This has been a tough sports week for me.
You see, I’m a big LA Dodgers baseball fan. Well, I really just get into it when the playoffs start – the regular season is way too long. But that’s another story.
A few years ago, the Dodgers lost in the World Series to the Houston Astros in a classic 7 game series. It was heartbreaking at the time but I got over it (very slowly).
Actually, I had gotten over it. That is, until the news broke recently that the Astros had cheated the entire season, and the entire postseason, of the year that they beat my Dodgers in the World Series.
How did the Astros cheat? They used video monitors to steal the signs that the pitchers and catchers use to communicate which pitch they are going to throw (fastball, curveball, etc). And then they told their hitters which kind of pitch was coming, by banging on a garbage can and/or an electronic buzzer they hid under their jersey (no, I am NOT making this up).
In other words, Astros hitters knew exactly which kind of pitch was coming before the ball even left the pitchers hand.
When you know exactly what pitch is coming at you – that makes baseball a heck of a lot easier!
In life, though, we don’t have the same kind of luxury that the cheatin’ Astros did. We aren’t able to put a monitor into the future and see what’s coming next.
Life has too many unexpected twists and turns for that.
But even if we can’t predict the future, we can still be prepared for it.
One great way to be prepared for the future – even if we don’t know what pitch is coming our way – is to have a fully funded emergency fund. I recommend between 3-6 months of living expenses stashed away in a savings account ready for the curveballs life will throw at you.
If you aren’t sure how to start building that emergency fund, take your best swing at clicking on this link and we will get to work on it right away.
All the best,
PS – I have been writing a book on taxes, retirement, and our country’s financial situation (exciting stuff, right?!?) I have just a few more small things to do and then it’ll be available for purchase. I’d be honored if you got a copy! And you’ll be the first to know when it’s ready.