We’ve probably all heard the analogy “microwave fix”, “microwave culture”, or some variation of the word microwave with regards to how we impatiently want what we want and we want it now. It took me 10 years from the time I started accruing debt until the time I had enough, but I wanted to be out of the mess overnight. I wanted a microwave fix. If I look at every dollar of debt I had as a pound of frozen ground beef being thawed in the microwave then the four years it has taken me to get rid of my debt is probably about right. Thawing ground beef seems to take forever in the microwave, and it has to be checked on and turned every few minutes – sorta like having to review our debt payoff progress regularly. Think about that the next time you hear the microwave analogy. Getting out of debt is not like re-heating a donut. It’s like thawing out a bunch of frozen ground beef. It takes time and attention.