Don’t you just love the political season? U.S. Presidents and during the election, I would sit in front of the TV anxiously awaiting the results.I’m actually a sucker for some of it. I grew up memorizing all the
So, whatever your political persuasion OR what you think of our current cast of Presidential candidates (and they certainly are characters), most of them have said a few wise things that can be directly (or indirectly) applied to personal finance and money.
I thought I would share a few of these insights with you. Let me know if you’ve heard any other gems!
“Find something you are passionate about, that you love to do, and again, pursue it. It can be anything, it can be sports, it can be arts, it be service. Find something that you really feel invested in.”
I think the more we are invested and really love what we are doing for work (or anything for that matter), the better we’ll do at it – and we’ll likely reap the financial benefits*. I put an asterisk there, because not all en devours / or jobs that folks do well and love reap the monetary rewards.
This is pretty sound advice coming from the former Secretary of State.
“If you ask for half of the pie, you’ll probably get nothing. But if you ask for the whole pie, you might actually get something.”
I was listening to NPR when I heard Sanders make this quote (or a slight variation of it). At first, it didn’t stick with me – but after pondering it for awhile – it’s really a profound statement on negotiation. Often, we don’t expect much going into negotiating our salaries, buying that car OR anything for that matter – and are left disappointed with the results.
I think Sanders is trying to say – aim high when negotiating. I’ve tried this with some success at work – asking for a lot more than I probably should have – yet, was surprised when I (at least) “got something”.
“Faith enables you to hold on loosely without letting go.”
Jesus taught against putting too much hope in things that are fleeting (money, possessions, etc): “For what profits a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul”. With faith like this – you can hold on loosely to the things of this world – but not so much that you are flippant with ’em. God gives us money so it can meet our needs – but it was never intended to satisfy us completely.
I don’t think this quote just applies to finances – but can speak to not taking on the burdens of this world. They are not ours to carry.
“Government is never a source of goods. Everything produced is produced by the people, and everything that government gives to the people, it must first take from the people.”
Sometimes I’m prone to assume the victim role – and blame others for my problems or the situation I’m in. It’s easy to point the finger at the government – yet they are not the economic saviors for any of us. We the people remain the economic engine and creator of jobs, not the government. Sometimes we give them too much power.
“Your money should be at work at all times.”
I’ve been learning a lot this past year about the importance of investing and how money that is not working for you, could be working against you (by losing value). Getting your money to work for you is something the wealthy know how to do well.
Obviously Trump has a lot to say on money – but this is one to put into practice.
Any others from our current Presidential candidates?