Boulders in the Road

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 67 - March 8 “He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.”—Horace You know what you want. You probably even know how to go about getting it. But then you don’t go get it. Why not? What is it that stops you? Sometimes it’s other people who put boulders in your road. They block your path with “Yeah, buts.” Years ago, when I was looking for a job, I answered an ad in the newspaper. The gentleman doing the interviewing asked me where I lived, and I answered that I lived in the San Fernando Valley. “Oh, that’s too far away,” he said. “This … [Read more...]

Self-Esteem

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 66 - March 7 “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”—Maxwell Maltz Self-esteem begins here: Anyone who doesn’t like you is an idiot. Really—aren’t they? I used to bend myself into all kinds of pretzel shapes, trying to get people to like me. It was usually futile, because there wasn’t much there to like—or dislike for that matter. I didn’t know who I was. I just knew I wanted to be accepted, and thought of as smart, talented, and beautiful. I was afraid that I wasn’t any of those things. I looked up to other people that I judged to be better than me, and gave them … [Read more...]

Michael Douglas’ Jacket

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 65 - March 6 “Did you ever feel like the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?”—George Gobel After high school, I went to the University of California at Santa Barbara to major in Dramatic Art, joining other ambitious students eager to create their dreams out of the raw material of talent. One of those students was Michael Douglas. He was a couple of years ahead of me, beautiful and talented. Oh, yes, and rich, too. Unlike the others of us, unknown and unknowing of future fortune, he represented the assurance of dreams fulfilled. We knew he was going to be a star. I couldn’t help being … [Read more...]

Risk: Gambling

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 62 - March 3 “Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.”—Minna Antrim “Do you ever gamble, Fred?” the player in seat two asked the dealer, a handsome black man with a bright smile. “Oh, noooo!” he exclaimed, shaking his head with a grin as he shuffled the cards. “I go to Gambler’s Anonymous three times a week. I lost $85,000 in one year, the house, and the wife. I don’t gamble any more.” Whenever I read an article or watch a television program about gambling, it is usually filled with stories like the one above. There are many of them. So why is gambling a $500 billion … [Read more...]

Spree Money

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 61 - March 2 “If you gave up your morning coffee for a year, you could make an extra mortgage payment. But man, you’d be grumpy.”—Citibank advertisement Every so often, I read about someone who lived a penurious life, saving every nickel, never allowing themselves the slightest luxury. The cleaning woman who worked every day of her life, never took a vacation or bought a fancy dress, died and left a fortune of $10 million to a college that she hadn’t even attended. The “millionaire next door” who lived in a modest house, wore modest clothes, and left a $35 million fortune to her heirs. The relatives of … [Read more...]