We’ve had a small leak in our roof around one of the stack vents for a few months now. It’s one of those things that started small and then gets worse with each rain. I’ve meant to do it for weeks now and each time it rained I reminded myself to take care of it. This weekend I decided to take the plunge. Wait, let me rephrase that. This weekend I decided to take the necessary steps to improve the integrity of one of my family’s largest assets.
As for some backstory, I have no interest in being on a roof. I rarely do it and would prefer to never do it. There are people that do it every day and are perfectly comfortable with the risk but I’m not one of those people. However, I proceeded to get the ladder set up and nervously began my climb. It’s not the ladder that makes me nervous, it’s the anticipation of transitioning from the security and comfort of a ladder to the relatively unknown roof that I usually see from a safe distance on the ground. I put my hand on the roof. It felt gritty and foreign compared to the soft grass far below. I was standing at roof level when I took a deep breath and stepped to the roof. My heart rate settled as my shoes gripped the roof. My balance adjusted to the slope quickly and I made my way over to make the repair. I wouldn’t want to re-create the Riverdance up there but after a few minutes it seemed like no big deal. I fixed the problem and climbed back down without any issues.
I’m not advocating anyone climb up on a roof but it does remind me of issues some people have with investing. Investing can be scary but it should never feel as dangerous as walking on a roof. It doesn’t need to be scary. Fear is an emotion that can often be mitigated with education, understanding and even practice. Sometimes investors just need a push… Let’s try that again. Sometimes investors need encouragement to take the next step in investing. Investors need to understand the steps and the process to begin to feel comfortable. Taking investing rung by rung and step by can help you invest and minimize anxiety while building a strong financial future for you and your family.