At age 35, I reached FIRE (financial independence, retire early). Many ask how I was able to do so despite my past financial mistakes. So I've rounded up my top five TED Talks by women that sums up my financial strategies.
Personal finances can be complicated.
For many women, including myself, money goes beyond dollar amount. It’s about independence, opportunity, and time. Furthermore, there's far more to personal finance than tracking your spending habits.
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Fortunately, there are plenty of free resources that can help you achieve financial independence, retire early (FIRE).
From money mindset to money problems, these TED Talks helped shape the way I think about money and how I invest my money.
I love watching these videos over and over again for inspiration. Get ready to turn your financial life around with these inspiring female speakers!
1. Let's get honest about our money problems: Tammy Lally
Author Tammy Lally gets real about “money shame.” She shows us how to stop equating our bank accounts with our self-worth.
Sure, struggling to manage finances is common. After all, we all have different types of money challenges.
But being open and honest about money challenges isn't common. Why do we hide our problems around money...even with our closest friends and fam?
In this thoughtful, personal talk, Lally encourages us to break free of "money shame". Enjoy!
2. How to retire by 20: Kristen Hadeed
What did you want to be when you were a kid? If you’re like me, my career dreams kept changing throughout every stage of my life.
I was always after adventure and experience. I guess that’s why I tried so many different types of career paths in my professional life.
Entrepreneur Kristen Hadeed shows how listening to your inner child can take you places beyond your wildest dreams. She might be onto something here. After all, this trailblazing girl boss had it all figured out before her 10th birthday!
3. The future of money: Neha Narula
What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus? That's the radical promise of a world powered by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
We're not there yet, but in this sparky talk, digital currency researcher Neha Narula describes the collective fiction of money. Spoiler alert: She paints a picture of a very different looking future.
Narula illustrates a world where we use "programmable money," effectively removing the responsibility and power from big institutions and returning it to the individual.
4. The new American Dream: Courtney Martin
For the first time in history, the majority of American parents don't think their kids will be better off than they were. Journalist Courtney Martin sees this as an opportunity to define a new approach to work and family that emphasizes community and creativity.
Martin explores the new American Dream, where we're "not finding steady employment, not earning as much money, and not living in big fancy houses." But that doesn't really matter, she says, because the dream that treasures these marks of success isn't shared by everyone.
By answering two key questions — how we should work and how we should live — Martin wonders if there's a smarter way to define "better off" and how we can arrive there.
5. One Life-Changing Class You Never Took: Alexa von Tobel
On a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate your financial literacy? I was at a 3.5 most of my adult life. In my mid-30s, I finally got my financial ducks in a row by listening to personal finance podcasts to reading investment books.
Alexa von Tobel is the founder and CEO of LearnVest. LearnVest is a leading personal finance and lifestyle website that brings financial literacy to women. Ready to get your financial ducks in a row?
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There are a endless ways to create side hustle income and reach FIRE. Investing in stocks, owning rental property, creating your own online biz, and so forth.
But it doesn’t mean you need to do it all. Just pick 1 or 2 that gets you excited.
Everyone's financial situation and personal interests is unique. It’s important to try out different side hustles to see what works best for you.
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