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Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian

English, Finance, 1 season, 40 episodes, 20 hours, 57 minutes
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He knows money. She studies happiness. Together, experts Brian Ford and Bright Dickson discuss ways to grow your financial confidence and live happier. Tune in to each episode as they explore the connection between your finances and well-being, offering practical advice and inspiration for rethinking your relationship to money. Bright Dickson, Happiness expert. Bright Dickson is a teacher and student of positive psychology with experience in resiliency, leadership, and group dynamics. On the Truist culture team, she works with people to increase optimism, connection, and performance through greater awareness. She earned a B.A. from Columbia University and a master’s of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Brian Ford, Financial expert. Brian Ford is the Head of Financial Wellness at Truist and the author of the book “The 8 Pillars of Financial Greatness.” As a financial expert and teacher, he aims to bring simplicity and ease to financial education. Brian has dual bachelor’s degrees in business management and marriage, family, and human development from Brigham Young University, as well as a master’s degree in personal finance. As a financial coach, Brian helps people and businesses reach their financial goals and achieve their dreams.
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Leadership skills that can help you with work and money (Part 2)

In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts are joined by Jenni Marsh and Jeremy Spidell of the Truist Leadership Institute. They discuss how fear can impact leaders and provide advice for people taking on new leadership responsibilities and roles. Other topics you’ll learn about: • Examples of inspiring leaders • Tips for becoming more comfortable with delegation• Options for continuing leadership trainingIf you enjoyed this episode, please: • Leave us a rating or review on your favorite podcast platform. • Subscribe for future episode alerts. • Share it with someone!
6/27/202434 minutes, 30 seconds
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Learning the true value of leadership (Part 1)

In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts are joined by Jenni Marsh and Jeremy Spidell of the Truist Leadership Institute. They discuss the qualities that make a good leader and draw out the connection between leadership and managing your money with confidence, plus:• How becoming a leader may help you make more money. • Why “who you are is how you lead.”• The biases that can keep us from making the right financial decisions.If you enjoyed this episode, please: • Leave us a rating or review on your favorite podcast platform. • Subscribe for future episode alerts. • Share it with someone!
5/30/202431 minutes, 20 seconds
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How to invest for retirement at any age

We all want the option to retire someday. So what steps should we be taking to help ensure we can enjoy a fulfilling retirement? In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, you’ll get retirement savings tips for any age or stage in your career, including:• The best and easiest ways to save money for retirement, including where to save• The power of compound interest and why it’s important to start investing as soon as you can• Simple strategies to help you invest wisely and hit your retirement goalsIf you enjoyed this episode, please: • Leave us a rating or review on your favorite podcast platform. • Subscribe for future episode alerts. • Share it with someone!
4/25/202443 minutes, 42 seconds
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How financial literacy can change your life

In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts dive into research that shows how financial literacy can help change individual lives and empower whole communities. Plus, you’ll learn what the “loud budgeting” trend can teach you about saving money and why you shouldn’t always trust advice from social media influencers.Finished with the episode and ready to keep growing your financial knowledge? One of the best ways to learn is by doing. Check out these resources: • Use our guide to budgeting to come up with a spending plan that prioritizes what you value most.• Set a savings goal and use our savings goal calculator to help you figure out how you can reach it. • Sign up for our newsletter to get monthly tips and inspiration in your inbox.
3/28/202438 minutes, 28 seconds
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How financial check-ins can help you crush your money goals

While consulting with a financial advisor can help you manage your money, a financial check-in is something you can do all on your own. In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts will show you how. Tune in to learn:• The five items that should be on your financial checklist• How to calculate one number that can help you measure your financial progress• Why reviewing your finances can help you build self-efficacy—and why that’s even better than self-esteemIf you’re feeling inspired to kick off your own check-in, this companion article has more on how financial check-ins can help you crush your money goals . You can also use our retirement savings calculator and savings goal calculator to help plan your financial future. And be sure to check out these past episodes of the podcast for more insights and tips on pursuing your goals:• The science behind goals, grit, and creating your best life• How grit can help you achieve your goals
2/29/202435 minutes, 8 seconds
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How to deal with debt and stay positive

In this episode of the Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian podcast, our hosts break down different types of debt, explore strategies for making payments, and share some mental tips that can help you stay out of debt in the first place. You’ll learn:• How to distinguish between debts that depreciate and debts that can add value to your life• Steps you can follow to pay down debt with confidence• Why writing in a gratitude journal can help you avoid consumer debtFor more tools and resources, visit our collection of content on outsmarting debt. And if you want to hear more from Bright and Brian on dealing with debt stress and living with positivity, check out these past episodes: • How to limit your stress about money and scary financial issues• How to cure money anxiety
1/25/202437 minutes, 10 seconds
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Revisiting some of our top financial wellness tips (Part 2)

Tune in to learn:• Whether money can actually buy happiness (the answer might surprise you)• What your emotions can tell you about investing• How you can talk to your loved ones about money• How taking time to reflect can help you chart the future you want—in the new year and beyondIf you enjoyed the clips featured in Part Two and want to listen to those episodes in full, check out:• Love and money: Are you financially compatible?• The challenges of entrepreneurship and tips for starting out• How to invest with confidence and overcome anxiety with Dr. Daniel Crosby• Can money actually buy happiness?• How self-reflection can help you achieve your financial goals with Valorie BurtonAnd if you missed Part One of our highlight reel, you could catch up here: Revisiting some of our top financial wellness tips (Part 1)This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, investment, or mental health advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial investment, or mental health professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
12/28/202337 minutes, 35 seconds
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Revisiting some of our top financial wellness tips (Part 1)

In this episode of “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian,” our hosts mark the third anniversary of the podcast by revisiting some of their favorite tips for boosting your personal finances and well-being, including:• How to let go of the things you can’t control with your finances—and how to change the things you can• Why automating your savings is one of the best ways to set yourself up for long-term success• A psychological tip that can help you get fired up about going after your financial and personal goalsPlus, Bright and Brian share new reflections on how you can take more charge of your money this season. If you enjoyed the clips featured here and want to go back and listen to those episodes in full, check out:• Controlling what you can with your finances• How your purpose can help guide you and your money decisions• Money moves to make in your 20s and 30s• How to help your kids be good with money• How grit can help you achieve your goals (Pt. 2 with Caroline Adams Miller)And keep an eye out for our next episode—Part 2 of this special look back—in which Bright and Brian will continue breaking down some of the top financial wellness tips from the first three years of the podcast.Subscribe to get episode alertsIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe (or drop a rating or review) in your podcast app of choice! Consider sharing it with someone you care about, too. This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, investment, or mental health advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, investment, or mental health professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
11/30/202332 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to limit your stress about money and scary financial issues

In this episode of “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian,” our hosts discuss ways to overcome the financial anxiety that many of us feel when we’re reviewing our financial situation or making money decisions that affect our future. Listen in to learn some strategies that can help you feel a little more fearless when it comes to money, including: • The root psychological causes behind many common financial worries.• Things you can do now to address specific financial fears.• How an action plan can help you build long-term confidence• Bonus: Bright and Brian may or may not give you a little inspiration for your next Halloween costume. And if you’re looking to take a deeper dive into some of the topics addressed here, be sure to check out these past episodes: • In “The psychology behind our money decisions,” Bright and Brian talk about the field of behavioral finance—which explores how our emotions can steer our behaviors with money.• In “How to invest with confidence and overcome anxiety,” Dr. Daniel Crosby joins the show and shares some tips on how you can invest with confidence and prevent fear from driving your investing decisions.
10/26/202336 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to talk about money with your friends

In this episode of “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian,” our hosts explore how money affects our friendships. They also share a few ways you can be a good friend when it comes to money, whether you’re splitting the check at dinner or deciding whether you can afford to attend a pricey out-of-town wedding.Other tips you’ll get from this episode: • Why your income shouldn’t affect who your friends are• Whether it’s ever OK to lend money to a friend• When it makes sense to bring up a money topic with a friendWant to hear more about how money influences our relationships with other people? Be sure to check out these past episodes, too:• In “Love and money: Are you financially compatible?” Bright and Brian explore how talking about money with your significant other can help build an even stronger partnership.• “Your relationship with money (chances are, it’s complicated)” includes more tips on understanding your own feelings about money so you can communicate more effectively with the people in your life. __________This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
9/28/202335 minutes, 54 seconds
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The psychology behind our money decisions

How do biases affect your financial decision-making—and are they always negative? What do buying tulips and investing fads like meme stocks have in common? Can emotions and money actually mix well together? In this episode of “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian,” our hosts answer these questions and more as we take a beginner’s dive into the field of behavioral finance—the study of how your brain and emotions influence your decisions around money habits like spending, saving, and investing. Tune in to find out about: • Common mental shortcuts that sometimes help us, but sometimes get us into trouble.• Why you shouldn’t always follow the herd when it comes to money.• How emotions and money can mix in a positive way.This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.Investment and Insurance Products: Are not FDIC or any other Government Agency InsuredAre not Bank GuaranteedMay Lose Value
8/31/202332 minutes, 24 seconds
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How your purpose can help guide you and your money decisions

Your purpose can help you live to your full potential. When you know your purpose, you know your “why”—and when you know your “why,” the “how” often starts to come into focus, too. In this episode of “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian,” our hosts will walk you through the steps of writing a personal purpose statement. Plus, they’ll share how your purpose can help you make good money decisions that support your goals and well-being. Listen in to hear: • Steps for creating your own personal purpose statement.• How money can help support your purpose and values.• Plus, Brian answers a listener question about investing in target-date funds! The opinions expressed are solely those of Brian Ford and Bright Dickson.This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information. Diversification does not ensure against loss and does not assure a profit. Keep in mind that investing involves risk. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time, and you may gain or lose money.
7/27/202336 minutes, 33 seconds
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Life-changing money lessons for teens and young adults

Kam Phillips is the founder and executive director of TRUE Change Inc., a nonprofit that teaches teens and young adults about money and equips them with emotional wellness tools to prepare for real-world success.In this episode of “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian,” Kam joins our hosts to share how young people—and their parents—can have important, life-changing conversations about money.Listen in to hear: • Why finding a mentor can help you financially and emotionally.• How to make informed decisions about taking on debt to pay for college.• What “the power of firsts” can teach young people about money.And be sure to check out our past episode “How to help your kids be good with money,” which has strategies for families with younger children.This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, investment, or mental health advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, investment, or mental health professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
6/29/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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What is FIRE? And is retiring early possible for you?

By making big cuts to spending and following an extreme saving and investing strategy, many people pursuing the FIRE movement look to retire as soon as possible—in their 50s, 40s, or even 30s.Ben Appel, senior vice president of workplace financial wellness at Truist and a FIRE supporter himself, joins Bright and Brian to break it down. Whatever your retirement goals are, you’ll come away from this episode with important tips on securing your future and living in a way that makes sense for you.Listen to hear: • An explanation of key FIRE principles around investing and frugal living• Strategies for balancing retirement plans with other life goals• How to figure out whether FIRE is right for youThis content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, mental health, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, mental health, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.Truist Invest Pro is offered by Truist Advisory Services, Inc., an SEC registered investment adviser affiliate of Truist Financial Corporation.Investment and Insurance Products: Are not FDIC or any other Government Agency InsuredAre not Bank GuaranteedMay Lose Value
5/25/202347 minutes, 41 seconds
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Quiet quitting, burnout, and how to care for yourself while caring for your career

Taking time for self-care isn’t just good for your personal life. It can help you feel more engaged at work.In this episode, Bright and Brian share tips to prevent burnout and enjoy better work-life harmony. Plus, our hosts break down the facts behind the “quiet quitting” trend and discuss how negativity bias can skew our financial decisions.Tune in to hear: • Why “quiet quitting” isn’t what many people think it is• Tips for preventing burnout and getting more engaged with your work• How to set boundaries that can help you find more joy in your careerTo hear more from Bright and Brian on “job crafting,” check out this past episode:How to find more joy in the work you’re doing
4/27/202339 minutes, 5 seconds
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How grit can help you achieve your goals (Pt. 2 with Caroline Adams Miller)

If you’re looking for someone to fire you up about pursuing your goals—financial or otherwise—Caroline Adams Miller is here to help.The bestselling author and executive coach rejoins Bright and Brian to discuss how cultivating “gritty” personal qualities can help us grow our financial confidence and get after the goals that will have the greatest impact on our lives and happiness. Plus, the crew shares their answers to listener questions about networking for professional success.Listen in to hear:• Why it’s OK to fail—and how humility helps us become more resilient• How grit can make us feel passionate about personal finance• Why there’s no “quick fix” approach to pursuing your money goalsIf you haven’t heard it yet, listen to the first episode with Caroline Adams Miller here.
3/30/202325 minutes, 24 seconds
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The science behind goals, grit, and creating your best life with Caroline Adams Miller (Pt. 1)

When we set out to do difficult things, we make it possible to achieve what we really want in our personal and financial lives. Research backs this—showing that the happiest people don’t have easy goals! Bright and Brian welcome guest Caroline Adams Miller to discuss the science behind goal setting and happiness. Listen in to hear:• Why your financial goals should be aligned with your purpose• How to set challenging and specific goals without becoming overwhelmed• What your support system should look like—and how to support othersCaroline Adams Miller will be back on our next episode to home in more on “grit” and how getting gritty can help us achieve those tough goals and build the life we want.
2/23/202326 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to organize your finances for less stress and more freedom

Whether you’re cleaning out your car or arranging the contents of a desk drawer, getting organized can make you feel better and more productive. The same goes for your money. In this episode, Bright and Brian share tips to help you tidy up your finances—giving you more freedom, confidence, and peace of mind in the process. Plus, Brian answers a listener question on whether you should move some of your 401(k) contributions into a Roth IRA. Tune in to learn:• How to calculate your net worth (and why you should)• Why automating your finances gives you more control over your life• What you can do to stay organized and motivatedThis content does not constitute legal, mential health, tax, accounting, financial, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, mental health, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
1/26/202327 minutes, 24 seconds
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How self-reflection can help you achieve your financial goals with Valorie Burton

To figure out where you want to go, you’ve got to know where you’ve been. That’s why intentional self-reflection is one of the best ways to understand not just your mindset, but your money habits, too. By taking the time to think about the challenges you’ve overcome—and the ones you’re still working on—you can be ready to crush your future goals.In this episode, Bright and Brian are joined by bestselling author Valorie Burton, founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute and a speaker on resilience and happiness. Tune in to learn how self-reflection can be a success strategy for taking more control of your life and your money, plus:• How journaling can inspire new ideas• The questions you need to ask yourself• The importance of aligning your personal values with your financial goals• Managing your emotions to cultivate a positive mindset• How self-reflection can help us be kinder to ourselves—and to othersThis content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, mental health, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
12/29/202244 minutes, 45 seconds
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Do I need a financial advisor?

Building wealth through investing can be hard to figure out on your own. That’s why many people—from novice investors to well-known experts—rely on financial advisors. But what does a financial advisor do, anyway? Do you even need a financial advisor? How do you find one? More importantly, how do you find a good one?In this episode, Bright and Brian answer those questions (and more) with some help from guest Ali Mahbod, a financial advisor with Truist Wealth's Client Advisory Center. Learn what to look for in an advisor—and what questions you should ask them.Tune in to learn:• The difference between a robo-advisor and a human advisor• Five common finance questions Ali gets—and how he answers them• How advisors are paid for their services• What credentials to look for in an advisor• How a financial advisor can help you budget and plan for retirementThis content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, mental health, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information. Truist Invest Pro is offered by Truist Advisory Services, Inc., an SEC registered investment adviser affiliate of Truist Financial Corporation. Investment and Insurance Products: • Are not FDIC or any other Government Agency Insured • Are not Bank Guaranteed• May Lose Value
11/24/202231 minutes, 38 seconds
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Understanding “good stress", and how it can improve your finances

Forget (most of) what you know about stress—it isn’t always a bad thing! In this episode, Bright and Brian get candid about managing—and making the most of—stress in their work, life, and finances. Hear Bright and Brian discuss why some stress is good stress as well as tips for mitigating the bad stress.Take a breath and tune in to learn: • About two types of stress—eustress and distress—and how to manage both• Why you should think of stress like a rainbow• How to turn our negative feelings about money into more positive ones• Why systems are the key to making the most of good stress• When and how to shake off your stress … literally!
10/27/202226 minutes, 31 seconds
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The emotional side of investing and how to overcome anxiety with Dr. Daniel Crosby

Investing is part of a healthy financial life. Generally, you can’t save your way to wealth—the most common path to comfort and financial confidence, now and later, is through investing. But there’s also an inherent risk associated with investing—and it’s natural to sometimes feel anxious on your investing journey. So what can we do when we experience those feelings?There are several different reasons that you may experience anxiety when investing, and in this episode, Bright, Brian, and special guest Dr. Daniel Crosby aim to help you understand and overcome investing anxiety. Listen in for practical tips to help you build better investing habits and a resilient investor mindset. What you’ll learn:• Simple strategies for long-term investing• Common investing mistakes and how we can learn from them• How to handle the fear of losing money• Three principles that can help you become a confident investor• The PERMA Theory for happiness—and why investing is a tool that can help you focus on the things that bring you joyThis content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, mental health, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information. Truist Invest Pro is offered by Truist Advisory Services, Inc., a SEC registered investment adviser affiliate of Truist Financial Corporation. Investment and Insurance Products: • Are not FDIC or any other Government Agency Insured • Are not Bank Guaranteed• May Lose Value
9/29/202232 minutes, 21 seconds
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Reasons you’re not investing (and how you can start)

Investing doesn’t have to be complicated. But with all the information out there, it can seem more intimidating than it actually is! “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian” is here to break through the noise, offering no-nonsense info to help you become a confident investor and secure your future financial well-being.In the first of a three-part special on investing, Bright and Brian explain the basics of investing, simple ways to start, and how to adopt an investing mindset that can pay dividends (investing pun intended) for you and your family’s future. Listen to learn: • Common myths about investing—and why they’re wrong• Three not-so-great investing mindsets to watch out for• Types of investing accounts you can use to help you achieve your goals• How a robo-advisor can help take the guesswork and emotion out of investing• Four time-tested investing strategies you can implement todayThis content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information. Truist Invest Pro is offered by Truist Advisory Services, Inc., a SEC registered investment adviser affiliate of Truist Financial Corporation. Investment and Insurance Products: • Are not FDIC or any other Government Agency Insured • Are not Bank Guaranteed• May Lose Value
8/25/202230 minutes, 4 seconds
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Getting your goals, answers to top money questions, and more with Dr. Jolley

There’s a difference between being rich and being wealthy. You can be rich without being wealthy—and you can also become wealthy without being rich. One of the keys to building wealth? Having a vision. In the second of two special episodes of “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian,” featured guest Dr. Willie Jolley—a bestselling author, SiriusXM radio host, and motivational speaker—and our hosts discuss: Building wealth, no matter your income levelHis strategy for giving, saving, and investing a portion of every dollar he earnsHow to set—and get—your goals in lifeThe top money questions Dr. Jolley hears from listenersMoney mindsets that could help your marriage or relationshipsPlus, Dr. Jolley shares some of his favorite tunes from his days as a jingle writer! You don’t want to miss it.
7/28/202226 minutes, 48 seconds
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Cracking the code to success, wealth, and health with Dr. Jolley

The journey to success isn’t linear or universal—but there are certain traits many successful people share. In this episode of “Money and Mindset,” Bright and Brian and a special guest—bestselling author, radio host, and motivational speaker Dr. Willie Jolley—discuss how your mindset, values, and network are key ingredients to living the life you want.Tune in to discover: • What successful entrepreneurs, athletes, and entertainers all have in common• How to bounce back from a setback• Why your values determine your destiny • Dr. Jolley’s five tips for changing how you think about money
6/30/202225 minutes, 32 seconds
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How “job crafting” can make you happier

How can we get more satisfaction—or even joy—out of our jobs? In this episode, Bright and Brian give you tips for “job crafting”—proactively taking steps to find fulfillment in your work life. It may even help you turn the job you have into a job you love.Tune in to hear: • Three ways to get more fulfillment and enjoyment from your job• Why it’s important to create value for others (Pro tip: It can help you earn more $$$)• How to strengthen your positive work relationships—and set boundaries for ones that drain you• Strategies to shift your attitude toward work for the better
5/26/202228 minutes, 14 seconds
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How to help your kids be good with money

In this episode of “Money and Mindset,” we offer tips for raising financially confident children. Plus, we spoke with some kiddos about money and asked them a few questions to see what they know. Don’t miss this episode—it’s a fun one! Listen in to hear: • What the kids “these days” have to say about money• How to become a strong money role model for your kids• The pros and cons of giving your kids an allowance—and a happy medium for those who can’t decide
4/22/202232 minutes, 55 seconds
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Your credit score: What it can and can’t do for you

In this episode of “Money and Mindset,” Bright and Brian are discussing everything you need to know about credit and your credit score. Even if you already know your score by heart, you may just learn something new from our hosts’ insights. In this episode, you’ll hear: • What a credit score is (and what it actually means)• The difference between your credit score and your credit report• How to raise or repair your credit score• Why you shouldn’t obsess over that three-digit number
3/24/202232 minutes, 14 seconds
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Buying a home? Here’s how to stay sane (and do it right)

Since March 2020, when people started spending more time at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, home prices have skyrocketed. In episode 11 of “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian,” we take a look at where the market stands now and how you can stand out as a buyer.In this episode, Bright, Brian, and special guest Evette Carpenter discuss buying a home in this hot market, including tips for staying competitive and staying sane. Tune in for: • Brian’s 30% rule that helps you figure out how much you can afford• Strategies for getting your offer accepted• When to slow down and when to pounce during the homebuying process• How to set realistic expectations and cultivate positive emotions during the roller coaster of homebuying• How to be financially prepared to buy a home
2/24/202221 minutes, 11 seconds
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The challenges of entrepreneurship and tips for starting out

In episode 10 of “Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian,” we’re diving into the topic of entrepreneurship. Brian shares his knowledge of successfully running and exiting a business, while Bright offers guidance for riding the mental rollercoaster that comes with it. In this episode, Bright and Brian get candid about the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, discussing: • Brian’s own personal experience as a former business owner• The importance of relationships (whether you work for yourself or an organization)• Strategies for protecting your mental well-being throughout the journey of starting and running a business
1/27/202225 minutes, 45 seconds
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Money moves to make in your 20s and 30s

Making smart choices when you’re young can set you up for long-term success. But you don’t have to sacrifice your lifestyle in favor of finances—you just need balance to make your journey to financial confidence enjoyable and sustainable. In this episode of “Money and Mindset,” Bright and Brian offer tips on money moves to make in your 20s and 30s to put you on the path to achieving your biggest goals. Listen in to learn: • How to become a rock-star saver (and what that means)• Why compound interest is a game-changer when you’re young• What Bright and Brian have learned from their own financial missteps• Why it’s important to continue investing in yourselfThis content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
12/30/202134 minutes, 33 seconds
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Can money actually buy happiness?

In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts answer the question: “Can money actually buy happiness?” They talk about what science has to say and offer tips on spending purposefully to get closer to a life we love.Bright and Brian also discuss:• How buying our time back can promote our happiness• Why spending on experiences is often better than buying things• How to budget your way to happiness
9/13/202125 minutes, 13 seconds
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Everything you need to know about the 2021 Child Tax Credit

Taxes may not be high on your list of “fun things,” but in episode 9, we’re breaking down something that may change your mind: the expanded 2021 Child Tax Credit. Our hosts will tell you what you need to know about this exciting program and offer ideas for spending your cash to boost your financial confidence.In this episode, Bright, Brian, and guest Bahari Harris talk about: • Why the 2021 Child Tax Credit is so groundbreaking• How much you can expect to receive• Tips for using the payments to improve not just your finances, but also your mental well-being
8/12/202129 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to cure money anxiety

In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts discuss the connection between your money and mental health, providing steps you can take to overcome anxiety about money. Bright and Brian also discuss:• The difference between good and bad stress, and why all stress is not equal• Healthy coping mechanisms that can help you deal with stress and anxiety• One of the most effective things you can do to manage anxiety (hint: it’s about being proactive)• How an automated, hands-off approach to finances can actually help you overcome negative feelingsThis content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, investment or mental health advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
7/27/202127 minutes, 45 seconds
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Love and money: Are you financially compatible?

In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts discuss how talking about money can lead to stronger partnerships—whether you’re years deep in a relationship or dating around. Bright and Brian cover:• Why arguments about money aren’t always about money• Tactics couples can use to strengthen their joint relationship with money • When to bring up the topic of money when you’re dating• How to have an effective conversation about money with your partnerThis content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial, or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
6/22/202133 minutes, 41 seconds
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Your relationship with money (chances are, it’s complicated)

In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts get personal. Join them as they share how early experiences influenced their beliefs and behaviors and get tips for changing any thoughts or habits that aren’t serving you. Bright and Brian also discuss:•How our individual relationships with money affect us•“Money scripts”—often subconscious beliefs about money that can affect our habits and feelings•The importance of acknowledging and talking about money•Tips foradjusting your money mindset for the better
4/7/202124 minutes, 43 seconds
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The “fresh start” effect

It’s never too late to create change. In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts explain how a fresh start can create opportunities for positive growth with your mindset and your finances. They explore self-talk, getting uncomfortable, and why budgeting is so important for financial wellness.Bright and Brian cover: • The difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.• How to implement the “fresh start” effect to create positive change.• How to set and achieve realistic financial goals.Bright gets real about her frustrations with budgeting, while Brian looks back to his childhood to explain the importance of setting a budget.Join happiness and financial experts Bright and Brian for a boost of positivity and to learn practical steps that can help you live a happier life.
3/11/202129 minutes, 49 seconds
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Controlling what you can in your finances

If the struggles of 2020 left you feeling less positive or in control of your finances, there are ways to bounce back. In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, podcast hosts Brian Ford and Bright Dickson offer advice on how to let go of what doesn’t serve you and feel better about the future when it comes to your money. By knowing what we can (and can’t) control with our finances, we liberate ourselves and become more resilient. Bright and Brian talk about: Factors we can and can’t control when it comes to our money (and why that’s important)The root causes of financial anxiety and feeling out of controlPractices and systems that help us feel more in control of our financesFinancial habits to develop a healthier outlook and take control of our moneyUsing the practice of gratitude to become more optimistic and enjoy better healthJoin happiness and financial experts Bright and Brian for a boost of positivity and to learn practical steps that can help you live a happier life. ______This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
2/12/202125 minutes, 5 seconds
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Giving back feels good

It’s all about paying it forward. In this episode of Money and Mindset With Bright and Brian, our hosts explain how everyone can do small but meaningful acts of kindness even when money is tight. They discuss the science of generosity and share personal stories that demonstrate how helping others can actually make you happier.1 Bright and Brian cover: The happiness boost we experience from doing things for others.Different ways to find causes to support.How to create a “giving strategy ” and stay organized.Brian also tells a story about how a spontaneous moment of gratitude toward a U.S. service member changed his life.Join happiness and financial experts Bright and Brian for a boost of positivity and to learn practical steps that can help you live a happier life. _____This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
2/12/202120 minutes, 54 seconds
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Controlling what you can in life

When things get difficult, control what you can and let go of what you can’t. The result can be a wave of optimism that pushes you to accomplish great things—even in troubled times. In this episode, hosts Bright Dickson—a recovering pessimist who specializes in positive psychology—and Brian Ford—a natural optimist who specializes in financial well-being—reveal how controlling what you can and understanding what you can’t control can lead to a healthier, more productive mindset. Listen in as Bright and Brian cover: Why feeling helpless sometimes is OKHow to understand what you can realistically controlThe difference between control and influenceHow letting go can give us more freedomOptimism and the resilience phenomenon If you enjoy this podcast, subscribe—or drop a rating or review—in your podcast app of choice. Share it with your friends and family, too! __________This content does not constitute legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment advice. You are encouraged to consult with competent legal, tax, accounting, financial or investment professionals based on your specific circumstances. We do not make any warranties as to accuracy or completeness of this information, do not endorse any third-party companies, products, or services described here, and take no liability for your use of this information.
2/12/202118 minutes, 54 seconds