I've begun to work on a new book tentatively titled Artist Math. It gives insight to what it really takes to survive as an artist on the quest to achieve dreams and goals. But truthfully the same principles within the book can be applied to anyone no matter what their situation is in life or business. (You can sign up for my free newsletter to get a notice when the book is completed).
One of the major issues I deal with in the book is on confronting the reality of finances. It is a major hot button for the great majority of people in the world. We live on credit way beyond our means, buying things that we don't need or even in truth want. We are subject to the whims of the media, impulse buying and what we "think" it means to be cool or successful when in actually we can't even afford to pay the rent. Many people would rather have "nice things" than actually finically solvent. It's an epidemic.
The cold hard truth is that your finances will determine your ability to stably shoot for your dreams and goals and successfully care for yourself and your family. If you are constantly worried about making ends meet, paying bills, paying off credit cards then you won't be able to focus on the real task at hand which is what your inner truth is, what your goals are. And you'll have nothing for the future and the future of your family. You're living day to day and in fact probably paying last months bills with this months income.
Right, I know what you're saying, "Easier said than done." Here are some of the things people bring to me as objections to what I've stated above.
- I've got student loans to pay off.
- I've got a mortgage.
- I've got car payments.
- My job doesn't pay enough.
- I'm a single parent and can't make ends meet.
- I lost my job.
- The cost of living is too high.