Pillars of Wealth: A Professional Guide to Financial Planning and Education

Insights and Strategies for Building Financial Security and Achieving Long-Term Goals

Grow your wealth with healthy financial planning and education. Image courtesy: Freepik

In the pursuit of prosperity, the wise saying “When the student is ready, the teacher appears” rings true. The journey toward wealth begins the moment one commits to prosperity. Preeti Lodaya, a seasoned professional at Redwood Financial Strategist, shares an inspiring tale of transformation. A young professional, once frivolous with expenditures on high-value products, sought her counsel for tax planning. Witnessing first-hand the savings of 1.5 lakhs through strategic tax planning, he awakened to the significance of investing in his future through wealth management services. An important project assignment in the U.S.A. further fueled his financial practicality, resulting in a call from his ex-IAS father, commending Lodaya for instilling in his son the virtues of savings—a feat he had struggled to achieve for 24 years. Today, this young man stands as a testament to the power of healthy financial planning, having realized personal milestones of homeownership and marriage through prudent financial management.

C.A. Karthik Natrajan of Sankhya Probiz advocates for early education on wealth building, suggesting initiatives like providing children with a ‘Hundi’ or treasure box to cultivate saving habits. This early exposure to financial responsibility lays the groundwork for sound financial decision-making, fostering a mindset of fiscal prudence from a tender age.

Reflecting on the evolving job market and the unpredictable nature of global crises like the lockdown and pandemic, the significance of wealth building is more pronounced than ever. In “Psychology of Money,” Morgan Housel emphasizes the crucial roles of health and finances in shaping life experiences. Indeed, mental and physical well-being influence daily life, while financial acumen dictates one’s quality of life.

In the domain of education, while conducting Employability Skills Training at colleges or through Career Quest programs for students, we often encounter that the absence of clear financial goals among young professionals poses a significant challenge. While noble aspirations such as making parents proud prevail, a lack of understanding of life’s real needs can lead to chaos. Take, for instance, the tale of a bright student persuaded over three days to allocate a minimum of 10% of her salary to savings—a stark contrast to the impulsive spender transformed by Lodaya’s guidance. Preeti Lodaya presents three fundamental steps to kickstart the journey to financial security:

  1. Vision and Goal Setting: Define clear objectives to chart a path towards financial independence.
  2. Prudent Savings: Allocate a portion of income towards savings to safeguard against rising expenses.
  3. Distinguishing Wants from Needs: Foster discernment in expenditure by prioritizing essentials over desires.

These principles serve as pillars for accumulating funds to fulfill future aspirations, whether it be early retirement, acquiring assets, or indulging in luxury. Lodaya emphasizes the dangers of succumbing to the allure of quick riches, warning that such pursuits often lead to speculative investments and high-risk ventures. These shortcuts may yield initial gains but pose substantial risks of financial loss and instability. Moreover, the pursuit of rapid wealth accumulation can foster impatience and undermine the discipline required for sustainable long-term investment growth.

As India’s youthful population grows rapidly, financial literacy emerges as the cornerstone of a prosperous future. Embracing financial education empowers individuals to sculpt a life of abundance and secure their financial well-being. Remember, the best time to cultivate saving habits was yesterday; the second best time is today.


I extend my sincere gratitude to Preeti Lodaya of Redwood Financial Strategists and Karthik Natarajan of Sankhya Probiz for generously dedicating their time and expertise to contribute to this article.

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