By Brad Beckstrom
When I started saving in my mid-20s I was not aware of the term “financial independence.” I was, however, very aware of the word “freedom.” I was never good at following orders. I likely would have struggled in the military or working for anyone who wanted things done a specific way. On the other hand, left to my own devices, I was very interested in making my own plans and setting personal goals. Secretly I was a bit of a self-improvement junkie. When I got my first real job out of college, I signed up for every class offered by my employer’s training department. Time management, presentation skills, Brewing 101. Well, I worked for a brewery. It seemed I was a much better student after college, devouring course materials and finding great books on my own.
Simple Money Habit #1
So, in a nutshell, that’s the first simple money habit: Lifelong learning. I’ve always put that first because regardless of how much money you’re able to save, the most important investment you can make is in your own development is you. Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired Magazine, once said “just read one book a month and it will change your life.” He’s right.
Simple Money Habit #2
Lifelong learning goes beyond reading and classes, it’s really also about asking questions. When I was calling on clients at my first real job, I was asking questions about their business, franchising ideas, what worked for them. Simple Money Habit #2: Ask Questions. This started early for me, even asking my grandmother if I could see her stock certificates or figure out how her calculator worked. Now I can get a lot of answers on Google, but the ones that are the most helpful come directly from people with experience. [Read more…] about Seven Simple Money Habits I Used to Achieve Financial Independence.