Why There Is No Need For You To Show Off

A couple of weeks ago, I was discussing with a friend about so many things such as the music we play as a band, how good homeschooling is for kids, politics in the Philippines, educating the youth, and our financial literacy advocacy. The most interesting part of our discussion was about stewardship and frugality, two of the things that I truly believe and share to other people.

My friend told me about his father-in-law who lives in a posh village in the southern part of Metro Manila. His father-in-law owns 30 properties or so around the Philipppines but drives a very simple car. Which means he can buy any of those expensive SUV’s available around the Metro but prefers not to.

He uses an old school cellphone (the one with flashlight and FM radio) instead of smartphones that many people under the classification of “poor and not-so-poor” show off to their friends and frenemies alike.

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My friend agrees with his father-in-law. He said that he would even choose a good second-hand car over a brand new one for practical reasons. And I share the same view and sentiment.

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Do you want to know why it is not good for you to show off especially if you don’t have the cash? Here are some of the reasons my friend and his father-in-law gave.

1. You become a subject of jealousy. Many people will surely get jealous of your high-end smartphone or your extravagant shoes. Yes, it’s your right and hell yah, you’re helping the economy. But tempting your friend to buy or borrow money just to get the same pair of shoes that you have may cause financial distress to him or her or their families. Leave the financial burden to yourself and do not tempt your friends and loved ones.

2. You will be the thief’s apple of the eye. Unlike my friend’s father-in-law who lives in a secured village, your house may be located in a place where you are your own security guard. Your dark street may be the kingdom and paradise for snatchers. Why risk your life for these?

3. You may lose your privacy and become the talk of the town. Many people will talk about you and that expensive thing that you bought. Well, you will say I don’t care what people say. But I tell you, you will. And it will be a big concern for you, your kids or family members in the future.

4. You will not really be happy about it. Other people may be impressed at least for a while. And you will too. Later on you will regret that decision of buying that mundane item because a more important financial matter needs to be settled. And you don’t have the cash anymore.

5. You will not benefit anything from showing off . You will fantasize about it before and after buying it. But soon your fantasy will become a nightmare. You won’t gain anything from such an interaction other than emotions fired up on both you and other people’s side — jealousy and pride. And neither of these two are good qualities for you to show off.

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” – 1 Peter 3:3

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5 Simple Things To Do To Feed Your Mind Every Day of This Year

Starting the year right means feeding your mind with positive memories and pushing out the bad ones.

It does not need to be complicated. All you need to do is to apply the “negative out, positive in” approach to your daily mind diet.

That’s right. I’m been reading Tim Sanders’ “Today We Are Rich”.

In this book, Tim believes that possessing a confident outlook makes one perform at the highest level. It says that if you believe in yourself, the people you rely on, and God, you will be able to do what you once thought was impossible.

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Here are five things that we suggest that you do from morning until evening from this day and beyond.

1. Exercise your gratitude muscle. You can not change feelings but you can change your daily habits to strengthen your sense of gratitude. Every morning when you wake up, get out of your bed slowly and give your waking mind time to adjust. Be thankful for every great morning and for all the simple yet great things you have right now.

2. Read good books or publications. Do not immediately go online or check your email or Facebook notifications on the first hour you are awake. Read books or high-quality magazines instead with inspirational of instructional materials. Of course, study them and think purposefully about the meaning of what you are reading.

3. Review what is going right and the positive things to accomplish before the end of the day. Have a 5 to 10 minute positive-thinking time after your lunch hour. If you are near a church or a chapel, visit and meditate for 10 minutes. That means just letting your mind clear of stress and negative thoughts.

4. Eliminate network television when you get home from business or work. Do not automatically switch on your TV. Doing this will just undo your day’s mind food management efforts. Try to listen to good and quiet instrumental music instead before taking your dinner. Play with your child. Have a good conversation with your wife about the good things you experienced during the day. Nothing beats quality time with your family and loved ones.

5. Pray and reflect about giving before going to bed. Think about giving something to someone the next day without expecting in return. Think about giving something that will empower someone and this will in turn give more confidence in yourself. If you give others enough power, you will influence them to go beyond material possession. This will allow to transform themselves from just being recipients to being givers as well.

When you give and expect a return on your investment, you are an investor. When you give and expect to be famous, then you are a self-promoter. But when you give only for the love of giving, you are a generous person. Be an instrument of generosity.

A Very Happy and Abundant New Year!

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Should You Change Your Investment Strategy?

Being in a comfort zone is not an assurance that you will succeed forever. In the same manner, doing the same strategy in your wealth-building all your life will not guarantee that you will achieve your goals.

Why? Because things change. Your relationship status change. From being single you either get married or be in a domestic relationship. If things get worse, you may fall under the category of “It’s Complicated” or “Separated/Divorced”.

Along the way, you may also lose your job, shut down your business, or get near the golden years of your life.

Other than these (or because of these), your financial status change as well. These big life changes will most likely need adjustments on your finances.

Here are some of the most life-changing events that may happen to you sooner or later and are reasons for you to re-align and reboot your investment strategies.

1) You are going to be a father or a mother.

That’s because you will need to consider certain variables such as medications and supplements, medical consultations for mother and child, delivery of your baby, healthcare, crib, diapers, food, nanny services, among others.

In my case, we had to leave the country in order to earn more than what we could back home.

According to iMoney Philippines, in this day and age, raising a child, in the best environment, can cost as much as P500,000 a year. The average income Filipinos will, of course, have to adjust accordingly.

It’s best that you re-calculate your regular investing amount and make sure you add your child and spouse in your list of financial goals.

2) You lost your job or you just want to find a new one.

Anyone’s employment situation will surely change anytime. Everyone should be ready, especially our OFW’s who are living on per contract job stints.

Your investing schedule will definitely need an overhaul should become unemployed. While looking for a new job, make sure to live way below than what you used to.

Also, do not invest your severance pay/end-of-service benefits in high-risk placements such as the stock market. Keep these as part of your emergency cash instead.

Once you found a new lease of life in another company, you may then go back to your normal investing schedule.

Whatever your financial goals are, you should determine whether your previous long term goals have now become medium-term or short-term goals.

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3) Your kids have grown up and you are now alone.

Time will come when your children finally grow into young adults. He or she will go to college and find their dream jobs or settle down on their own.

This may bring smiles on your face but don’t get too confident. You should remember that these are usually the struggling years of a young adult.

You may allow your kids to work while studying but this will never be enough. You may need to take out loans or use up your emergency fund if there are expenses not covered by your investments intended for his or her tuition fees alone.

But always remember, never ever touch the money which is intended for use by you or your spouse during your retirement years just to pay up for your growing child’s school needs.

You can instead help them out find other ways to address these. But not from your retirement fund.

4) You now belong to the S-Gen or the Sandwich Generation.

You may be one of the many Filipinos supporting your aging parents or even your grannies while also taking care of your own children.

If you are currently in this situation, then you are now a lucky member of the Sandwich Generation Club. This is a very crucial time to build more emergency fund. This is a time when cash is really king.

If your aging parents have bank and investment accounts, it’s best that you discuss about these with your other siblings and agree on what to do with these while they are still healthy.

If they have properties under their names, it is now the right time to find out who their estate planner is.  

5) You are nearing your golden years.

Your long term goals may have started to close in. Now is also the right time to for you to have some fine-tuning of your investment strategies.

There should be no more close monitoring of the stock prices or currency rates. You may need to slow down and protect yourself from the volatility of the markets and go instead for lesser-risk investment vehicles such as balanced funds or other fixed income instruments.

You may also need to check on the possible benefits that you can get from your insurance packages and SSS or GSIS pension plans.

While keeping track of your money, do not forget that you should also enjoy the rewards of preparing earlier in your life so that you can have the best retirement years possible.

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