Hi Dear Children,
Thank you for your wishes and letters. I read each of your letters, and I am thrilled to see how concerned you all are about taking charge of your finances. Financial independence is the biggest gift you can give yourself and your family.
What you earn is important, but what you do with your earnings is more important.
In response to some of your letters asking for financial advice, I have penned four lessons from my personal experiences. I hope you will find it useful and apply it in the new year. But before that, I tried editing the jingle to match my advice. Enjoy!
Jingle Bell Jingle Bell Jingle all the way
Santa Claus is coming around, let’s see what he has to say
A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride
To tell you all my mantra of Plan. Save. Track with pride
Ho Ho Ho
#Lesson 1 - Plan your Goals
Not the football goals…ha ha
All your dreams, big or small, when attached to a timeline, will become a goal, which is an important lesson in your finances. If you want to change “ I wish” to “ I will&rdquo, you have to define your goals. Clear Goals. Specific. Measurable.
I agree with Warren Buffet on the following lines - “ Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.” I would add here Save with Goals in mind.
But How? Many of you have expressed how much you would like to save but struggle with many expenses and ever-increasing inflation.
If you have goals, you have the motivation to save. Pen down all your goals and then align your investment options with them. Clear goals that sync with your income and responsibilities make way to a successful investment.
That’s what I do at the start of the year, to save for all the lovely presents for you worldwide. Now that I am learning how to use the internet, I can tell how convenient it has made my life. Why don’t you do your goal planning online as well? With a few clicks, I sorted my Plan for this Christmas. I am sure you can, too.
#Lesson 2 - Invest Wise
Whether it is your heart, your time, or your money, you should invest it wisely. At least, I follow this philosophy.
I leave it to you on what/whom you would like to invest your heart and time, but money, my friend, needs a well-thought-out plan. Once you have sorted your goals, ensure a workable plan to park your hard-earned money. Your money is not just a way to fulfill your worldly desires. It is the result of your time away from your loved ones. So you have a responsibility to ensure your family's sacrifice of personal time is well rewarded. At least, I see it this way.
How to make the Plan? Simple!
Keep your goals and the deadline for achieving them in sync with the money you can invest and the kind of risk you are willing to take. Once you have clarity on these things, pick your investment options. Do not follow the herd, be yourself and find your way. What might work for your friend may not work for you. If you are still determining what investment options would work best for you, take the help of financial wizards.
#Lesson 3 - Track your Savings
After you have parked your money, remember it. Try to be like GPS. I love how it tracks the journey until you reach your destination. It would be best to track how your money is growing and what you need to do to appreciate it. Your earnings and priorities might change, and the market might change, so your investment options should also change.
I upgraded my sleigh with GPS this year, and I am so happy that I could reach out to all my children with presents on time. If you feel the need to upgrade your plans, seek help from professionals who will lend a hand with Planning, Investing, and Tracking.
#Lesson 4 - Repeat till you succeed
This is an important part of any successful journey. Unless you reach your goals, you should keep investing, and once you do, you can always set new goals.
Till we are alive, our desires will grow…so Plan.Invest.Track. Repeat!
I hope your bank balance will get fatter with my advice this year.
May God be with you