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Skeletons In Your Closet (SoldierofFinance.com)

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Uploaded on Dec 29, 2010

Skeletons In Your Closet

This is Jeff Rose. Welcome to soldieroffinance.com. Today I am going to be talking about the skeletons in your closet. When I first signed up to join the Army National Guard, I first had to go to MEPS. MEPS was the Military Entrance Processing Station. This is where I went to take my oath, to swear in, and to also go through medical screening and provide all of my background on who I was as a person. If you had any skeletons in your closet at this point, this is where it all came open. If you were trying to hide anything, if there was anything that you didn't want your recruiter to know about, something you had done in the past; guess what, they were going to find it. When it came to the medical screening, I remember standing in a room with 20-30 other guys, standing there in our underwear, having these Army doctors look us up and down. Then, we had to go in the separate room, and that is where we really got probed. If we had any skeletons that we were trying to hide, this is where there was no more hiding. This is where it was out in the open, and they saw you for who you are.

When it comes to becoming a soldier of finance, if you have skeletons in your closet, this is where it has to stop. This is where you have to swallow and accept the fact that you've made some poor financial decision in your life. If you have a lot of student loan debt, if you have been racking up credit cards like you're going out of style, if you have no savings and nothing saved for retirement, it's time to stop being in denial and putting these skeletons in a closet and try to hide it. You have to embrace it. You have to accept it. These skeletons, these poor decisions that you have made, they shouldn't be a hindrance. They now need to be a motivation to move you to the next point to get you where you need to be financially.

If you have skeletons in your closet, stop hiding them. Accept it. It is time to move on. I know it is going to be tough road. When you look back at some of these decisions that you've made; trust me, I have made some pretty, pretty bad decisions in my life, but it is accepting it. It's realizing that, yes, you did wrong, and that you can do better, that you can improve. If you have skeletons in your closet, it is time to open that closet up, look at them, embrace them, and then it's time to move on. This is Jeff Rose, soldieroffinance.com

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