When we last checked in with our young aspiring early retiree, he was buried under a mound of mortgage debt, out of cash, out of hope, and spending his evenings playing David Gray songs on the guitar while imbibing gin and tonics so he could sleep
Will he forever be locked in the pit of despair? Will his employer cut him loose and the bank take the house?
Probably not, but no story is complete without a little drama
“Everybody take the $100 bill we asked you to bring out of your pocket and hold it up in the air”
1 thousand arms go up, bills waving about rhythmically
The past two hours had gone by in a blur, with audience dutifully completing the speaker’s carefully crafted sentences. I felt like I might be at a Heaven’s Gate religious group cult meeting
But No… this was a get rich seminar, Open Your Millionaire Mind or some drivel like that
Volunteers were setting up tables at the front of the room with burning candles.
“OK, we are going to do an exercise. When I give the command, form a line leading to the table at the end of your row and place your $100 bill into the flame.”
“WTF!”, I thought. I looked around and saw countless others doing the same. The look of determination on some faces was disturbing
“OK, everybody get in line.” People started to line up, a surprising number of them. As the first made their way to the front, many of the undecided started to follow. I put my $100 bill back in my wallet and sat down.
As the lines grew longer, the staff blew out the candles. The lights came back on as the speaker said, “That’s it, the exercise is over. Everybody return to your seats. Take 5 minutes and think hard about your true feelings of this exercise, and write them down in your notebook. What does it say about your relationship with money?”
I’m pretty sure what it means is, if you got in line to burn $100 you are probably a good candidate to sign up for a $4,000 “special training”