The trite statement that a journey of 1000 miles starts with a step, is kind of where I am coming from today. I am just finishing up Stephen King’s Under The Dome which is a very long book and a very long Book on CD as well (over 30 CD’s in length). I enjoyed the book (I listen to books on my drives to and from work), but it has taken a fair amount of time to get through all of the content, but it shows that no matter how big the task, as long as you keep working at it, it will eventually end. Just like audio books long financial journeys take a long time.
Many times a lot of Personal Finance goals seem much like Sisyphus’ tasks (constant and very pointless), but unlike laundry and taking out the garbage (those tasks I do count in the Sisyphean task), if you are trying to pay off a debt and you keep at it, it will eventually go away (as long as your plan to pay it off is sensible).
What types of Personal Finance tasks do I lump into the Sisyphean Challenges list?
- Paying off Credit Card Debt
- Paying back relatives you have borrowed money from
- University Loan pay back
- Paying off your Mortgage
- Building up enough in your RRSP to be able to retire
You get the flavour of what I am talking about, the type of task that unless you had a huge amount of money appear in your lap, it is going to take more than 3 years to complete your task.
All Long Journeys Need to Start
My only advice or comment can be, it is up to you to keep up the challenge you have put before yourself, but if you keep plodding along and following your plan, you will eventually succeed.
My next book for commuting is going to be Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol yes, I figure I’ll be lucky to be nearly finished it by the time that Labour Day rolls around, but not starting it means I’ll never finish it either.