How Financially Secure Are You?


Could you come up with $2,000 next month if there was an emergency?

This latest article on the average American’s inability to save money and establish at least some level of financially security for themselves and their families saddens me.

Here is the link if you want to read it (it’s pretty short):

This article hits me in the gut on so many levels:

  1. We are a nation of spenders.  There is a reason we are called “Consumers” by our government.  Our ability to spend and “consume” is what drives our very nation.  Unfortunately when we unknowingly follow this path too far, we place our own personal finances in a dangerous position.
  1. Financial literacy is scarce.  Every day I am teaching people that the lack of fiscal literacy is a key “blind spot” in people’s lives, keeping them from achieving the financial future they hope for.  Unfortunately, families are not being taught essential money management skills, so they are never empowered to make smarter money decisions going forward.
  1. “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”.  This is a philosophy I live by, and believe more people should as well.  If you want a better, safer, more secure financial future, it’s all possible…but it’s up to you.  It may not always be easy, but is definitely very simple.  Spend less and save more.  Educate yourself on personal finance.

“It’s not a lack of income.  The problem is what happens to your money when it touches your hands.”

I used to give classes to my clients on this stuff, and I loved creating new thought that led to new, better habits.  One of the coolest exercises I had my attendees do before coming to our first class was to learn what their LIFETIME INCOME was.  (You can do this at  Most were astonished at how much money they had actually earned throughout their lifetime.  The next exercise was to complete a Net Worth worksheet.  This essentially showed people, out of everything they’d been earning since a teenager, what they had to show for it.  You can imagine this new level of clarity was like a right hook to the jaw.  It became instantly clear to everyone that the problem was NOT a lack of income.  The problem was what they did with the net income once it reached their bank account.

So what is the solution?  Where do people start if they want to make a change for the better and begin building a better financial future?  I am not naïve enough to think millions of people will change their poor money habits.  But some will.  Someone will become so utterly disgusted with the empty savings accounts and the constant fear of not having enough money, and they will commit to change.

The first step in a bigger, better financial future is committing to it.  If you are not committed, nothing else will really matter.  I will leave you with that thought, and encourage you to really think about how important financial security is to you moving forward.

About Trevor Hammond

Since 1998, Trevor Hammond has helped thousands of families finance their homes and make smart decisions when it comes to their personal finances. Now, as a sought-after mortgage advisor, coach, speaker, and author, Trevor Hammond continues to focus on helping people enjoy more money, less stress, and more life. As the co-author of Borrow Smart, Repay Smart and his 2018 follow up book, Mortgages, Money and Life, Trevor has created unique financial coaching programs and spoken in front of thousands of people on his book concepts ranging from improving cash flow and savings, managing liabilities, to advanced real estate financing strategies for homeowners. His passion for providing financial education and his ability to innovate unique processes that help both clients and originators excel, has led Trevor to become a top producer and build a #1 branch in the country for mortgage lending company Sierra Pacific Mortgage. Whether Trevor is speaking to hundreds of people from the stage, working on his next book or mentoring a Loan Officer one-on-one as a High Trust™ Leader, he is pursuing his greatest passion of all: Coaching.
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