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  1. thriftygal @ Chasing Prosperity
    February 3, 2010

    Not to bash the religious, but when I was in college, a girl in my dorm was going to get kicked out if she didn’t pass her basic math exam for the Nth time. This was her last chance. So what did she do?

    Sat in her prayer circle with all her bible study friends and prayed. I know it went on forever the night before the test because they were occupying the common area which I wanted to, and couldn’t use.

    I asked a mutual friend if anyone had suggested she study for the exam instead. Apparently my friend had volunteered to help her study that night, but she opted to pray instead. Needless to say, she failed her exam again and got expelled.

    • MoneyReasons
      February 3, 2010

      @thriftygal
      Great, but sad story. People must realize that praying to pass a test or to achieve financial independence isn’t going to work.

      That said, praying for financial independence while still staying focus and doing the require work to achieve financial independence is a winning combination. Sometimes bringing religion into financial decision gives you the courage and confidence to take the extra risk to succeed, not to mention the support of a socail circle. Afterall, going to church can be a large social network really, with a lot of potential economical benefits (as a side effect of course…).

      Same with movies, sometimes the underdog just keeps losing, especially if they just wait for magic to happen. Some magical occurance isn’t going to happen, unless you make it happen! You must create your own magic and luck by focusing, working hard, using common sense, and being disipline.

      Boy, this comment is almost larger than my original post :)

  2. SeeJaneGetRich.com
    February 3, 2010

    I have to say I don’t know anyone like this. Let’s hope they stay clear of my path as well! :-)

  3. Ken
    February 3, 2010

    Instead of magic I say those that fail to plan, plan to fail.

    • MoneyReasons
      February 3, 2010

      @Jane
      Most of the people I know like this are good people, but just a bit financially confused.

      @Ken
      Yep, same inaction wrapped in different words… My gripe is that a lot of us are more than capable of achieving financial stability, if we would only try harder.

  4. David @ MBA briefs
    February 9, 2010

    @thriftygal and Don – one of my favorite quotes is by J.G. Holland, “God gives every bird its food but He doesn’t throw it into the nest.”

    It doesn’t hurt to pray or meditate on what you want but anything good in life takes actual work. ThriftyGal’s story brings to mind another quote – “There are no atheists in foxholes.” Instead of praying all night before the test to ask God to help her pass the exam a better use of her prayer time would have been to say a quick prayer before sitting down to actually study. Maybe something like “God, please help me to focus on my studies”, or “God, please help me to clear my mind so I can fully concentrate on the task before me”. Even if you don’t really believe in God or aren’t a very religious person you can see the benefit of this exercise.

  5. MoneyReasons
    February 9, 2010

    @David
    I don’t think thriftygal or myself were necessarily dissing religion. What we were saying is God isn’t going to do your work for you. If you have a “test to take” or “make an investment”. You (as in the public) need to follow through and make it happen!

    But mainly, I want people to think for themselves. Don’t let the media brainwashing into a certain thoughts. There are no magical answers, nothing is as simple as black and white. Start thinking for yourself and start doing things! This is the core of my message! Life is too short to wait for something to happen!

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