A story from Donnie’s Childhood

A story from Donnie’s Childhood

Donnie's Childhood photo.

Is there baggage in your life holding you back?

I listened to one of Darren Hardy’s daily motivational videos today. It motivated me to share a little story from my past. Today Darrin spoke about unpacking your back pack of the past. If you are like me you probably are carrying around a whole suitcase full of past failures, setbacks, or your childhood. All three of those situations apply to me, but I want to share a little bit of my upbringing.

Some of my baggage or self doubt stems from childhood

This story really is the fuel behind my drive to win and succeed with money. I’m certain my drive to become financially independent comes from my child hood of living in poverty.

Growing up my mom raised me and my three sisters as a single mother. My mom had boyfriends who would come and live with us from time to time. But more often than not she was the sole bread winner in the house on her waitress income. My dad did pay child support, but it was limited as well. This was do to his wage as a cook at a local restaurant. My parents did their best, but it wasn’t enough to get by. My sisters and I grew up on food stamps. I remember fighting with them as a kid over who would pay for groceries with the food stamps…this was before the EBT Cards that function like a debit card…this was old school paper play money. It was embarrassing going to the local grocery store where people knew us in the small town I grew up in.

The feeling of being judged as a kid, or at least the perceived judgment, led me to learn about money and how to manage it properly. As an adult I did not want to have the feelings I felt as a kid, the feeling of judgment as well as feeling looked down upon. I also didn’t want my kids to have to go through what I did. I know there are millions of children in the U.S. that grow up this way and hopefully some of them read this to understand that they can break free from the cycle of poverty.

In summary

Poverty left baggage in my life. This baggage is something I carry around when I feel like I don’t have enough or how I beat myself up if I make the wrong financial decision that cost me money. I hope by sharing this story it will hopefully drop a little of the weight. This is just one story that has had a lasting impact on my mindset, but I’m not ready to share all of them. If you are carrying baggage in your life I encourage you to share a tiny piece, it is a great way to drop some of the weight.

Are there things in your past that you would like to drop? What would you like to have a fresh start on?

 

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