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Want To Help Someone? Let Them Fail

Splat!

That’s the sound of some people who I know falling flat on their faces.  It’s also the sound of a lesson learned the hard way.  And, in some ways, it’s the sound of a fair bit of guilt, but that too shall pass.

I’ve been sharing the stories of friends and family on this blog for years, as long as there is a financial lesson to be learned.  I’m trying very hard to keep the anonymity of my friends and family going, so pardon me if I slip into third party jargon here.

It all began long, long ago.  Some friends who I’m pretty close with have been helping their family members out financially for years.  I’m going to say that this stretches back over twenty years. The parents had been financially supporting their grown daughter’s family – constantly bailing them out of financial woes time after time. […]