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A Minimalist Approach to Personal Finance

For most of my life I wasn’t very good with money I made it and I spent it the money came in and out and since nearly eight out of ten Americans live paycheck to paycheckI’m guessing that’s something that you can relate to as well after four years of college left with a degree in mass communications and 97 thousand dollars in student loan debt. Then I bought a brand new car that told you I wasn’t very good with money. There was something holding me back from even looking at my personal finances had become a joke. I owe him some money what kind of money I had dug myself into a hole so deep it didn’t even seem possibleThat I’d ever get out the crazy part all that debt wasn’t stopping me from spending after I got the new car added a new TVComputer and even a leather jacket to my running tab that leather jacket was pretty cool though soon after college, though I came to the realization that I needed to make a change that I couldn’t just pretend like I wasn’t in massive trouble was one of the most challenging things that I’ve ever done in my entire life but over the course of 4 years was able to pay off every single student loan even that car payment and that’s what I want to talk about today only our problems with it and how minimalism has helped me there’s a basic formula to win at personal finance andIt’s this. Spend less money than you make practice though it’s not that easy money seems to completely slip through our fingers no matter how much money we make our bank account seems to have a completely different agenda. One of the reasons that we’re bad with money is because money is taboo can’t even talk about it with coworkers with family members without people feeling judged or downright offended we can only improve if we start to have honest conversations about the money we need to remove our egos and actually try to learn. One of the best ways that I’ve found learning about personal finance is through books and I’ll give three recommendation save Ramsey’s Total Money MakeoverRamita Sadie’s I will teach to be rich and Tony RobbinsUnshakable, all three of these books layout great advice trusted advice that has worked and I think that you’ll find a lot of value from themDon’t fall into the trap of lifestyle creep whenever we get a pay raise or we start to make a little bit more money land a really big project. The first thing that we want to do is upgrade our apartment to buy a better car increase in our lifestyle. So then that way we’re in some way rewarding this win but if we were instead to be more mindful about our spending if we were to keep our lifestyle in check and not inflate it as our income rises. 5, 10 years down the road we’re gonna be able to live a lot more comfortable and we’re gonna have so much more security than if we continue to increase our lifestyle every year, let’s be honest. We buy a ton of shit and we convince ourselves in a lot of sneaky waysWhy we deserve it. I mean I like shopping there anything so wrong with that not all advertising is bad but a lot of it is driven to make us feel as if we deserve the indulgence you’ve worked so hard you deserve this handbag these sneakers or this watch and truth of the matter is that what you deserve is to be debt-free?You deserve not living paycheck to paycheckwe face pressure from social media keeping up with the Joneses or the Kardashians is a very real thing and if we’re notCurating and mindful of our news feeds and our social media feeds it can beVery tempting to want to keep up and have the things that everybody else have otherwise, we’ll have the fear of missing outBut here’s the thing rich people are rich because they make smart decisionsWith their money, they don’t go out and lease a brand new BMWThey don’t rent an apartment that they can’t afford and the last type of pressure that we face is pressure from ourselvesThere’s this thing called the myth of ‘I don’t have’ and it’s something that we tell ourselvesTo convince us that we need to go out and buy that thingSo as a filmmaker, you might say I really want to make that film or that videobut I don’t have this lens or I don’t have this camera so I can’t do it orI can’t go out for that run or that jogI can’t start my new workout routine because I don’t have that pair of sneakersbut really the only thing that’s doing is procrastinating us from getting started with our goals and our dreams andIt’s convincing us that buying that extra thing is gonna solve everything which it won’t you need to make sacrificeswhen I graduated collegeWithin 3 months I decided to move home with my parents and I lived in my parents basementLiterally in the basement for two years. I didn’t date much didn’t spend much didn’t go out much because I knew that I had to make some sacrifices to get to a point when I could start to take risks you have to be completely clear with why you’re doing this in the first place. Why do you want to be debt-free?Why do you want to have?Financial freedom when we truly understand why we don’t want to be living paycheck to paycheckWhy we would want to be debt-free everything else comes to a little bit easier whenWe think about having the security and safety being able to take care of our family and our friends if they run into trouble becomes more obvious why this is so important you’re able then to take more risks to challenge yourself. Put your push yourself outside of your comfort zone ways that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to I know for myself if I wasn’t debt-free, I wouldn’t be where I am today. If I didn’t take in that first step and realize that I had a problem wouldn’t have had that domino effect that led me to where I am to be able to take pretty ambitious and risky decisions to move across the country to leave my business and start a completely new one these aren’t easy decisions and when you have debt’s gonna be that much more difficult and that less likely that you’re gonna succeed strategy couldn’t be more simple spend less money than you make but as you know we face a lot of pressure to do the exact opposite but if you can outmaneuver these forces, if you can build a healthy relationship with money, and create positive habits that stick you will be able to become financially free thanks so much for watching. What strategies tips tools and books have helped you on your ownPersonal finance journey what things have helped you to chip away and even get out of debt?I’d love to hear about your success stories as well as a part of that conversation opening up the dialogue about money think we should be encouraging each other and really rewarding each other for making positive steps in our lives try not to feel threatened or discouraged if other people have a great success story see it as potential in yourself if somebody is able to get out of debt. That means that you probably can too. Thank you guys for watching

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