Got a guest post for you today. Hope you enjoy it Girl Ninja will be out with her friends tonight, so I plan to knock out a few articles for the rest of the week. I miss you guys, in a totally creepy/stalker way.
Whenever I’m looking for a pick-me-up or some inspiration, I like to turn to anarchistic nihilist Tyler Durden.
What? I do!
Never have truer words been spoken than Tyler’s musings on money, prosperity and lifestyle in the novel (and movie) Fight Club.
Tyler says: “You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet.”
Inspiring stuff, right? No? I’m sorry, please don’t cry, I was only trying to motivate you.
What I’m trying to illustrate, via the work of novelist Chuck Phalanuick, is that money and debt do not define you as a person, and are not a reflection of your worth or potential, and here’s why.
We’ve all either heard of or used the Voice over Internet Phone (VoIP) giant Skype, right? It’s the thing all the cool kids use to chat online – think MSN messenger on steroids.
Well, did you know that Microsoft bought Skype last month for $8.5 billion? You might have read about that online, but did you also read that Microsoft was taking on Skype’s reported $686 million debt in the deal?
We can leave the politics of why MS decided to pay so much for the company up to the social media pundits and economists, but it’s interesting to note that so much potential can be seen in the company that it would be bought for such a huge amount despite its debt.
See where I’m going with this?
Okay, so this is a company, and I’m sure there MS is getting a lot for their money, but the overall point I’m making, if I’m making any point at all, is that debt does not, or should not, define you.
What matters, it seems, is your potential. What you have been is irrelevant, what you could be is key.
Of course Ninja already knows this, and not only refuses to let debt define him but treats debt with abject hostility as he launches a furious Dragon Punch into its sickly face.
As Ninja recently mused, looking at what has happened in the past isn’t necessarily a good way of predicting what might come in the future. Why am I mentioning that post? Well, simply put, just because you have been a debtor in the past, you shouldn’t then define yourself as a debtor for the future.
Anyone who either; has a web connection or has spent any time in an educational institution beyond the age of 16 will likely have heard of the psychological idea of the ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’. Its premise is that the belief of a perceived truth about your behaviour will directly perpetuate that behaviour.
Apologies for the psychology 101 – in a nutshell, if you believe yourself to be a naughty boy, you’ll live up to that persona with bad behaviour.
So, if you consider yourself to be a debtor because you’ve struggled with credit cards loans in the past?
Well, you get the point, right?