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Welcome to The Waiting Room, a place no one really wants to be in but is a necessary evil if you want to get the appropriate medical/financial care.
I hope this latest offering can help you bide the time.
First off the bat is a financial personality quiz.
Are you more like Mr. Mustache or tend to be “The Joneses”?
Answer truthfully and see what the oracle thinks:
When you pull into a parking spot are you typically a person who drives headfirst into the spot or are you the type of driver who takes a little more time and likes to back your car into the spot instead?
I have to say that, whenever I can, my preferred method of parking is to back my vehicle in.
In fact I was pulling into my work parking spot (again backing in) and something just clicked in my head: My parking style is eerily similar to my investing style.
Let me explain.
Reversing your car into a parking spot is a bit of a hassle.
It would be much easier and quicker to drive into the spot head first.
So why do I do it?
When I come in to work, I typically arrive a bit later than my colleagues (ahh the benefit of being a radiologist) so essentially there are no other vehicles to negotiate during my “early” morning maneuverings.
The scene is much different when it is time to leave, with the parking lot much busier as people try to head home.
With my car facing outward, my escape is that much easier compared to the scenario of having to back into potential oncoming traffic.
This in essence is delayed gratification, which is the underlying premise of the FIRE philosophy.
When your investing/financial philosophy starts to permeate into your everyday activities, you know that you have truly adopted the core beliefs.
Are there any daily routine activities that mirror your investing philosophy? If so please add it to the comments below.
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Yeah, i almost NEVER back into a parking spot lol… I don’t know, sue me… i guess i’m the impatient type when it comes to driving.
With other aspects of my life like fitness and diet, i tend to have those typical FIRE mindsets like delayed gratification. Or having a routine which helps bring you closer to your goals.
LOL. Well I will forgive you for doing immediate gratification when it comes to parking. By the way you were the 500th comment on my blog! (one day that will be a trivial pursuit question). 🙂 You definitely have me beat on fitness and diet and between parking and that, I would take your choice any day.
Umm. I am such a horrendous driver that if I can get into a spot, I’m happy. Maybe too much info about me…
Could be why I prefer walking and taking the bus to driving. I don’t even bike all that much since I’m a pretty bad cyclist as well….
Well the way things are going you might be able to have an autonous vehicle be your chauffeur. Lol
Oh man, this is hilarious because everyone in my family always backs the car in — we joke that our family is ready for evacuation at all times! Haha, I guess that’s also kinda like a reflection of our savings habits too — ready for the worst to hit when we least expect it!
I definitely want to escape as quickly as possible when I’m through with work. Any advantage there is I am going to take it. Have a great day and thanks for the comment
I never back in. I see no advantage. Either way you have to “back”. I will pull through however, such that I end up facing out while pulling in. In that, pulling through is like finding free money. Homey likes him some free money.
Oh I definitely love the pull through method. It’s rare when it occurs in a busy parking lot, but when it happens it is “free money” as you say.
For me the advantage is when backing in the morning, there is no other cars around (as I am usually last to arrive) so I can do it easier. Backing out is much harder at 5pm when everyone is in the parking lot either walking or getting out themselves. In that case I can just drive forward and escape much easier. 🙂
I’m much more aggressive, get in my way you’re dead meat 😛
Frugalista here, apparently.
(Actually, not too surprising.)
I would venture to say quite a few FIRE folks will fall into that category