On this week’s episode of Unleashing YOUR Great Work, advisor, author, and public speaker Michelle Arpin Begina guides us through one of THE MOST taboo topics most people fear the most: money.
Why is it so difficult to talk about money?
As the daughter of two entrepreneurs, Michelle is no stranger to overcoming many trials and tribulations with the thoughts and struggles of money. She takes us on a powerful journey through her own personal relationship with money and how it’s shaped her into finding her own Great Work.
Michelle brings an insightful awareness to the fact that money isn’t just about how much you make, how much you save, or even how much you spend. It’s about the root of where the idea of money lives and where it comes from. If we are told money isn’t important, do we spend more? What happens when we make more money? How do we gather the courage to ask for more money without feeling guilty? Michelle answers all of these questions, and so much more! Listen in as Michelle shows us why we should be more open to discussing the topic of money and how easy it is to talk about once we finally gather the courage to do so.
Join us as we discuss:
02:24 Anytime we know how to do something, it always becomes easier.
03:06 What is it about specifically talking about money that is important?
04:14 A story of someone who’s feeling weird talking about money, and what opens up for them when they learn how to talk about money.
07:18 Common about money.
08:14 Why do we have such a hard time talking about money?
11:26 Why would we feel offended to be talking to somebody who sees money or perceives money in a way that's different from us?
13:54 What can someone do to start learning how to talk about money?
18:51 We were internalizing what we're hearing from the outside world.
20:09 Michelle’s parents' relationship with money and how she personally overcame it.
26:17 Michelle’s struggles in her late teens, in her 20s.
31:25 Marrying love of people with love of numbers.
33:42 How Michelle helped New Jersey become the first state to include financial psychology as part of their standards.
About the Guest:
If you still think of wealth as purely a numbers game, you haven’t met Michelle Arpin Begina. An Advisor, Author, and Speaker, Michelle has taken her own money story and alchemized it into a passion for financial literacy that marries the science of wealth management with the art of financial therapy.
Michelle grew up airplane, sports car, and yacht poor – surrounded by the outward signs of wealth but plagued by the insecurity of knowing it was a sham, and her family was never more than a bounced check away from disaster. It turned out to be the perfect starting point for a career dedicated to revolutionizing the way we relate to money (yes, it’s a relationship!) and the way financial advisors work with their clients.
Often called the Erin Brockovich of financial literacy, Michelle challenges us to ditch the notion that it only lives on Wall Street and find it where it truly resides: at the intersection of knowledge, skills, and emotional composure.
About the Host:
Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist, speaker, podcaster, author of Great Work, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk: Three Reasons You Aren’t Doing What You Say You Will Do has received more than a million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and TED Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global. Amanda lives in New Jersey with her husband, two adorable kids, and a remarkable newfiepoo named Ruthie. She spends her days educating future teachers, coaching accidental entrepreneurs, and speaking about how to make progress on Great Work to colleges and corporate teams. To book Dr. Crowell to speak or inquire about coaching, check out amandacrowell.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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