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  • A money mindset is a belief that you currently have about money. Usually, money mindsets aren’t conscious. You don’t usually decide what money mindsets we have, or how they impact your financial behaviors.
  • A client, Danielle*, recently dealt with an unhealthy money mindset that was impacting her long-term ability to succeed. She was a first-generation college graduate, and she started out-earning her parents at age 26
  • Money mindsets are developed based on your experiences. In other words, your culture and identity have helped to shape how you view money as an adult. 
  • The overwhelming belief that you don’t deserve the money you’re bringing home, even after working hard to earn a degree and to succeed in your career development, can bleed into all areas of your life - and cause you to put yourself in risky financial situations.
  • Being self-aware as you make financial decisions can help you to hit pause and take the full picture of your culture, background, and mindset into account before making a less-than-savvy money move. Remember: you have the power to acknowledge your background and your current money mindset, and choose to change them so that they serve you. 
  • Think about how you feel about money. How do you use it in your life? How does managing your finances make you feel?How did your community view money growing up? Were they living with a fear that resources would dry up? Did they avoid discussing money with you as a kid?Look at your experience, education, and expertise and realize - you deserve the money you’re making. You deserve to live well, and to enjoy your life. If it helps, write yourself a sticky note and put it on the mirror - there’s nothing wrong with earning money, wanting to earn more money, and wanting to use it in a way that makes you happy and supports your goals.Think twice before giving money to family members, or people in your community. It can help to create a line-item in your budget that’s specifically for giving money away. This will help you to prioritize your other financial goals (like emergency savings, retirement savings, or paying off student loans), while still leaving some wiggle room to support the ones you love and care about. Once you spend everything in the “giving” portion of your budget, you can honestly say that you don’t have anything left to give.Set “fun” money goals for yourself. There’s a temptation among first-generation college grads to only set reasonable, safe financial goals. While it’s important to save for the future, it’s also important to enjoy the wealth you have now. Don’t be afraid to set a goal to save for a special vacation, a big purchase, or other non-essential things. As long as your purchases align with your values, and you’re saving and spending wisely, there’s no reason that you don’t deserve to enjoy the money you’ve earned.
  • This is true no matter what challenge you’re facing. Having a mindset that focuses on growth, opportunity, and the possibility of achieving your goals can help guide you to success. Likewise, having a mindset that’s locked in limiting beliefs about wh
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