What is success?
I did a very scientific poll (facebook, twitter, email, phone calls) and asked people for their definition of success. Most of the answers were different phrasings on one of my favorite quotes and what I use to define success:
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. “- Maya Angelou
You have dreams and goals and aspirations. You are ready to go after what you want. But can you put your money where your mouth is? Your personal finances and your dreams are perpetually interconnected.
Dreaming is the fun part…Oh the Places You’ll Go! (fist bump to Theodore Geisel)…the things you can do!…the stuff you can get! It is exhilarating! But have you balanced your checkbook? Paid your debts? Built an emergency fund?
Unless you are a personal finance geek (guilty as charged) all that number stuff really puts a damper on that dream. It isn’t glamorous. It isn’t sexy. The reality is once you dream the dream and set the goals then it’s time to work. That isn’t glamourous or sexy either but without it there is no success.
Why is being able to balance your budget so important?
*Money is a tool and it is better to control it than for it to control you Continue reading