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cameraderie and one upmanship

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Over at get rich slowly, JD has written a post about eating out at swanky restaurants. Its quite interesting if you want to take a look, but what’s caught my attention was part of a comment number 10 by DJ:

 I love reading financial blogs but I always feel like the camaraderie involved is a whole lot of “I’m making better decisions than you” attitude.

I think that it can be easy to slip into this frame of mind when writing. But don’t underestimate the power of people to not follow their own advice. For example, I generally know what a good course of action is for my finances, I don’t always follow it.

What’s definitely true for me is there is one person I feel that I am always making better decisions than. Yesterday’s plonkee.

For me, beating my personal best is the plan. If I’m making better or worse decisions that someone else, that’s pretty much irrelevant. I encourage you to think likewise.

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7 comments for “cameraderie and one upmanship”

  1. I think what you’re talking about here is a very human condition. It’s funny that we know we should be doing something, or doing something differently, but we don’t follow through. When I become consciously aware of that, I try and change. It’s not always easy to do however.

    Posted by Eric | October 13, 2007, 2:20 pm
  2. I like the idea of one-upping oneself. It can be a destructive habit or a constructive one, depending on how you take it, I think.

    Posted by Mrs. Micah | October 13, 2007, 3:21 pm
  3. this is so true. what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. i think this is true is most areas of life as well. i think the trick is to find what works for you but balance it out with other things, even if it is against what other people say is right.

    Posted by christianPF | October 13, 2007, 3:45 pm
  4. What you’ve said is very true, but the temptation to compare to other people is so hard to resist.

    Posted by Pinyo | October 14, 2007, 1:54 pm

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