Consumerism has turned into an addiction.
As a society, we are addicted to consumption. We consume products, food, things…at an alarming rate.
I’m starting this “Understanding Series” with consumerism for a reason. I’m going to go in-depth with every area of your finances throughout this series, but it all starts right here.
If you don’t understand consumerism and how to get out of the trap, you will lack in every other area of your finances.
Here it is: how to set yourself apart from the average consumer. How to be a savvy consumer…
Have you ever heard the saying “you either win or you learn?”
Or the popular “you have to fail forward”?
I’m sure you understand the idea of using situations, good and bad, as learning experiences, but that’s easier said than done, right?
It’s easy to talk about learning in every situation, but when you’re upset, angry or disappointed, it doesn’t seem so easy.
It starts with your perspective. Here’s how to learn from everything and everyone…
Meditation has been around for centuries, and yet, it can still be a controversial topic.
Most of the people who recommend meditating start by saying something like “I know you think this is some sort of eastern ritual” or “you might think you have to be Buddhist to meditate”.
I admit, it does carry that connotation, or at least it used to. I’ll spare you. I’m going to assume you’re wanting to implement meditation as a self-improvement tactic, or as a way to clear your mind and increase your focus.
That being said, here’s a guide to meditation for the average person who wants more clarity and a clear mind…
Budgeting is weird, because almost every financial guru recommends doing it, and almost everyone who tries to do it struggles with it.
The truth is, there are a lot of things left unsaid when it comes to budgeting.
There’s a reason it doesn’t work…or doesn’t seem to work.
I’m going to explain how to actually budget effectively and cover some unanswered questions.
This is going to be extremely straight-forward.
I’m going to give you each step to get your finances in order.
At the end of one hour, you’re going to have a complete overview of your financial situation and be setting goals.
If you’ve read some books on goal setting, you’ve probably read that only 3% of the population have written goals.
That statistic is often followed by something like “it doesn’t matter if this is true or not, the point is very few people write down their goals.” There is a need for that justification.
This “3%” comes from a study at Yale University in 1953.
The story goes, a Yale University class set goals. 3% of the class wrote them down, while the other 97% didn’t. Twenty years later, the researchers checked in on the classmates to find that the 3% with written goals had more wealth than the other 97% combined.
What an interesting study…the only issue is that it never actually happened.
Money isn’t what really matters.
Sure, you need money to accomplish some of your goals or to make your life better…or at least you think you do.
We all think we need more money, more stuff. But money is just money. Stuff is just stuff.
We all know material items aren’t what’s really important.
That’s easy to say, but how do you actually live it out? It’s hard to say “it’s just money” when your only car breaks down and you have to spend $2,000 on a new transmission. It’s hard to say “it’s just money” when you might not have quite enough for the rent this month. Likewise, it’s hard to say “it’s just stuff” when something valuable is stolen or when something you just bought gets messed up.
As I was preparing this article, an interesting thing happened that really challenged me on this…
Cash or credit? What do you use?
I’m a fan of Dave Ramsey, but I don’t think everyone has to be stuck using only cash.
I’m a fan of credit card rewards, but I don’t think everyone is responsible enough to use them.
So how do you really decide whether to purely use cash or whether to get some credit card rewards?
Here’s how you can decide for yourself…
Email can steal more time than almost anything else.
When you’re going through email, you’re on someone else’s agenda. You’re responding to their needs.
Sure, you wouldn’t be doing it if you didn’t get something out of it, but most of the emails you send are answers to other people’s questions, and responses to their needs. Even if you’re sending a decline, that still takes time.
I’ve written about email hacks before. I shared some important tips, so let’s do a quick summary and then get into three more tips that I’ve developed to stay in control of my inbox…
Stuff. It’s everywhere.
You have stuff you don’t use or need, and even stuff you forget you have.
Most of us have so much stuff that going through our garage is like shopping at a thrift store. All of the “oh yeah, I forgot about that!” and the “when did we buy this?”…you may even find that you’ve bought stuff that you didn’t even realize you already had.
The point is, you need to get rid of some stuff. Sell, donate, trash, or whatever…you need to declutter. That’s why you’re here.
Here’s a great method I’ve been using to get rid of 323 items over the last couple months…
We all know that discipline is about small habits, practiced consistently, over time.
So what’s the problem? Why is discipline hard?
Because, while those small habits are super easy to do, it’s just as easy to not to do them.
These small habits will help you reach huge goals, but…”there’s always tomorrow”…”I’ll start on Monday”…you know how it goes.
Sure it’s easy to not do it, but you’re about to have a plan. A plan of discipline that you’re going to stick with. So we’re done talking about not doing – it’s time to talk about doing.
The rich keep getting richer, and the poor keep getting poorer. Right?
You’ve heard that a thousand times. It’s not fair, is it? Some people just can’t get a break.
Well, that may be true, but it’s not that simple.
So why are some people rich and others poor? Why do some poor become rich, while some families stay poor for generations?
It’s no secret that most people don’t know how to handle money.
Personal finance is one of the primary categories of blogs on the internet today.
That’s because it’s needed. It’s highly needed. And most people don’t even know where to start.
People don’t understand things like the stock market, mutual funds, index funds or compound interest in general. The average person doesn’t keep a budget, and they overspend on a daily basis.
I know you don’t do that, but you may still be wondering why personal finance isn’t taught in schools, and why most people don’t have a clue when it comes to money.
Here’s some insight…
To-do lists are great…except for that bottomless-pit part that you never get to.
How many things are on your to-do list that have been there for days, months or years?
There’s a reason for that, and here’s how to fix it…
I love learning.
Just last week I published “Never Stop Learning: 40 Places to Get Free Education Online”.
I’m a college student. I read daily. I’m taking a course at Codecademy. I’m constantly involved in military education.
Obviously, I’m a big fan of continued education.
The problem is when we let the process trump the outcome.