Are you stressing about money? On the BIGG Success Show, we share our favorite quotes about money in a way that not only offers insight, but also tells a story about how to overcome money problems. Find the show summary below.
Do you ever feel like the only time you find money is when you look it up in the dictionary? Seriously, we’re living through some tough times. For inspiration, we’ve put together a story in quotes. Let’s go to The Professor’s Whiteboard for 13 ways to overcome money problems.
1) Financial worries are natural
“I finally know what distinguishes man from other beasts: financial worries.” ~ Jules Renard
As we record this show, we face rates of inflation we haven’t seen since the 1960s. Coupled with that, it seems that it isn’t a question of whether or not we are about to fall into a recession – if we haven’t already. The only question is: How long and hard will it be?
2) Worry gets you nowhere
“Worry is like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” ~ Author Unknown
You get more of what you focus on. So worry begets worry. Which begets more worry. Which…well, you get the idea.
Worrying about money problems drives you down. It starts as discouragement and ends up in despair. That’s the downward spiral. So you have to spot worry early so you negate the inevitable stress and anxiety.
3) Tough people rise in tough times
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Such a lovely quote by a person we love to quote! It’s easy to measure up when you haven’t been tested. But the truly great competitors, in the game of life, rise to the occasion, while others fall.
4) Daring defeats difficulty
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” ~ Seneca
The most successful people don’t choose to do things because they’re easy. They choose to do things that are hard.
BIGG dreams don’t come easy. But the bigger the dream, the bigger the sense of fulfillment when it’s achieved. Life pays dividends for daring to do difficult things.
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5) Bigger problems require bigger solutions
“The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution!” ~ Author Unknown
Obviously, this point is closely related to the last one. But here we move from “daring” to “solving”. Daring gets you started. But it doesn’t take you as far as you need to go in order to find the solution.
And you may not be able to find that solution given what you know now. You may need to try…and fail…and try…until you find the solution. So the bigger the problem, the bigger the growth, and the bigger the solution.
6) Trash talk trouble
“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'” ~ Ann Landers
When faced with trouble – like money problems, put your chest forward and shoulders back, and trash talk troubles. Tell trouble what’s on your mind. And say it out loud. (We suggest being in a private place when you perform this exercise.)
Saying it out loud makes it feel more tangible. It’s as if you really are talking to trouble, not just talking inside your head. Talk trash to trouble until you feel the confidence you are speaking in words.
7) Know yourself
“Ninety percent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves.” ~ Sydney J. Harris
Know yourself. We’re tempted to leave it here and let you contemplate all that this two-word phrase means. But if you’ll permit us, we’ll try to prime the pump.
Let’s start with the foundation: Know your vision, your mission, and your values. Know the goals that will take them to their ideals. In other words, know what you want out of life, why you want it, when you want it, and how you’re going to get it.
8) Master your money
“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” ~ Ayn Rand
Some people see money as a god. Some people see money as evil. Money is neither. It is a tool you can use to get what you want. And we’re back to knowing yourself.
9) Never stop learning
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ~ Jim Rohn
We think this is one of the best quotes ever for stating what’s important. This is especially important now. We live in a world that is a quick-change artist. Technology just keeps moving us forward faster.
Your skills depreciate daily. (Don’t feel bad, it happens to all of us.) To combat it, you have to invest time and money in continued learning. The good news is that most people only do this when they’re forced. You can get a leg up by making it a habit.
10) Remember what money can’t buy
“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” ~ George Lorimer
Don’t give it all away, but don’t keep it all either. Research shows that giving pays happiness dividends that often exceed any happiness gained by buying something for yourself. It’s up to you to find the right blend of giving and receiving for you.
11) Fight challenges with a smile!
“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.” ~ Thomas Paine
BIGG success is life on your own terms. There is a rule in negotiating: In general, if one party sets the price, the other party will set the terms. You can’t get your way with both (assuming each party brings equal leverage to the bargaining table). If you set the terms (as in life on your own terms), then success sets the price. And the “bigger” you want to live, the greater the price.
And here’s what BIGG goal-getters know: While achieving your goals is fulfilling, the journey has its own rewards. The more challenging the fight, the more rewarding the trip. So keep smiling!
12) Give your dream space
“A dream will always triumph over reality, once it is given the chance.” ~ Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
BIGG success starts with a dream. Your vision. If you want to achieve it, you need to give it a chance.
You do that by giving it space. The time it will take. The money it will require. The mistakes you will learn from. The people you will reach out to.
Don’t expect overnight success. It’s a fantasy, not a dream.
13) Fulfill your calling and watch money follow
“Money will come when you are doing the right thing.” ~ Mike Phillips
When you find your calling (which is the combination of your vision, mission, values, and goals), life suddenly becomes lighter. Work no longer seems like work. When you fulfill your calling, you experience all the meaning that life has to offer.
And money usually follows. Many people are tempted to do the opposite. They “chase money”. They go for a career that’s a poor fit, but pays well. Then they’re miserable.
You’ll likely make more money when your career aligns with your calling.
Money problems create anxiety and stress. But if you look at your life holistically, face up to every challenge, and maintain positive energy, money can be expected to flow your way. It leads to BIGG success!
George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success
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