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Author: dianakalt Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 311084  
Subject: Re: Then, now, and someday Date: 7/18/2006 10:57 AM
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So what was "the Event" that woke you up from our societally induce consumer hypnotism and made you realize the path to freedom?

I can honestly say there was not one particular event on the order of a busted transmission that made me "wake up". I am VERY fortunate that I was turned on to good financial habits pretty early in my life.

During my first job after I got out of college, I worked with two smart guys in their early to mid forties who took an interest in young people and espoused frugality, debt payoff, and retirement savings. These guys cautioned me against spending my whole income, which they had seen so many other young consultants do, and they helped me understand 401k's and IRAs and such. One of them was the guy who actually pointed me to TMF, for which I am eternally grateful.

If it were not for these gentlemen, I don't know how I would have gotten through the first few years of my career financially. I lost 2 jobs due to the tech bust, and in one year spent like 7 months out of work - but I was able to keep myself together. I did add debt during that time, but I did it as part of a PLAN (to conserve cash while out of work) and when I got my current job I immediately began executing a plan to pay the debt off.

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