Bringing the environment closer to investment? A matter of course for Benjamin Wendt. He even shows his children his payslip and lets them work on the budget.
How do you try to inspire your fellow men?
Benjamin Wendt: The important thing for me is that I didn’t grow up with it myself. My parents took care of it, but I always had the feeling that money was very tight. We had to save and always pay close attention. On the one hand, that’s good because you get a certain awareness of saving. On the other hand, it has given me the feeling that I tend to live in deficit. I consciously try to see my children differently. We have several children and a certain income that we have to deal with. But we can increase that, there are certain options. I try to explain to them how our world works: “If you have a hundred euros now and you spend a hundred euros, then you will have nothing afterward. But what could you do if you put 50 euros aside for a long time? What can happen to it? ” Explain simple things. Bodo Schäfer has published this wonderful book “A Dog Named Money” – the most successful children’s book on finance. My two big guys read that. It was very impressive for her and also presented very simply.
I also show my children my payslip. I want them to know what kind of income we have. We keep a budget book, so you could also participate via an app if you like. I try to make it very tangible in my family environment and also to tell the children specifically what there is.
In the work environment or with friends, I try to be an inspiration. It’s difficult sometimes because you realize that many just don’t like it. Simon and I have to be careful at our workplace that we don’t talk about it so often. The others say: “We can no longer hear”. I can’t understand that because I think it’s a really important topic. We have no way of avoiding the money. What importance we give this is our decision. But I think you can be inspired. That was the motivation of our congress and what follows now: for people who have not yet dealt with it that much. So less what the stock valuation looks like, but what options there are. How can I get there?