And if so, how would you write it?
Would you start at the beginning, where you didn’t have a say in how things were done? Where much of your story involves luck in having the right people around you making the decisions?
Would you start in the middle where you were faced with the decisions to dictate your life and how those decisions impacted your future?
Or, would you start at the end, where you are older and wiser with important lessons to share with others?
Would you share only the good parts of your life, or share all of the ups and downs that you have encountered? Would you share your secrets, those things that are the most personal and painful? The things that you wish were different or that you could have changed?
Recently I have begun to think about how I would like my story to be told. And as much as I have thought about sharing those dark and painful moments, I would rather focus on the positive aspects of my life. The things that brought me the most joy including the people who have joined me on my journey and impacted my life in a positive way.
As I have gotten older, I realize that we all have a story to tell. And most of our stories include those difficult moments. It is rare that someone gets to escape the trials and tribulations of life. Some may have it easier than you, but then again, some may have it harder than you. Sometimes it may come down to chance, rather than effort. But we all try the best we can to overcome the obstacles that are put in front of us.
Investing is similar to your story. There are ups and downs and the journey may seem uncomfortable at times. But withstanding those times makes you stronger. Keep focused on the positive and feel confident that your plan is set up for your success. Write your own story. And pass those investing lessons to those around you. It will make their story all the better!
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