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Why Choosing Your Passion Will Lead You To Financial Success [interview with J Money]

J Money is an award-winning personal finance blogger, a creative entrepreneur, and a FinTech consultant. He is the founder of both BudgetsareSexy and RockStarFinance. His content is engaging and a big reason why his blog has reached over 30 million views. He aims to provide engaging content to his readers so that they can take the next steps to improve their financial lives.

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3 Key Takeaways

  1. Choose work you’ll enjoy instead of solely for the money
  2. Being consistent in anything you do is the best way to get results
  3. Maxing out your 401K is a great way to prepare for your retirement

Podcast Interview Notes:

Question 1: How did you end up in the position you are today

My wife and I were looking for places to rent. I searched online, probably entered, “How to budget,” and kept coming across all these regular people talking about money.

It blew me away, and I was learning a lot. I was reading blogs for about six months, and then I was like, “Oh, man It’d be fun to talk about money and have my own community,”. Eventually, I created my blog BudgetsAreSexy.com on a weekend. I had no idea I could make money online, and no idea that it would change my life forever.

Question 2: What’s a strategy for success?

You have to do things because you’re passionate or you’re excited about them.

Question 3: What are some key differences between a regular job and blogging?

[00:04:00] It has its ups and downs. Running your own business means you’re thinking about making money, accounting, and marketing for your own business. In other words, it’s a lot of responsibility.

The upside is, there’s so much potential to grow. It’s also fun. I’ve never had a community that cares for what I say. Plus, you can work as much or as little as you want.

Question 4: What's a worthwhile investment you’ve made that has helped you and your business?

[00:09:00] Doing the same thing every day. For the first five years of blogging, I never missed a day in creating articles for my blog.

Question 5: What has been the best financial advice you’ve received?

[00:14:00] Through a combination of the advice I’ve received I learned to max out my 401K.

Question 6: Is there any book that you would gift to somebody else, and why?

Essentialism, by Greg McKeown. If you’re into minimalism and efficiency, it’s a really good book, especially for an entrepreneur, and you have all these millions of ideas, the book Essentialism really gets you to focus on pretty much the things that give you 80% of the returns.

Another great book is I Will Teach You to Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi.

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About the Author Chris

Chris’s passion for writing is to inspire ambitious people to reach happiness using money as their tool. He enjoys talking about money, self-improvement, and learning from others. You can find more of his work here.

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