When I was in my early 20s there was a saying that those who talk about sex are the ones who ain’t gettin’ it!
I have found that with money the flashy ones are often the stressed or broke ones.
Several years ago one of my beloved clients achieved their goal of being mortgage-free by age 40. They did the hard yards with him working fly-in fly-out (FIFO) for a couple of years, kept a budget and avoided comforts that were less important than their goal.
But do you think they talk about it? Nope!
We seem to be hard wired for comparison.
If all we have to compare to are those with lots of lawn ornaments and ‘Insta-worthy’ stories, we are getting a warped and (probably) inaccurate view of prosperity.
With life experience, I’ve come to disagree with that saying from my 20s. I’ve learned that the taboo on talking openly and honestly about sex is harmful to healthy intimacy.
Similarly, I feel strongly that we need to break the taboo on talking openly and honestly about our relationship with money.
Speaking honestly is a gateway to a feeling of sufficiency, to financial wellbeing and eventually to financial flourishing.
If you don’t feel comfortable (yet) to talk with family or friends about money then start the chat with a financial professional. Good ones won’t judge your past or present. Rather, we’re delighted for the opportunity to support you to afford a life you love.