by Todd Sivers
We have expectations of our cars. We expect to get in them, start them up or turn them on, and go from where we are to where we want to be without drama or breakdowns. And cars today are incredibly reliable, but not completely trouble free. We expect our cars to be reliable, and usually they are. We’re willing to spend a big chunk of savings, or make big monthly payments to have a car that is both reliable and acceptable socially for our own vision of who we are.
But some people who don’t have a large income still want the luxury and prestige of certain high-end brands of cars. So they will spend the same amount of money that could buy them a new or late model economy car, to buy an older, higher mileage luxury car.
But the price isn’t the only thing that is more expensive with a luxury car. They also usually cost more to maintain.
And so, at the very point in its lifespan when the luxury car needs more frequent service, more expensive service, It gets purchased by someone who is less capable of financing that maintenance. And so they cut corners and put off things that should be done, and find themselves sitting on the side of the road.
The more responsibility you take in maintaining your car, the more reliable service your car provides.
For years, I did my own car maintenance. I would buy cars at 100,000 miles, a sweet spot where most owners start to fear reliability issues, and well maintained cars still have tons of service life left.
The problems cars have at 100,000 miles are usually minor. Things like water and fuel pumps, alternators, starters, belts and hoses fail. And each of those can easily strand you and require a tow.
So a couple of those go bad, the owner feels like the car isn’t living up to it’s responsibilities any more, and replaces it with a new one. I would buy cars at that point, replace all of that stuff at once, usually for less than a thousand dollars, and then drive the vehicle for another 100,000 miles, usually without a breakdown.
I took responsibility for the maintenance proactively, rather than waiting for parts that were worn out to fail. And I drove very reliable, nice cars that I owned for a small fraction of their original price.
Taking greater responsibility makes your life more powerful and productive. And it will make you far more wealthy.
When you take greater responsibility, you grow your own potential. Growing your potential is the greatest thing you can do with your time, energy and currencies, because every investment in growing your potential pays off every day for the rest of your life.
To grow your potential, you have to take responsibility to invest your time, energy, and often cash in the process. If you don’t take responsibility for doing this, it won’t happen.
And then while you’re watching football, relaxing after your dollars-for-hors job, other people are making money from passive income and watching football. And they quickly but quietly grow further and further from where you are, and where you will stay until you take greater responsibility and grow your potential.
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