Nothing Lasts for Ever – The hard lesson from Washington, D.C.

February 20, 2009

This is probably the hardest post I've ever written (and the worst). As you probably know, I'm on the road this week. At the beginning of the week, I decided that I would try to get one lesson in every state that I visit on my tour. However, for the last two days, I didn't post anything. There is a good reason for this.

When I was in Washington D.C, I got some terrible news and was a little down. I didn't really feel like writing. As a child growing up in the Caribbean, I grew up around a lot of people. Our house was somewhat of an open community, where people come in and out, sometimes spending months and even years in some cases.

There were two brothers that spent a lot of time with my family and we did a whole bunch of stuff together. Well, while on the way to the Air and Space museum, I got a call from my sister informing me that the younger brother died that morning from a Brain Tumor at the young age of 23.

This really hit me hard. I haven't spoken to him in years, but after spending so much time with people, they always retain a special part in your heart. I haven't dealt with a lot of death in my lifetime, so this was a pretty difficult one. I did not feel like writing. This short post actually took me 2 days to write, as opposed to the usual half hour.

So I'm supposed to learn a lesson here and I'm supposed to share this with you. I've NEVER shared such a negative message on my blog, but I'll find a way to make it somewhat positive at the end.

Nothing Lasts Forever

This is an unfortunate reality that many people don't like to think of. As much as we like to hold on to memories, events, people, projects and the like, all things will come to an end. If you look especially at the state of the economy right now, you will have clear examples of things coming to an end. Circuit city is a place that I liked very well – but it didn't last.

I am a Freebie Trader (obviously) and I promote freebie trading for one simple reason – it is legitimate and you can make a substantial amount of money as a Freebie Trader. However, I would be stupid to think that Freebie Trading will last forever. Yes, it will continue to grow. However, a smart Freebie Trader is one who sets themselves up for success whether or not the Freebie Industry lasts.

How does one do this?

Well that all depends on the person. Some people blindly attach themselves to one industry that they think is the best thing since sliced bread. On the other hand, there are those people out there that try to diversify their portfolio so that they not only have a larger income, but they are well prepared in periods when one of the industries is going through a recession.

So, the take home lesson is don't get stuck on one program. Perfect one, and then start branching out. When you have perfected two, add a third. Eventually, you will have a portfolio that is prepared for the worse case scenario.

So there you have it, my lesson learned. This will be the last post for the week and then I hope to start next week's posts on a much brighter note.

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22 Comments

  • Stefanomen says:

    Well, I would like to offer you my sympathies for your friend. It is certainly very sad to see someone leving our world at this young age…

    It is so true that nothing last forever and this is the main reason why we have to find joy everyday… it is like a responsability to make our lives and the ones of the people around us, a little better each day.

    A good thing to remember though is if nothing last forever, it means that bad time (as well as bad economy) won’t last forever either…

    So let’s stay optimistic and smile… life is a beautiful thing!

    • Buddy Cheeks says:

      I am truly sorry to hear about your losses Leslie and I do hope that you are feeling a little better now. I do agree with you about the fact that nothing lasts forever. I was just thinking about this while on my trip to Florida last week. I am actually looking past the state of the economy now. I am actually questioning the standing of United States as a whole. You are too right NOTHING LASTS FOREVER.

      Buddy Cheekss last blog post..Pardon The Interruption

  • Buddy Cheeks says:

    I am truly sorry to hear about your losses Leslie and I do hope that you are feeling a little better now. I do agree with you about the fact that nothing lasts forever. I was just thinking about this while on my trip to Florida last week. I am actually looking past the state of the economy now. I am actually questioning the standing of United States as a whole. You are too right NOTHING LASTS FOREVER.

    Buddy Cheekss last blog post..Pardon The Interruption

  • MacroBucks says:

    Death is always hard, sorry to hear. Well spoken post.

    • Lee says:

      My families Condolences are with you, death is a very tough thing and we as humans never get used to the pain it causes us. Your brother spirit will always be alive and with you.

  • MacroBucks says:

    Death is always hard, sorry to hear. Well spoken post.

  • Lee says:

    My families Condolences are with you, death is a very tough thing and we as humans never get used to the pain it causes us. Your brother spirit will always be alive and with you.

  • Brandi says:

    A great message for everyone.

    Brandis last blog post.."Life itself is only a vision, a dream, nothing exists exept an empty space and you. and you are but…

  • Brandi says:

    A great message for everyone.

    Brandis last blog post.."Life itself is only a vision, a dream, nothing exists exept an empty space and you. and you are but…

    • Aaron says:

      That was an excellent message out of a negative situation. You are absolutely right nothing lasts forever. I love how you mentioned the economy because that also fits with the message. It may be hurting alot of people but it will come to an end, but only successful minded people will prepare for it as you say by diversifying. Take care. God wanted him more than you needed him.

      Aarons last blog post..“A Strong Foundation”

  • Aaron says:

    That was an excellent message out of a negative situation. You are absolutely right nothing lasts forever. I love how you mentioned the economy because that also fits with the message. It may be hurting alot of people but it will come to an end, but only successful minded people will prepare for it as you say by diversifying. Take care. God wanted him more than you needed him.

    Aarons last blog post..“A Strong Foundation”

  • Melanie says:

    My deepest concerns go out to you and your family. I work in a neurosurgery department and we deal with these issues daily. You all are in my prayers.

    As far as the industries. You are very accurate on those issues. There comes a point in time when every industry has a lag in profits and people are left without jobs, income and struggling to make ends meet. It’s very important to diversify. Once people learn to do this it will take some of the stress away.

  • Melanie says:

    My deepest concerns go out to you and your family. I work in a neurosurgery department and we deal with these issues daily. You all are in my prayers.

    As far as the industries. You are very accurate on those issues. There comes a point in time when every industry has a lag in profits and people are left without jobs, income and struggling to make ends meet. It’s very important to diversify. Once people learn to do this it will take some of the stress away.

  • Larry says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Having been through it I know it is a difficult time. God has purposes we don’t always understand. We have to trust Him as all he does is for our good.

    Yes, all things come to an end here on earth. God has given us a plan for eternal life, if we accept it. As for our earthly life, things come and go. I agree it is best to have options and not be locked in to one thing. This is also difficult as we do develop loyalties to things. If God is our first priority, we don’t have to worry about other things. This helps us to remain positive no matter what happens.

    We all thank you for your advice and friendship. You are greatly appreciated and pray for your comfort in this recent death of a loved one.

  • Larry says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Having been through it I know it is a difficult time. God has purposes we don’t always understand. We have to trust Him as all he does is for our good.

    Yes, all things come to an end here on earth. God has given us a plan for eternal life, if we accept it. As for our earthly life, things come and go. I agree it is best to have options and not be locked in to one thing. This is also difficult as we do develop loyalties to things. If God is our first priority, we don’t have to worry about other things. This helps us to remain positive no matter what happens.

    We all thank you for your advice and friendship. You are greatly appreciated and pray for your comfort in this recent death of a loved one.

  • I would like to thank all of you for all your kind words. It’s good to have a community of supporters around you. I’m glad that this blog isn’t only about making money and that I can find people who actually care about what is happening with the people involved.

    I’m on the airport right now and I’m about to get on the plane to go to the funeral. It will be tough, but on the bright side, I will get to see family and friends that I haven’t seen in a LONGGGGG time, so that part of it will be great.

    I haven’t posted to my blog all week, firstly because I needed a break and secondly because I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff. Next week starts the month of March and March will be a great month (I can feel it already). I will have a lot to share then, so stay tuned.

  • Leslie says:

    I would like to thank all of you for all your kind words. It’s good to have a community of supporters around you. I’m glad that this blog isn’t only about making money and that I can find people who actually care about what is happening with the people involved.

    I’m on the airport right now and I’m about to get on the plane to go to the funeral. It will be tough, but on the bright side, I will get to see family and friends that I haven’t seen in a LONGGGGG time, so that part of it will be great.

    I haven’t posted to my blog all week, firstly because I needed a break and secondly because I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff. Next week starts the month of March and March will be a great month (I can feel it already). I will have a lot to share then, so stay tuned.

    • Stefanomen says:

      Well, I would like to offer you my sympathies for your friend. It is certainly very sad to see someone leving our world at this young age…

      It is so true that nothing last forever and this is the main reason why we have to find joy everyday… it is like a responsability to make our lives and the ones of the people around us, a little better each day.

      A good thing to remember though is if nothing last forever, it means that bad time (as well as bad economy) won’t last forever either…

      So let’s stay optimistic and smile… life is a beautiful thing!

  • Pat says:

    Sorry to hear of your lose. My prayers are with you and your family.

    I favorite saying of mine is “This too shall Past”

  • Pat says:

    Sorry to hear of your lose. My prayers are with you and your family.

    I favorite saying of mine is “This too shall Past”

    • Eugene says:

      Leslie,

      I am sorry for your loss. Remember, your brother will always be with you in your heart and you can always visit him in your dreams.

      Eugene

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