I gain the majority of my motivation from helping and talking with others. I feel like I have to "practice what I preach." How can I help someone, if I'm not willing to do the same thing for myself. Knowing that I am helping others, inspires me to learn more and do better.
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By encouraging others, supporting them, and reminding them, they CAN do it, it forces me to stay positive, and remain focused on my goals. "Practice what you preach!" Afterall, who wants to take health and diet advice from a "fat" nurse? It helps keep me accountable.282
When I was young, parents (at least MY parents) never discussed money. It was only when I took over my elderly mother's finances that I discovered they had paid cash for cars, rented from inlaws while saving to buy their modest home for cash, invested in stocks, & paid all credit cards in full each month. When my father's salary increased, he saved the extra until he had enough to buy a $1000 CD (certificate of deposit) several times/year. It took decades for me... (click title for more info)
to learn good money habits on my own. Don't discuss specifics with children, but when opportunities arise, teach them the pitfalls of credit card spending, benefits of saving & investing, bargain hunting, & good money management skills. And above all, practice what you preach.
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