The 3 Things I Needed to Learn Before I Could Start Achieving My Goals

It has been a huge couple weeks for Maddy Money. So many things have happened!

  1. I am no longer anonymous, which means you no longer have to see a photo of a pig anymore. My name is Adenrele “Addy” Adewusi and I am the voice behind Maddy Money. If you want to learn more about me, check out my fancy personal website.
  2. I created and produced a TV show called The Maddy Money Show! You can find it on The Maddy Money YouTube channel here. You can check out the latest episode here.
  3. My first podcast interview on Eric Garza’s A Worldview Apart came out! I get personal and keep it real about what it really took to paying off my student loans, side-hustling, and the spirituality of money. You can listen to it on iTunes or on his website.

So yes, a lot happened and I am really excited about it. However, these things didn’t happen overnight. These were the results of setting goals and being intentional about my life.


So what is your goal? What are you trying to achieve? Setting and accomplishing goals is not as easy as it seems. I found I had to learn three things before I made any progress:

1. Be Specific, Like Super Specific.
Things didn’t start popping off with Maddy Money until I decided to make it a priority. I am a multipotentialite (yes, that is a real word, there is even a TED Talk about it!) I am interested and competent in many different things. I had an overarching goal to be financially dependent, but I didn’t know how I was going to do it. I was doing everything from domestic work to marketing consulting. At some point, I realized I had to focus on one thing. I decided to focus on Maddy Money because it was (and is) the thing that brings me the most joy That was six weeks ago. Since then I have started a newsletter, gotten on all of the social media, been on a podcast, learned how to produce a TV show, its crazy! Do not underestimate the power of focusing. 

2. Make Sure You Actually Want You Think You Want.
This may sound silly. You may be thinking, “of course I want what I think I want.” For me, this was not the case. I learned my goals were polluted by my environment, societal expectations, and my irrational need to please my parents. For example, there was a time when I wanted to be a web developer. I took HTML/CSS and loved it. Then I got beyond that and began to hate life. However, I was hearing about all of these initiatives motivating women to code, I was aware of the prestige society placed on developers, but I could not motivate myself to continue taking classes. I was beating myself up over it too, when really I just didn’t like advanced coding and that was ok. So think about it, are your goals right for you or are they serving your need to be validated by society? That was deep, I know

3. It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect at the Beginning, Just Start!

Perfectionism is the killer of all goals! The fear of things not being perfect held me back for so long. I realized in order to get anything accomplished, good enough had to be OK. There are typos in my posts. My new video is not a professional production at all. My website loads slowly. None of that really matters because I am out there doing it! Actually doing something will always move me in the direction towards my goal. My quality will get better over time, but I have to start somewhere.

What else? 
Literally, that’s it. People talk about needing to put your goals on your calendar, writing them down, meditating on them, etc. However, from my experience, if I am just specific about the goal, passionate about it, and committed to “doing” it whether its perfect or not, everything else falls into place. Yes, sometimes I have to force myself to write, but that is because of my fear of it not being perfect. Once I push through that, I totally enjoy it. If the “doing” part of my goal feels like work or stresses me out, then it probably isn’t the goal for me and the odds of me achieving it are nil. 

There you go, the three things you need to do before you can start to achieve your goals. I really hope you got something out of this. I would LOVE to hear your feedback, questions, or comments. You can do so by emailing me at or tweeting me @maddymoneycash. You can also message me on the Maddy Money Facebook Page, or DM me on Instagram: @maddymoneycash.

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Until next week,


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