For those who are not aware Sean Cooper came to the media attention a while ago when he talked about how he worked very hard to pay off his house in a short period of time (three years). Sean has also written a very interesting book (the amazon link is on this page, book is out soon).
Sean’s story is not that unique in my circle of friends, I know a few folks who worked very hard to get out of debt quickly. With my friends stories, they had two solid incomes, and made it their goal to pay off their house in less than 5 years (and not in the Toronto Real Estate market). Sean’s story is a little extreme (in that he worked more than 2 jobs at times and did other extreme savings tricks) but still to be applauded.
How Can You Hate Sean Cooper ?
Do I hate Sean Cooper? Evidently the Internet does (if you look at the stories about him, the comment section is peppered with angry folks who disagree with how Sean did it, and how it is unrealistic to assume this is possible). Let me be clear, Sean’s method is possible, if you want it.
No, I do not hate Sean Cooper, I have met him at a conference, he seems like a very nice young man (remember I am an old fart). He cannot loathed for his lifestyle, he should be applauded for setting a tough goal, and then making it happen. Could I have done it? I doubt it, but I do compliment him for accomplishing his goal. Am I jealous of him? Absolutely!
Can you Do What Sean Did?
Can you do this? Positively, it is not easy, but possible (if you have a job, and a lot of self-control (if you have two incomes, why aren’t you doing this?)). Should you do this? That is up to you, but I would suggest reading Sean’s book and see that parts of his concepts you can use in your life to get out of debt quickly.
Examples of Trolls of Mr. Cooper
The CBC article had some classic troll comments about Sean’s story. These are just so amazingly venomous (and I can’t figure out why they are so pissed off at him):
- “…Another media PR job to whitewash the economy misery of the youth. 100 hours of work a week = over 14 hours of work a day, every day. …”
- “…On the upside, he did die a rich man. However, since he didn’t have a social life and had no children, the state took it all. …”
- “…Why isn’t anyone asking where a 25 year old got a nearly 200,000 dollar down payment? I’d say he HARDLY was living like a pauper. …”
Reading the comments on the article is almost more entertaining (but again, why so negative?). I look forward to reading his book.