Who you surround yourself with has so much impact and influence on you. This doesn’t just pertain to finances but it applies to just about everything you do in your life such as your eating habits, travel habits, spending habits, and other lifestyle habits. When it comes to finances, who you surround yourself with can influence how you spend, save, and invest your money. Surround yourself with others who have financially healthy habits.
This post isn’t meant for you to de-friend anyone or stop hanging out with those who don’t have the same financial views as you. The point is for you to be aware that the differences can influence you and your financials.
I have a friend who gave me tips on credit card rewards and how it was great to travel on points, not having to pay much out of pocket. From that point on, we chat about other credit card programs, mortgage rates, home values, and other financial topics. Being around him is great because we have similar financial goals and we can share what works for each of us.
What I experienced is that not many people want to talk about finances or share too much of their own personal finances. It’s very personal. Through conversations, I’ve actually experienced that many of the people I interact with have the same concerns in the back of their mind as I do. And this helps break the ice to start a conversation. For example, how am I going to pay for college? Will I be ready financially for retirement? Where should I invest in? Should I refinance my mortgage? How can I make more money? How can I save more money? There’s so many common questions that we all have. Once you break that ice, you could find more commonalities if you are comfortable sharing.
Friends aren’t the only people you can surround yourself with. You can surround yourself with information you see on the internet or on cable TV: personal blogs, YouTube videos, social media, and other media outlets. I’ve taken a liking to listening, reading, and watching to all the news related to business, the market, and investing. I’m surrounding myself with folks who understand the market, who understand investments, and who understands finances all virtually. I feel more knowledgeable and more confident in any financial decision I make.
It’s important to have a network of people and information that influences you in a positive direction whether it’s with health, money, relationships, work, or anything else. If you are interested in following my journey, email subscribe to get alerts of latest posts or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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