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Please welcome Wes from The Pursuit of Happiness as our guest for today’s Financial Literacy Chronicles.  This is Day 6 of 30 in the Financial Literacy Month interview series here on Enwealthen.

Please tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog.

Hey there!

My name is Wes, creator of thePursuitofHappiness.me.  I won’t bore you with the full details of the inspiration for the site (for that, check the About Page).  To share a little bit though; growing up in America, I had always been taught about this nation’s founding documents and I heard all the time about the Declaration of Independence and the phrase “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” but frankly, did not appreciate it until I was in my late twenties.

I mean seriously, our founding fathers named the Pursuit of Happiness as an unalienable right for all in the Declaration of Independence, but how many people do you know that are truly happy?  If your experiences are anywhere near similar to mine, not very many.  What an incredible opportunity we are squandering!

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than precious gold.

So this is what thepursuitofhappiness.me is about really, a collection of content hopefully designed to help each and everyone one of us fulfill our own pursuit of Happiness.

We discuss all these and sometimes more:

  • Finances (Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness)
  • Community (Not only giving back but also moving forward)
  • Health (Fresh Food, Routine Exercise, Work/life Balance)
  • Knowledge and Education (Living in the information age, let’s not bury our heads in the sand)
  • Family and Faith (Our Hope, and our comfort)
  • Nature and Sustainability (Locally and when possible personally grown food stuffs, off-grid living, homesteading – the works.)
  • Blogging (Yes, we talk about blogging and share our results with anyone who cares!)

I hope to see you around social and on the site – don’t be afraid to leave a comment!

Can you share your most impactful money memory from your childhood?

I’d have to say that the most impactful memory is from my Grandfather.

I can distinctly remember that whenever he would fill up the gasoline tank he’d get his notepad out and calculate his MPG.

Anytime I would ask him about it he’d share that it was important to monitor the things that belonged to us to ensure they were doing okay and didn’t need fixing. This includes our money, he’d say.

You have to manage your money well or you’ll be broke.

We all receive financial advice from people in our lives.  What’s the most interesting or useful financial advice you’ve received from your community?

I’d have to say the most useful advice I’ve received is the unspoken advice that comes by observing the results of other’s actions, both in my family and in my community.

I have learned a lot by simple observation.

I have several personal finance books I regularly give to friends and family.  What are your 3 favorite fundamental personal finance books you often gift to others?

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. – This was given to my wife and I before we were married, it really and truly helped get us started off on the right foot.  Apparently, money is a huge reason for marital troubles.

Who Moved My Cheese – My Grandmother gave this to me as a teenager and it really helped me navigate some trying times.

Proverbs (The Bible) – No seriously, there are so many fundamental money principles in the book of Proverbs.  It’s really good stuff.

What financial literacy education did you receive in school?  If you had a magic wand, what would you change to improve that?

My degree is in Business, so probably not as much as you accounting majors out there but what I’d definitely change is having more life skill classes in high school.

I mean seriously, our high schools around here aren’t teaching kids how to operate successfully in the world.

There are so many blogs on the internet, what are 3 of your favorite blogs that instill financial literacy, either by word or action?

At the risk of offending all of the other top-notch blogs out there, I’ll have to say:

Mr. Money Mustache – Kind of a wake-up-smack-you-in-the-face read

Retire By 40 (interview) – Reading about Joe’s journey while I was in my miserable job really inspired me to retire early

Frugalwoods – They’re doing what my wife and I dream of and are working towards; Homesteading.

I like to keep inspirational quotes around the house to remind me of what’s important.  Do you have a favorite money quote you use to inspire your financial life?

“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

What’s your second favorite money quote?

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than precious gold”

Thanks for contributing to Financial Literacy Month here on Enwealthen, Wes!

Wes writes of money, health, family, life, and all things happy at The Pursuit of HappinessSign up for regular updates or follow him on Twiiter, Facebook, or Pinterest. #ChooseHappiness today!

Readers, please share your thoughts on Wes’ experiences, any additional questions you have, and suggestions for who else you’d like to see interviewed in the comments below.  And please do share this with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Thanks!

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for interviewing me, Jack 🙂

    Yes, Erik, thankfully I was blessed with wonderful grandparents who took an active role in my early life. Its unfortunate that not everyone has the same opportunity to learn from their *cough* ancestors.

  2. Awesome interview, Wes (and Jack 🙂 ). I totally agree with the wisdom in the book of Proverbs; it’s unmatched! And I love what your grandfather said about taking good care of your stuff. Wonderful advice there. Best of luck to you guys. We started homesteading nearly five years ago and haven’t looked back!

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