Who Would You Choose to be Your Money Hero?

Published on 5/7/2020:
Mon, 29 Sep 2014

Yesterday, while out shopping at my local Walgreens, I met an acquaintance who asked me about a workshop I had done recently, which led into a discussion about money, one of my favorite topics!She asked me if I’d heard about a woman she saw on television who talked about money and financial issues. I replied "Suze Orman!” http://www.suzeorman.com/

She said yes, and I told her that much of what I learned early on about managing money came from listening to Suze on her talk show and reading her books. Suze is not afraid to share her personal opinion on anything,and can be a bit “over the top” at times with the guests who appear on her show.

However, to me, Suze Orman is a hero. She has an excellent understanding of the fundamentals of money, and also talks about how people relate to others regarding money issues.  Her mantra “People first, then money, then things” resonated with me from the very beginning, and her story is truly a "rags to riches" one. Although I am far from Suze's current level of wealth,  I can relate to her on many levels. We are both from Illinois, both have degrees in Social Work, and  we also happen to be the same age! We are also very interested in personal money management, and committed to helping others with their money issues. We believe that it can be as much fun to save as it is to spend!   I remember first seeing Suze when she was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show in January 1989. She went on to host her own show in 2002 http://www.suzeorman.com/the-suze-orman-show.  From Suze, I learned about FICO scores, Variable Annuity accounts, Credit reports, etc. but most importantly, how to get out of debt and get on the path to wealth!  I still watch the show whenever I can, and love the segment “Can You Afford It” which asks callers to submit an item they want to buy. She reviews their personal financial information and determines whether or not they can afford it. I was thrilled when she invited kids to call into the show. What a great learning experience for a child to have!Over the years, I have read many other personal finance books, articles and magazines. Since I started my business in 2011, 

I like to watch Open Forum with JJ Ramberg @ www.openforum/yourbusiness.com. I enjoy hearing about other small business owners and how they manage their business and financial issues. There are many websites, articles, books and resources that are available to learn about personal money management. However, the most important thing is to find what works best for you, so that you stay informed about your finances!So, who is your Money Hero?