The Cycle of Insanity: Continuing to do the Same Thing and Expecting a Different Result
It is interesting to me to see the amount of people who fall into this cycle. We are told time and time again to go to school, get good grades and go out and get a good job. And a majority of people follow this advice in hopes of achieving the American Dream but the dream turns into a nightmare when our job is not providing enough income to cover our expenses. So most people go out and get a second job to increase their income to cover their expenses. Sounds like a good idea but the problem with this is that working another job means you are spending more time away from your family and friends, more time not doing the things you would like to do and more time building someone elses dream and not your own. We know countless people who are in this position yet there are countless more who are traveling down the exact same path but expecting to arrive at a different destination.
A study was done on a graduating class from a prominent university and by the age of 65, 95% of the class was either dead or broke and only 5% was financially independent. It is safe to assume that they all would like to have been financial independent yet only 5% made that dream become a reality. These numbers illustrate that a majority of people will be either dead or broke by 65 and only a small minority will be financial independent. So in understanding that most people will not be where we want why do we do what most people do? If we truly want to be rich why not follow in the footsteps of the rich instead of following the lead of those who will be dead or broke by age 65?
I started off this blog with the Cycle of Insanity, which is continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different result, to show that doing what most people do will not get you what few people have. So to summarize, if you want something different try something different!