My wife calls me “Talls Bunyan”.
It’s because it’s wood-chopping season and we gots plenty of wood in the back yard that needs some choppin.
But… making kindling is hard work. You have to be relentless and patient. You can only swing an axe so quickly. And those logs are not very cooperative. They don’t want to be kindling. They want to be logs.
Even when you do start swinging… you have to practice getting the size right.
If the kindling is too big, you can’t get a good burn out of them. Too small and they burn too fast.
But it’s not technically or mentally challenging work. It’s just work most people don’t want to do.
It’s much easier to flip on the thermostat and let the gas company handle it… But there’s something I’ve learned from all this wood chopping. OK, two things.
1) Never try to split a knot.
b) Being relentless pays off big time.
When it’s 30 degrees outside, it’s nice to have a fire that easily heats the house to 75-80 without burning a lot of wood.
Why do I mention this?
Because finance is the same way. Lotsa people try to go on autopilot and hope someone else will figure it out for them (it never happens… no will ever care more about your money than you).
Or… they get so bogged down in the details they forget to pick up the axe and get to work.
You have to Chip. Chip. Chip away at it…
It’s something I teach all my clients how to do…
… and do efficiently so they don’t end up making this a second job.
Some of them are better at it than others… but everyone learns how to swing the axe and make short work of their own little woodpile.
What are you waiting for? Go grab yer axe.