If you're not a Patriots fan, chances are you don't like Tom Brady. Thats OK, I get it. However, Tom Brady is the GOAT. It's not even an argument. When it comes to finances, whether you hate him or not, I want you to be Tom Brady. If you can be Tom Brady with your money, you'll always find a way to win... even if Gronk gets knocked out of the AFC Championship before halftime.
Here's why I want you to be Tom Brady with your finances:
You can never rule TB12 out. If his team is losing, he always finds a way to pull off a dramatic comeback. You may remember the Patriots trailing the Atlanta Falcons 28-3 at halftime of Super Bowl 51. Brady didn't panic. He didn't give up. He (and Bill Belichick) tweaked the game plan, executed it, and found a way to get back on top. That's what I want you to do. If you feel like you're drowning in debt with student loans, car loans, and credit cards-- it's time to be Tom Brady. Attack your debt from smallest to largest. Once you pay off the smallest balance, roll that extra money into bigger payments on your next smallest balance. You'll feel the momentum shift and start rolling like a sticky snowball down a mammoth mountain. With hard work, discipline, and determination, you'll soon be debt free. You can win, too. It's never too late to pull off a dramatic comeback.
Tom Brady calls audibles. Sometimes things don't go as planned. Sometimes you cut your hand and need stitches a few days before a big game. Sometimes your stud tight end, Rob Gronkowski, gets knocked out of the AFC Championship with a concussion in the first half. Obstacles and challenges will happen. Some will feel like a 'pick six' and some will feel more like losing the Super Bowl after leading 28-3 at halftime (sorry Falcons fans). Again, unexpected financial emergencies will happen. Your car will need repairs, you'll have an unexpected doctor's visit, a pipe will burst in your home, etc. Unfortunate events like these highlight the importance of having an emergency fund. An emergency fund can help you weather a financial storm. When Gronk left the game with a concussion, Brady called an audible and looked to his safety net-- which happened to be Danny Amendola. Amendola was Brady's emergency fund. Read more about the importance of having your own emergency fund here:
Tom Brady is focused, driven, and goal-oriented. He plans for the future, but stays in the moment at the same time. He takes tremendous care of his 40-year-old body to keep playing at this unprecedented level. He also studies, practices, and prepares every single day to be the GOAT (yea, I used that again). You must do the same to get ahead financially. Financial freedom isn't free. It takes focus, drive, and commitment to reach your goals. It's a marathon, not a 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. You need to plan for your financial future. Save money, even if it's a little bit. Contribute to an employer-sponsored 401k or open your own Roth IRA. Small contributions can grow exponentially over time (just like Brady's legacy).
Tom Brady is 'team first'. Every answer he delivers includes the words, 'team, us, we, organization, family, and fans'. Brady understands winning football games takes a team effort. He holds himself accountable and he holds his teammates accountable, but he never blames someone else. When it comes to finances, it's important, especially for married couples, to make sure managing money and decisions involving it, is a team effort. One person shouldn't be "in charge" of a family's finances. It can lead to arguments. In fact, financial fights are one of the leading causes of divorce. So avoid that at all costs and be 'team first', just like Tom.
Tom Brady thinks before he acts. Have you ever watched him answer reporters' questions? You can actually see him thinking before a single word comes out of his mouth, into the mic, and almost instantly weaved into headlines across the globe. He takes his time and thinks things through before he makes a decision to deliver his answer. He doesn't want to make a mistake on the playing field or at the podium. When it comes to financial freedom, you have to think about every money move you make-- and the consequences that come with it. Do your best to avoid big impulse purchases. Sleep on it. You'll probably feel different when you wake up. Impulse purchases are one of the biggest shovels provided for people to keep digging a deeper hole into debt.
Tom Brady has side hustles, too! Yes, even the GOAT (yup, went there again) has side hustles. He knows the importance of having as many sources of income as possible. Besides having a supermodel wife, whose net worth ($360 million) is about double that of his, TB12 has many side hustles that pad the pockets of the superstar couple. Tom makes about $8 million a year in endorsement deals. He has also written books about his life and diet. They sold out almost immediately upon their release. While you might not score endorsement deals or author books that sell out in minutes, you can still cash in with some cool side hustles that you can start right now. Who knows, maybe you'll be able to marry a supermodel, too.
IN CLOSING: Tom Brady's handsome. If you're Tom Brady with your money, your finances can be handsome (or pretty), too.
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