“Regrets, I have a few.. but then again, too few to mention.” Maybe Ol’ Blue Eyes said it best, and as I start to write this post, I am thinking of just a few past experiences that leave blemishes on my life. Granted, I’m not even 40 and plan to live until at last 80, so I may revisit this over time if websites are still a thing by then.
One of the biggest regrets that I have revolves around work. I know that it’s romantic to watch movies and get choked up when the actor or actress says something along the lines of “you’re not going to look back on your life and wish you had worked harder… you will wish you spent more time with your family/friends…” This is probably not a marketing message, but unless you’re a wealthy family that can simply earn all the cash flow you need (and then some) from dividends, then work, sacrifice, and investing should be priority number one. As a society, we focus too much on gossip anyway, which is why the Kardashians are producing the level of money they do – it’s valuable to this society.
NOTE: I am not criticizing their family at all. Good for them for taking advantage of public opinion and exploiting it for massive gains. I think it’s awesome that they’ve played the cards dealt with precision.
I wish I would have worked more. I wish I would have focused on what matters when you work more. I haven’t had a normal job since 2001, mostly relying on my own abilities to add value to clients in return for payments. Sometimes those were split with employers or employees or partners or affiliates. In all cases, it was a commission only sink or swim model. I’ve spent too much time focused on learning and analysis (mostly because that was my value add) and too little time asking others to buy from me.
I wish I would have invested more. I owned Apple at a split-adjusted price of $1.95. I had Checkpoint Software at $14. I owned Bank of America at $5. So on and so on… but not enough money was put into them and I never held long enough.