Someone recently commented on what I recently became aware of which is that I am seemingly meant to teach, inspire and motivate the masses about financial literacy. My brief bio: I was budgeting my mother's TANF benefits before I was ten, starting my own businesses before 12, stretching dollars and cents for many years as a bookkeeper before becoming a estate/tax attorney, insurance agent, investment consultant, nonprofit legal professor, benefits specialist and now retirement plan examiner. What pains me most is knowing that if we are not good stewards with our money, we become helpless servants to many who manipulates our wants and deny our needs. And for most, financial manipulations and financial warfare on our welfare happens sooner than later due to a sickness, death or financial loss of income.
Through the years of teaching about money and seeking more knowledge about what causes most of us to live as indentured servants to bankers, creditors and the deity of money, I discovered that my Civil Rights foremother and father's repeated requests for economic freedom and literacy went unanswered. But what I know for sure is that some things aren't given when they were never meant to be learned. However, true knowledge is revealed when we learn more and commit ourselves to doing better to make our little into much. So for some, the inclusion of faith, fellowship and finance as Diva Moment's platform seems a drastic shift to the message of making life beautiful for you. However, we can't life beautiful if we are being taken advantaged and being played by a system that knows the rules but keep us ignorant of financial literacy. And you know what they say about a woman on a mission, she doesn't stop until she makes the pain go away or at least commits her blood, sweat and tears to helping other women and girls appreciate that money isn't a dirty word or the root of all evil.
Instead, the knowledge of money amasses power to gain the respect of those who thinks that it is okay to financially manipulate us with facts and figures and continually makes withdrawals while patting our butts, kissing our cheeks and manipulating our pocketbooks for their own benefit. While the love of money is the root of all evil, gleaned knowledge has taught us that when we don't learn the rules of money, we will continually be played by someone who offers consumer goods on sale and feigned consideration when they offer safe investments at minimal rates while using our money to make more money to feed their greed. What I know for sure is that no one will give you what you want, but they respond when you use what you have to negotiate for what they most want. I'm not sure if we are ready for another FEM Movement, but I truly believe financial education matters. Let's stop being victims of our circumstance, but Divas of our destiny by ensuring that we are in better position to protect our pocketbooks from the greed of others. Ready to play for keeps?
Toni Moore, Esquire is a Purposeful Makeover Strategist and President of Diva Moment who truly believes that anyone can be the CEO of their destiny if they choose to seek knowledge and play for keeps. @ToniDivamoment
Toni Moore, Esq.
Toni is an attorney and business coach who is committed to helping women uplevel their success.
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