The Optimism Insurance Policy

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 246-September 3 “How many joys are crushed under foot because people look up at the sky and disregard what is at their feet?”—Catharina Elisabetha Goethe Al the accountant bought a lottery ticket for himself every week. He said that it was his optimism insurance policy. Each week when he bought his ticket, he had fun thinking that he could win the lottery and become a millionaire. He smiled and spoke of how it much fun it was to think about having something wonderful like that happen. It kept him in a happy frame of mind all week. When the day of the drawing arrived, he would look at his ticket and … [Read more...]

Retirement Planning

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 239-August 27 “It isn’t necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It’s only necessary to be rich.”—Alan Alda She was fifty-five years old and worked on an assembly line for a major corporation. It was time to retire, she told Dianne, the certified financial planner. Other people she knew didn’t have much money and were retiring, and she felt she should, too. “How much money do you have in your 401K plan?” the financial planner asked. “Around $20,000,” she replied. “And do you have additional savings?” “No.” “Investments in real estate?” “No.” “Alimony? Expectation of inheritance? … [Read more...]

The Lessons of The Richest Man in Babylon

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 238-August 26 “Albert Einstein, when asked what he considered the most powerful force in the Universe, answered: ‘Compound interest!’”—Mignon McLaughlin George Clason wrote a wonderful little book entitled The Richest Man in Babylon. It is the story of a group of trades people in ancient times in the city of Babylon. The butcher, the blacksmith, the shopkeeper, and others are talking together about money. They marvel how one of them became the richest man in town, when he started out as just the potter down the street from them. How did he do it? they wonder. They are all still struggling day to day to … [Read more...]

Making Money While You Sleep

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 237-August 25 “Each of us has the choice—we must make money work for us, or we must work for money.”—Conrad Leslie A doctor and his wife who had heard me speak flew me to Oklahoma to speak to their staff on customer service. It was a nice group of about fifteen people, and we had a great meeting over dinner as I coached them on Office Etiquette. After dinner, Dr. John, his wife, Mary, and I sat quietly discussing money and business. He told me that one night, he was lying awake in bed and thought, “I make a lot of money working as a cosmetic surgeon, but if I don’t show up for work, I don’t make … [Read more...]

The Real Black Limo

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 236-August 24 “Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.”—Ovid The Black Limo Fantasy actually came true for me once. A friend of my sister’s worked for a market research company, and was looking for women to test Dove soap. My sister, Jane, called me one afternoon to invite me down to their office for an interview, so, on a lark, I went. A friendly woman interviewed us, one by one, on videotape. A week later, I got a call from the marketing company telling me that they had selected a group of women to do a seven-day trial use … [Read more...]