Financially Transparent — Why I Do It

Tactical strategies about: making, managing, and spending money.

Some of you know and some of you don’t… but here’s why:

I recently created a course called “Directing Every Dollar”

The goal was to create something that provides:

Tactical strategies about: making, managing, and spending money.

Over the years of working, I’ve always tracked my finances and my spending. I have had an awareness since day 1 of where my money is going and how I’m directing it.

With the completion of my MBA in May of this year, I knew that I needed to do something with an additional 10–15 hours each week.

A number of the people that I am connected to have online courses on various subjects and I thought perhaps that would be a good route for me as well. Simple to begin, low to no overhead, and great for my personal brand.

I went between a few different potential subjects such as daily disciplines, personal finances, learning, and reading.

Then I turned to prayer and sought God’s guidance for this idea of mine.

I wanted to be sure that this course was something bigger than me and that I was not going to be working in vain.

Within the course of a week, 3 people then asked me about personal finance tips and guidance.

That was all I needed — I got to work.

Now, here we are.

The most difficult part for me was the formatting. I like to do everything with excellence and I wanted to ensure that I had a professional aura to everything that I created. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to do the videos that went alongside the slide deck but that’s okay… I didn’t need to.

I can always iterate in the future especially after I gain some feedback from people who go through it.

I settled on this for the format:

— 3 video lectures along with the complementary presentation material
— Walkthroughs of various strategies that encourage financial health and wealth building
— Introduction to tactical methods of tracking money movement
— An editable version of a personal budget/cash flow plan

The main focus was on creating something high value that was also useful.

How it was created

As many of those close to me know — I’m a voracious reader.

In the past 1,000 days, I’ve completed over 250 books.

I don’t say that to brag or anything, I say it because I want to learn.

I’ve gone through a number of books on personal finance, put principles into practice, and studied extensively in other areas also.

The biggest thing I realized was the location of the content. There were many many things that I learned and studied but there was not a ton of information concentrated in an area that I could direct others to.

This left me two options when people asked for guidance:

1. Overwhelm them with resources and content to consume
2. Create something that is easier to digest

I elected the latter and here we are.

My focus is growth and becoming better and I truly hope that what I’ve created can bless others and lead them down a path of financial prowess and good stewardship.

What I realized was that by funneling all of my knowledge and experience through this course, I reinforced the foundation I’ve created. That led to a major heart struggle.

I do things with my finances that I don’t think anyone else does and I rarely talk about those things transparently.

So I again turned to prayer and now increased transparency is going to be part of the course and I pushed back my initial launch date again.

The areas of allocation and the reasons that I spend so much in certain areas is something that is unique for many people and for myself, I do some things differently than the majority of people do.

I want people to understand that we are all unique and no matter what our focus is, we can manage our resources effectively. But also, I want people to understand that honoring God with our resources and showing ourselves trustworthy allows us to be blessed beyond our greatest imagination.

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