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The other day in Reader’s Digest – which I read mostly for the reader-written humorous anecdotes and silly cartoons – I came across a quote from Peter Buffett.

It is an act of love to say, “I believe in you as my child, and you don’t need my help.”

On his billionaire father Warren’s refusal to help during financial hardship.

Isn’t it wonderful?

Do me a favor.  Put it in your card printing software now, print out 10 cards and tape them to your cubicle wall, refrigerator, mirror, windshield, toilet lid, children, forehead, lunch, television and bank statement.  


Pride is a major motivator for why we handle our money the way we do. 

It can be positive: saving enough to make sure we never burden our children when we retire.

It can also be negative: purchasing more stuff than we can truly afford in order to give the appearance of financial prosperity. 

Pride is what tells us to hide our mistakes and to be ashamed when our financial efforts fall short or when we fail to make an effort at all.  Pride can make us hold ourselves to a higher standard than we hold everyone else.  Pride can be a humongous downer, demotivator and can even make the situation worse.

Nobody’s perfect.  I’m surprised your mother hasn’t already told you this. 

This thought brings me to the heart of this post: successful people, who you are undoubtedly measuring your own success against, made/make/will make mistakes too. 

When I started writing this, oh, about thirty minutes ago, I had Sam Walton in mind (you know, the founder of Wal-Mart?).  Did you know that Sammy filed for bankruptcy? Him and quite a few others:

  • Macy’s
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Hershey’s Chocolates
  • Heinz Ketchup
  • Donald Trump
  • Lady Gaga

You did know that?

Well did you know that Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple, was actually fired from Apple?

In his 2005 Commencement Address to Stanford (WATCH IT), he names this so-called failure, “the best thing that ever happened to me.”  It was during that time in his life that the college dropout invented NeXT, founded Pixar and met his wife.

Talk about making lemonade.


Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick.  Don’t lose faith. 

Steve Jobs

A brick to the head won’t necessarily kill you, but it will probably concus you.  Maybe you should invest in a helmet.

And don’t let your pride and your past mistakes discourage you from achieving your goals from this point on.

Article publié pour la première fois le 09/11/2010