Ariah Rastegar | Money Is a Tool
Ariah Rastegar is an attorney and a successful real estate entrepreneur who is making his mark in the investment business. Ariah Rastegar worked for a leading private equity group in New York for several years before returning to his native Texas in 2015, and forming Rastegar Capital.
Most people, he believes, look at money in the wrong way. “Money is a tool,” he says. “Money is a utility used to actually effectuate something, right? And more importantly than anything, it is a tool that requires expertise. You need to have a certain amount of skillset to handle money.”
Most people want to have financial independence, but to reach that goal you have to take control of your money. Taking control of your money means controlling both the money coming in, and the money going out. We all need to know how to manage the money that we have so that it works for us.
“It’s like the pilot of a plane,” Ariah Rastegar explains. “You have to go to classes — you have to understand this instrument that you’re inside of, and have licenses, and understand all of the risk factors that are associated with it. Until you learn those dynamics, you’re not equipped to deal with that instrument or that tool. And money’s no different. It has rules. It has behaviors, it has risks, it has benefits. It can get you to a place, or it can crash you into the mountain. But you have to know how to be able to deal with it.”