What Game are you playing?

I recently listened to a podcast by Morgan Housel which made me rethink the way I think about financial advice. I tend to think that everyone has the same goals in life. I tend to think that everyone wants to make as much money as possible, accumulate as many assets as possible, and get out of debt as soon as possible, but this is a fundamental mistake on my part.

Everyone, including myself, has different goals. We get delight from different things in life. Everyone has a different outlook on life. Just because someone doesn’t want to pay off their debts as soon as possible doesn’t make them wrong; they just feel comfortable with debt. I tend to think that everyone wants to get out of debt as soon as possible because debt is a pet hate of mine.

Some people believe in Money market funds as long-term investments. Even though they may be in the wrong fund for the timeframe of their investments, they feel comfortable with this type of fund. Some people feel safe and comfortable in these portfolios, and they don’t care about making real long-term returns. They find joy in seeing their money providing consistent returns. They may leave money on the table in the future, but that’s not the point. The point is that they enjoy the growth and stability they see every day and the possibility of higher future growth doesn’t make them happy.

Think about crypto. Some people believe without a shadow of a doubt that these assets will grow substantially in the future and the financial system has failed so many times that it would be idiotic to be invested in “traditional” markets. For these enthusiasts, it’s riskier to be invested in these markets rather than alternative assets. For me, I don’t have enough courage to invest in crypto.

We all have different approaches to investing, debt, spending, happiness, etc. Just make sure you understand the game you’re playing and what makes you tick and do not play the game someone else is playing.

Listen to it HERE.

Francois Le Clus (PGDip Financial Planning)

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