Empowering Women to Get Smarter About Money
My podcast guest, Barbara Huson, is all about empowering women to get smarter about money. Check out her three valuable tips you can start today!
My podcast guest, Barbara Huson, is the leading authority on empowering women to get smarter about building and maintaining wealth. As a bestselling author, teacher and wealth coach, Barbara has helped millions take charge of their finances and their lives.
Barbara’s background in business, her years as a journalist, her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, extensive research, and her personal experience with money makes her the foremost expert on empowering women to live up to their financial and personal potential.
Barbara’s six books are: Prince Charming Isn’t Coming, Secrets of Six-Figure Women, Overcoming Underearning, Finding a Financial Advisor You Can Trust, Breaking Through, and Sacred Success.
Check out highlights below for episode #330: Empowering Women to Get Smarter About Money, with Barbara Huson.
Empowering Women to Get Smarter About Money
Tell us the story of how you went from being Barbara Stanny to Barbara Huson!
Two months after I turned 60, I met a man on Match who wasn’t my type at all. I already had my 2nd divorce. I made a decision to always look for something to appreciate in a man. There was lots to appreciate in him. That was 11 years ago. I made a list of what I wanted in a man. I had 31 criteria. This guy matched 30 of them. He wasn’t rich, but he matched every other item on my list. The more we learn to value ourselves, the more we attract men who value themselves.
How did you get started helping women with money?
Problems with money are not about money. Women’s difficulty about money is about their fear of or ambivalence about power. How do we get get over those fears? Face it. I grew up wealthy. My father was the R of H&R Block. He said don’t worry about money. I married a stockbroker who gambled, and I stayed for 15 years. I had almost no money. After the divorce, I didn’t want to deal with money. If you don’t deal with money, money will deal with you. The next year, I got a tax bill for a millions dollars. I didn’t have it. So I knew I had to deal with it. So, I did.
I was working as a journalist, and I had three young daughters. Out of the blue, an organization called the Women’s Resource Center wanted me to interview women who were smart about money and write a book about it. It changed my life. Suddenly I had a new career.
Face your fears and go out of our comfort zone. This is what separates the high earners from the low earners is getting outside of your comfort zone.
Tell me about your latest book, Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles.
I made 6 figures and was happy with that. I wanted to teach others what I was learning, so I wrote, Overcoming Undearning. Next, I wanted to make millions, have millions, and give away millions. I interviewed female millionaires, and three years later, I still had no book.
My coach said you’re too into doing, and you need time for being. I took the transcripts and went away to a silent retreat for four days. I had been so dazzled by what these wealthy women had done, I missed the way they were doing it. Sacred Success is about pursuing your soul’s purpose for your own bliss and the benefit of others while being richly rewarded.
There’s survival, stability, and affluence.
To go from survival to stability is the first step. To go from stability to affluence is a whole different process. Achieving greatness is where your sacred work meets the world’s hunger and having the mindset to make it profitable.
I believe money is like the ideal man. The ideal man is here to support us. Money’s purpose is to support us. In return, money and men are to be respected and appreciated. This requires paying attention to it. It may come in, but you won’t keep it. Doing work that has meaning and is fulfilling our purpose—that’s why we’re here.
I want to see all women become empowered financially so they can make their own financial decisions.
What are three things a woman can do to get smart about money, especially a busy woman who has no time for anything else?
1. Every day, read something about money. Even if it’s only for one minute. Familiarize yourself with the jargon around money.
2. Every week, have a conversation about money, especially with someone who knows more than you.
3. Every month, save. Automatically transfer money to a savings account.
In four months, you will know so much more about money, and your finances will grow.
Learn more about Barbara Huson here.
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