Imagine that you are in a good restaurant. See the attractive couple seated in the corner? Heads together, laughing, raising their glasses in a toast? What do you suppose they're talking about?
One way or another, they're talking about money. They may be recalling a recent trip to St. Bart's or Prague, discussing the floor-plan of the home they've just decided to buy or agreeing that the time is finally right for one of them to leave a job and pursue another dream. Whatever the subject, the subtext is money.
What do we talk about when we talk about money? We reflect on what we can buy with the money we have, what we can't buy because we don't have enough and what we're planning to buy when we have more. We discuss the careers that bring us money and the expenses that take it away. We talk about our favorite shops and restaurants, the causes we support, the places we've been and seen. We share aspirations that only money can make real.
In short, we talk about everything but money itself. In daily life, money is still a major conversational taboo. This is a shame, because money is at least as interesting and seductive as the things it does and buys, and the more you know about it, the more interesting it is.
As a financial advisor, I've seen hundreds of people learn to control their money instead of letting it control them and watched as they increased their freedom, power and security by handling money consciously. Wouldn't you like to know that you'll always have enough money to live exactly as you want to?
The truth is that there has never been a better time for money. For making and investing it. For taking charge of it rather than giving it to someone else to manage. For making simple, concrete preparations for a better, more prosperous tomorrow.
You'll never be powerful in life until you're powerful over your own money. Talking openly about it is the first step.
Suze Orman, a certified financial planner, commodity trading advisor and registered investment advisor, is the author of the best-selling books You've Earned It, Don't Lose It (Newmarket Press) and The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom (Crown Publishers).