Winning with money is fun!
There is nothing wrong with having wealth. The problem with wealth is when it is put in the wrong hands. Being wealthy doesn’t turn good people bad, though it will show the real character of a person. I love the advice the Billionaire Entrepreneur Mark Cuban had for the latter winners back in January.
If you weren’t happy yesterday, you won’t be happy tomorrow. It’s money. It’s not happiness. But, if you were happy yesterday, you are going to be a lot happier tomorrow. It’s money. Life gets easier when you don’t have to worry about the bills. — Mark Cuban, Shark Tank + Billionaire Entrepreneur
Money is NOT Evil
Growing up, I always believed that being wealthy was somehow wrong. I can’t even conjure up specific conversations that led me to believe that it was, but nonetheless I came into adulthood seeing the wealthy as bad or at least under the impression that they were somehow self-serving. Even worse, I was taught that good Christians shouldn’t have nice things. We should live in poverty because we aren’t supposed to worship money or the things that can be bought with money. Unfortunately, many accumulate debt because they have no money to pay for necessities or they get sucked into the “gotta have it now” mentality.
I now have a healthy outlook on money and have a goal of helping the right people build substantial incomes. Why? Because when large amounts of monetary influence are put in the right hands, enormous acts of good deeds are achieved.
Gratitude and faithfulness have to play a role in how we view money. I know it’s hard to believe, but money really doesn’t bring happiness. The key to happiness is gratitude. Be grateful and faithful with what you have (no matter how little it may be) and your riches will grow. And when I mean riches, I’m not just talking about money.
My Question For You
Are you faithful with the things you have been given? I don’t just mean money. I mean everything – your marriage, kids, income, influence, job? When you go to work each day, are you faithful in honoring the company’s time? Do you work with a servant’s heart or are you watching the clock? Let me guess…your job is awful and your boss is a jerk. I get it! But…Serve anyway!
Your actions are the only thing you can control. If our ultimate goal is to serve then we can’t go wrong. When you are working on something greater than yourself, you will find a greater purpose to give your best. You are working for more than just the guy who hired you.
The original purpose of this blog was to get you focused on a budget. I believe the foundation of winning with money is to have a plan. I am currently running a group called No Dollar Left Behind where I use Dave Ramsey’s budgeting tool everydollar.com. You can request to be a part of this group. I start a new cycle with content every couple of months so even if you get in later in the month, you will eventually get the content. You can sign up here!
Things You Can Expect From This Group
- You will receive an email after you sign up with a link to the group. Make sure you check spam if you don’t see it. It can sometimes take a day for the email to arrive
- The group is FREE! It is my gift to you 🙂
Going back to that quote “to whom much is given, much is required.” I know God gave me my bizarre love of budgeting. From the time I was 13 years old and babysitting after school I would track every dollar I made and how I spent it. My mom taught me the value of giving. When I found Dave Ramsey, I had made a friend for life. His teachings on budgeting and getting out of debt inspire me daily. I am already seeing the impact of the budgeting group.
Here are a few testimonials:
“This group is great! A little advice can go a long way! When I first started out on my own I was in CC debt and no idea how to budget. Not from being frivolous, but from bad thing happening like my car getting broken into and not having health insurance. My best friend helped me out and drew out my first budget. With self discipline and seeing the big picture I was able to get myself out of a $6,000 CC hole. I’ve kept a budget since then but can definitely tighten it up! I’m loving the every dollar app!” — Lisa Valentine
“This is my first month ever going by a budget and it’s shocking! We might be one of the only families that do not have a checking acct Bc I always seem to mess them up. Instead of spending money freely it’s great to see where everything really goes. Thank you for this group” — Jennifer Henson
“I decided to write my bank and ask for my interest rate to be decreased and they did. I am now have a 3% decrease in my APR. Very happy.”– Kelly Hungerford
“I am still here & need to catch up on the last few videos but I have been actually conscious of money this month & adding everything in the every dollar app- which may not sound like a lot but for me it’s huge! I usually bury my head in the sand when it comes to money and try not to pay attention since it all disappears anyways- it feels great to be taking these baby steps in self-control.” — Kristen Fulcher
“Just have to share this because Rebekah Valisa Bain told me I COULD stay within my Christmas budget. I am about 75% done with my shopping, and even when I add in what I still need to purchase and the $ amount, I am $300 UNDER BUDGET! What an amazing feeling!!!” — Angela Geyer
I can’t stop all the crazy that is created because of money issues (did you know it is a leading cause of divorce?!) but I can do my part in helping just one person.
Join me! It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. Cheers to your success and winning with money!
To your future balanced budgets,