Money is nothing more than a tool. You can use that tool to fix things or break things. It is up to the person and how they handle that tool and that person is YOU. This key point highlights the value of a financial education. It comes down to developing a positive relationship with money as you take the initiative rather than waiting on things to happen. Create your future!
You control money instead of money controlling you. It's not how much money you make, it's how much you end up keeping from what you make that will determine your future financial success. Anyone is capable of becoming their own financial expert when they are ready and willing to start down that path of becoming more than they are a the present time. Believe in that and believe in YOU.
This week's recommended book is The Happiness Solution, by Alan Gettis. This wonderful book helps the reader understand what it really takes to find that elusive thing called happiness. Advertising makes it sound so very simple and yet, many people find it difficult and unattainable. Mr. Gettis, a clinical psychologist, helps the reader understand the topic better as he recites short stories throughout the book that help better understand the truth when it comes to this very important topic. To understand happiness is to understand thyself.
This key point resonates throughout this relatively short, but insightful manual. Mr. Gettis has spent decades on this issue, coaching and counseling individuals, and is worth listening to on the matter. He taps into external fixes and the internal struggles that can end up looking like a war within yourself. The true value of this book is identifying whether or not you are on the right path and if not, its time to turn back and find the right path. The answer stays the same, YOU are the answer!
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Leora, Student, Age 20
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Daniel, U.S. Army Military Officer, Age 22
“...After the first class of Mike’s, I was hooked. I studied. I read. I wanted to know it all. I wanted to get my financial life straight. I can finally say that I’m a confident woman when it comes to personal finances. I want to encourage every woman to become fiancially literate and to study and read on her own. Don’t just leave it to the man.”
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Trevor, Actuary, Age 24
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Axel, Mechanical Engineer, Age 25
“Mike has motivated me to take control of my life. He has opened my eyes to the power of being financially free and doing what I want in life, simply by educating myself and investing in no load index mutual funds…”
Casey, High School Teacher/Activities Director, Age 26
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Tracy, Former Financial Advisor and Insurance Agent, Age 32
“Many of us remember a special teacher who took a complicated (or boring) subject and presented it in an inspiring way. Mike Finley is that kind of teacher. The information that he shares about investing has given me greater confidence in my ability…”
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Heidi, mom/business woman, Age unknown (just teasing...48)
“The confidence I have gained from Mike’s motivational classes and his belief in me has allowed me to take control of my investments and my journey toward financial freedom.”
Lisa, Educator, Age 49
“Saving, investing, and living below your means takes discipline. Mike has taught me how to invest and manage money going into my retirement years…”
Rick, Retired FedEx Courier, Age 60
“...How could I take the time to learn everything I thought I needed to learn to be able to invest safely and smartly? I just didn’t have the time. Mike made it simple through his sage advice and resources, showing me that not only did I have the time; but also through a few simple steps, I could take control of my financial future.”
Cynthia, Professor, Age 61
“Thanks to Mike, I have gone from knowing nothing about investing and letting someone else do it for me, to managing my investments on my own with comfort and confidence…”