Fear and Loathing in New Jersey

I guess I don’t watch enough reality TV.

Until this morning, I’d never heard of Teresa Giudice, one of the “stars” of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Well, she just showed up on my news browser.

Teresa, whose breast augmentation surgery was featured on the show, is in deep caca with creditors. She and her husband Joe owe ’em $11 million, so they filed for bankruptcy.

And whose fault is that?

Teresa blames her financial woes on her employers, the Bravo channel!

You know, the folks who handed her fame and fortune.

“If she wasn’t on the show, this all would be much easier,” says one of Teresa’s friends. “Everything would be settled by now, but because she is now famous, everyone is using the situation to get press for themselves and humiliate her and her family.

“It’s honestly got to the point where she’s not sure if she wants to come back for another season. Teresa is sick of everyone knowing all her private financial business. It’s just not fair.”

OK, I’m not even gonna address the fact that Teresa is a self-indulgent ingrate.

Or the fact that she and her husband are crappy money managers.

I wanna talk a sec about the importance of accepting responsibility for your own life.

If the bank’s banging on your door, or the repo man’s stalking your BMW, or your business isn’t growing as fast as you’d like…well, that’s your baggage, baby. 

I know that’s hard to take. But when you play the blame game like Teresa Giudice, you surrender control of your life to others.

And trust me, those others don’t give a hot patootie about you.

Habitually blaming outside forces for all your troubles will never enhance your success. Instead, it’ll just make you irresponsible, a quitter, reliant on others, unhappy, angry, and depressed.

Albert Einstein said, “Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will — his personal responsibility.”

And success coach Brian Tracy once made this observation:  “Peak performance begins with your taking complete responsibility for your life and everything that happens to you.”

So if things’ve gotcha down, take a deep breath, acknowledge the role you’ve played in the situation, and move forward.

I know it ain’t easy. But it works better’n wallowing in self-pity like Teresa Giudice.

Whatcha think?

P.S. In the above photo, Teresa is second from the left.

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Fear and Loathing in New Jersey — 5 Comments

  1. How will they ‘repo’ those things? My wife (as every wife probably) watches house wives, and Teresa was the one with a HUGE house. I agree…let’s see some fiscal responsibility.

    People just need to stop spending money on stupid stuff (I can’t imagine why it would cost 11 million) and then start getting the economy back on track. Who lends out 11 mill anyway? That would be a huge red flag for me if I were a lender.

  2. I’d bet, Chase, that most of the $11 million was spent on crap that’s sitting unused in their driveway or in storage.

    Impulse spending is a “drug” that can be a hellbitch to control, especially when someone comes into sudden wealth. Witness the “curse” of so many lottery winners. (Of course, I don’t know what Teresa’s financial situation was like BEFORE she became a reality TV star.)

  3. Seriously? I am always amazed at to the depths of off the wall thinking people can sink to. What a trip! And, what makes me sit up and take notice is that I see a lot of youngsters with this easy come easy go attitude .. along with taking no responsibility whatsoever .. that’s the generation in charge when I get old …