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You Can't (and Shouldn't) Please Everyone


"I could be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there's still going to be someone who hates peaches."

-Dita Von Teese


I'm bringing the firewood to the fire ring. This is the last step in setting up camp. Standing in our campsite we stare out at the St. Croix River, admiring our view from basecamp this weekend. The next day we're talking to our neighbor who has a large trailer. He's quite proud of it. He says to us, "Don't worry about your rig; we started out in a pop-up, too. You have to start somewhere."

I get a little irritated because he's making an assumption about us that's incorrect. We love our pop-up. It gives us a place to hang out if it's rainy or cold (or both), and the tent material on the sides allows us good sounds and smells while we sleep.

About a year later, my wife is visiting the factory where they make and sell Scamp trailers. She's been fascinated with these small trailers for her whole life. As she's talking one of the guys who works there she asks him about people who get the very tiny trailer (13') versus the people who get their larger (but still small) fifth-wheel trailer. He told her he loves his job because "everyone defines camping differently."

That was a thought-provoking statement. We thought about it and it made total sense to us. Some people camp in a very large motor home, using it as a way to travel and be able to stay in their own space, but giving them some comfort they get from home. Others wouldn't even think about driving to a campground; they throw on a backpack and hike or canoe to a remote spot where nobody else will be around. Most people are somewhere in the middle.

If you think about it, you replace "camping" in that sentence with just about everything.

Every defines ________ differently.

we all have different values

Good Financial Behavior Isn't Always Exciting

If you apply this idea to finances, you understand that everyone will define the "best" way to use their money differently. Best is in quotes because some people have a very short-te