Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Best Predictor of Future Success

It mostly depends on whether one can avoid catastrophic events in their lives or not.

If they have a major health crisis -- which is the most likely disaster people can do something about but don't,  that will drain all one's life savings -- and they won't have the capacity to enjoy any of it.

If they have bad relationships -- including bad financial managers, there goes the whole ball game.

If they drive recklessly, and feel they have to go through their whole bucket list before they die, that could cost them their lives -- or quality of life.

The best predictor of future success, has always been present success: if one is doing the best they can with what they have, they will continue to do so -- probably all their lives.  

If they have no idea what they are doing, but rely on others (experts) to do all their thinking for them, they will be hopelessly lost at the critical times they really need to be right.  So rather than planning for that success sometime in the future, thoughtful people need to be making the best of each day -- as the model for any future success, and not think that it will miraculously materialize when they have a certain amount of money, that big house or fancy car, the latest cosmetic surgery -- or latest "formula for success."

What you do presently, will be what you have -- as well as are, and that is a life worth living -- and not just saving for some future delusion of a fantasy existence.


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