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My wife has fallen in love with all things related to Hamilton the Musical. While I admit to being skeptical about blending 18th century history with rap, I have to admit it seems to work.

However, one thing stuck me with many of the songs. The first time I heard them, I felt I'd heard them before. I don't know enough rap to place it, but one obvious one stuck out to me.

This:

Reminds me of:

I should probably cut Hamilton some slack. We see the same common themes in stories and movies all the time. I would be a hypocritical Rocky fan if I didn't acknowledge that the Italian Stallion got one shot. Thankfully he didn't rap about it.

I started thinking about the concept of getting one shot. It disturbed me.

Why must we only get one shot? Who made up that rule?

When it comes to opportunities, why must life be like Oliver Twist:

As I've come to learn over the last 10 years, many of the answers to life's problems can be solved by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You just need to know how to read and interpret the verse.

Today's inspirational quote comes to you from Chosen 7:22

"So here's the part where you make a choice. What if you could have that power, now? In every generation, one Slayer is born, because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. This woman is more powerful than all of them combined. So I say we change the rule. I say my power should be our power. Tomorrow, Willow will use the essence of this scythe to change our destiny. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power will have the power. Can stand up, will stand up. Slayers, every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?"

We might not be Slayers with a powerful Witch and a magical scythe, but the point is simple... Why believe that you've only got one shot?

Change the rules... create multiple shots. The better you get at something the harder it is for someone to NOT give you a shot.

When Steph Curry perfected his shooting technique he not only made himself indispensable for Golden State... he ensured that all the other NBA teams would give him an opportunity if something were to happen down the line.

I feel like this is getting over preachy and motivational, so I want to bring this back around to personal finance. If you have a sound personal finance foundation, you may find yourself with the flexibility to create more shots.

The biggest problem that I'm facing is that I'm still trying to figure out what I want my shot to be in the first place. I think I need to take some time to figure that out.

Posted on March 1, 2016.

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2 Responses to “Create More Shots”

  1. Bob says:

    Check out the Hamilton CD booklets; the writer gives specific credit to other rappers for references cribbed in specific songs throughout the musical. In interviews, he regularly credits them as well, talking about the “sampling” aspect of rap that is so commonplace in popular music today.
    From another (non-musical) point of view though, the notions of what people have to go through to get ahead are constantly repeating. That’s the old line about knowing your history, so that you’ll know what is coming next…

    • Lazy Man says:

      As my wife notes, Eminem went to see Hamilton and met with Lin-Manuel Miranda. It just struck me as “familiar” when I was listening to it. That’s not a typical feeling for me when listening to popular music.

      And this isn’t meant to throw stones. How many personal finance articles are there that are about the same thing over and over again?

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