The iPhone and My Ignorance

There’s a certain amount of trepidation that comes with experiencing the unknown.  Whether it’s walking into a party and not knowing anyone, or trying out a new skill, everyone has self-doubt.

Enter The Interns

Mrs. Wow has a profession where she mentors a lot of interns.  She loves teaching them the ropes of the profession and giving them sage financial advice.  She also loves leaving an imprint on them and influencing their careers, hopefully for the better.  Here’s a conversation that got me thinking:

What do you think is the starkest difference between interns and you as an experienced professional?

The biggest difference is comfort in not knowing everything.

Wait, what?  Not knowing everything makes you experienced? This seems a bit odd.

Why would maturity and experience lead you to a comfort in your own ignorance?  Mrs. Wow came to realize that the biggest difference, and something that she tries to instill in all her interns, is that you won’t know everything, but you should be able to figure out anything.

The iPhone And The Vacuum

My phone was on the outs due to a faulty charging port.  And being that we’ve gone onto a cheaper phone plan, we’re responsible for paying full price for new phones.  I started looking at what it costs to replace a 5 year old iPhone. The answer: not cheap!

How bout I fix it myself?

I researched what I needed.

  • Parts: $5
  • New Battery: $20

It was worth the risk and hell, if I break it, I’ll buy a new one anyway.

So, I got the parts, sat down one Saturday and cracked that bad boy open.  Whoa, there’s shit ton of little tiny screws in there.

Lots of Little Screws

Within no time I had replaced the charging port and the battery. It worked great, and I saved several hundred dollars! Of course after this, I won a brand new Galaxy S7 Edge at FinCon, Thanks Republic Wireless!! (I tend to win things).

Same thing happened with the vacuum cleaner.  It started smoking (due to no fault of the Mrs.), so I pulled out my screw driver, popped off the cover, and saw the drive belt had broken.  Looked it up on line… $5 for a replacement and Bam! vacuum works again.

Figure It Out

Over the past few years, we have worked hard to take chances without fully knowing the outcomes.  For the most part, it’s worked rather well and helped financially to boot!  (Just don’t ask the Mrs. about her phone*)

  • Never started a company – Done, the Mrs has a successful business.
  • Never set up and managed a 401k – Couple calls, sign your life away and that’s taken care of.
  • Never cooked Moroccan food – If you can read, you can cook. It’s now one of our favorite dishes.
  • Never fixed an iPhone – Take some time and watch some videos… Done.
  • Never started a blog – Ummm, It might not be that good, but YOU are reading it.

Yummy! Tagine!!!

But what’s next? Doing our own corporate taxes, of course!!

And not the simple 1099’s and W-2’s, but how to create balance sheets, cash flow statements and K1’s.  This year we used an accountant and (if all goes well) next year we won’t.

Embrace Your Ignorance

Maybe it comes with age and maturity, or maybe ignorance is bliss and I’m just an idiot.  But, I’ve really taken to fixing things, and attempting to do things for myself.  I do feel more in control, while I’m certainly not an expert at anything, I know enough to cause trouble… Anything you’ve attempted without fully knowing the outcome?

More importantly, any hints about filing corporate tax returns?!?

* I broke the WiFi antennae while replacing her battery and it’s extremely difficult to replace.  It’s the last thing out and the first thing in to the phone, which means you have to take everything out of it.  I mean EVERYTHING, up to and including the power and volume buttons. So, I put a band-aid on it; wifi kinda/sorta works, but it holds a charge great!

5 Comments

  • Mrs. Picky Pincher March 16, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Hey, nobody knows everything. I’ve had a few interns and I agree that a mark of maturity is admitting what you don’t know. Too often the newbies want to prove themselves, which usually translates into trying to know (or sound like they know) everything. Great fix with the vacuum and iPhone!

    I’ve done so many things that freakin’ terrify me. The latest was cooking Indian food, which I’ve never done before. Success!

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    • Mr WoW March 16, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Indian food is one that I’ve done, but I need to do again. It was just a really interesting realization that we came to. Its something that helping us along the way in our journey towards FIRE as well. I think being paralyzed by your ignorance causes a lot of people to take no action.

      I actually convinced a guy I work with to fix his phone as well. I have to follow up and see how he did.

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  • Mr. Need2save March 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Being a nerdy science kinda guy, I was never much of a ‘handyman’ growing up. I still remember my sister laughing at me carrying around a toolbox when we bought our second house.

    Somehow I got really interested in woodworking and before long I was building actual usable things! Platform beds for the kids, desks, entertainment centers, useless boxes! And I never cut my fingers off.

    It’s amazing what you can do once you try. Why not retire early? Don’t see any reason we can’t do that.
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    • Mr WoW March 19, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      That’s fantastic! I really should look into woodworking. My Father-in-law actually just finished building a boat from scratch. It’s beautiful and quite an accomplishment.

      That’s definitely something that I want to try, and I think FIRE would give me a chance to become an apprentice.

      Yeah… retire early!!! Why not??
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  • raj August 23, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Thanks for the nice sharing 🙂 i like it

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