Releasing Shame and Fear versus Maintaining Secrecy and Complexity

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to hold space with some incredible people who’ve been willing to share their money stories with me. Something that I find striking is that everyone I speak with— successful entrepreneurs, entertainers, and athletes included—has a money story. We all have at least one defining moment that shapes the stories we tell ourselves about money and drives our behavior, assumptions, and beliefs.

After listening to many money stories, I’ve learned that holding on to the wrong money story can lead to keeping money secrets. Money secrets are nothing new, and our secrecy is often simply a response to what we learned as young people. But despite ...

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