A conversation about money conjures up all kinds of feelings. For many of us, they’re not warm and fuzzy feelings. I’m no different. Most of my feelings about money came from family and environmental experiences in my impressionable years. I developed a toxic money mindset that I’d call Money Avoidance. I didn’t want anything to do with it because I believed it would change me like I thought it changed many others.
In Episode 27 of the Focused Photographers Podcast, I share how early experiences with money created some bad habits later in life. Those bad habits led to uncontrollable spending and mountains of debt. I share my journey from the tumultuous moment of staring down mountains of debt and the birth of our first daughter to a transformed, renewed, and healthy perspective on my relationship with money.
In a few highlights of this episode, I share:
If you take anything from the episode, it’s this: Wealth is often hidden. It’s hard to study what’s hidden. Don’t confuse “rich” for “wealth.” Getting wealthy and staying wealthy requires some form of frugality and paranoia that it can all go away in an instant. Success today does not guarantee success tomorrow. The same is said with money.
And finally, JL Collins has my favorite quote about personal finance that is easy to memorize and live by:
Spend less than you earn. Invest the rest. Avoid debt.
Books that I mentioned in the episode:
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
A Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins
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