It takes faith to be an investor. Whether you put your hard earned money into a business, the market, or your kid’s education – it takes a belief that what you put into it will benefit you in some way down the line.
I believe in a lot of things that I can’t explain or prove. Regardless of the outcome, I am putting my faith into action…
And with absolutely no guarantees!
100-ton Boeing 747s
How in the world can something that weighs over 223,000 pounds be able to stay up in the air? I understand the principles of force and lift but there are overwhelming statistics to show that a jet airliner is more susceptible to drag and gravity – just turn off the engines for 5 seconds and watch those forces immediately take over.
Every time we step into a commercial plane we are putting our faith into a big piece of machinery and many don’t think twice about it. We have so much faith that the carrier will get us to our destination that we even PAY for the privilege to believe it is true. (Now, if we could only make them arrive on time more often).
Planes have proven to me time and time again that they will fly, but I am given no absolute guarantee.
I can’t prove that there is a God yet I am betting my entire existence on this planet and modifying my behaviors and attitudes with the belief that God exists. Where’s the proof other than my own heart?
I can look at our solar system and come to the conclusion that someone had to design it. The likelihood of evolution being the creating this complex world is infinitely unlikely, so I’ve got that going for me.
Believing in an intelligent designer offers me less guarantee than winning the lottery, yet I am among millions who dedicate their lives to Biblical principles with no reservation.
Certain monetary vehicles didn’t exist 100 years ago. Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are relatively new products when you consider we’ve been on this planet or over 2,000 years. Why not just throw everything we have into real estate? A plot of land has a better chance of being around in 100 years than our investments blossoming into a stream income that will make us truly independent.
I can track the history of mutual funds and the returns of the stock market to get an idea of how they might perform. I put my faith into a belief that American Funds and Vanguard won’t misbehave with our money.
There is no guarantee that another Bernie Madoff isn’t working there, yet I shovel hundreds of dollar bills into our accounts every month.
What do you believe in?
Do you believe your children will grow up to become productive members of society? Do you believe you will make it home from work today without getting side-swiped by another driver? Do you really think your employer will deliver your paycheck on Friday as promised?
There are many things we put our energy, our possessions, and our beliefs into that are not certainties. It requires a level of absolute faith – otherwise we would all be hiding in caves and holding the few possessions we have close to our breast pockets.
What are some of the things you put your faith in?