The Financial Lesson That Took Me 20 Years To Learn

This article first appeared on the Good Men Project site.

Money is about much more than what we think. Here’s the story of how I learned an important lesson about finance and life.

New Year’s Evolution: Transforming Money Energy

It’s upon us already! A new year and a new opportunity to get our financial houses in order. If this seems far too overwhelming to you, know you are not alone. Money has become a power outside yourself, and finance often seems like a secret code way too difficult to crack. The truth is that money is just a thing, a neutral thing that you can use to create the life you want for yourself, your family, and communities both large and small. 

Allowance: Adolescents to Young Adults

Before jumping in, take a look at the broader context and relevant details, and have your child(ren) take this survey to find their natures.

Allowance: Teaching your kids about money and value.

Teaching our kids about money and financial health is critical. According to a great article from the Wall Street Journal, despite the best intentions, we’ve been getting this all wrong. “Most children still grow up into adults who can’t properly save, spend, and budget,” and invest, leverage, and give. In other words, kids are growing up without an understanding of money as a neutral tool to help them create the lives they want and instead arrive at adulthood with financial anxiety, unable to speak about finances rationally, and unable to distinguish cultural associations and personal emotions all too often attached to money.

So what do we do? How do we instill in our children a healthy financial perspective and the ability to navigate finances with confidence? 

Boot Camp @ PelotonLabs

Financial Evolution Boot Camp: personal training for your finances. April 28 through June 9, 2016

This class came about because the founder of PelotonLabs wanted to understand more about investing. Her strong community-mindedness and creativity, (she is an Investor), lead to the vision of a workshop-style course where peers could gather to learn about investing and many other topics, (see below), in a comfortable, supportive setting. We created a curriculum that met their needs: setting, timing, group-style, with a diverse set of goals