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How to Get Ahead


"I make myself rich by making my wants few."

-Henry David Thoreau


I wake up on my couch and try to adjust my eyes to see what the clock on the VCR says. It's after 8:00. I'm confused. It's dark outside. I don't remember going to bed and certainly not on my couch in my clothes. I start trying to piece together how I ended up here.

Then I realized it's not 8 am the next morning; it's 8 pm.

I stayed up all night the previous night. It's springtime and I have a lot of stuff to do for school. I even had to cut my hours at the bank so I had time for all my classes and the associated work. I went to the library earlier in the day in between classes to do some work. I can't stay awake, though. I make the decision to skip my last class of the day to catch a nap before work.

But, I slept through my shift. I already don't have many hours and now in addition to losing some of those few hours, I put myself at risk of losing my job. I say out loud, "I just can't get ahead!"

After thinking about it for a little bit, I realized I don't even know what getting ahead means. I just knew I couldn't do it.

Getting ahead of your future needs

Getting Ahead

We often hear about people who just want to get ahead, or conversely, people who can't seem to get ahead. If you don't put much thought into it, you would think it's quite obvious what that statement means.

However, you can't try to get ahead without asking yourself what you are trying to get ahead of. So let's explore what it means to "get ahead," financially-speaking.