I’m embarrassed to admit it, but almost a year ago to the day I planned to share this post. I just started taking the Personal Financial Services Advice course through the Canadian Securities Institute and a shot of inspiration zipped through my veins.
Immediately I started brainstorming exciting ways I could share the (pretty dry) content I was absorbing, and I even went so far as drafting this post about how to uncover your individual money personality.
And then…nothing. I let it sit in my drafts folder for over 12 months while I prioritized a number of other projects instead.
Well, one of the joys of being my own boss is I finally have the time I need to experiment and try new things — which brings me to my first ever quiz!
I’ve been dreaming of launching this free money personality quiz for so long, I almost can’t believe the day has finally come.
But let me go back a bit to give you some context.
You see, when I started that course last January (which I didn’t get around to finishing until August), the first module was all about how our values, beliefs and attitudes shape the way we think about and manage our money.
It’s such a simple concept, and yet I bet most of us (myself included) have never really thought of it in these specific terms before.
Breaking things down a bit more, there are 4 main attitude categories we each fall into:
So for people with the attitude of freedom, that means that in their world money means freedom. And for others, money could mean power.
For me, not surprisingly, money means security. Over the years freedom has become another big attitude of mine, especially since becoming self-employed, but deep down money will always mean security, safety and stability to me.
I bet you’re wondering how these attitudes are formed, and I bet you’ve already guessed the answer.
These attitudes are formed by a number of elements including how we were raised, what our parents’ attitudes towards money are, and what our past economic situations have been.
I feel like the reason my attitude is security is because growing up I didn’t have a lot. We lived very frugally up until I was in middle school, and my parents were very careful and lived by a very strict budget. And because of that we were never in debt. We were always in the black, but we lived very simply because of it. You can learn the whole story by listening to this podcast episode.
That same attitude followed me into adulthood because I’ve always been averse to debt and still feel safe and grounded when I’ve got a budget in place.
Now, I’d love to know what your main attitude is. Take my quiz below and share your money personality in the comments! And share if it’s what you expected, or if it surprised you.
I’d also recommend jumping into my private Facebook group since this will be the topic of the day today.