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3 lessons from the Miss Universe controversy to help your debt-free journeyThere are many lessons that you need to learn if you want to manage your personal financeswisely. Most of these lessons can be taken from actual people who have made mistakes in the past. We should observe these errors so we will learn how not to commit the same in our lives.
The recent Miss Universe mix-up may not seem like an event that we can financially relate to. But if you look at it the right way, you will realize that there are lessons that you can implement in your life - specifically if you are in the midst of a debt relief program.Here are three specific debt relief lessons that we can take from this event. Mistakes happen. Deal with it. First all, you need to accept that errors are bound to happen every now and then. You cannot avoid that. Even an event that is as big as the Miss Universe pageant, even after months of preparation, cannot be perfect. Even a three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner like Steve Harvey can mess up the simplest task of reading his cue cards. This means you are not above making mistakes. If you landed yourself in debt, you need to just accept the situation. It may be devastating and you may have disappointed the people around you. While it is painful for everybody, you need to accept the fact and try not to be too hard on yourself. It is not the mistake that will ruin you but the way you will react to it. If you will act in defeat after the error, then you will lose a lot more than is necessary. Make sure that you react positively to your mistake so you can grow from it. Take responsibility for your mistakes. The other lesson that you need to learn is to take responsibility for what you did. Accepting is not enough. Do not point fingers and stop blaming others for the mistake. It is easy to say that you landed in debt because you wanted your family to live a great life, or that the economy is not being kind to you. Remember that blaming others is the coward’s way of handling things. If you made a mistake, you own up to it just like what Steve Harvey did. A lot of people probably hated him for his blunder, but he surely gained a lot of respect for the way he handled his error. To quote the article from CNN.com, Steve Harvey said, “Let me just take control of this. This is exactly what’s on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. It was on the card.”You have to take responsibility for the mistake - regardless if external factors caused you to make it. That is the only way you can move forward from the error of your ways. Make sure your documents are clear. The last of the debt relief lessons that we can take from the Miss Universe gaffe is to make sure your documents are clear. Some people thought that the scorecard should be blamed. First of all, the font was small and it was easy to misread. Not only that, the name of Philippines as the winner was at the bottom right - like a footnote. It was easy to say the wrong name. This is a lesson that you need to be careful with as you try to get out of debt. Make sure all your documents are clear. File the proof that you are paying your debts. And when you finally finish all your payments, make sure you ask for the document that certifies that you are indeed, free from debt. And make sure it is clear.