The Personal Finance Show

The Personal Finance Show is a place for people to tell their personal finance stories. Everyone has a personal finance story.

47 - Eric Arnold

August 31st, 2018
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Eric Arnold’s personal finance story is not for the risk-averse.

Eric is what you might call a serial entrepreneur.

Whatever people have in their brain that prevents them from taking huge risks… yeah, Eric doesn’t have that.

What does this mean for Eric?

It means when the rest of us were working our 9 to 5s - making spreadsheets for our bi-weekly paycheques, Eric was building businesses.

Some did very well and some did not.

With success comes failure, but Eric learned something from every business.

Today Eric is CEO of Planswell, a company that provides free financial plans to Canadians. Planswell is doing great, having raised $13 Million dollars to date and so far providing free financial plans to over 100,000 Canadians.

But a lot happened before Planswell was even an idea. Here’s Eric to take us through his personal finance story.

 

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Personal Finance Show.

Next week will be the first episode of my Australian Personal Finance series, with my guest Kylie Travers.

46 - Boyce Collins

August 24th, 2018
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Boyce Collins doesn’t want you to become house poor.

As a mortgage broker, his responsibility is to get you the best mortgage for you. This isn’t always the case when you go to get a mortgage from a bank. And the best mortgage isn’t necessarily the one that leaves you strapped for cash if the interest rate changes by a quarter of a percent, or leaves you with an empty bank account every month.

If you listen to the show, you’ve heard me say this a bunch of times: banks care about making money. They don’t care about you.

After talking to Boyce for over an hour, I actually believe that he cares about his clients.

A house is usually the biggest purchase of your life. So for the biggest purchase of your life it really makes sense to me to go see a specialist.

Boyce currently works for The Personal Mortgage Group, a brokerage founded by his mom, Suzanne in the early 90s. This brokerage is all about trust, integrity and financial wellness. They have 92 5-star reviews on Google and if you’re in the Hamilton area, you should really check them out.

But Boyce wasn’t always the mortgage expert he is today. Here’s Boyce to tell his personal finance story.

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Personal Finance Show.

Next week, my guest will be Eric Arnold, CEO of Planswell.

45 - Engel Jones

August 17th, 2018
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Engel Jones has conducted over 2,000 interviews since 2016. They were all at least 12 minutes long.

In 2016 Engel decided that he was going to do 1001 interviews in 3 months, using a framework of questions that he came up with that take around 12 minutes and are meant to help you discover Your Own Unique Real Self. He called it Twelve Minute Convos. This was all done from his home in Trinidad with guests from everywhere in the world.

Let’s think about this for a second: 1001 interviews divided by 90 days is around 11 interviews per day.

When I schedule interviews for The Personal Finance Show, I do one, maybe 2 per day. Whether it takes an hour or 12 minutes, interviewing someone takes a lot of energy and creativity.

When the 1001 interviews were completed, Engel released a workbook called Your Own Unique Real Self, a reflective self-discovery guide, which is now available on Amazon.

As if that wasn’t enough, in 2017 Engel decided to try it again! This time focusing on interviewing other podcasters. He got to 813. That’s 1814 conversations in 2 years. My 12 minute convo was episode 1,437.

And as of March 2018, which is the last episode published on iTunes, the episode count is at 1987.

But it doesn’t end there! In June of 2018 Engel and his wife Amanda(who is a registered nurse and published author) decided to leave Trinidad and make a 12 week journey across North America to meet and do follow-up interviews in-person with as many previous guests as possible.

So they are way past 2,000 episodes now - they just haven’t been published on to the podcast feed yet. They are all on Facebook and YouTube if you search for #12minconvos. The in-person interviews are currently at episode 289 and you can find me on episode 106

It was a privilege to host Engel and Amanda at my home in Hamilton, and provide them with a place to stay while on their journey. If you like what they are doing and want to throw them some support, head over to gofundme.com/12minconvos.

Engel agreed to take a break from being the interviewer for a whole hour, to share his personal finance story and how 12 Minute Convos came to be.

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Personal Finance Show. Next week, my guest will be Boyce Collins of The Personal Mortgage Group.

44 - Tom Kuegler

August 10th, 2018
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Tom Kuegler graduated from college with a degree in marketing, over $80,000 in school debt (that’s US dollars by the way) and couldn’t find a job in marketing.

He realized that he was good at writing and started taking whatever writing jobs he could. At one point Tom would write 2,000-3,000 words a day at his online writing job and he was only making $15 for every 600 word post. Have you ever tried consistently writing 2,000 words every day? It’s hard. And even harder when it’s about things you aren’t even interested in.

Today, Tom has 23,000 followers on the popular blogging platform Medium.com and that number grows every day. Tom has been so successful on Medium that he launched an online course called The Medium Mastery Academy, where he shows you how to get followers on Medium and how to monetize your writing skills as he did.

But Tom only got to where he is today because he never gave up on himself. I think it’s sometimes too easy to keep a job we don’t like because it pays well enough and there’s $80,000 of debt staring us in the face.

Tom joined me from the other side of the world in Indonesia to tell his personal finance story.

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43 - Leanna Haakons

August 2nd, 2018
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Leanna Haakons grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. She realized early on that if she wanted to make a living for herself that she had to build skills and take advantage of opportunities as they came to her.

So it’s no surprise that at the age of 30, she is running her own financial services marketing firm, Blackhawk Financial, and is a best-selling author with her new book Young, Fun and Financially Free.

Often we think that we have to sacrifice today to build wealth for the future. And we also think that money management has to be boring and complicated.

Leanna wrote her book to help you realize that you can create a wealthy future and still life the good life today. A lot of it has to do with having the right mindset. And it doesn’t have to be so serious!

Leanna joined me from Vancouver to tell her personal finance story and how she is able to be Young, Fun and Financially Free.

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Next week, my guest will be Tom Kuegler, founder of The Medium Mastery Academy, who went from making $10/hour as a freelance writer to 80,000 monthly page views and 22,000 followers on the social media blogging platform Medium.

42 - Ian Clarke

July 26th, 2018
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Ian Clarke was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) for 26.5 years and as of 2017 is the current CFO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

As a CFO, he manages the finances of corporations, but is corporate finance really that different from personal finance?

As it turns out, they are pretty much the same except for the human emotions that are involved in personal finance.

Emotional spending and emotional investing can lead a rational person to spend money they don’t have or gamble money they can’t afford to lose.

But often the way out of a bad financial situation is to put the emotions aside and treat our personal finances like a business.

In a business, you are accountable for your financial actions, as you should be in your personal life.

But what happens instead is that you might decide you want to buy something, before you calculate whether you can afford it. It is this kind of behaviour, encouraged and promoted by the credit card companies, that leads people into real financial trouble.

So have a listen to Ian’s personal finance story, and his experience as a CFO, and hopefully you will see the value in his rational approach to money management, and life in general.

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41 - Brian Daley

July 19th, 2018
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Did you know that it can cost $30,000 to hire someone in the tech industry?

Let’s say you have a company and you want to hire a data scientist or mobile developer. Maybe you’ll pay them a $100,000 salary. Tech recruitment companies could charge you 30% of that first year’s salary to find you the right person.

Why would you pay this much to hire someone? Well, hiring is complicated.

You want to find the right person, but you might not have the network or the resources to do that. You don’t want to waste your time and end up having to settle for whoever’s available, so that’s why recruiters exist. They’re specialists.

Plus, the best people are going to go to the Googles and Microsofts of the world and if you are a small company, they might not even know you exist.

But there’s gotta be a better way than spending $30,000 to hire someone, right?

That’s what Brian Daley thought when he started his new company SmartRefer, which is the first open-source employee referral platform to leverage blockchain technology.

Brian didn’t start out in the recruiting business, or the tech business, but he always had this philosophy of keeping his options open, and constantly building skills and relationships.

Let’s hear Brian’s personal finance story and how his personal philosophy has led him to where he is today.

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42 - Ian Clarke

40 - Mark Rivard

July 13th, 2018
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What does a book about quitting smoking have to do with your personal finances?

That’s what I asked my friend Mark Rivard when he told me about his personal finance story.

I know you’re thinking, if you quit smoking, then you save money. Sure that’s part of it, but the money saved on cigarettes is not going to make a huge dent in $20,000 of credit card and student loan debt.

When Mark told me his story, I knew that other people needed to hear it.

You see Mark got a bit too comfortable living off the generosity of others.

We all go through periods like this in our lives. Maybe we’re just figuring things out and a friend or family member helps us get through the low income, or financially difficult times of our life.

But how do you learn to take care of yourself financially, when you’re so used to relying on handouts?

Where does the motivation come from to make a change?

Just because people keep offering you help, doesn’t mean that you should take it.

And this advice also extends to the “help” that credit cards offer you in times of need. Credit cards can often seem like a great tool to fund the life that you want. But they come at a huge cost, which you might not realize until you’re swimming in debt. At that’s the point when you might really need help, but you already used up all of your handouts. What do you do in this situation?

I’m so glad that Mark decided to open up and tell his story. It’s important to hear and I hope that hearing it helps you or someone you know make a positive change.

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Next week, my guest will be Brian Daley, Co-Founder and CEO of a company called SmartRefer.

39 - Tyler Sheff

July 6th, 2018
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Tyler Sheff doesn’t believe that real estate is a “get rich quick” investment. His team understands the value of the old saying that “slow and steady wins the race”.

Many people look to real estate as a way to make some quick money, or guaranteed returns.  But it’s way more complicated than that and if you don’t understand what you’re getting into, you can easily lose your shirt, and more, by getting into real estate with a lack of financial intelligence.

Tyler started Cashflow Guys because he knows how challenging it can be to deal with all the pieces of the puzzle.  Tyler is so serious about making sure that you are a good fit with his program that he doesn’t just take anyone as a client.  There are some people that just don’t have the right mindset to get into real estate right now. And if Tyler notices that, he tells them to keep their money and sends them packing.

This isn’t about Tyler making money while others lose money.  His whole business is about connecting the right people and ensuring that everyone involved is successful.

But Tyler didn’t get into real estate until later in life.  Let’s start at the beginning - to a small town called Hamburg, New York.

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Personal Finance Show.

Next week, my guest will be a good friend of mine, Mark Rivard  He has a great personal finance story and I’m excited for you to hear it.

38 - Mark Podolsky

June 28th, 2018
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Mark Podolsky buys land from people that don’t want it and sells it to people who do.

He’s done this over 5,000 times since he started in 2001, and he averages a 300% return on every deal. For example, if he buys a parcel of land for $2,500, he would sell it for $10,000, making a $7,500 profit.

As Mark says:

“There are billions of acres of raw land and only a handful of people doing this.”

So he launched The Land Geek to teach others how to:

“Learn the Art of Engineering Geeky Systems that Create, Grow, and Protect Your Cash Flow​.”

When I heard about Mark’s success in land, I had a few questions, and maybe you are wondering these things too:

Who owns land and why do they want to sell it to Mark, and for so little?

Who’s buying this land from Mark and why would they pay 4 times the price?

Why don’t the buyer and seller do this directly? Why do they need Mark to be in the middle?

These and all the other questions you have about buying and selling raw land will be answered by Mark in this episode. But first, let’s hear about Mark’s personal finance story.

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Next week’s guest will be Tyler Sheff from Cash Flow Guys.