That was the point Adam Savage of the TV show Mythbusters made as the speaker at my son’s graduation as a mechanical engineer.
He was talking about using engineering skills after college.
But, it struck me as equally applicable to my audience of the indebted as it was to his audience of newly fledged engineers.
For engineers, Savage hoped that they would look beyond the technical challenges of any task at hand to see where they, and the gadget they were making, fit in the larger world.
Your technical skills don’t exist in a vacuum, he said. Or shouldn’t.
For debtors, I want clients to look at their financial life on a canvas larger than just this month’s payments. Looking at the bigger picture, years and decades, even, is there any meaningful chance of paying off your debt and achieving economic stability?
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