In our last post, we talked about my interview with Louis Enrique Negron. To talk a little further about Mr. Negron (Thanks for the content Louis!), let’s deal with what this man, then young boy, did!
While I was working earlier, I put on Lisa Nichols’ periscope recording of her upcoming release, Abundance Now (preorder at http://www.amazon.com/Abundance-Now-Amplify-Achieve-Prosperity-ebook/dp/B00S5998V0). On there, she beautifully dealt with the significance of the language that we use in relation to money and how deeply that effects our psyches and our overall “money stories” from an early age. During my interview with Wendy Muhammad, she really addressed how deeply we, as parents, program our children to fail as money managers. The tragic thing is, we have no idea we’re doing it! Thiah….Veona….Muhammad….what in the WORLD are you talking about?!
Ok. Hold my hand. Walk with me. Talk with me.
How many of you heard your parents say things like: we’re “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” “we might not have a lot of money, but we have a whole lot of love,” “I gotta make ends meet,”or one of my personal favorites, “What’s up playa? Nothin, just trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents?” You may be thinking, “Yeah Thiah, but this isn’t really cursing children out. There was no profanity involved.” Are you sure?
One of the definitions of profanity is “Abusive, vulgar, or irreverent language. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/profanity, 2015).” One definition for irreverent is “deficient in veneration or respect” (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/irreverent, 2015). In our interview and her book Mind of an Entrepreneur Today Part 1 (download it at http://www.wendymuhammad.com/download-my-new-ebook-the-mind-of-an-entrepreneur-part-1/), mega entrepreneur and crisis manager Wendy Muhammad said that money, like all things, is just energy. And if we are abusive or disrespectful in our everyday language and thoughts about money, then we push it away, instead of attracting it to ourselves. In engaging with and demonstrating to our children dialogue that expresses perpetual shortage or that to have love instead or in spite of a lack of money is okay, we train them to push money away also; thereby cursing them from having money. I’m going to let you sit with that for a moment… … … … …
Are you not sold on this as truth? Okay, let’s try this.
Say you meet your favorite celebrity or someone for whom you have great respect. You love their songs or books or comedy…whatever. But, when you meet them, they throw shade or act like they are completely disinterested in engaging with you. You say “hi” to them, but they turn their nose up at you or just ignore you. They sent out bad energy to you after you welcomed them openly and lovingly. Now you don’t want anything to do with them. They have repelled you by the bad energy they’ve sent forth towards you. Well, money is lovingly welcoming us every minute of every day, but when we use language like the examples above, we block its positive reception of us with negative energy that we send forth through our language and, fundamentally, our mindsets. Is that clear? I know I got a little metaphysical and law-of-attraction-ish on you, but hopefully the analogy enables you to receive that whole concept, in case you weren’t really feeling it before.
How does this relate to Louis Negron? It relates, because he is a great example of what happens when a parent does NOT curse out his/her child with ill-effective money language. Louis told me, (I REALLY NEED YOU TO “HEAR” AND RECEIVE THIS)….He told me that because his father taught him to pay for things with cash; find ways to make the most out of what you have, because there is a way; and save at least 20% of his earnings from early childhood, he’d saved enough money from his pre-teen and teenage jobs to pay for his first two years of college…..wait for it….at Morehouse! Did you “hear” me?! He paid for Morehouse with cash! This is the result of positive money language reinforced with basic healthy practices and mindsets.
What do you think? How do you think you can apply these concepts and improve your children’s money mindset development; or even your own? Let me know below. I’m excited to hear from you!