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Bola Sokunbi

Ditch Debt, Save Money and Build Real Wealth

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'Clever Girl Finance' by Bola Sokunbi is a personal finance book that empowers women by teaching them how to take control of their money, invest wisely, and build wealth for the future.

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    Your journey to financial success begins with the motivation to make the changes you need. 

    If you’ve ever tried to lose weight and get in shape, you’ll know there are no instant solutions. As with any other big new life stage, you’ll need to be ready for changes to achieve your financial goals. You must allow yourself to dream, and be confident that your dreams can become reality.

    The key to taking control of your finances is to make peace with the biggest mental obstacle – the money mistakes that you’ve made in the past. Fixating on these is what needlessly stops many of us from going forward.

    Everyone makes mistakes and wastes money, but you can move on from this instead of getting stuck. The first step is to acknowledge them and forgive yourself. To do this, you can write your feelings down or even scream out loud if you need to. Getting your pent-up emotions out there is often therapeutic and will help you let go.

    It’s a question of inner determination to succeed. Once you realize that the past is in the past, you’ll no longer need to judge or blame yourself for what has already happened, and can focus on the future. Just like with committing to exercise, you can buy all the fancy gear in the world, but if your heart isn’t in it, it won’t help you build up those muscles. 

    The next step is to learn the lessons from your mistakes and start changing your approach to money.

    To identify those lessons, a good strategy is to pick up that pen and paper again and do some serious reflection. Note down all the wrong turns you’ve taken with money in your past, no matter how big or small. And then write about what you can learn from this and how you can do better in the future.

    This will be your recipe for action. For example, if in the past you had a tendency to spend more than necessary on designer handbags and never got around to saving, you can decide to save $5 a week right now. Even if it’s a tiny amount, it’s the consistency of the action that will set you on the right track and help you believe that a different financial future is possible.

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    What is Clever Girl Finance about?

    Clever Girl Finance (2019) aims to help women take charge of their financial well-being without feeling judged or pressured. It shows the best ways to manage your finances, get out of debt, save money, and create wealth while staying true to your values and personality.

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    Clever Girl Finance (2020) is a practical guide for women to take control of their finances and build wealth. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides real-life strategies and practical tips, empowering women to make smart financial decisions and achieve their financial goals.
    • Written specifically for women, it addresses unique challenges women face in the financial world, offering tailored advice and guidance.
    • With its engaging and relatable tone, it makes complex financial concepts easy to understand and motivates readers to take charge of their financial future.

    Best quote from Clever Girl Finance

    Its not about how much money you make, its about what you do with what you have.

    —Bola Sokunbi
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    Who should read Clever Girl Finance?

    • Successful women who want to learn how to manage their finances
    • Working women who want to reach a state of financial happiness
    • Struggling women looking for concrete steps and tools to deal with financial challenges

    About the Author

    Bola Sokunbi is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, finance expert, speaker, podcaster, and influencer. She is also the founder and CEO of the popular finance education platform Clever Girl Finance, which provides financial guidance, courses, mentorship, and an online community.


    © Bola Sokunbi: Clever Girl Finance copyright 2019, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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    The main message of Clever Girl Finance is empowering women to take control of their money and achieve financial independence.

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    Clever Girl Finance is a valuable read for anyone looking to improve their financial literacy. It provides practical advice and motivation to take charge of your financial future.

    Who is the author of Clever Girl Finance?

    The author of Clever Girl Finance is Bola Sokunbi.

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