I respect your points, Matthew. However, you might have missed the primary point of the article. It’s not so much about Shannon per se, nor does it primarily address what she writes about. It is about what happens when we all read our own press releases, believe that we have arrived, and that the trajectory will continue upward. For some, maybe, but I seriously doubt it. For life bushwhacks all of us, if not monetarily, then emotionally, or with a death or disease. Or bankruptcy (my hand is up) or whatever.

While I understand what you’re saying, I might kindly suggest that the real message here is resilience, and above all, this too shall pass. What Shannon writes is her business, and she has a great many fans. I curate what I read; that which applies directly to me. Therefore I don’t see the repetition, albeit I most certainly see the imitations. Folks see what works, and they imitate. It’s what people do.

I’m not arguing with you. Rather, I would prefer that you might see the piece for what it is: a treatise more on what happens when we rise, which I have, too, and get side swiped, which I have too, and have to either redirect or start all over. And, in all frankness, Shannon’s honesty about her life and conditions does touch a lot of folks. Those will seek her out. And sometimes writing differently about the same thing sometimes touches different people.

Still, I wanted to acknowledge what she said about the sniping- which is ugly and real- and the fact that she has created a niche. How she rebuilds is likely to be for many more instructive than the how-tos of making ten grand a month. I have always and forever been far better instructed from what I learned climbing out of the ditch than simply staying on the horse. Thanks for your comments.

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