Integrity first, then hustle + 10 fresh lessons on money

Serving up a fresh batch of money nuggets, from random theories to daily habits.

  • You should go to open houses before you can actually afford to buy a house. Hover over your dreams. Signal to your psyche what’s possible. Make some connections, learn about what it’s going to take. Same goes for managing your money. Get some financial planning and money expertise (from books to workshops to consultants) before you have money to make plans with. You’ll make better decisions, you’ll get real and you’ll get motivated.
  • “He made some real money and turned into an asshole,” a friend said about a start-up star we both knew. “Nah. He was always an asshole.” If finally having some bucks changes your personality for the worse you were probably a goof to begin with or just immature when the cash came in (and immaturity is always forgivable).
  • “Socially responsible investing” is a racket. A big oil company can buy a little solar power company and call themselves “green”. Your friendly local co-op bank is investing in the same blue chip funds (think: pillaging the earth, wage gaps, HR atrocities) but because they have “co-op” designation, they can call themselves socially responsible. Whatever. Same bullshit, different bank.

       Few funds you’re going to invest are squeaky clean. Some companies have amazing people policies but crap eco standards. Some green organizations have dismal employee benefits. Choose the least of the evils or get out of the game.

  • Speaking of the male-to-female wage gap that still prevails…I have ten women on my core team and one man. We pay competitively and eventually, generously. I was wrestling with my financial advisor on matters of social responsibility and my deep desire to make a difference. And we landed on this: 
    Paying your entire team well is an act of feminism.
  • Totally random, hopefully useful…Have it delivered. I was trying on some shoes at a store. Right size, wrong colour. “We can have the brown ones brought over from the other location and you can pick them up,” the salesman offered. “Can you deliver them to my house?” I asked. (You’d be surprised how many stores will deliver.) And yes, they could, for $15 bucks. I wanted those shoes. To come back and get them would cost me $8 for parking and at least an hour of my time. Delivery, please.
  • Why resent paying your bills? I’m speaking generally of course, because some charges are ludicrous and you need to swat those down. But you use it, you pay for it. That’s basic empowerment. And the fact that you have the money to pay your bills is always something to be grateful for.
  • Just pay your taxes. I’ve got a smart accountant and we certainly leverage the system, but we don’t get “creative”, we don’t hide shit. Just keep it clean and simple and get on with making money.
  • If you’re restraining your earning potential because if you “make too much money you’ll pay more taxes”…then…think twice. Sometimes that makes sense. But usually, almost always, that logic is just super dumb. Go make more money, pay your taxes, and you’ll probably still have more money in the end.
  • Resentment kills your money mojo. Bitching about the cost of doing business and living life the way you want to is wasted precious energy. Spend that energy on saving, earning more, and living to the fullest within your means. Speaking of resentment….
  • I try not to think of money as ever being wasted. It’s incredibly liberating. Let’s take parking tickets. Always a pisser. Before you flip off the parking guy, breathe and ask, Where’s the money go? To city hall, or to the private company that owns the parking lot. Bottom line: Your money is going to other humans. Assume that they’re decent people (because most people are.) They’re looking for opportunities to make money, just like you. They probably have school fees, or staff, or kids, or pets, or aging parents to care for. Money circulates from human to human – energy is like that. So your shitty parking ticket is helping someone, somewhere. And next time… plug the metre.

My next point is contradictory….

  • Get mad about wasted money and financial injustices. I don’t stay at hotels that charge for wifi; I’m willing to change phone companies because of over-charging; if I get served a bad meal, I don’t expect to pay. Do I want my tax money to go to war funding and pesticides? Fuck no, but I have to choose my battles, the little ones, day by day.
  • Integrity first, then hustle.
     When I used to jam with entrepreneurs who were holistic or ethical champs, they would often defend their “goodness”. “We broke even in the first quarter, but we gave away X dollars to charity.”

“Why does there have to be a ‘but’ in that sentence?” I’d ask. “Because, WOW, you’re making fast money AND giving it away! No need to apologize.”

On Team D we ask two questions: #1: Are we in integrity, doing something good and useful? Yes? Great! Then we proceed to question #2: How do we move boatloads of our goodness?

Cash & consciousness,

danielle-signature1 copy

related posts
How to hone your truth detector-Danielle-LaPorte

How to hone your truth detector.

There’s so much faking it to make it and deception happening in every sector of life — from politics to self-improvement. So how can we hone our truth detectors?

Women, boundaries, and spirituality. The perfect storm.

Women, boundaries, and spirituality. The perfect storm.

In my experience, boundary obliviousness is part of the initiation into wholeness. I don’t think you have to warrior your whole life for it, but it’s a passage to self-agency that most women seem to have to go through. Boundaries help us expand our consciousness.

What becomes possible when you say No?

What becomes possible when you say No?

What becomes possible when you say No? What would open up? Shift. Lighten. Crumble. Dissolve. Melt.

Danielle-LaPorte-List-of-things-to-give-up

What’s on your List of Things to Give Up? Here’s a peek at mine.

It’s always a good time to let go of whatever is holding you back. [Astrologically speaking, it’s PRIME TIME to give it all UP.] For your inspiration…

Did you get interrupted on the way to “ideal”-Danielle-LaPorte

Did you get interrupted on the way to “ideal”?

Every “image” I had of my “ideal” life has been interrupted, derailed, splattered on the road to this sometimes way too fucking complicated, patience-of-Job, deeply deep and BEAUTIFUL life that I find myself in. CORRECTION: I didn’t “find” myself here. I made choices to be here –– right where I am. One choice at a time. Every time you choose to go for a “feeling” instead of an “image”, you’re making a courageous choice.

The first step to take when you’re in hell-Danielle-LaPorte-2017

The first step to take when you’re in hell.

It feels interminable. Like you’ll never get out. Like it’s never…going…to…end. That’s the nature of hell. It’s not the pain that drives you insane, it’s the fear that the pain could go on and on.

Danielle-LaPorte-Whats-the-motive

But what’s the MOTIVE? (And BTW, pure motives RULE).

But what’s the MOTIVE? (And BTW, pure motives RULE). Same gesture. Same joke. Same service. Same policy. How can you spot the selfish intention when the branding is so glorious? Or how can you sense the true wisdom when the delivery is so 2000-and tacky? How can you really hear someone when your judgement is clouded by…judgement?

Danielle-LaPorte-its-not-always-self-sabotage

It’s not always self-sabotage. It’s just…what it takes.

Lightwork can be a fight. If you think being on the “spiritual” side of progress guarantees you harmony, then either you haven’t been at it long enough or you’ve been playing it safe. Harmonizing, healing, serving, shining…it’s messy work. Beautiful. Worth it. But messy.

Are-you-tired

Are you tired? Or just really (justifiably) angry?

Of course there are times — perhaps entire years, when we are bone-baked exhausted. But being fed up is not the same as being fatigued. In the seasons when we are vivacious and brimming with life, we can’t let ourselves slip into the reflex of heaviness.

A question for your growth

A question for your growth (that has nothing to do with quick, easy or “proven.”)

Here’s the most powerful question (that we too often forget) to ask ourselves when we’re on the hunt for solutions: “But… what suits me?”

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This