Why smart people do foolish things with money

Sometimes I wonder why it is that so many of us make foolish decisions around money.  And then I reflect that perhaps the reason is that we have never really figured out what money is or what it’s all about.  It’s easy to fall into thinking that it’s about buying things or investing, spreadsheets and bank balances, rates of return and stock markets, saving or getting into debt.  But we need to step back.  Money doesn’t just have value; it is a vehicle for expressing our values.  Money really is the great facilitator.  It’s the facilitator of what is most meaningful for us in the world.  It’s meant to help us put together a life that best expresses our own individual genius, our creativity, our compassion, our integrity, our spirit,  our mission in life.  When we understand this, everything about money gets clearer and things falls into place.  We don’t hire a financial advisor just because they’re a nice person, or because they show us interesting spreadsheets.  We hire them so that with their professional financial expertise they can best deliver our brilliance into the world. Unless we become crystal clear about our most profound goals, we can’t begin that process.  The kind of goal discovery I’m talking about takes time but is immensely worthwhile.  Financial life planning is the key to sorting out the unconscious way we behave with money so our personal energies and financial resources can work in harmony to create the life we most want to live.

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About George Kinder

George Kinder is known globally as the leading thinker in the financial Life Planning movement, dedicated to deliver freedom with integrity to consumers worldwide. Also known for his photography, poetry and spiritual wisdom, he is described in Professional Adviser's annual review of the "50 Most Influential People" in the world of financial advice: "George Kinder, Founder of the Kinder Institute of Life Planning, is widely recognized as the pioneer of the life planning model. The creator of an original concept which puts peoples' core life values at the heart of the advice process, he is a true visionary. His institute's training, which focuses on the human aspect of planning, is regarded by advisers as the gold standard. A life sector legend, the Harvard-educated industry veteran has been an adviser and tax planner for over thirty years and has won many industry awards. Kinder is a regular on television and radio as well as a keynote speaker at industry events and conferences and his knowledge and know-how of the life sector is second to none. But Kinder's expertise stretches way beyond the adviser realm - he is also an artist, photographer, poet, spiritual leader and author. " Kinder's website www.kinderinstitute.com/dir lists nearly 2000 advisors on 6 continents and in 23 countries who have taken his programs. He views his mission as bringing a deserved reputation for integrity back to the financial services sector and making the core ethos within financial services the delivery of a process for freedom to every human being on the planet.
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