Do you know who your Joneses are? I’m sure you do. They’re the couple with the top of the line everything! For all of you ladies, you notice the expensive jewelry, the clothes, the handbags, and of course, those gorgeous shoes that you wish were on your feet. And, for you men, you see your friend haul out his top-of-the-line lawnmower, then the weed whacker, then the edger, and finally, the blower to finish things up (not to mention the boat, the car, and that amazing house)!
For some reason, these friends of ours seem to have everything, and without even realizing it, you’re trying to keep up with them! Your yard is so small, you can probably cut down the grass with a 9-iron, but instead, you have a need for $2,000 lawn tractor that could take care of your city block in 20 minutes! It’s because of those stinking Joneses that you can’t seem to ignore!
I have a buddy that I would consider my Jones friend. Out of high school, he already had some savings in the bank; then, rather than go to school, he continued to work for the family business. A few years later, he bought a house and my jealousy began to creep in (I was basically still living with my parents). Next came the lawn mower, the quad, the big screen TV, the PS3 (two of them actually), the new grill, and a beautiful new black truck. It was so hard for me to ignore these purchases because I wanted them all so badly (especially the big screen TV, since ours is only 17″)!
After years of ignoring my friend and his sweet stuff, the tables are finally turning. If I would have tried to keep up with him back then, I would have a mountain of debt, and a bunch of depreciating assets that would be worth next to nothing in a few years. Instead, I stayed my course, paid down my debts, and am now in a financial position to buy a house, a second car, and have enough left over for yearly vacations. In fact, at this very moment, I am in Las Vegas, overlooking the city from the 52nd floor of Trump Towers.
And where is my friend? He’s still looking for that lawn mower that basically has the function of a pickup truck to service his tiny suburb yard…. Learn to ignore the Joneses and pretty soon, you’ll become them! You will be buying everything with cash and everyone will wonder how you did it!
This story is not a “hey, look at me” story. Rather, it’s just a real-life example of what’s possible for you! Ignoring those Joneses is tough, but if you ignore them long enough, you’ll soon be loving life and won’t have a care in the world! Good luck!
Do you have a couple that always seems to buy what you want? What have they purchased, and how well have you done to ignore them?