By Shauna Arthurs, Founder
If you are a woman, this article is about the health of your financial future, pure and simple.
Some women want to be rich, others say they don’t. What about those who rely on their husbands to create and manage the money? Are they rich, or are the headed for disaster?
“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, honey, rich is better.” ~ Sophie Tucker
For women who are already striving for riches, or at least financial independence, bravo! Be sure that your plan – even if includes your present sweetie – takes into account your future – as in, YOUR future and yours alone, should anything happen. Don’t be naive.
For those who aren’t thinking about their financial futures, the statistics are startling and you need to know them. According to the latest studies, nearly all elderly citizens living below the poverty line are female. Most are widows. Even more scary, most were doing well financially while their husbands are alive. You know that nightmare you have about ending up being the poor cat lady or even out on the streets? Well, this nightmare is coming true for waaay too many women. If you think this could never be you, then that is part of the problem.
Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki write in ‘Why We Want You to be Rich,’ that there is a growing gap between the rich and the poor, and that millions of people who are relying on their spouses, their companies and the government are going to find themselves sorely out of luck. The facts are shocking, and a financial education is a must for every woman today.
OK, so now that you realize you must make plans for yourself, you have overcome the biggest hurdle, which is keeping your head in the sand. Next step, wealth! Well, it’s actually not that easy, but it IS simple. The decision to pursue wealth is the biggest step of all. From there on in, it’s all fun and games, meaning learning and applying. Have fun!
Of course, I’m not going to leave you alone in this pursuit. There are plenty of resources for women wishing to become empowered financially, and remember that in doing so, you can not only serve as a positive role model for all the young ladies in your life, but you can help many more people if that’s what moves you. Following are some suggestions as you travel your journey through financial freedom to wealth.
Reasons to Become Wealthy:
Give some deep thought to your reasons for becoming wealthy. The more you know yourself the better you’ll be able to focus on the task and let nothing stop you. Suggested reading includes the Trump/Kiyosaki mentioned above as well as:
Erin Pavlina’s article on what changed her mind – Are You Afraid to be Rich?
Rich Woman by Kim Kiyosaki
How you feel about money is a complicated thing. For more food for thought, try the following:
Why You’re Dumb, Sick and Broke (and How to get Smart, Healthy and Rich!)
30 Days to Wealth – now with extra bonuses!
The Women & Money blog
The Breathing Prosperity blog
The ways of getting rich are as varied as the people who do so. The above resources will help you get started, and from there the sky’s the limit. For an initial boost, try books such as 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by the amazing and formidable Suze Orman.