Improper New Year’s Resolutions

It’s about that time of year when we all promise ourselves to make a change in our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes that promise goes very wrong. Follow Modern Manners Guy’s 3 tips for realistic New Year’s resolutions.

Richie Frieman
6-minute read
Episode #229

Tip #3: I'm Going to Be RICH!

As an entrepreneur, achieving a certain level of financial success is a top priority. I want all my ventures to be the biggest thing that anyone has ever seen and hope my bank account reaps the benefits that come with that success. Everyone is chasing the American dream of striking it rich, as soon as possible. So wake up world, come find me! Plus, I just bought a scratch-off lottery ticket – the one where you scratch off 3 snowmen and reveal my $1 million prize – so I’m golden! But if my businesses don't take off, and my scratch-off ticket doesn't pan out, I'll surely get the call from "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" and it's off to Hollywood I go. So this year, I'm going to be rich! Filthy rich. Move-over-Mark-Zuckerberg-kind of rich. Before the stock market crumbled kind of rich. This is my New Year's resolution and, dammit, I can't wait to get started…right after I finish watching that YouTube video of the cat on the record player spinning around. I'll get to making my millions later. I have all year!

Overnight success would be great, and even better if it just landed in your lap. But let's face it, this is rarely the case. Like I said in Tip #1, big changes take time. As well, everyone wants to be rich but often people don’t plan on how to get there. If you want to be rich, you'll have to work for it and it will most likely take longer than two months to achieve.

So is it improper to make a New Year's resolution to become a millionaire? No, it's not. But that goal has to come with a heaping spoonful of reality. So instead of Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, consider resolving to make more money at work by getting a promotion or starting your own business. A little elbow grease goes a long way and if you have that drive, you can score big in 2013. Happy New Year!

Do you have a great story about a New Year's resolution gone wrong (or right)? Post all the details in the comment section below or on the Modern Manners Guy Facebook page.

As always, if you have another manners question, I look forward to hearing from you at manners@quickanddirtytips.com. Follow me on Twitter @MannersQDT, and of course, check back next week for new Modern Manners Guy tips for a more polite life.

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