.The 10 Most Valuable Financial Lessons I Learned in 2018
By Trent Hamm Updated on 01-10-19
Each year, during the period between Christmas and New Year’s, I sit down and look over what happened during the past year, what I can learn from that, and what I can apply from that to the year to come.
I usually come up with a big handful of life lessons during that review, things I learned from situations in my life that didn’t quite go as I liked. What went wrong? Where did I go wrong? What can I do better?
These life lessons spread across all spheres of life and usually number in the dozens. I tend to literally make a list of them as I review the year as a way to figure out how to do better in the coming year.
Among the lessons I learned in the past year were 10 that have real personal finance implications, though some tend to branch over into other spheres of life. I thought it might be valuable to share those lessons, along with what I hope to do differently going forward.
Lesson #1: If the stock market is scaring you in terms of your future, you’re either not invested appropriately or don’t know what you’re invested in.
This is something I did right this year, but the bumps in the stock market reminded me of the panic I felt in 2008 when I watched my retirement balance fall by 40%. I didn’t change anything back then, but I was often sick to my stomach about it and my instinct kept screaming to run away from the risk.
But then… things recovered. Between 2008 and 2018, my retirement accounts tripled in value.
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