I believe that through knowledge and discipline, financial peace is possible for all of us.
You don’t want to have so much money going toward your mortgage every month that you can’t enjoy life or take care of your other financial responsibilities.
The thing I have discovered about working with personal finance is that the good news is that it is not rocket science. Personal finance is about 80 percent behavior. It is only about 20 percent head knowledge.
I’ve got a young man who works for me who says you don’t need to discover your dreams – you need to recover them.
Hitting bottom and hitting it hard was the worst thing that ever happened to me and the best thing that ever happened to me.
You’ve got to tell your money what to do or it will leave.
As parents, we teach our kids about things we feel competent in. That’s why so many parents don’t teach their kids about money.
People are in such a hurry to launch their product or business that they seldom look at marketing from a bird’s eye view and they don’t create a systematic plan.
I will never be unemployed.
It takes some discipline and hard work, but relying on credit when things go wrong is a trap.
When we talk about kids earning commission for chores, we always have at least one parent who argues that children should do chores because they are part of the family. I agree, but if you don’t involve money in a few chores, you lose the teachable moments in the work, spend, save, and give principles.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to getting out of debt.
Most of the things we buy are wants. And we call them needs, but they’re wants.
You can’t be in debt and win. It doesn’t work.
A vacation home is a wonderful ‘extra’ as you start building wealth. Remember, though, it’s still basically a very large, very expensive toy.
Trust me, I know, you can make mistakes with money and still raise money-smart kids. You can start a new family tradition of handling money the right way.
I always laugh and say I met God on the way up, and I got to know him on the way down. And so, as I’m crashing and losing everything, a lot of people run to God when they are struggling. And I was no exception.
When people get scared, they quit giving.
Some people are just stuck in their ways and have been brainwashed into believing that credit cards and debt are an unavoidable part of life.
My children were taught at an early age how money works and that it comes from hard work. They’ve been on a commission – not an allowance – since they were little. They learned that if they worked around the house, they got paid. If they didn’t work, they didn’t get paid.
You have to teach children about money intentionally – create teachable moments.
While I encourage people to save 100% down for a home, a mortgage is the one debt that I don’t frown upon.
Pay your utilities, gas and other basic needs before paying on your debts.
There’s always something that needs attention when you own a property.
Credit is an ‘I love debt’ score.
You need some quick wins in order to stay pumped enough to get out of debt completely.
I have to live my books before I write them.
I think that anyone who wants to start their own business can, but not any type of business.
Life will not make allowance for you, but it will pay you what you earn.
In the neighborhood where I grew up, it was a rough neighborhood – well, not rough, but it certainly wasn’t upper class or anything. But I remember hearing things like, ‘The little man just can’t get ahead.’ And if you start to believe that, then you know what? You don’t get ahead.
I have done stupid with a lot of zeros on the end of it. I know what it looks like.
Don’t react with fear and panic in the face of debt collector threats. Talk to them and explain your situation. See if you can work out a compromise.
There are several things to be learned about money from Scripture, and the concepts of generosity and giving are in there
What your beliefs are about anything creates your actions. What you believe about marriage creates the way you handle your marriage. What you believe about raising kids creates the way you do that.
We are all in the business of sales. Teachers sell students on learning, parents sell their children on making good grades and behaving, and traditional salesmen sell their products
My wife, Sharon, and I started with nothing when we got married. I was driving a 1902 Pinto and eating off a card table.
I think the lie we’ve told people in the marketplace is that a degree gets you a job. A degree doesn’t get you a job. What gets you a job is the ability to carry yourself into that room and shake a hand and look someone in the eye and have people skills. These are the things that cause people to become successful.
I really am not a gold fan.
Debt collectors like to play on your emotions because they think you’ll give in and do something you can’t really afford to do. Most of them don’t care about you or your situation as long as they get some money.
You’re not a bad parent if you don’t save for your kid’s college because instead you had to choose to feed them and clothe them. Those things come first. They can go to school and do this thing called ‘work’ while they’re in school.
You never cash out a 401(k) or IRA to pay off debt, unless it’s to avoid a foreclosure or bankruptcy.
Children who reach the age of eighteen with their entire skills set composed on Nintendo and eating Doritos have been neglected. Their parents neglected to give them the character traits necessary to live successfully.
This is a great time for the ‘guerilla marketer.’ The days when you used to have to buy expensive TV time and a yellow page ad to get started are gone.
I like to write books where I get a question on the radio, and I don’t have an answer for it.
We’ve really got to stop looking to Washington to fix our problems. It obviously doesn’t have the ability to do that. People who are successful are not successful because of the president.
In order to be a great marketer, you have to be focused and intense and look at scarcity, urgency, activity and passion in the marketplace.
The Bible clearly says that when we have a problem with our brother, we are to go to them and try to resolve the situation.
Would a good friend, a smart friend, encourage you to do something as dishonorable as not pay a bill you’re morally and legally obligated to pay? I don’t think so.
There is nothing wrong with having nice things, but when you are trying to buy nice things to be happy, you are going to hurt. It’s not going to work.
Never take a loan against your retirement! When you pay interest against your retirement, you cost yourself interest.