“The thought of starting my own business from my passions, then running out of money, absolutely scares me.”
Today’s Tribe Thursdays is inspired a letter I received from a reader a few months back. She writes:
Thank you so much for all your inspiring e-mails. This is my first time to send you one back.
See, I have so many big plans for myself. I want to travel more, I have passions that I want to turn into a business so I can make a living doing what I love. However, I find myself always worrying about money and expenses. I actually have very little savings right now, because I always shop, and I don’t have very good spending habits.
I keep trying to have a mindset that money is just money, and it’ll come back around — but the thought of starting my own business from my passions, then running out of money, absolutely scares me.
Okay, just swap your name for Noelle’s and pretend I’m answering YOUR letter, because I’m pretty sure this dilemma has crossed your mind at some point. If it has, then this post is for you.
I receive A LOT of variations of this letter from many, many different students all year long. A lot of passionate people dream of making a living doing what they love — but the biggest roadblock remains: FINANCES.
A lot of inspiring articles on the Internet will avoid the topic of money, and just focus on passion and purpose and hard work. But me? I want to get real with you — finances are a HUGE factor in pursuing your passion.
And so I want to dive into this sensitive topic. Because in my personal experience, before I was able to pursue my passion full-time, the number one relationship I had to fix and strengthen — was my relationship with money.It’s hard to feel FULLY passionate or creative, when you're constantly and chaotically trying to make ends meet. #creativesandmoney Click To Tweet
My salary for my first job after graduation was Php 7,500 or about USD 175. This was by choice, because my heart was set in doing purposeful work in a non-government organization. But then my rent was Php 3,500, or about USD 70, so that left me with a little over USD 100 to budget for food and transportation and other daily necessities for an entire month.
I was living as 1 of 4 bed-spacers in a tiny, tiny room in Quezon City, and my daily diet consisted of instant noodles, rice-in-plastic-with-tuna-in-a-can, and Master Siomai.
And driven by survival mode and sheer necessity, THAT was the moment when I started becoming way more mindful about the way I spend money. I had to. Or else, I wouldn’t know if I had enough money to pay rent the next month! I made a simple spreadsheet to keep track of my expenses, and I was literally counting my cash every end of the day.
As I grew wiser and more responsible, I started incorporating my life goals into my financial spreadsheets. Instead of just thinking, how much money do I have, how much can I spend, how much do I save — I started thinking of the bigger picture:
If I wanted to chase after my dreams and fulfill all my crazy goals, then how might I better design my financial flow, so that it can help me get there?
Instead of just seeing money as an object, or worse, as THE end goal, I started seeing it as a support sytem that could help me pursue my passion with abundance and joy —instead of being in a constant state of scarcity and anxiety.
Because, I mean, let’s face it: It’s hard to feel FULLY passionate or creative, when you’re constantly scared & your mind is always chaotically racing, thinking about how in the world you’re gonna make ends meet.
So if you want to start your own business or side-hustle, or are aiming to do that in the next year or so, then today is a good day to start getting your finance house in order.
- Take stock of what you have in your accounts.
- Check your debt, and create a plan to wipe that out.
- Be more mindful about how money flows in and out of your accounts.
- And in place of just “saving for someday” — set definite, big picture goals instead.
Need more specific tips? Watch the mini-class below! (A recorded live chat + training in my Facebook Page)
THIS MINI-CLASS IS FOR YOU IF…
- You don’t have a very good relationship with your money and budget
- Or worse, if your budget is non-existent — then this is definitely for you!
- You are normally somebody who would avoid looking at your bank account because you’re scared to see how much is left, or
- You’re somebody who is not very mindful about how you spend, as long as there’s money in your ATM
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