Canadian rower Jeremiah Brown, author of “The 4 Year Olympian” had a dream- to make it to the Olympics in four years- without sinking into debt. That meant downsizing, living lean, and learning how to get the most financial support possible for his athletic ambitions.
Deborah Owens, aka America’s Wealth Coach and creator of WealthyU literally drove down the value of her car, and actually owed money at the end of her lease. She admits she didn’t even know the difference between owning and leasing a car.
When Melanie Lockert and her partner launched the Lola Retreat in 2017, profits were at the bottom of their list. So low they did not even try to g for sponsors until just a few weeks before the event. What happened then was shocking. Plus a money tip for the luxury lover.
When model and actress Victoria Summer got her big break first in Saving Mr. Banks playing Julie Andrews, and then in Transformers 4, she was happy about the big upfront paycheck- but got really excited when she learned about residuals aka passive income.
Certified Financial Planner Cary Carbonaro watched enviously from the sidelines as her fellow students splurged on so-called living expenses in college when their student loan checks came due. But for the author of The Money Queen’s guide-For Women who want to build wealth and banish fear- post-graduation the tables were turned.
After locking in new client soon-to-be President Barack Obama for her online consulting business Women Online, Morra Aarons-Mele learned she was $60,000 in the hole on her line of credit- three times what she had thought. The author of “Hiding in the Bathroom. An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home) shares what she did wrong, what her accountant did wrong, and what happened next.
Kristin Wong laughs about it now but she literally cried and wanted to drown her sorrows at TGI Fridays when an unexpected tax bill hit her out of the blue. She fesses up to Bobbi that it never occurred to her that she would not get a refund. Ironically, her money tip is one for the budget conscious foodie in all of us.
Trade Bodge and her partners set out to build a business- that they knew was challenging before they even started. But they focused on funding, building a strong foundation, and learning from the past mistakes.
Shannon McLay, founder of the Financial Gym and host of the Martini’s and Your Money podcast dishes on her first- only partly legal- employment experience. Plus her recipe for cutting down the liqueur bill and more tips for having a fun night out without breaking the bank.
John Schwartz, NY Times correspondent and author of the new book “This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order” shares the story of his first home purchase, how it brought him to the brink of bankruptcy, and why he flosses every day.
Retire Inspired’s Chris Hogan had a taste for expensive food at the grocery store- and it was was thinning out his bank account. But when he saw the true cost of his weekly habit he quickly hit the brakes and kept the change.
After 148 rejections in the first funding round, Kathryn Minshew co-founder and CEO of the Muse took note of what she did wrong and upped her game when she went looking for new financing. Minshew scored close to $30 million thanks to the new approach.
Psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig was living a jet-set life, hosting her own reality tv television show and appearing regularly on the Today Show. But one day she got a phone call from a bill collector- that was literally a wake-up call and it changed her life.
Money expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox admits she was “young and dumb” when she owed money and could not pay it back. Instead of facing her reality- she hoped if she ignored it, it would go away. It did not.
Certified Financial Planner Shannah Compton Game, host of the Millennial Money podcast, literally walked away from everything she owned when she got divorced. Ironically, she says it was the best financial decision she ever made.
Growing up with dad Tony Robbins taught Josh Robbins the value of the intentional and unapologetic splurge. Josh Robbins shares the no-regrets story of his 11-year old self blowing a huge sum of money on one of the most memorable days of his life.
The host of popular "The Stacking Benjamins Podcast" and "Money in the Mornings" fesses up to having been a cheapskate fashion victim early in his career- and how learning to dress better, literally made him wealthier.
Lauren Smith Brody, author of The Fifth Trimester turned down a high prestige offer when she realized saying yes would make her feel like a fraud. Then, a surprise turn of events proved the decision was the right one.
MSNBC Your Business host JJ Ramberg didn’t just love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream growing up. She loved their mission. That led not only to her career interviewing entrepreneurs on television but to her own socially responsible ventures including Goodshop and The Startup Club.
Millennial financial literacy advocate David Grasso, of Gen FKD and Bold Business shares the story of his Cuban immigrant mother and how at age 9 she found herself in charge of the family finances after an unexpected accidental death in the family.
Bold CEO Carrie Sheffield inherited a small fortune. But when she tried to invest it wisely, advice from a well-meaning relative wreaked havoc on her financial ambitions- and nearly caused her to drop out of school.
Entrepreneur Jamila Souffrant’s Journey to Launch to financial freedom actually started before her red hot podcast and blog. She took a risk on a not-yet-trendy Brooklyn neighborhood called DUMBO early in her adult life, and continues to profit from her smart bet.
Jordan Goodman, America’s Money Answers man shares the story of his first entrepreneurial venture.
He describes how as a child of 12, he saw unused inventory- and a clear demand for it, and put it together. It is a simple story but a great roadmap for aspiring entrepreneurs- or anyone that just wants to learn the basics of how business works.