2×4 In the Forehead
Not sure where I heard this one, but somewhere along the line I picked up the phrase “2×4 in the forehead”. For those that may not know, a 2×4 is a 1.5”x3.5” piece of wood that comes in varying lengths. Yes I know, it really isn’t 2” x 4” and I have no idea why but regardless it’s called a 2×4. 2×4’s are frequently used in the construction of homes and in particular the studs in walls.
Anyway, getting hit with a 2×4 in the forehead would be a highly painful and attention grabbing experience. Suffice it to say, this would not be something you would necessarily enjoy or want to occur, but it would certainly get your attention.
So, what the heck does this have to do with life and finances? Well, the 2×4 in the forehead is an analogy for something major happening in your life that gets your attention. Unfortunately, I have been hit far to many times with the 2×4 of life. This is result of me generally requiring a 2×4 in the head in order to get my attention. My wife will vouch for this (be nice dear).
You’ll often see me refer to significant attention grabbing events in my life as 2×4’s for the forehead. Feel free to use this analogy however be prepared to get some strange looks. I really like to use analogies as it’s a great way of getting people to truly understand what you are saying.