Author: Kim Potgieter

My 21-year-old son shares the money lessons he learnt

Of course, the type of conversation you have with a small child will be very different to the one you have with your teenager. Remember that children learn from what they see and hear, so you may not realise that you are communicating when, in fact, you are. As a financial planner, it’s my job to inspire people to pay attention to their money and to engage in money conversations. As a parent, I’m not always sure if I am succeeding with my own children, and the only way to know for sure is to ask them. My son Josh recently turned twenty-one, and this weekend my husband and I sat...

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Are you intentional with your money?

My trip to New York two weeks ago with my friend Jean (we’ve been friends since the age of twelve) was not only about ticking off bucket wheel items, it was also about making experiences come true. We ticked off seeing Billy Joel live in Madison Square Garden – we love attending concerts! And I completed a 10km marathon in Central Park – done! I love it when your experience exceeds expectations. And that was running in New York for me. I’ve dreamed about doing it for so long! I really wanted to run a marathon, but the 10km race gave me the same goosebumps moment. Running in Central Park...

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Why your money language matters

The last two years have been exceptionally challenging: spiritually, physically and financially. The economy remains slumped, and it is especially now, in this time, that your money mindset can drive positive change – from the inside outwards. I often speak of things you can and cannot control, and I want to remind you to focus your energy and attention on what is in your power to change. It is problematic to earn in the current economy, and many of us have experienced extreme hardships in the wave of crises that have severely impacted our lives. But most of these events are not in our control....

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Mind your midlife words

But it starts with how you think and talk – about yourself and about the second half of your life. Mahatma Gandhi clarified the connection of beliefs to destiny in the following poignant way: ‘Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.’ I have often seen and heard how thoughts create the mindset or worldview of life. Many people nearing or in retirement talk about being old, they feel old, and with this, they share the sentiment...

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Are you sacrificing your financial wellbeing with the habit of supporting your adult children?

I have a client who finds herself in this exact dilemma. She has supported her two adult daughters for years – but has now realised that by continuing this habit, she will inadvertently be responsible for her worst nightmare coming true: being reliant on her children to support her in retirement. And this is not the outcome she or her daughters want. Getting out of this habit loop is not easy. My client and many other parents find themselves in a supporting role. And it’s no one’s fault. It is a co-dependent, unwritten contract between parent and child. It makes us as parents feel...

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How to move from intention to action

The big lessons are these: if you don’t put action plans in place to make your goals a reality, chances are they will return as dreams again next year; and secondly, don’t try to achieve all your goals all at once. Instead, stack new habits on top of ones you have already mastered. I have found that when I don’t succeed in getting things done, it’s because I go into extreme mode – trying to do too many things, at the same time, in a short timeframe. Without fail, I end up not being able to maintain the pace. So, this year, I chose consistency above intensity. I have adopted James Clear’s...

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How to make your money goals a reality

However you decide to do it, your dreams for the year must be rooted in a solid foundation. If you don’t put action plans in place to make your goals a reality, chances are that they will return as dreams on your vision board next year. Researchers agree that there is a correlation between setting goals and achieving success. But goals are not meaningful if you don’t have an action plan in place that helps you achieve your goals in a specific time frame. You can’t, for example, have a goal of saving X amount towards your investments without having a proper system in place. The key to achieving...

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Are your thoughts depleting or replenishing your energy?

Last week I attended a conference hosted by former singer/songwriter and now owner and full-time speaker of TAP Results – Verity Price. I felt bogged down, my holiday intentions were not going according to plan, and Omicron changed my schedule overnight. I did not really feel like listening to another talk about gratitude. But as I listened, I realised that this was just what I needed to hear. I was reminded that you can just as readily be consumed with everything going wrong as you can be with all the things going right. And just then, I decided to make a mindshift. I do not want to overwhelm...

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Empowering couples conversations for life and death transitions

I’ve had six different conversations about death and money this past week. And for me, it’s a clear sign that many people are thinking about it. Talking about death is distressing, and money may not be the first thing on your mind when you lose a partner. But the uncomfortable truth is that we all will, at some stage of our lives, be single and responsible for managing our own money. My week started by counselling a couple in their 70s. The husband tried all his life to get his wife involved in their finances with no success. She just had no interest. He has a strong balance...

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Cautiously optimistic about Change

I recently listened to a podcast that has helped me better understand the psychology behind our emotions and actions during the Covid pandemic. Brené Brown chatted to Dr Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and Harvard lecturer, about her recent Washington Post article “Why this stage of the pandemic makes us so anxious.” She explains the emotional rollercoaster that we’ve all been on, entering and exiting wave after wave of Covid repeatedly. And the fact is, no one really knows how the story will play out. We are confused. My friends, myself included, are still feeling a bit lost. We have not...

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