This is the third day in our 31-Day Money Challenge. Over 31 days we’ll publish 31 podcasts, each designed to help you move closer to financial freedom. Yesterday we looked at how to set financial goals you’ll actually achieve. In today’s podcast, we discuss the importance of a net worth statement, how to prepare one, and how to use it to track your progress toward financial freedom.
Financial freedom is not about how much you make, it’s about how much you keep. Building lasting wealth boils down to just two steps: (1) spend less than you make, and (2) invest the difference wisely. This is the formula for wealth regardless of whether you make $50,000 a year or $1,000,000.
In fact, there are many who made a modest income but were able to achieve financial freedom. These folks are the unsung heroes of money management. They don’t make the front page of the newspaper. Instead, like my grandmother, they are nurses in small towns in Ohio, living in a home that is paid off and building a comfortable retirement nest egg. How? By (1) spending less than they made, and (2) wisely investing the difference.
Likewise, there are countless stories of professional athletes, lottery winners, and movie stars who made millions, but wound up dead broke. Why? Because they failed to (1) spend less than they made, and (2) invest the difference wisely. Ed McMahon. Vince Young (former NFL Quarterback). Sharon Tirabassi ($10 million lottery winner).
Do I sound like a broken record? Good.
And that brings me to today’s podcast:
- What is a net worth statement and how do you prepare one
- Why you should not include your cars, furniture or other personal possessions in your net worth statement
- How to use your net worth statement to track your financial progress
- How most of the important financial goals (getting out of debt, saving for emergencies, saving for retirement) affect your net worth
- The key relationship between your net worth and your monthly budget
- How and why assets generate income
- How and why debts generate expenses
- The difference between those who build wealth and those who do not
Resources and Links
- Personal Capital: An excellent and easy way to track your net worth
- A Dead Simple Way to Track Your Net Worth
- A 3-Step Financial Checkup