Own Your Value: Increase Your Perceived Worth [Video + Worksheet]

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Like it or not, you are constantly communicating what you’re worth. In any professional environment, you’re constantly giving subtle, unconscious cues on how people should regard your status, work, time, and talent. A lot of this is in our control; it just takes conscious effort to become aware and then refine what we’re putting out into the professional world. Most personal value advice focuses on literal valuation: researching and negotiating salary and compensation. In my popular talk, “Own Your Value,” I break down three major ways to increase your value: owning your voice, owning your work, and owning your time. Here […]

10 Lessons from 10 Years of Being My Own Boss

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As of this month, I’ve been my own boss for 10 years. TEN YEARS! I deserve a promotion. It wasn’t my original plan. I was laid off during the recession, and ended up landing freelance clients. In order to start a business bank account, I had to form an LLC, and thus Pressler Collaborative was born. I hate working from home, so I rented an office. (Fun fact: I was the very first person to move into the first WeWork on their opening day!) With an address and a bank account, things were starting to feel pretty official. I’ve worked […]

Five Steps to Consciously Creeping Your Lifestyle

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Sometime in the past few years a little phrase started to make its way into the vernacular around water coolers and on entrepreneur blogs everywhere. Lifestyle Creep is the term used to describe the phenomenon of spending rising in proportion to income. If your expenses rise at the same rate your income ascends you never feel as though you have extra – it’s already spent. The articles I have read on the topic of Lifestyle Creep all seem to start from a similar assumption… “So, your income has gone up and you still don’t have enough money?” To this they […]

Energy Accounting: 3 Ways to Manage Your Energy Like a Wealthy Person

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Explore these questions and more with Marissa this summer at Pregame HQ Energy, our personal life force, intrinsic motivation, vibe, ch’i, or aura have many qualitative measures. High vibration is considered preferable, while low vibration is associated with negative attitudes. Frenetic comes across as a rather annoying – an unnecessary expenditure. Slow, slothy energy gets a bad wrap for being a drag. Assessing energy by these qualitative measures is subjective, and might not be all that helpful. Thinking of our energy similarly to how we conceive of money allows us to make use of a few tried and true wealth […]

What If Money Were Your Lover?

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Ewwww. That thought makes me squirm. I don’t really want to think about my behavior in relationship to money. But admitting my problem is the first step in solving it, right? My relationship with money certainly has evolved and taken many forms. I can tell you that, just like when I was married, I have dragged money to therapy so it can find out how it needs to fix itself. (You can see why I’m no longer married, right?!) Since starting my own coaching business, I’d say my money relationship has been more like the guy “who’s just not that […]

Alex Nelson: Money Insight for Entrepreneurs

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Alex Nelson is a Pregame Guest Expert and the CEO of Impact Capital Management LLC, working with business owners to secure the right funding for their startup needs. Join Alex this month at The Finance Five, our April business finance workshop on April 30 at Pregame HQ.  >more info & sign up What was the motivation for your recent career move? My desire to work closely with borrowers who are traditionally ignored by the commercial and investment banking communities stems from my personal experience being an entrepreneur that struggled to raise capital. I have walked the same path as many small business owners, and […]

Buying Time

Truong Tran, Fraternal Twins

Great-Grandma My great-grandmother had a cross-stitch sampler on her kitchen wall, that read: Use it Up Wear it Out Make it Do Do Without This was her ethos. She had always known scarcity and hard-scrabble. Her grandparents were all pioneers – one of her grandmothers traveled from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains on foot. She was born into poverty, the middle of five children. Her father died when she was six years old. She went to college, then went to work, until she married my great-grandfather, a middle-class businessman. They had eight children between 1922 and 1934. Her husband […]

5 Steps to Finding Your Optimum Mix of Money and Meaning

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Is money the goal anymore? Or, in the age of insta-famous self-helpers, is personal fulfillment and living “on purpose,” the goal? What has finally become clear to me is that the goal is actually both, and the particular mix of money and meaning that is right for each of us is personal.  There is no formula. All one way, cash is king. The problem with putting dollars at the pinnacle of the goal chart is that satisfaction from attaining cash will always be elusive. What we actually want when we put money in the God seat is the experiences we […]

The State of My Estate

Truong Tran, Broken Mended

My next door neighbor died nine months ago. His name was Tom. We lived across from each other for seven years.  He lived a very quiet, modest life, only owning a beat up car that rarely started, and a few antique furniture pieces. He kept cash hidden under his bed (he didn’t trust big banks), and lived alone in a rent-controlled apartment for thirty years. Over the years, a handful of visitors would knock on his door. I never knew who they were. Most of the faces were new with a few that remained the same. Those same faces must […]