Age of Awareness
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Age of Awareness

Who Am I Not to Try?

For a long while I was stuck on the ‘Who am I to try?’ question.

Who was I to question the education industrial complex? Who was I to tell academics and tenured professors that what they aren’t teaching our teens about money is severely handicapping their ability to live up to their full potential.

Who was I to tell other parents that this is an issue that’s needs their immediate, undivided attention?

Who was I to tell financial industry experts that what they do by helping people better manage their finances, is too little, too late. That the intervention needs to happen earlier.

A potent mix of imposter syndrome, a lack of experience and confidence, a terrifying fear of failing and useful excuses about time, money, kids & life kept me at the pondering and self-debating stage for longer than I care to admit.

There seemed to be tons of people out there who were more qualified and experienced. People who had a huge social media following, who were in the education or financial services industry and for whom (in my mind at least) it would be a short leap to embark on this crusade and make a success of it.

I had built a water tight case about the futility of going down this path. The 24 carat excuses I had dreamed up were unassailable. Nobody could blame me for ditching this idea.

Except an annoying voice inside me that refused to shut up.

If they are so perfect for this, why haven’t they done it? the voice nagged. If they are so experienced and knowledgable, why is this issue largely unaddressed in society? it berated. If they cared so much, why aren’t they speaking up more?

It look a while for me to get to the stage where I could ask myself ‘Who am I not to try?’ and have a reasonable answer, but I did.

I hadn’t had any sort of financial education growing up, so I keenly felt this lack of what I came to realize, was an essential life skill.

I had kids who I wanted to make damned sure were not going to follow my footsteps and make what in hindsight, were ludicrous money mistakes, whether by commission or omission.

I was a quick study and had a knack of explaining complex concepts very simply and memorably.

I saw vividly, that this issue of financial empowerment had the potential to derail lives if not addressed early on.

I certainly cared enough to spend every waking moment obsessing about the best way to approach this and effect lasting change.

I also had the unstinting support of my husband, who I call my delusional angel. That’s someone who believes in you without any good reason.

So tell me again, I asked my stubborn self, who am I not to try?

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Marilyn Lydia Pinto

Marilyn Lydia Pinto

Founder of the KFI GLOBAL | Rebel Educator