Why financial literacy is important 1. Personal finance touches all aspects of your life 2. It will serve you for your entire life 3. Builds self-confidence 4. Develops big picture thinking
Possible target groups – secondary school or post secondary school
Why financial literacy might not work in High School 1. Maturity is not ready (no urgency) 2. Peer pressure 3. Mandatory vs optional 4. Parent are too strong of a role model 5. The stakes are too low
Financial Literacy Topics: 1. 90% behaviour 10% math – develop life long habits and self-discipline 2. Spend less than you earn – a documented budget is a requirement 3. Credit does not solve problems – it makes them worse 4. Life does not always go as planned – and that’s ok 5. Develop the self discipline to save money – and not spend it 6. Document your goals and dreams 7. Develop a value system – this will evolve as your grow
The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work
Article from Radio Canada International: A recent survey shows only 27 per cent of Canadians say they are satisfied with their current employer and are not interested in a new job. – https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2018/12/17/only-about-one-quarter-of-canadians-satisfied-with-their-job/
“Millennials have a desire to do work that is interesting to them. Things that give them joy and satisfaction. I think they’re more willing to walk away than the generations that came before them.” – https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/job-satisfaction-employee-retention-canada-1.4945021
Therefore, can your profession be your passion?
What is a passion?
Dig deep (i.e. personality type etc.)
What is a profession?
Ask yourself, are you really feeling intrinsically rewarded?
What’s holding us back from turning our passion into a profession? — The “F” word…
Fear of investment (time, money etc.)
Fear of judgment (others’ opinions)
Fear of failure (idea/business fails at any point of execution)
Fear of commitment (your interest will waiver; to ourselves)
Fear of unprofitability (idea/business does not perform well)
Can a passion really be profitable?
When should you turn your passion into a profession?
Testing ground to full-time: start a profit-earning side hustle (ex. online store, live market place – craft show, coffee house, art gallery, farmer’s market etc.); launch a free resource and monetize (ex. YouTube channel, blog, podcast)
Supply and demand — when your passion project gets too successful or popular to just maintain on the side
Just do it — Rachel Hollis: no one wants something more badly then you want it for yourself
Questions to ask yourself: Do you really enjoy camping?
Are you camping for convenience and/or cost
Do your really enjoy nature
Given unlimited money would your still go camping
Types of camping:
Car camping (intermittent hotel/camping)
Wilderness camping – back packing, canoeing
RV camping – tent trailer, travel trailer, motor home
Most kids love camping
Camping comes with built-in entertainment
Equipment – the right equipment will make a big difference
Location – if you desire the most sought after places it will cost (proximity to attractions)
Meal preparation – can be a plus and a minus at the same time
The more comforts of home you desire the harder you will work
Have dedicated camping equipment and supplies
Build a family legacy, early exposure may have a lasting impact
Don’t overstay your welcome
Go with no expectations
Decision Fatigue: In decision making and psychology, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. It is now understood as one of the causes of irrational trade-offs in decision making.
The problem with decision fatigue
Bad decisions lead to bad outcomes which will result in reduced confidence
Procrastination – no decisions often leads to a decision
Impulsive decisions – lack of logic or emotion often leads to regret
The path of least resistance is not the path to prosperity
Solutions to decisions fatigue
Routine will automate the small decisions leaving time and energy for the big ones
Put big decisions on the calendar – use time to your advantage.
Eliminate distractions – when a decision is required make sure you are in a good place
Write it down – emotions turn off and logic turns on
Don’t operate in a silo – use your support system
Have a value system – these are pre-made decisions
Your emotions make most of the decisions in your life and
our logical brain tries to create sound reasoning to support your emotional
Control: We have the elution that we control things we
actually have no control over. If we submit to the fact that our emotions are
in charge and we control far less that we think we do you can begin to put in
place a framework of a financial value system that will drive our actions.
The problem with making emotional financial decisions is we
often evaluate those decision later with logic.
How do you
know you are making an emotional based decision?
control your emotions when making financial decisions
Don’t rely on your “gut”
Pause and come at it from a different angle
Write it down – Pros and Cons (pen to paper
awakens the logical brain)
Get external opinion – hire a professional
(lawyer, agent, accountant)
Don’t marry yourself to an outcome – make it
about the process
Have a value system based on overarching rules that you can rely on for your
decision making process.
Car loan: maximum 3 year
Mortgage: paid off in 15 years
I will never pay for a service I can do myself
I will not commute more than 30 minutes
Borrowing money for things that go down in value
is not an option
Credit cards are a form of payment never to be
used for credit
I will never use the equity in my house as a
source of money
Replacements decisions are based on an items