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Paying for Guidance

Before I decided to quit my job I was in a rut. I didn’t know what my future held for me. I had no clue what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. I was lost. What changed for me was a simple email from the #finaciallyfab Shannon Lee Simmons.

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I had signed up for the New School of Finance newsletter and was getting some rad information, but this one email stood out among the rest. It was titled “Want to leave your job in the next 6 months? Before you do…” As someone who was contemplating about leaving their job, this was definitely a sign.

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The gist of the email was that there was a course called Guidance Counselling for Adults led by the amazing Kathryn Meisner (our May FFFOTM) that would help me really focus on what I wanted in a job and how I could go about getting it. Plus, there were these great tips on negotiating salary that I definitely wanted to learn.

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The only thing holding me back from jumping up and down and cheering for my good luck was that this course would cost me some cash. You’re probably thinking, “Of course it’s going to cost you Karyn! Guidance this good ain’t free!” and I totally agree. This course was exactly what I needed, but I was hung up over the cost. Also, I need to mention that if I purchased the course I would be getting an amazing deal and it wasn’t even that expensive. I definitely could afford it, but I was still very hesitant.

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Finally I decided to get all kinds of logical on this. I asked myself three questions:

  1. How would this course benefit me in the long run?
  2. Could I afford it?
  3. Why did paying for this bother me so much?

And after much thought my answers began to form:

1. It could help me narrow down my search for a job, teach me how to talk money with employers, help me decide if I should go back to school, or if I should make a complete career change.

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2. Ummm, I defs could.

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Now answering my third question took a little more time than the first two, but after a while I finally came to a conclusion.

3. If I can’t solve a problem myself I feel like I’ve failed. If I have to pay someone to teach me something that I could have figured out myself I would feel like I wasted my money. I was also worried what I would discover about myself.

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Now that I had finally figured out what was holding me back I was able to move past it. Now that I’m doing this course I can easily say that this is one of the best personal investments I could have made in myself. I feel like I’m treating myself to a more successful future and that is worth every penny I paid.

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-Karyn

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