2021 was an eventful year with a good helping of highlights and lessons. In this blog, I’d like to share a few of my key takeouts for the year.
Playing a strong defence
To play a good offence you need to play an even better defence. If there was one big money lesson I learned, it’s that you need a strong defence to have a strong attack. I cannot stress the importance of having cash in your portfolio enough. Cash is that strong defence you need.
This year I also experienced first hand why it’s so important to save money, because you don’t know when your money will need to save you. We were hit with a big item expense, but we manage to get through it with significantly fewer scars – all because of our money-saving habits throughout the years. Playing that good defence.
Money Challenge and the house
I reached my Money Challenge savings target! I only have half of it left, as I used the other half when we bought a house this year. This was 2021’s biggest highlight for our family.
One of my most important goals for 2021 was to be a better trader than I was at the start of the year. After 183 perfect trades (and counting), I can confidently say I’m a much better trader today. I achieved this by keeping things simple, and having discipline, courage and focus.
The investment club
My top 5 goals for 2022
- Be a better trader at the end 2022 than I was at the start of 2022
- Listen to 100 audiobooks, read (and finish) at least 10
- Grow VillageTrader
- Teach trading and investing to high school children
- Make better money decisions
(My real list is way too long to hit every single goal.)
Cash Club blog
Njabulo Nsibande is a Just One Lap user-turned-contributor and a founding member of an investment club. His “Cash Club” blog details his experiences balancing the financial obligations of a young parent with his investment aspirations.
Follow Njabulo’s journey here every month. You can also follow his trading journey by listening to his Village Trader podcast.
Find him on Twitter: @njabulo_goje.