A friend asked for my thoughts about “what he should do” regarding the changes that are about to happen within the US Government.
My quick answer was “do nothing.”
..but there is a lot we can do.
I spent the days after the election teaching my kids to read, helping with math and working on the family’s open water skills.
My advice to “do nothing” is based on the following…
#1 – if you are adjusting strategy more than once a decade then you don’t have an effective strategy // if you truly feel the need to change then there is a structural problem within your family plan
#2 – you should consider tweaking strategy when your life changes (not the ruling party) – unemployment, impending retirement, new dependents, less dependents, major illness, wealth transfers // external surprises are going to happen all the time — spend your emotional energy preparing yourself to stay-the-course, not feeding your fears
#3 – the best time to sell high-quality assets is “never”
#4 – all the emotional energy and financial wealth spent on elections is better allocated to the next generation of your family
#5 – the richest people in America are about to feel a whole lot richer // stay invested and, if you sell to rich people then, raise your prices
#6 – with Elaine Chao’s appointment, the pieces are falling in place for a major domestic infrastructure initiative — this strikes me as a whole lot better (for everyone) than nation building via Asian land wars
#7 – don’t build capacity, or leverage, to the peak // the next recession is likely to be large
#8 – there will be excellent buying opportunities in all our futures // I’ve been researching my next major purchase since before the last recession
The hive-mind has been wrong all year. Glaringly wrong!
I ask myself, “Have they ever been right?!”
Spending time infecting our minds with media noise is the worst thing we can do for clear thinking. Turn off the media, learn persuasion psychology and study history.
Know that the largest gains in your family’s human capital come from self-improvement, ever stronger marriages and educating the next generation.
- Financially – stay the course
- Individually – incremental positive change
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