DuPont Wealth May 2018

For centuries, people have appreciated Shakespeare for his wit and wisdom. For the past few months, I’ve been

sharing some of that wisdom in a series of articles called: SHAKESPEARE ON FINANCE Shakespeare never actually wrote about finance, of course. But I’ve found many of his lines contain important financial lessons. This month, let’s look at one such line from one of the first poems Shakespeare ever published:

QUOTE #5: “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” - Othello

Patience is one of the most underrated virtues of working toward your financial goals. To illustrate what I mean, imagine you’re recovering from a broken leg. While recuperating, you dream of the day your body will be healed and you can walk normally again. How would you go about trying to make that day happen? Pop a couple aspirin and start playing hopscotch? Of course not. You’d get a cast on your leg. You’d take it easy for several weeks. Then, little by little, you’d gradually increase your activity level, giving your leg time to heal properly. You’d be patient. Antsy, maybe, but patient. The same attitude is required when it comes to finances. After all, there’s a reason the term “get rich quick” arouses so much suspicion. Building wealth and reaching your goals takes time. It takes planning. It takes meticulous attention to detail. For example, here are three important steps to reaching your financial goals, all of which require patience. Some investors, anxious to accumulate as much wealth as possible, will throw a lot of money at a “hot stock” or hop on board the latest trend. Others, fearful of the idea of losing money, may sell investments at the first sign of trouble. Both types of investors can be their own worst enemy. Investing requires patience. That’s because successful investing is all about the long-term, not the short. Making rash decisions can often lead to losing your hard-earned wealth — or never being in a position to accumulate wealth at all. 1. AVOID IMPULSIVE INVESTMENT DECISIONS

Sickness, accidents, the economy — life can throw many imposing obstacles your way. Fortunately, there are many things you can control. How you react to obstacles, for instance. What kind of career you have. How hard you work. How much you save, how much you invest, how much you spend. In other words, you’re in charge of the seeds you plant in life’s garden. Show some patience by giving them a chance to grow. This often gets overlooked, but saving money isn’t just for kids hoping to buy a new bike. Saving money is about paying your future self. Think of all your future wants, needs, or goals, like buying a new car, going on a dream vacation, or helping your child pay for college. Saving money specifically for those purposes is a must. People who don’t save usually end up borrowing, which is as useful for building wealth as a leaky bucket is for collecting rainwater. Saving, of course, takes time and patience. More than that, it takes discipline — the discipline to set money aside before you spend it. But it’s one of the surest ways to reach your goals. As you work to build wealth and reach your goals, always remember to exhibit patience. Patience in your financial plan. Patience in your investment strategy. Patience in yourself. After all, “How poor are they that have not patience? What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”Next month, I’ll conclude my “Shakespeare on Finance” series by examining a quote from the bard’s most highly regarded work of all: Hamlet. Have a great month! 3. SAVE


As you travel down the road that leads to your financial goals, there are a number of things you simply can’t control.

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