Kiersten and Julien Saunders’ story spans nearly 10 years, from meeting at the company where they both worked to breaking up and making up, and beginning a career together in the very field that had ended their relationship in the first place—and that was only the beginning. The path to their current careers began with a blog in 2017, which transitioned into video content and their YouTube series Money on the Table. These decisions led to their current roles as podcast hosts, authors and speakers. Now, the pair discuss the importance of gaining financial literacy and how community goes a long way in getting you there.
One of the first steps toward becoming financially secure is becoming financially literate, and finding communities—both digitally and in-person—can be an important element to doing so. Listening to and learning from other people allows you to realize what experiences are normal and what you should be concerned about. It also gives you a place to ask for advice when you need it, depending on the knowledge and experience of the group.
But you also have to put work into learning about finances yourself, and there are ample ways to do so. Kiersten recommends YouTube and books, but she also advises people to begin creating things themselves, once they have a baseline of knowledge to work off of. At that point, other people can comment on your work, and you can begin to ask more questions to get the help you need. It is equally important to develop your mindset—that is, to become aware of the things, both mental and in the world around you, that are dragging you down.
Kiersten, Julien and Brilliant Thoughts host Tristan Ahumada discuss the Saunders’ book, how to build an awareness of yourself and your financial situation, and the importance of making more money.
Kiersten & Julien Saunders are the hosts of SUCCESS podcast rich & Regular and YouTube podcast Cashing Out, and authors of Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game by Walking Away. Find them on social media @richandregular or on their website at richandregular.com.
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Tristan Ahumada is the People Editor for SUCCESS, operates Lab Coat Agents as its CEO, consults Fortune 500 companies, runs a successful Real Estate team in California, expansion teams in the U.S. (in different brokerages), owner in one Brokerage, currently sits on different boards for tech companies, and is also an international speaker. His love for technology and systems pushes him to test and use the latest products for growth for all businesses around the world including Real Estate Agents/Brokers. Tristan is from Southern California where he currently lives with his wife and two kids.