Do You Have This Investment Leak?

I’m dyslexic.

It just now took me about ten tries to get the word “dyslexic” close enough so my auto correct software could even figure out what word I was trying to spell.

And as bad as dyslexia was for me growing up, it’s really helped me in the last twenty years.

Because my brain processes letters and words at a much slower rate, it forced me to find other ways to make my life work.

For instance, I graduated high school with a 3.4 grade point average (GPA) out of a total of 4.0. I get that your number is nothing to brag about, that’s not the point.

The point is I grew up in the Midwest in the 80’s where no one was sorting (including myself) for my learning “disability”.  The fact is I graduated from a great high school only being able to read at a 5th grade reading level.

And the reason no one was even thinking I had some sort of learning issue was because I had a good GPA…or at least a good enough GPA.

And the reason I had a good GPA is because I went to school in a very rich town outside of Chicago. That meant my high school had a huge art department. It filled an entire wing of the school.

There were so many art classes…

Drawing. Photography. Painting. Clay/Plaster. Metals. Light Jewelry. And each one had a 101, 202, 303 and 404 level.

And it turns out I could get an “A” in any art class. It also turned out that an “A” in an art class had the same weight for a GPA as English, Math or Science.

And even more…I didn’t have to take gym because I was a varsity soccer player. So I replaced my gym class, which was only worth one credit and replaced it with….drum roll please…an art class at four credits.

So here’s my point:

My brain got to practice a lot with patterns and images and hand-eye pattern recognition stuff for four straight years.

And that matters because when you can use patterns to represent math and complicated issues, like investing for example, then complex ideas can become simple.

And that is what I want to show you this week.

I want to show you how “doing the math” through images can immediately show you what is and is not working.

I can show you here.

In Your Corner,

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RC Peck, CFP 

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