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Fear an Interesting Tool?

Day 4 : What is in Your Safety Deposit Box?

You open the Calendar Box for today and find…

Your Safety Deposit Box open, with the things you put in it: Bonds, Stock Certificates, Wills, Birth Certificates and other important Documents. Does anyone still have that in their box?

More Tales of Plumbing

Continuing on with my story about my home plumbing adventures, we have reached an exciting impasse with our plumbing (the house not my plumbing). What does this have to do with fear as a tool?

To recap, a simple gasket repair has evolved into a plumbing leak, which caused me to open a large hole in my front hallway ceiling. My wife and I are now are at the point where we have a turned-off toilet (at the water valve) a hole in the ceiling and an innate fear of turning the water back on (for the toilet).

Today’s Financial question is: Fear as a tool, or an impediment?

How often have you not done something in your financial world because you feared the consequences? Did it turn out that because of this concern you:

  1. Didn’t do something that you would have regretted later (and thus fear was a good thing)
  2. Didn’t take advantage of something that you now regret (i.e. fear became an impediment and it stopped you from succeeding).

Everyone should understand their “risk thresholds” especially regarding Financial Issues. Know what causes a Flight reaction in your Financial World, and learn why.

My opinion is that Fear is a good thing in life, it stops us from picking fights with UFC fighters or running naked down the street. Fear that is not based in fact, is the problem. Fear is a useless tool if it hinders you from functioning normally, if it motivates you to do something, then it is useful.

Fear is useful, in life and in personal finance if it motivates us to do something about what we fear. Listen to fear, and use it as a tool.

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