2 Acquiring Money Introduction It doesn't matter how great you are at managing money if you don't have any money to manage. So, let's take a minute and talk about acquiring money. Unless you have a family fortune at your disposal, you're going to have to get your money like most people—you'll need to earn it. Earning money often involves hard work, but it also can be very rewarding, especially if you earn your money working at a career you love. Many people have a job—something they do to make money to pay the bills. You don't want to just have a job, you want to have a career. A career not only provides you with an income, it provides you with personal sat- isfaction. It's something you've trained or studied for, something you want to get better at, and something you plan to do for a long period of time. So, think about what you're interested in, your skills and talents, and what's important to you. This will help ensure that you choose a career field that's going to be right for you. To prepare for your career, you may need to go to a two-year or four-year college. Or maybe it would be best to go to a career or trade school, or get your training in the military. Regardless of what career you choose or how you prepare for it, if you work hard and do your best, personal and financial success are sure to follow. Learning how to manage your money is one of the most important skills you will learn. This book will give you information on a variety of financial topics; although some of this information will be more useful to you down the road. But, by learning about these important topics now, you're going to be ahead of the game—and on your way to financial success.