One of the most difficult parts of getting better with money is knowing where to start. There is this overwhelming feeling that there is some kind of end point, where you are finally “good,” and the vague beginning you currently stand at, where you are generally “bad.” You know that there are a lot of things you could be doing better, a lot of things you could be starting with, but everything feels overwhelming and impossible to tackle at once. That’s certainly the way I felt about money for a long time, which led me to avoid it and keep my head in the sand for as long as I did.
But in the over-two years since I have been working on TFD, I have realized one thing: most of the ways in which you will advance in your money life are very manageable, particularly when taken one by one. It’s not becoming a totally different person, or radically changing your interests, or suddenly becoming a master at the stock market (or, frankly, ever becoming a master at the stock market). Most of what we’ll do to live better with money just means living more intentionally and thoughtfully, gaining control over our choices and shaping an idea of what we want our lives to look like.
To give us all some concrete places to start, Lauren and I spent this week’s video breaking down 10 of the biggest, most fundamental money steps we should all be taking by age 30. They are not comprehensive — and they will look a little different for everyone — but they are a great litmus test for how close you are to getting some serious control over your money life.
Enjoy, and good money-ing!
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