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Gratitude Challenge: Increasing Your Wealth

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Gratitude is said to be the gateway to a life of abundance. What we appreciate increases in value and quantity. Be grateful for the love, and you’ll receive more of it. Showing thankfulness for friendships yields stronger ones like never before. The same is true for money and material possessions. Many are kicking and screaming to get increase yet miss it because they aren’t fully receiving.

Saying Thank You, denotes that one has officially received a thing. It’s the natural response when another holds the door, hands you merchandise, or gives you a gift. It’s showing appreciation. Taking care of that gift, using it appropriately, and keeping it in-tact are further signs of appreciation.

Think about it, the financial definition of appreciation is the increase in the value of an asset which is in excess of the asset’s cost. Now, do you appreciate money? When was the last time you were grateful for getting paid? You may think, I worked for it so what’s the point? You may also have feelings of grief because as soon as it comes in, it has to go right back out. If you have ever gone weeks or months without work, your perspective would be contrary. The truth of the matter is that you didn’t have to get that job, but you did. And yes, you have to pay others for products and services you happily used (a home, WiFi, Netflix, and the like) but isn’t it awesome to be able to afford these everyday luxuries?

Moving forward focus on gratitude. Every day write down at least five things you are grateful for including the money in your account and wallet. The list should consist of material and nonmaterial items. Transportation, your cranky boss (because having one means you’re employed), a sunny or rainy day and more. Show gratitude to those around you too. Do this for about 14 days. Take note of how you feel and what increases in your life. Start today!

Tashima Jones is co-founder of Tashima Jones Media, an online television platform & advertising company connected to the independent creative. She is also the author of Being Broke Made Me Rich, a financial memoir likened to Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist based on personal experiences and the lessons they taught on being rich. Visit www.TashimaJones.com for more.

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Top Ten Freshman Money Myths

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Starting college is one of the most important and exciting times of your life. Now that you’re all “checked-in,” enjoy your college experience without worrying about where your next meal will come from by chasing away these common freshman money myths. (more…)

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Do What You Love for Free – Here’s Why

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This is ParadigmMoney.Com, right? So, speaking about a paradigm shift should come as no surprise. In science and philosophy, a paradigm is a distinct set of concepts or thought patterns, including theories, research methods, postulates, and standards for what constitutes legitimate contributions to a field. When speaking about money, most believe it is something you work for and not something that works for you. In all truth, the one percenters understand this concept quite well. In order, to wake up and do what you love, you too must shift your thoughts when it comes to finances.

Doing what you love for free allows you to create freely. You can come up with disruptive, out of this world, never seen before creations that will rock this planet. Take Elon Musk from South Africa, founder of X.com which went on to become PayPal and sold to eBay for 1.5 billion dollars. Musk is also the CEO of SpaceX which designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. You may say, of course, he can do this, he is a billionaire and co-founder of Tesla.

Not true. PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX are all products of Musk doing what he loved. As a child, he was an avid reader and taught himself computer programming leading to the creation of X.com. He dropped out of college to start a company with his brother and here’s what he had to say about that PayPal deal… “My proceeds from the PayPal acquisition were $180 million. I put $100 million in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla, and $10m in Solar City. I had to borrow money for rent.” Elon Musk’s current net worth is estimated to be at about $13.3 billion. No bad at all.

The reality of the matter is the less you are attached to money the more money flows to you. Pay more attention to creating things that move the culture forward. Starting at doing what you love with ultimately position you for financial success and happiness.

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How Much Does College Cost?

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How much does college cost these days? If you’re preparing to go to college and will need to find a way to finance your own education, this is one of the first steps to figure out.  Then you’ll want to find out all of your options and create a plan. Here’s a quick breakdown on the typical cost of college. (more…)

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