The Advocacy of Lifestyle Upgrade 101
Lifestyle Upgrade: “Our vision is to make every Filipino financially literate.
For something that is so ubiquitous as money, why aren’t we properly primed to manage it at an earlier age?
We have asked ourselves the same question and this had led us to being advocates of financial literacy. Are we doing this in the best way we know how?– teaching and empowering people.
Financial literacy is a timely advocacy to pursue, especially since the Philippine economy is rising and studies show that a majority of the Filipinos are clueless in terms of financial management. With this in mind, we have written two 2-in-1 books on money management and personal finance.
Considering that financial discussion can be intimidating to some, we made a conscious effort to create books that use friendly and familiar terms in an easy-to-understand context.
To make it clearer and easier to read, we have decided to employ the use of illustrations and graphics to creatively emphasize our points on money management. The strategy aims for the book to have a wider reach of audience from the young generation all the way to the past ones.
In 2013, we launched our first book “I Wish They Taught Money in School” that made it to National Bookstore’s Top Best Sellers list for five consecutive months.
The book is written in two perspectives, one from an employee standpoint (I Wish They Taught Money in School: So I’m Not Dependent on my Paycheck) and another from an entrepreneur’s (I Wish They Taught Money in School: So I Can Start My Own Business Right Away).
The book seeks to educate Filipinos of all ages on money matters like learning how to value money, how to make money work for you and to encourage budding entrepreneurs to start their business journey now.
We wrote this book as a complement to our first one. In “”I Wish They Taught Money In School,” we revealed how we handled our money, and gave tips on personal financing.
We received an outpour of feedback from that, with many people eager to tell us how we have helped upgrade their lives; but many others asked for advice to figure out why they couldn’t seem to get out of a rut.
On the other hand, It dawned on us that however many tips we shared or however many ways there are to become rich, it will not amount to much without the real prerequisite to wealth — a mindset of abundance.
Once again, written in two perspectives, we share personal stories and our own money blueprint wishing to inspire our readers to learn more about money and up the notch of their financial literacy. – a lifestyle upgrade advocacy.
Clarissa and Sharon are columnists of Business World’s new multimedia platform, SparkUp. Read their #MoneyMonday articles.