CNLP 392: Rachel Cruze on Your 7 Money Motivations, How to Make Financial Progress, and What Matters Most Financially Facing an Uncertain Climate

Rachel Cruze identifies 7 money tendencies everyone has: From safety or status, abundance or scarcity and experiences or things. She runs through all 7 motivators to help you understand your tendencies.

She also outlines what she learned during the crisis of 2020 and how you can prepare for an uncertain year ahead.

Welcome to Episode 392 of the podcastListen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

Plus, in this episode’s What I’m Thinking About segment, Carey shares his single best piece of financial advice for any leader.

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1. Many people had a wakeup call during the COVID pandemic

Heading into the pandemic, 78% of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck. Many of them received a rude awakening when the COVID-19 lockdowns went into effect, and they suddenly got behind on bills. Hopefully, a lot of people were able to learn the value of how to save and not live beyond their means.

2. An emergency fund isn’t optional

So many people view an emergency fund as something that’s “nice to have.” After the COVID-19 pandemic, everybody should secure a 3-6 month emergency fund as an absolute “need to have” if you want to have a stable financial life should a crisis occur again.

3. It’s so important to know your natural money mindsets

Winning with finances takes 80% behaviour and 20% head knowledge. So, why do people overspend? And why are some people always worried that they don’t have enough money?

In her latest book, Know Yourself, Know Your Money, Rachel outlines 7 money mindsets we all have. Once you know where you fall on the spectrum, you will have an easier time managing your financial behaviour.

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CNLP 392: Rachel Cruze on Your 7 Money Motivations, How to Make Financial Progress, and What Matters Most Financially Facing an Uncertain Climate

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