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Direct from my desk – week 38

With any purchase, large or small, it’s tempting to keep up with the Joneses.  Do not fall into this trap!

You may find that you have one or more persons in your life that will be less-than-supportive about your purchases.  Your phone isn’t the newest model, your car isn’t big enough, your house is in the wrong neighborhood.  Pay no attention to them.  Invariably their disdain is masking their insecurities and they’re looking to put you down to make themselves feel better. Resist the temptation to strike back, merely remove them from your life.  If you can not remove them, insulate your life against them as much as possible.

More stuff will only complicate your life.  Buy only what you can comfortably afford.  There will always be a next best something but honestly, you don’t need it.  Advertising is based on creating a need and they create that need by convincing you that you’re not good enough just as you are. Figure out what you truly need (hint: it’s less than you think) and buy no more or no less.  No thing is ever worth your peace-of-mind.


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