#250: How to Solve 90% of Your Business and Personal Problems

When I was in high school, I worked every summer in my uncle’s auto parts warehouse.

My dad would drop me there on his way to work and pick me up at the end of each day. And we’d have great conversations on all kinds of topics during these car trips.

One of the things we talked about was the value of money. Dad would say, “Ed, money won’t solve all your problems. But it will solve about 90% of them.”

That lesson stuck with me. I knew it to be true then… and I know it to be true now.

In today’s podcast episode, I tell the story of my complex relationship with money and the lessons I’ve learned—lessons you can draw from to improve your own financial health.

Because just like my dad, I firmly believe that 90% of the solution to life’s problems is getting the money thing right.

Disclaimer: As always, the content of this podcast and show notes do not constitute financial, legal or tax advice. Always check with your own financial, tax and/or legal advisor.

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In spite of my dad’s advice—and being the stubborn person that I am—I was foolish with my money for a large part of my adult life.

I barely earned enough to live during the first two or three years of my career. And it took me eight or nine years to change that.

When I finally started earning a nice income, I squandered much of it.

But several years ago, I came back to my dad’s sage advice.

I dug myself out of a tight spot and turned things around.

And I cannot overstate the difference it’s made in every aspect of my life, including my business.

I’m absolutely convinced that managing your money well is one of life’s most important “lead dominoes.”

It’s a problem that, when solved, automatically solves dozens of other problems.

Solving the “money problem” automatically solves dozens of other problems.

When you’re totally stressed about money, you make poor decisions.

You take on subpar clients and crappy projects.

It also impacts your confidence and sense of self-worth.

Which causes you to keep mismanaging your money, which keeps you stuck in this cycle of poor business decisions.

So how do you get out of this terrible cycle?

I think you can narrow the solution down to four basic pillars. They are:

  • Earning more

This is the variable most people tend to focus on to solve their money problems. But it’s only one piece of the puzzle.

Earning more is only one piece of the solution to solving your financial problems.

  • Managing well

Systems are 90% of the solution for managing well. Systems make it easy to follow the steps without getting emotionally involved in the process.

  • Investing wisely

Investing wisely means more than just picking smart investments. It also means investing a significant portion of your income because you’ve learned to live on less (from pillar #2) AND investing consistently and automatically.

Pillar #3 also feeds into this. As you manage your money better, you find opportunities to cut costs and shift those savings into additional retirement account contributions.

  • Protecting prudently

You protect yourself through savings, insurance and knowledge.

For savings, this means having an emergency fund, savings for long-term expenses, etc.

Insurance includes health insurance, homeowners, auto, liability coverage, disability (so important!), and more.

Knowledge means learning all you can and partnering with one or two professionals you trust.

Understand that all this is coming from a place of love. I want you to thrive as a self-employed professional. I want you to have a wonderful, fulfilling life.

And I know in my heart that 90% of the solution is getting the money thing right.



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