Ignorance "a lack of knowledge". The word ignorant is an adjective that describes a person in the state of being unaware, and can describe individuals who do not deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts, or individuals who are unaware of important information or facts. @Wikipedia.
I have been spending a lot of my time lately trying to think of why the general population doesn't take control of their finances or increase their knowledge on key components of their financial affairs.
Is it lack of time?
Are finances too stressful?
Is it way over your head technically?
Is it that you don't think about it as a controllable aspect of your life?
Are you fearing the truth?
Does your partner control the finances?
.... all of the above?
I have been running workshops for over two years in and around Geelong . I still find it hard to get the numbers for my seminars even though I am providing the tools and knowledge you need to take control of your finances. I heard statistics this week that 300 families from Armstrong Creek call for a financial councilor weekly and in Geelong there is currently a six week wait for financial assistance!
Then I had it summed up by someone today. "I just don't wish to face my finances .. they scare me". "My sister doesn't event open her bills when they come in".
My response was one of clarity and motivation. I have supported many Women over my career and their respective families. In our courses we actively share ideas and experiences. In fact, some of the Women who have attended my workshops in the past have saved thousands of dollars and are well on the way to achieving their financial goals.
Fear is hard to overcome and a friendly supportive approach, like we offer at Women's Financial Education, can often assist you to learning the crucial financial jargon and methods to take control of your finances instead of it controlling you!
To sum up, I had this lovely review from a lady I saw last week that I thought I would share:
"I recently met up with Kirby from Women's Financial Education and gained so many important financial insights that really helped me transform my perspective of my own finances. I know there was an action I needed to take around my money awareness and Kirby helped facilitate this. I encourage you to do the same if finance/money has never been your thing or an interest of yours. Upcoming workshops for Women will equip you with practical tips and strategies for empower yourself" - Whole Self Kinesiology.
I hope at some stage Women start to engage with their financial self and become less "ignorance is bliss" and more "educated is financial freedom"!!
Kirby - Founder of Women's Financial Education