Chills ran down my spine. I had just finished reading about investors losing their entire life savings. These people had doubled down and wagered everything on a single company. A single stock. And they lost everything. This is the most insane thing I have read about in investing for a long time. How could people be so irresponsible? As I sifted through the carcass of an online trading forum where this drama played out over 500+ pages, I couldn’t help but notice the story and the lessons that unfolded as the days went by. The company was GT Advanced Technologies.
I felt like I was going to puke. You know that slow, sickening feeling you get when you want to raise your hand to ask a question or a comment in a large forum of people but start experiencing an anxiety attack as you question whether asking the question is totally asinine? Your heart rate skyrockets, you start sweating, and you start overanalyzing what you want to say. I was working up the courage to get started on my blogger investor styles mega-post. First step? Start randomly striking up conversations with other bloggers.
So… I finished paying off my student loans this month. Actually, that’s a lie. I finished paying off my student loans in July 2014. Actually, that is a lie too. It would be more accurate to say we finished paying off my student loan in July 2014. But I was too scared to say so back in July, because I had projected to be finished paying them off this month, November 2014, all by my self. Like a big boy. I think I’m also suffering from PTDRS – Post Traumatic Debt Repayment Syndrome. I’m serious. I still don’t feel like I’m done paying off this debt. I still feel like I am in the trenches everyday trying to reign debt under control. I haven’t even celebrated yet.
I have a confession to make: I am utterly, utterly terrible at networking. And on top of that, I have a “I’ll-Do-It-All-Myself” complex. It’s a character flaw that I really need to get around to improving. It’s what I aptly like to call Superman Syndrome and it’s a terrible disease that affects more people than I suspect. Why is it so debilitating? Because you will never, ever grow all on your own. It took me 26 years of my life to figure that out.
“Stay out of the damn ocean,” duuuh you’re thinking to yourself. Well that is fairly obvious. And I should probably stop writing write now. Yes, I am aware I did not use the correct right. But what if you can’t help yourself and are just magnetically pulled into the tranquil blue waters like white on rice? Well, I’d advise that you keenly understand what you are getting yourself into as you step into those waters. Because this one time, I probably almost got eaten by a great white shark in the beautiful waters off Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.