How to Overcome Money Anxiety and Become a Money Magnet by Ken Honda, Author of Happy Money, Episode 155

A lot of us have this scarcity mindset when it comes to money. What if we get sick? What if we don’t have insurance? There’s too much anxiety around making money and a lot of that is due to a lack of trust. But what does it take to change your relationship with money so you end up becoming a money magnet?

Today, money and happiness expert Ken Honda talks about ways to help you live happier and better without having to worry about your financial woes while still doing the things that excite you the most – such as writing a book! 

Ken is a best-selling self-development author in Japan, with book sales surpassing eight million copies since 2001. His latest book is called “Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace With Your Money” (June 4, 2019, Simon & Schuster). Ken studied law at Waseda University in Tokyo and entered the Japanese workforce as a business consultant and investor. Ken’s financial expertise comes from owning and managing several businesses, including an accounting company, a management consulting firm, and a venture capital corporation. His writings bridge the topics of finance and self-help, focusing on creating and generating personal wealth and happiness through deeper self-honesty. Ken provides ongoing support through mentoring programs, business seminars, therapeutic workshops, and correspondence courses.

Ken is the first person from Japan to be voted into the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of personal and professional development leaders. He is fluent in Japanese and English; lived in Boston, Massachusetts for two years; and currently resides in Tokyo, Japan. Learn more at

Be sure to listen to this episode, if you’re ready to let go of those self-limiting beliefs and ready to make peace with your money.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Are there family-limiting beliefs around money you may wish to reconsider? 
  • What it feels like to lively abundantly 
  • How to uncover your gifts after a work hiatus, especially as a mom
  • What if you feel like a fish out of the water as it relates to your old career or old self?
  • Ways to ensure you do what you love and money follows you
  • Looking for your gifts in your everyday life and looking for your own reserved seat
  • What’s your relationship to money? Weapon or angel?  
  • Ask yourself a question: what excites you the most?
  • How to take care of your mental health during this economic downturn?
  • One phenomenon amongst wealthy people is discussed candidly
  • How are we being tested in terms of our money relationship?
  • What can we learn from Japan and other countries with stronger networks?
  • Can we rely on family or friends in the US? Why might you want to change this for real financial security?
  • Why would having 52 good friends be a great safety net for you and your family?

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How To Turn Life’s Silliness Into Your Brand Featuring Squidinki Co-Founder Max Mendez, Episode 136

Suzy Batiz Shares The Wisdom She Cherishes For Giving Her The Freedom And Ability To Trust Herself And Accept Whatever Comes Her Way, Episode 67


Supporting Resources:

Audiobook version (personally my favorite option for busy moms): Happy Money

Spanish-language paperback: Feliz Dinero






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Melissa Llarena

Melissa Llarena is an author, imagination coach, consultant, speaker, and contributor to ForbesWomen articles that have garnered 4 million + views. She is also the host of Unimaginable Wellness, the podcast for entrepreneurs, founders, and creators who are also moms. Featured guests include GaryVee and Beth Comstock. Melissa holds a psychology degree from New York University, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a Transformational Coaching Academy certificate. She is training to become a meditation practitioner. Melissa lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three sons. Visit

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