Financial Psychology and the Mental Health of Money During a Pandemic
Today’s show is a little different. My guest, Michelle Begina, is a financial advisor, speaker, author, and — at least in my own opinion — is a money therapist. Certainly, one of the more hybrid experts I’ve had the privilege of speaking with. With a great deal of intentional vulnerability and discomfort on my part, we talk about money. It doesn’t just make the world go ‘round; it’s a topic that unites everyone and — like math — is a universal language where judgment, stigma, guilt, and the forces of good and evil duke it out on a day to day basis. In the interest of channeling my fellow expatriated nonprofit founders and executives who went into the private sector to “earn a living,” there’s a lot to unpack there — and I am not shy about sharing my own personal sentiments on entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and guilt. The NPO business model is so flawed, it’s almost designed to fail, and COVID made that more apparent than ever. I also don’t live my life to be the richest guy in the graveyard and hedge my entire political belief system on the single-voter issue factor of our time — the “401k”. Life’s too short. So from “financial psychology” to “your money story” to “fiscal script” to the emotional weight and mental health issues surrounding leadership and just trying to get by in life, I hope you enjoy this alternate but related universe episode of Out Of Patients with Michelle Begina. Enjoy the show.