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Have we lost our minds? Can you really learn any money lessons from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Of course you can!
Here’s a guy—correction: here’s a reindeer—who went from a laughing stock to “the most famous reindeer of all.” You can learn a lot from a guy—correction: a reindeer—like that.
So let’s take a look:
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It’s okay to be “weird.”
Rudolph’s nose stuck out like a sore . . . nose. It’s bright. It’s red. All the other reindeers made fun of him. But did Rudolph care? Nah. He just carried on with his daily grind until Santa came calling.
If you’re getting out of debt, your friends might think you’re crazy for selling your nice Mercedes for an old Honda. They might look at you like you have three eyes (or a bright red nose) when you tell them you can’t go on the annual trip to the mountains because of your budget.
But that’s okay. One day, you’ll be buying that mountain cabin with cash.
Take advantage of the opportunities you’ve been given.
Rudolph was a background reindeer for a while. For whatever reason, he never got his chance.
But then Santa drops in and (BAM!) Rudolph gets the call up to the major leagues. He’s leading the whole show now.
You never know when your opportunity will come. Maybe it’s the promotion you’ve been waiting on, a long overdue raise, the perfect business opportunity, or just an unexpected gift.
But you need to be ready for that chance to come anytime. Santa doesn’t have time to wait around.
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Keep plugging away.
Or, in the words of Winston Churchill, never give up. Rudolph could have easily given up. He could have sat back and accepted life as a back-row reindeer. But, instead, he kept plugging away, doing those things that reindeer do. Get in shape? Work on their abs? Take flying lessons?
With his nose to the ground, he kept working hard and earned his promotion to lead reindeer on Christmas Eve.
You’re going to take control of your money situation. Better days are coming. But, to get there, you’ve got to stay focus and disciplined. Make a zero-based budget and stick with it. Most importantly, don’t give up!
You need help.
By “help,” we don’t mean taking loans from other people. You need support and accountability.
As good as Rudolph was, he couldn’t carry big ol’ Santa, the sleigh, and all those gifts by himself. He needed help. He needed a whole team!
You need a team too. Whether it’s your spouse, your kids, or just a good friend, it’s important that you’re getting accountability from someone. And, if you’re married, it’s even more important that you’re communicating and working to get on the same page about money.
Finding accountability is easy! Financial Peace University classes allow you to share ideas, be encouraged, and stay motivated to take control of your money. Dave Ramsey and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. Join a class today!