Monday Money Minute: Surround Yourself with Money People

Having money all around you, especially if you’re broke, busted and in debt sounds great. Surrounding yourself with money seems like the perfect way to alleviate lots of problems.

Let me ask you, would you rather hang out with someone who spends their time on the couch playing Grad Theft Auto, or would you rather surround yourself with money people?

Tony Robbins said, and I paraphrase, look at the people with whom you spend most of your time and that’s who you will be in ten years. With whom do you spend most of your time? Are they money people who strive for success and financial independence, or is their biggest achievement watching every weekend game?

Money people have the drive to build and improve, to make their world and yours a better place. They’re the ones do what it takes to achieve success and financial independence. They’re the ones who, as Adam Carroll says, “Build a bigger life, not a bigger lifestyle.”

John and I helped ourselves build a bigger life last weekend. We were driven, set aside the necessary money and went to FinCon15 in Charlotte, NC. We spent four days with other likeminded, driven and motivated individuals focused on creating more than consuming. It was amazing! I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited, energized and enthused to “build a bigger life.”

It was only four days, though. How do we keep this feeling going? There are plenty of ways we’ll continue to attract money. We made hundreds of acquaintances and friends who want us to succeed as much as they want to succeed. We have Colorado contingency now and have made plans to stay connected with them until FinCon16 in San Diego. We’re following hundreds more on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Through these usually casual resources, we’ll continue our dialogue to continue our growth.

Why? Because these are the people with whom we want to surround ourselves. When Amanda Abella posts about her new article on Huffington Post, we’re inspired. When Miranda Marquit, Tom Drake and Pete Anderson share a new Money Mastermind podcast, we’re energized. When we listen to Adam Carroll’s podcast, “The Four Legacies,” we’re motivated to do amazing things. We want a better life and that’s our focus. We strategize. We plan. We accomplish. We hear, think and act on possibilities and surround ourselves with money people. This will attract success and financial independence.

If you want to surround yourself with money, surround yourself with money people. If you need help surrounding yourself with money people, follow us. Become a money person and other money people will want to surround themselves with you.

The Monday Money Minute is the Debt Free Guys’ way of inspiring you on the toughest day of the week to stay true to your personal finance and life goals. Please let us know your thoughts, questions and comments. We would love to hear from you. And, who knows? Maybe you will be the inspiration for the next Monday Money Minute.

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  • It’s so great to have a community of people who share and celebrate the same financial values, especially when we’re all surrounded in our daily lives by values that go entirely against that- i.e. mass consumerism and overconsumption.

    • David Auten 30 / 09 / 2015 Reply

      You got is girl! There is so much messaging out there telling us to go deeper and deeper into debt. Pay for the burger tomorrow, but eat it today. Glad to have a friend like you who we can be money nerds with. 🙂

  • Jason B 28 / 09 / 2015 Reply

    I love it! I will be checking your “Monday Money Minutes” out each week.

    • David Auten 30 / 09 / 2015 Reply

      Thanks Jason! So nice to meet you at #FINCON15. Loving your site too. It’s great to see everyone in their different phases and approaches. Looking to more of your content. 😉

  • Sarah Noelle 29 / 09 / 2015 Reply

    Awesome. I just found your website today and am excited to explore it more. I tried my hardest to ignore money completely for the first ~12 years after college and have only recently started to become aware of a) my finances, and b) the fact that I do actually have the power to do something about my finances. I’m excited to check out your more of your past (and future) posts.

    • David Auten 30 / 09 / 2015 Reply

      Haha! Sarah, I think we all tired are hardest to not be #MoneyConscious when we were just out of college. Like Adam Carroll says, “Rich student, poor professional.” It’s a big ship to turn around.

      Congrats on getting to that point of realization. You do have the power to get the life you really want. Making better if not the best decisions when it comes to finances isn’t easy, but it gets easier over time and more fun too! The possibilities are endless when you realize you don’t need to support banks or their shareholders with fees/debt.

      What are some of your recent changes?

  • Sarah Noelle 30 / 09 / 2015 Reply

    Yes, well put, a big ship indeed! 🙂 The most important change I’ve made is to start actually tracking my spending, which is something I had never done before. I have a super complicated spreadsheet where I enter and code and tabulate every single tiny purchase, every single day. This alone has resulted in lots of changes in my spending habits already.

    Another change is just what you describe in this post: I’ve started following a few blogs by really cool, interesting people who have awesome advice about money and great attitudes. Blogging about my own experiences (another recent change) is also helping me to think about my financial situation in a more conscious and thoughtful way.

    Thanks again!

  • Amanda 03 / 10 / 2015 Reply

    Oh, I’ve been thinking about this so much lately – especially after FinCon15 (where it was lovely to meet you guys:) How do I recreate this feeling/community in my city? I’m going to start going to some networking events and blogger meetups, even though they’re not finance focused. I’ll at least meet motivated individuals who are excited about their online lives. But, this is also why I love our online personal finance community! When my IRL circle thinks I’m crazy, I can always turn to the PF community to be reminded that debt free living is possible.

    • David Auten 04 / 10 / 2015 Reply

      It is nice having the community to help get you pumped back up. The thing we loved about the FINCON local we just attended this week was that we got another shot in the arm and just hung out with some great people. I love it that when we say we have to leave early or that we get up at 4:30 am, no one looks at us like we are crazy. They know what we are going through and have our back rather than think we are tired of them. 😉 Great meeting you too Amanda.

  • Jan 11 / 10 / 2015 Reply

    I want I consolidate credit cards debt, where can I find the best deal?

    • David Auten 11 / 10 / 2015 Reply

      Jan, there isn’t one surefire deal that we would recommend as the “best deal,” because this is very situation dependent. Here are two recommendations:
      1. Look at consolidating your cards using the transfer method if the balances are higher and you can get a longer term 12-18 months zero interest deal with one card. Keep in mind that you will have to pay a fee for the transfers, so calculate if the savings at zero percent will be grater than the fee.
      2. We like the company http://www.PayOff.com. We like their approach of consolidation and developing a workable plan to help you pay off your balances. They are focused on your long term goal of paying off the card at a lower rate over time rather than a quick fix solution.

      We hope these suggestions help and thank you for the question.

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