7 Sources of Wise Counsel

“Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.” - Proverbs 12:15 Click To Tweet

I’m always looking for information and new perspectives from others when it comes to personal (family) finance, business, and life in general.  I’ve gained so much knowledge beyond my formal education from talking to others and consuming information via various mediums.

A wealth of information is at our fingertips through books, the web, and good old in-person conversations with trusted friends and advisers.  There are so many options out there that it can be a challenge to find what works for you when it comes to make better decisions in a world that’s full of varying degrees (good, bad, and ugly) of advice.

Here are 7 sources of counsel that you can explore to learn how to better manage your finances and life in general.  Some or most of these may seem obvious but I know that I sometimes forget all of the options.

  • Reading - Books are a great way to consume information either traditionally or digitally at your own pace.  Audiobooks are a great alternative to paper if you're on-the-go.  You can try Audible for free!  Subscribe to a magazine such as Money for current information.
  • Podcasts - Podcasting is becoming more popular every day and is a convenient (and cool) way to learn.  You can listen to podcasts of any topic via iTunes or Stitcher to name a couple.
  • Online - Websites, such as this one, can be a valuable resource.  Sites such as ChristianPF.com and DaveRamsey.com are a couple of sites that I trust for great financial knowledge.
  • Social - You can find resourceful groups on Facebook or follow financial experts on Twitter.  Just go try a quick search on either network to see what I mean.
  • Networking Groups and Events - Browse over to meetup.com or Eventbrite to find a meeting in your area to learn more from folks face-to-face.
  • Family & Friends - I'm sure that you know somebody personally that you can talk to for some general guidance or bounce ideas off of.  You will both gain from the conversation.
  • Coaches and Financial Professionals - When it comes to your finances and if you're serious about your future then begin a relationship with a professional coach or financial adviser.  Talk to your network of friends to find one that they trust.

Where have you found the best advice or counsel for your money or in another area?  Like I said, I’m constantly learning so that I can be better for my family and help other folks.

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