I love a bit of unexpected motivation. It is most welcome on the long hike towards FI, where the malls of consumerism tower over us on either side with people far smarter than us tempting us to buy shit we don’t need. It’s hard work being smug all the time. I jest of course, but it can feel relentless at times. An unsuspecting Finance Zombie may find themselves shambling through the malls if not careful.
Every now and we need the kind of motivation that leaps out of nowhere and slaps you in the face with a fish.
Both nuggets of motivation
came from speaking to people at work (possibly why they were so potent).
I was talking to a mate about savings and I was feeling a little arrogant when he ventured towards savings rates. “I saved in excess of 50% of my income last month” I chirped.
He patted me on the back and said that he managed to save 81% of his. Wind, Out. Of. My. Sails. I asked how and he looked puzzled and said he didn’t spend anything that month other than that on bills and food. Perhaps it was an exaggeration, and an admitted one off from the man himself, still it was motivating.
I can’t remember exactly how it came about, it was in relation to someone’s ex. The phrase they used came out of nowhere.
“Don’t be shit at life”
Fair one, not even smooth talking Barrack Obama could come up with such a gem in so few words.
Next time it’s cold and raining and I am struggling to get out of my slippers and onto the bike I will utter this under my breath and get on with it. Somehow it seems more apt than Positive Mental Attitude.