In case you haven’t heard, the world is going to end tomorrow. I’ll keep this short and sweet because I treasure my last few hours on this planet, however, I wanted to send some detailed parting thoughts:
- Remember to be very scared by the media at all chances you can get. This is serious stuff and if you aren’t scared you won’t succumb to the needs of the message they are trying to spread. So, the bottom line is, stay scared. Do not let yourself feel confident, happy or wealthy. You are scared, poor and miserable. You should stay that way. You owe it to yourself. The media says so. And more importantly, there are old rich white men who need to sell books and if you’re not scared by them you’ll never buy their books. So, do yourself a favor. Buy their books and services and stay scared. You deserve it.
- Absolutely, positively, do not start a new business of any kind or try to climb the corporate ladder. Productivity is WAY overrated. The world is doomed to end and in many ways we can thank our huge governments for that. They have stolen our prosperity and raped us all through inflation. Do not try to be innovative, creative, or think for yourself. You are doomed by your surroundings. There is no way out. Do not even try. Succumb to your reality and just accept the fact that you are a poor miserable hack who will never amount to anything. Sure, millions of Americans have succeeded before you and helped to create the most innovative and prosperous society that man kind has EVER known, but don’t let that fool you. It’s different this time. Trust me.
- Collect rocks. Remember, rocks are the only way for you to overcome the impending collapse and potentially prosper through this doom and gloom. Even if the world doesn’t end tomorrow you’ll be happy you accumulated rocks because, well, they’re pretty looking.
- Surround yourself with people who also think the world is ending and that we are all screwed. You’re only as good as the people you keep company with. Warren Buffett once said that he likes to ensure success by hiring people that are smarter than he is. That’s nonsense. Associate with people who are more scared than you. That way, you can all sit in bunkers and talk about the end of days and how screwed we all are. Think about how much better that will make you feel. Misery loves company. Do it.
Other than that, I don’t have a whole lot of advice for you. We’re all screwed. It’s ending tomorrow. And if it doesn’t end tomorrow I hope this message will still ring true with you because that’s the way it should be. We should all go thru life afraid of the government, afraid to takes risks, afraid to become wealthy, afraid to become prosperous, afraid to become innovative, afraid to become creative, etc. You can thank me in 50 years.
Mr. Roche is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Discipline Funds.Discipline Funds is a low fee financial advisory firm with a focus on helping people be more disciplined with their finances.
He is also the author of Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Understand About Money and Finance, Understanding the Modern Monetary System and Understanding Modern Portfolio Construction.