The Katana: Spring Cleaning and Moving Forward
So that’s it. One quarter of the year is done, and a new quarter begins. How’d you do? Did you just meet expectations set forth in the 4th quarter of 2009? Or did you beat expectations and prove to your shareholders and yourself that you’re investment worthy? Executives of public companies go through this thought process all the time, and so should you.
There’s never been a better time than right now to go through all the clutter in the house and donate it all away. Clutter should drive you nuts, because it’s a sign of excess. Why do you need 7 pairs of jeans, 50 pairs of shoes, and all those magazines? You don’t! I don’t and I’m very disappointed in myself for accumulating so much junk over the years.
It really makes me sick to have so much stuff. When I lived in a studio apartment, the place was filled with crap. Now I live in a house, and it’s no different. Consumerism has infiltrated me thoroughly. On the bright side, thank goodness for counterbalancing mechanisms. If a person never feels full (sick of clutter), they’ll eat until they explode! Today, let’s de-clutter and simplify.
MARCH FAVORITE POSTS ON FINANCIAL SAMURAI
Heads up Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Bloomberg, if you want to do an interview, better let us know quick because The Samurai Fund is now up 11.5% vs. only +5.6% for the S&P year-to-date! LEN, HAR, BIG are leading the way.
HIGHLIGHT POSTS FROM AROUND THE SPHERE
* “Successfully Work From Home” by new Yakezie Challenger Craig Ford guest posts on Ryan Patrick’s site on a topic which many of us would love to do one day!
* “Dealing With Dread“ is a fun video clip by entrepreneur Beth Andrus highlighting how to neutralize dread. It’s all about proper association. I hate doing push-ups and sit-ups, but that’s exactly what I do after every post because I link writing with exercise.
* “Saving Money By Staying Healthy” is a hilarious read by Money Reasons which any germaphobe will appreciate!
There are 60 members now working towards a common goal. With three months left to our deadline, may I suggest focusing our efforts on getting to know and support 10 less familiar members in the group per month from here on out? This way, we’ll ensure a tighter weave when we enter the second challenge after July 4th!
Our current challenge of improving the activity on our sites will never really end. It’s just important that we get ourselves in as good a shape as possible before we take on new initiatives. It’s like a boxer training for six months before a fight, or an astronaut going through all the necessary modules before launch. The more prepared we are, the more success we will have in stage two! I’m so excited about the next challenge, I can’t wait to formulate and share with you all the game plan. Write on challengers, write on!
Sam @ Financial Samurai – “Slicing Through Money’s Mysteries”
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