I believe that a man is not a financial plan and it is up to us to gain enough understanding to control our own finances and save wisely for a secure future.
I was the ‘stay at home’ wife, running the house – with all the family chores that involve managing our bills, organising holidays, doing the bookkeeping for our company, while he was out there running our business. But as time passed, I felt more and more withdrawn and unhappy with that role. I missed the excitement of my life in Europe and became frustrated with the assumption that our success had all been a result of my husband’s efforts. I felt bored and unfulfilled.
In 2015, I met my publisher, Gerry Robert of Black Card Books and attended a three-day author workshop. Gerry’s comment “a book is the new business card – write about your business to elevate your business” struck a chord with me. I rushed home – very excited – to tell my husband, “I am going to write a book about our business!”
His response was a flat NO!
The resulting argument could easily have ended our marriage. Although I was very disappointed with his reaction, I knew I was not going to let anything or anyone stop me.
I announced on the second day of the author’s workshop, with full conviction, that I would write my book in spite of his reaction, but I would write it for women: showing how I had been investing in this little known male domain investment, and explain how they could too.
Whilst researching for my book I discovered the lack of understanding, confusion and apathy amongst Australian women around their superannuation savings. This had lead to many women retiring below the poverty line. I too had found the rules around superannuation (the Australian retirement system) very complicated and confusing when I arrived here.
Having always managed my own finances, the idea of forced savings that someone else had control of was foreign to me.
I decided to write The Money Factory, to show one way women could learn to improve their future finances. It is the only book of its kind on the subject and has received massive media attention. It has opened up countless opportunities on the speaker circuit, leading to my providing a mentoring program for novice or timid investors.
I have become passionate about showing women, in simple terms, how they can make a few small changes to provide for themselves a better future when they retire.
My husband became my biggest supporter, and we now laugh to think if he had not reacted negatively to my original idea for a book, I would never have targeted women’s finances and found my passion!
I now conduct my Aspire to Invest seminars: 7 Power Tips for Investing in Industrial Real Estate, and I offer FREE “Investing in Independence” consultations to encourage people to consider investing in a small factory.
This is my Y.
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Shar Moore is an International Award Winning Mentor, Keynote Speaker, Author, Mum and Nani. Her work with women globally, has led her to publish YMag, encouraging people to be the best version of themselves, by living their Y.