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WGN-TV Morning News: Taking Your Financial Questions with Chris Gardner (Pursuit of Happyness)

Matt Sapaula

I am a proud father, financial strategist, TV commentator and financial talk show host of Money Smart Radio

With some much financial pressure squeezing us from so many different directions, it is common to "freeze up".  It's as if every move we make ends up in disaster and we feel helpless to do anything about it.

Before leaving the United States Marine Corps after eight years of active duty, I found myself broke and penniless.  How? Because of a lack of personal financial knowledge, I did not know all my options when I came to financial difficulty.  I just went through a divorce.  My credit cards where all charged up.  I was working to pay everybody else and had nothing left for me.

I knew the tactics and strategies of U.S. Marine Corps combat and weaponry, but could not fight off creditors to save my life.

The reason they call me the Money Smart Guy is because I have had my share of money DUMB mistakes. 

Don't laugh...nah, go ahead.

After I embarked on a journey to learn the money game and WIN the money game, I wanted to create a business where I can help teach and educate others in avoiding the financial casualties of economic war.

It was an honor to be asked by WGN to take your questions and answer them on the Morning News.  The icing on the cake, was being able to meet Mr. Chris Gardner, whose personal story is portrayed in the blockbuster movie "Pursuit of Happyness", led by award-winning actor, Will Smith.

Here's that segment, by the way...did Mr. Gardner call me a "LOSER?"

For a transcription of my answers to your questions, go to my radio show's site here.

I love what Mr. Gardner said at the end, which is my question to you.  "Have you found the thing you would absolutely love to do the rest of your life...and are you prepared to do the work now to put yourself in the position to pursue it?"

I'd love to hear your comments, tips and questions below.  (You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter...love to connect with you there too!)

Notice how he said, "Pursue it?" 

If you find yourself saying, "Well, my company, my parents, or the government will ultimately step in and help me...right?"  Don't hold your breath.

Remember, it's the pursuit of happyness...not the comfy couch of happyness.



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