Thursday, December 13, 2007

Financial Cartography

"One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter."

-Lewis Carroll

OK, remember the last time you took a long trip in your car? What was that one thing you made sure you had before you left? A road map, perhaps? "Here we are at Point A, and here is our destination at Point B."

You knew exactly where you were going.
You checked the route ahead of time.
You carried a reference guide with you.
You had a pretty good idea of how long it would take.
You made note of any sight-seeing opportunities.
You packed a first-aid kit.
You packed food and drink.
You checked your car's maintenance items.
You gassed up on the way out of town.
Etc, etc, etc.

The point is - you did everything you could think of to ensure that the journey would be as pleasant as possible and that you would arrive safely at your destination.

Is there any other journey in your life to which you should apply the same level of preparation?

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