I’ll show you, if you show me! Unfortunately, when it comes to finances most Americans refuse to reveal what is really under the covers.
It doesn’t matter if we’re winning with money or we’re struggling, we RARELY talk about money with our friends, family members, or co-workers.
One of the biggest issues that I’ve seen is that most Americans put up a facade and masquerade around as if all things – financially speaking – are fine.
We act like we have it together, when in reality, we don’t! You’d never know that if you looked at the number of people eating out, buying new cars, or shopping at the mall. So you’ll just have a trust me on that statement.
Speaking from experience, I know it was a terrifying thought for my wife and I when we considered revealing some of our financial facts for this blog.
Why is that the case? Why are people scared to talk about their financial situation?
Why do most Americans pretend to have money (when they don’t)? Why do people struggling refuse to say anything and ask for help?
I don’t know all of the answers (because there are as many answers as there are people in this country), and I certainly don’t have time to go into all of my opinions, but here are a few guesses that I have:
As I said, I believe there are dozens of reasons as to our ridiculous behavior towards finances, but I know that in order for people (and this country) to win with money, we must overcome our fear/pride/greed/perception/envy and be honest with ourselves, our friends, and our families.
If you’re incapable of doing that, then you’re incapable of getting out of whatever financial mess you may find yourself in.
The real question is: what are you doing about it?
You’re past doesn’t matter, but what you’re doing about it and where you’re going, does.
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