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    Advice I'm glad I ignored

    Not sure where to post this, but I've been thinking about advice I'd been given over the years that I'm glad I ignored. Not saying I've made all the right choices over 6 decades, but it's instructive looking back, so here goes:

    1. Don't go to college, just get a job at Sears because they have a good pension.
    2. Buy a Yugo.
    3. Just lease a car, never buy one.
    4. Don't have just one child, they'll be spoiled.
    5. Never take money out of your 401(k). I took $10,000 out in the 1990s to purchase my primary home, and have used the equity in this home several times including in 2011 when I bought a small rental house. It's been my best financial decision and is a big part of my net worth.


    Anyway, that's the big 5 that I can think of. Anyone else?

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    To keep away from that bad boy the next street over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    To keep away from that bad boy the next street over.
    haha, I LOVE this!

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    You're just 19. Don't get married...you're too young.
    You have to have kids. Why don't you have kids?


    38.5 years and we're happier than we've ever been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    haha, I LOVE this!
    Me, too! I definitely ignored that advice!

    Other advice I ignored:

    "You should wait until [you have a house/you're financially stable] before you have a baby." And when I ignored that advice, I also ignored this:

    "Well, you know, you can have an abortion."
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    - Girls can't be engineers (my high school guidance counselor)
    - Boys don't like smart girls (from my mom)
    - You'll be sorry if you don't have kids (many folks over the years, including my MIL who stated- who will take care of you when you're old. Guess what, all of her kids other than my husband couldn't be bothered)

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbgeek View Post
    - You'll be sorry if you don't have kids (many folks over the years, including my MIL who stated- who will take care of you when you're old. )
    When people said that to me I responded "That is a CRUEL reason to have children". I took care of Mom because I wanted to, not because it was expected. She did NOT expect it, had selected a facility to care for her and was quite surprised to be taken home from the hospital for those final 7 weeks.. That makes it even more special.

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    "You are stupid to keep working for the Federal Government. You can make so much more money outside."

    Retired after 31 years. Those same people are telling me now that "you were so lucky to get a Federal Government job."

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    Invest in the stock market.

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    “Be yourself.” - I think most of us can do better than that.

    “Pursue your passion and the money will follow. “ Only if your passion is making money.

    “Violence never solved anything.” - Tell that to Hitler.

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