When my father encouraged me to study finance in college (because it seemingly offered the best return on investment), I had no idea how far that path would take me.

While I didn’t end up working behind a trading desk or managing portfolios, my career as a financial journalist and now speaker, author, and podcast host provides me with the most incredible experiences and relationships.

Along the way I’ve discovered several unshakable facts and words of wisdom that have helped carry me through my life with financial success.

Here are my favorite nine.

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