You Must Have This


This weekend marked the end of my son Hudson’s 13U travel baseball season. A real bummer, but he did finish with a bang!

Baseball has a lot to teach us about life because it is a game of failure.

Getting a hit 3 out of 10 times is massively good.

That means 7 out of 10 times the hitter sits down after getting up to bat. Yet, if you can get a hit 3 out of 10 times you’re a prized hitter!

To hit .300, you must remain optimistic, especially after starting zero for seven.

Optimism is tough for a lot of people right now.

As the news cycle talks about the resurgence of the pandemic and the number of people dying and who have died from the virus, my heart breaks.

The loss of jobs and number of small businesses that have been hurt is real and devastating. These facts are not to be ignored or minimized.

The current social unrest, along with toxic and political divisiveness, is disheartening to say the least, but it will hopefully bring about positive change.

However, there is MUCH to be optimistic about. Human lifespans are increasing. The standard of living for most has never been higher. More people are achieving higher levels of education. Medical care is more accessible. And household incomes continue to go up.

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To be a successful investor and to achieve desired retirement results you must have what I call, Realistic Optimism or Optimistic Realism.

This incorporates the realities of the present, which may be disheartening, along with a future outlook that is bright. And the future IS bright.

In the short-term there will be tough days, market downturn, disappointing news, and discouraging developments. But in the long-term things look bright!

Don’t ever lose this Realistic Optimism when it comes to your retirement, or you’ll most likely make decisions that could cost you the future you might have otherwise been able to enjoy.

Wealth is more than money. Don’t just plan for your future, live it right now.


“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

― Helen Keller

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