“Anybody who goes bankrupt is a LOSER!”
The smart-alecky whippersnapper collection agent yipped at me.
“Did you just call me stupid?!” was the brightest thing I could think of to say back to him. Did you just call me stupid…?
Criminy, I’m losing my touch if that’s all I can come up with.
But you know, maybe the young financial advisor has a point.
Maybe I AM a loser…
All Aboard To LoserVille
It’s pretty easy to get through life without failing and many folks choose to go that route.
Its a busy place though and a person has to wait in line a lot but there’s always room for one more pack carrier on the dusty, well worn path of already been done and continuing on.
However, if a person wants to leave some of what they brought into life, if they want to make a mark, they have to go off the tried trail and attempt something that isn’t normal or might even be considered fairly insane.
And anything out of the ordinary always enjoys a high chance of failure and sometimes things explode dramatically but really, there is no other way.
Entropy ensures that given enough time all things will fail and sometimes neither intelligence nor effort will keep the crap from hitting the fan.
Some Great Failures Who Did It With Style
I’ve gotten to know other ne’er-do-wells as I bumble my way through life and while their methods differ from mine, these folks still managed to founder in some spectacular fashion.
Just knowing this keeps me from putting too much stock into what my young detractor says.
If only I could fail like these great floppers:
Abraham Lincoln – Bankrupt twice, damn near killed in a duel (saved by his second), caught promoting anonymous hatred about opponents as a young lawyer.
Samuel Clemens – Bankrupt, suffered deep depression, failed suicide attempt, financial backer of over a dozen business collapses also known as Mark Twain.
Donald Lytle – Bankrupt, did time in the big-house for attempted murder and rocked the world. J. Paycheck is THE LOSER.
There, that feels better, Mr. Collection agent.
Thank you, friend.
The J-meister morphed from this:
To this… What a chameleon!