We took our new puppy for a walk today. We’re just starting to get used to the whole dog ownership thing. It’s pretty new to us. We’re used to cats. Had cats all through our childhood. And then about four and a half years ago, got another one. A big one. A ragdoll cat we call Lewis.
He’s a good 6.5 kilograms and, nose to tail, has to be close to a metre. He’s basically a giant. The puppy (13 weeks now) on the other hand…
He’s a pug. So he’s small. Will always be small. Probably will weigh about the same as Lewis, maybe a little more when he’s fully grown. But he will definitely be smaller.
Most people thought having an established cat and a new puppy was a crazy idea. We didn’t. We did our research. Hours, weeks and months of research.
It left us with two choices. A golden retriever or a pug. A fair size differential there. Thinking about the sheer dollar value of dog food for the next 15 years and the layout of our house, we decided on a pug.
And when we brought Alonso (the pug) home, we did the smart (hard) thing and started training right away.
It wasn’t as hard with Lewis. He came toilet trained. He doesn’t go for walks. He cleans himself. He eats when he feels like it and never overeats. He likes lap time and goes mental at 3am like clockwork. He’s the ‘lone wolf’ of the household.
Lewis has already lived in five different houses. He’s travelled halfway around the world. And he’s one chilled cat. That’s a feature of his breed. That’s why when we first did our research on a cat, four years ago, the ragdoll breed came up a winner.
But most people don’t know the effort that went into choosing our cat. And then four years later, the effort in choosing our dog. And to most people, our choice to pair the two was insane. Many people would be afraid to bring a boisterous puppy into the fold with an established cat.
Not us. Not with the level of research we put in. As it’s played out, we were right and the masses that said we were crazy…were wrong.
These two apparent polar opposites are getting along like best buddies. Remember we’ve had Lewis for over four years now. We’ve had Alonso in the house for four weeks tomorrow.
Today, after we got back from our little dog walk, Lewis was at the door to greet us. We walked in, let Alonso off his lead, and he sat down. Lewis came up, gave him a little sniff, and then lay down on the doormat — calm as can be.
Then later in the evening, we were doing some research on the computer. Alonso was playing with his chew toys when Lewis decided to join us again. But he was in a playful mood. Thus the two decided to have a little play together.
This wasn’t something we expected. But play they did. Like they were new friends. A ragdoll cat from Australia and a pug puppy from England playing together — and boy did we let everyone who told us we were crazy know about it.
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We tell you this story not to gloat but to impart some lessons of wisdom. You see, there are four key lessons to take away from this unlikely pairing.
- The power of detailed research. If we had just decided to get a dog — any old dog — it probably would have been a nightmare. It’s almost certain that a Jack Russell or a Staffie would have created mayhem for Lewis and us.
- If something might sound crazy on the face of it, there’s a good chance it’s not. By listening to ‘popular opinion’, you can get sucked into the middle of the bell curve. By that, we mean that if you took a survey of 100,000 people, the bulk of them would say it’s a bad idea. But quite often, the masses — the mainstream — are wrong.
- When you make a decision, commit to it with conviction and confidence. Our dad once said to us before a game of footy:
‘If you’re going for the ball, go hard and commit to the contest. If you commit, fully commit. By doing that, you might get a bump or you might get hit. But you’ll be ready for it and you won’t get hurt.’
- The crazy isn’t always crazy. In fact, sometimes the crazy idea ends up being one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
These lessons aren’t new to us. In fact, they’re lessons we try to live by every day. But to many people, these lessons might be new, something fresh, something even a little scary.
But they’re the kinds of lessons you can apply to your own life — and to the way you invest your money.
The views and opinions of the masses and the mainstream can be loud. They can make you doubt your own independent thinking. They can make an idea you have seem…a little crazy.
But out there on the edges of the bell curve are people who revel in the ‘crazy’. You’ll find us out there. It’s ‘outliers’ like you and us who commit to independent thinking, regardless of what popular opinion says.
And we do it with conviction and confidence. It’s not blind faith. We make sure that while the ideas might be and sound a little crazy, they’re far from it.
Detailed, extensive and knowledgeable research goes into it all. Deep understanding of the issues at hand, the potential problems, and the potentially incredible rewards, are always factored in.
You might be mixing a cat and dog in the same house. You might be investing in a crazy new market called ‘cryptocurrency’. Or you might even be preparing for the biggest financial armageddon the world has ever seen.
It doesn’t matter which ‘crazy’ idea you’re implementing. If you have the knowledge, you have the power. And if you do it all with conviction, confidence and commitment, then chances are you’ll come through it OK on the other side.
Lessons from a cat and a dog…what a crazy idea…
Editor, Money Morning