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You Only Live Once by Jason Vitug

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Part IV Taking Control

A mentor of mine once said that I should work to “live fully but die broke.” In order to live fully, our finances have to be in order. It means ensuring that money can last to the final moments of life, and that requires control—in making enough money, spending on the right things, protecting what matters, and investing instead of mindlessly consuming.

This gives us the opportunity to control our time and do more of the things that matter. “Live fully but die broke” was my mentor’s definition of “living once.” It has since become one of my guiding money philosophies.

The major life-changing belief I gained on my personal road to financial wellness is that I had more control over my life. I could control how I spent my time and money. I could control the types of conversations I had. And I could choose my financial relationships, because I had control over deciding what was right for me. My growing awareness made it clear that today is as good as any other day to enjoy life, and that I could strike a balance between now and tomorrow—by taking control.

As you’ve been reading this book, you’ve increased your awareness and learned how to create a plan—it’s now time for you to take control. Taking control happens through actions that get you from where you are today to where you want to be—living your dream lifestyle.

Your goal is not to just to make it through the day, but rather to live a rich and purposeful life. You can’t spend your way to happiness, and ...

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