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BT - Saw this and thought of your post here

Great article. It really hits the nail squarely on the head.

James Altucher: DO YOU CONTROL YOUR LIFE?

A lot of angry people out there are trying to control you and even kill you.

I bet you can list at least a dozen people trying to control you right now.

I wrote an article on my email list the other day saying how I was paid up on my taxes for the first time ever but that it made me sick to my stomach. Blech!

Taxes and money are a very emotional issue for many people. Some people wrote me angry letters. In two cases I wrote back, “Please reread the article” and then they reread and apologized.

How come they apologized? Because they didn’t read it. They just projected their own anger onto my article and then onto me. That’s what most people do all of the time. They are sick but they puke on you.

They wanted to provoke a response from me. They wanted to control me.

I have two challenges: not letting people control me, and not trying to control anyone else. When I succeed at these two things, life is pretty good.

The first time I ever made a lot of money, it did not make me free. It cost me my freedom. Before I had money I had a lot of friends, I did what I wanted on weekends and at nights, I had fun.

After I had money I started thinking I needed to make more money. A LOT more money. I started buying things I couldn’t really afford. I felt people wouldn’t like me if I didn’t have these things.

I started lending money out to friends and family in the hopes of “helping” them. I thought people would like me if I “saved” them.

NOBODY will ever remember how you helped them. And you can’t save anyone. This was my first lesson.

Continue:

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2013/11/do-you-control-your-life/

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.