Money Management

6 TED Talks About Money Management and Happiness

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Want to feel inspired?

Watch these six ted talks about money, personal finance, and happiness to get your finances on track.

#1. Why 2.5 billion heartbeats might change the way you think about money: Preet Banerjee at TEDxUTSC

Why It’s A Must Watch: Preet Banerjee does an excellent job of shifting your perspective towards debt.

Favorite Quotes:

  • Debt used to be a four-letter word. Technically it’s still a four-letter word but I mean it used to be a four-letter word.  You go back far enough in history and if you borrowed money to buy something that depreciate that went down in value people would look at you funny. Today debt is everywhere it’s so normal that if you tell people that you don’t carry a balance on your credit card you’re the weird one. We need to start hating debt again
  • When you walk into a bank it’s not the bank that’s really lending you money–you’re borrowing money from your future self. 
  • Do you want to guess what the cost of interest is from 18 to 65 if you carry the balance of $5,000? It’s $75,000 in credit card interest just by carrying $5,000.
  • Think of borrowing money today as negotiating a future pay cut for yourself. 

#2. Money can buy happiness: Michael Norton at TEDxCambridge 2011

#3. Financial Literacy: Mellody Hobson at TEDxMidwest

Why It’s A Must Watch: By far the most motivational of the talks. Melody came from poverty to become the President of Ariel Investments. In her talk, she shares four quotes which most impacted her life–beautifully weaving in personal stories of her own.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “As women we are raised to have rescue fantasies and I’m here to tell you no one is coming”…I read that quote and I said to myself what if from this day forward I led my life as if no one were ever coming. That if I’m all I’ve got, what kind of decisions would I make and how would I do things differently.
  • I think about especially today all of these individuals who are risk averse.  They don’t want to take risks. They have their money sitting in cash which is basically making nothing or they say I’m scared of the stock market and I don’t want to invest. By being scared they actually lose out over the long term because over the long term the stock market has outperformed all other investments.

#4. Get Serious, Get Smart, Get Going! Kathleen Murphy at TEDxBeaconStreet

  • You can’t delegate your future
  • Women overwhelmingly defer to their spouse on financial matters. The primary reason? Because they think men are, “better with numbers.” Despite the fact that there is overwhelming evidence that women are the better long-term investors.
  • I want to let you know a little secret that the financial service industry does not like to promote. Investing is not that hard. Anyone can do it. If you just take a little time.
  • Make sure that you take control of your future, by taking control of your money. It’s your life, it’s your future, it’s your dreams. What the heck are you waiting for?

#5. When money isn’t real: the $10,000 experiment | Adam Carroll | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

Why It’s A Must Watch: Kids can cause their share of financial marriage problems. As a father of two daughters, I’ve been thinking a lot about this subject. As I rarely use cash, the only interaction my kids have with money is when I spend using a credit card.

Favorite Quotes

  • When money becomes more and more of an idea less tangible and therefore more abstract it changes the way that we interact with it.
  • I believe that kids today are being raised in a world where money is no longer real it’s actually an illusion but it has very real consequences . 
  • If kids are given financially relevant experiences in their life and someone is there to help  them learn the lessons from those experiences–they have a higher likelihood of achieving financial success later in life.

#6. A rich life with less stuff | The Minimalists | TEDxWhitefish

R.J. Weiss
R.J. Weiss is the founder and editor of The Ways To Wealth, a Certified Financial Planner™, husband and father of three. He's spent the last 10+ years writing about personal finance and has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, MSN Money, and other publications.

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