What Ryan Seacrest Can Teach Us About Personal Finance
Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve
American Top 40 Radio
Keepin’ up with the Kardashians
Denise Richards: It’s Complicated
What is the one thing that all of the above have in common?
The one man media mogul has quickly become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and, like him or not, he will be even more involved in your life in 2012.
Seacrest has pending deals with Comcast and Clear Channel to develop his own cable network. He has already formed the Ryan Seacrest Production Company. He is finishing up a deal to begin his own music production company so he will own the rights to all of the music played in his media empire. He even plans to develop more reality tv shows like the Kardashians and Denise Richards….(yes, I can hear you all let out a big exhale on that one…)
Point is, the man is involved in every major media outlet in this country, and he is still on the move.
How in the World does this Relate to Personal Finance??
Believe me, I understand. It sounds crazy. How can an uber-rich hollywood media mogul teach us anything about our personal finances?
He sets goals, and he works hard to obtain those goals.
Mastering our personal finances means setting goals for ourselves. Your goal may be to pay off your credit card. It might be to save for a down payment on a house. It may be to pay off all non-mortgage debts in the next 18 months. Whatever your goal is, it will take hard work to get there.
I don’t personally watch this show, but I imagine Ryan Seacrest set a goal of developing “Keeping up with the Kardashians” well before it rolled out onto VH1. I also imagine that he did not simply come up with the idea and then wait for it to happen. He planned, he organized, he managed, he negotiated, he solved problems, and he worked his butt off.
Reaching our personal finance goals takes the same level of intensity. If you have the goal of paying off your mortgage in 10 years you won’t ever accomplish that if you simply set the goal and then walk away. You need to put actionable steps into play to help you reach your goal.
Hard work and persistence yield impressive results when combined with strategic goal setting!
Seacrest is Diversified
If Ryan Seacrest was booted from American Idol, he would lose roughly $15 Million per year in income. That is a crazy amount of money!
However, that income is only 27% of his total income from 2011.
Please let that sink in.
Seacrest has diversified his income streams so well that he can stand to lose more money than most of us will ever make in our lives and he will only lose a little over 1/4 of his annual income.
I firmly believe that diversification is the key to financial success. You can easily diversify your income streams by having more than one. This might mean taking a part-time job. It might mean starting a side business. It might mean developing various side hustles that each bring in a small amount of money per month.
The goal is to protect yourself from relying on one lone income source for your livelihood.
You cannot predict the future, and you have no idea how secure that one income source is. If the past 5 years have taught us anything, they have taught us that the economy and our jobs are not near as safe and stable as we thought they were!
We can also diversify our investments and our savings. Low cost index funds are one of the best ways to diversify your investments. Index funds invest in a broad index, or family, of funds so your investment performance is not based on the growth or decline of one stock.
Protecting your income and your savings from being stripped away in a flash should be the cornerstone of your financial plan.
I’m not suggesting we all run out, gel our hair and buy a tailored suit with a black skinny tie to imitate Ryan Seacrest.
What I am suggesting is that we take a closer look at his path to success and emulate those same principles in our own lives!