When Real Simple editor-in-chief Kristin van Ogtrop admitted she found money boring in her September editor’s note—we were tickled. Booya for being honest! Then we called her to get the real (simple) deal on how she maintains her financial balance.
Did you ever find money interesting?
When I took economics in college, I got a D+. I’d never gotten a D in anything! But that was an early signal that it’s not natural for me. I’ve had to realize that I’m good at a lot of other things—just not money.
A lot of women feel that way. What’s the answer?
It’s like any other life skill. If you’re terrible at baking, but you want to bake your kid a cake, you’ll get some help. For me, the solution is the same as it is for anything I find too challenging or time-consuming: I delegate. In this case I work with a financial planner I really trust.
But what if you can’t afford to delegate, or you choose not to?
I think you need to be self-aware and protect yourself. So look at what you’re capable of—then make sure you’re doing what you need to do to protect yourself financially.
And give yourself permission to not be great. Perfection is overrated, and it should never be a goal. You don’t have to be good at everything!
Out of the Box