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2008: So Wrong

Posted on December 31, 2008

2008:  So Wrong


            2008 was a tough year for many Americans. 


            My wife hated 2008.  Her entire focus over the last month has been to ensure that 2009 is no 2008.


            For me, 2008 was a mixed blessing.  I have had more fun in my professional life than I have ever had in my life.  Working for yourself is daunting, and there really isn’t much security in being a small businessman, but the flexibility is fantastic.


            But I look over my assumptions over the last year, and I was so wrong, so often, it made my head spin.


            I assumed that Hillary Clinton would get the Democratic nomination.  Wrong.


            I assumed Rudy Giuliani would be the best Republican candidate.  Wrong.


            I assumed the economy would sputter along but not completely crash.   Wrong.


            I assumed that the Democrats would draft Al Gore because of widespread dissatisfaction with Barack Obama as their front-runner.  Wrong.


            I assumed that Notre Dame would fire Charlie Weiss.  Wrong.


            I assumed the White Sox would have a decent shot at making the World Series.  Wrong.


            I assumed that we could sell our house on Capitol Hill for close to our asking price.  Wrong.


            I assumed that John McCain would run a halfway decent campaign for President.  Wrong.


            I assumed that Republicans would lose less than 10 seats in the House and less than 5 seats in the Senate.   Wrong.


            I assumed that I wouldn’t have to go on a big diet.  Wrong.


              I assumed that there would be no way that someone whose middle name was Hussein would ever be President.  Wrong.


            I assumed that it was a smart strategy to keep investing in the equities market.  Wrong.


            One of my New Year’s Resolutions will be to challenge all of my assumptions before I rely too heavily on them in the coming year. 


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