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Learning how to be #FutureSmart is the key to lifelong success. This is a sponsored post written on behalf of The Women Bloggers in association with @KendalKingGroup and #SoapboxInfluence; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This past week, I had the opportunity to take part in a #FutureSmart event with MassMutual. This program is bringing financial education to middle school students across the country. I was excited to learn more about this because the cause and the drive behind it fits my own passions. The main goal is to teach young people and students about being smart with your finances from childhood, making smart decisions that will carry over into adulthood. Actor and Author, Hill Harper, is the voice behind the cause and truly has a passion for helping kids learn the basics of finances. I can say after meeting him, his passion is very real and he absolutely loves these kids in each city that he visits. I feel like I learned just as much as the kids by listening to him speak. I honestly wish that we had better education on finances in school as well. It needs to be part of the curriculum honestly, instead of sending kids off to college where they will soon be contacted by every credit card company in the country. That’s when the cycle of debt all begins for most of us.
Hill Harper shares his passion in creative ways and goes out into the audience and really gets the kids involved. He mixes up the speaking with music and even has an NBA star there with him to discuss their own personal trials and victories as well. It’s vital that these kids learn that money is a tool and not the end goal, but it is a tool that can be used to get you to the end goal. He also encourages the kids to look beyond their circumstances and dream big about where they want to go in life, then to make a blueprint of how they plan to get there. I love that he mentions that if those around you aren’t laughing at your dreams, then you aren’t dreaming big enough. I think that goes for adults as well, sometimes we get stuck in jobs we don’t like just because they make the bills, but if we could really dream big, what would you be doing with your life? I think most of us have big dreams, but somehow life got in the way and we decided to just be content with ‘okay’ instead of a ‘great’ life!
MassMutual has truly put their heart and soul into this program and I absolutely love that a company like MassMutual is giving back in this way. The information those kids receive will stay with them hopefully for their entire lifetime.
What are ways that you have learned to be “FutureSmart”? Do you have techniques you have instilled in your children? I’d love to hear them as we are trying to teach our kids how to be smart with their finances as well.