebo View Post
    The point is, if you spend more time at the end of the month worrying about how there's more month than money, you can hardly consider yourself a success, can you?
    No life spent worrying rather than living can ever be considered a success by any yardstick.

    And in the interest of fairness...

    The couple with a whole smile between them, and spare cars, spare kids and spare tires all over the yard in front of their trailer in the midwest with no plans and an "it was good enough for my pa.." attitude... are also NOT a success story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thevail View Post
    No life spent worrying rather than living can ever be considered a success by any yardstick.

    And in the interest of fairness...

    The couple with a whole smile between them, and spare cars, spare kids and spare tires all over the yard in front of their trailer in the midwest with no plans and an "it was good enough for my pa.." attitude... are also NOT a success story.
    If its the life they want to live? That's their call.

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    Oh, yeah... just they're usually on welfare too. Just amusing myself balancing the negative racial stereotype with another negative racial stereotype wherein the financial situation is equal although most other factors are different.

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    What racial stereotype?

    I grew up in Wheeling, WV. Most of our slum/project families were white.

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    Don't be content with what you have. If we don't need those things why do the Jonses have them and why do they advertise them on TV?

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    Don't turn the cable off even if you can't feed your kids.

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    Keep telling yourself "I don't waste money" after stopping off at Mickey D's or buying that new whatever-it-is.

    Ignore the difference between a NEED and a WANT.

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    Dont make your current boyfriend work, but spend time hassleing your ex-husband who is off at basic training and pays his child support on time for more money and guilt him by saying that bc he isnt around he is a bad father. Sorry, but in my opinion, this person needs to worry about feeding her child with the money the babys father sends and not about going to the nine inch nails concert the following week.

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    The bible say the {LOVE }of money is the root of all evil
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    Quote Originally Posted by piney View Post
    The bible say the {LOVE }of money is the root of all evil
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    I am unclear on your point here, please expand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greebo View Post
    I am unclear on your point here, please expand?
    In your post you left out love

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    Quote Originally Posted by piney View Post
    In your post you left out love
    In *my* post? Which post please?

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    I loved this thread..so I am bumping it up for newbies to add their comments.

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