SeedTime founder, Bob Lotich, had a life-changing moment at age 20 where he found himself completely out of money with a broken down vehicle in the middle of the road. Out of that, he created a profitable online business on how to handle money as he learned a new approach to money himself.
He talks about how he built his company, finding an audience in the already-crowded personal finance space on the internet, and why John Wesley’s mantra to, “Earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can,” is still a solid one today.
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Simple Money, Rich Life by Bob Lotich
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Insights From Bob
1. We need to become more comfortable talking about money
Bob Lotich is the author of Simple Money, Rich Life and founder of SeedTime, an online community dedicated to wise money practices. According to Bob, one of our biggest issues with money comes down to the fact that we’re not educated about money or encouraged to talk about money. Money management is not a curriculum focus in any public schools, and we still carry a cultural stigma around openly discussing finances.
2. A person’s wealth is more than their net worth
When we think about wealth, we tend to think of net worth, or how much money or liquid assets you have at your disposal. But based on the “modern English” translation of a famous Welsey quote – “Make More, Save More, Give More” – there are different ways of calculating your “worth” that go beyond how much money you have in the bank.
For example, Bob recommends tracking your “net given,” or the amount of money you tip, donate and tithe and encourages people to celebrate “giving” milestones as much as they would celebrate saving milestones.
3. Understand that money is a tool, not the end goal
At the end of the podcast, Bob shares his final piece of financial advice: Never view making more money as the end goal. Money is a tool, not a goal. If you view money as the purpose of the pursuit, you’ll end with a warped view of yourself and your finances. The secret to wise money management is viewing money as a resource to help you accomplish your mission on Earth.
Quotes from Episode 478Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can, and enjoy it all. @seedtime Click To Tweet Everything I have, everything I've been entrusted with, is for me to manage for Him. @seedtime Click To Tweet I am a steward of what God has put in my hand to manage. @seedtime Click To Tweet As a believer, I should be measuring the financial success not by what I accumulate, but by what I give. @seedtime Click To Tweet
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