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Abdul Asks: Gordon Torks, money mindset influencer

02 October 2020 | Posted by Abdul Rashidi
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Today we talk to Gordon Torks, who has been working on social media as a money mindset influencer. We discuss his personal finance journey and how he encompasses his timelines with his goals.

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Abdul: Hi, everyone, this is Abdul – the Community and Social Media Manager here at Claro. And welcome to the Abdul Ask Series, we have a special guest joining us shortly. But if you’re new to Claro, we are a digital financial coach and community. And we’re launching an app very soon. We’re working towards empowering people to make smarter financial decisions every day. And so our guest today is Gordon, who joins us. Hi, how you doing?

Gordon: I’m very well, how are you?

Abdul: I’m good. Thank you enjoying the cold, wet weather?

Gordon: It’s horrible

Abdul: Well, I’m gonna let you introduce yourself to our audience.

Gordon: All right, I’m Gordon Torkornoo and I speak about finance, I guess. I’m just someone who’s, just like everyone else, is trying to make a way in this world. And trying to achieve financial freedom, which I think is everyone’s goal in the end. And I do this through various means of side hustles. But, I still work a nine to five. So yeah, just your average guy, I guess, trying to make his way into this world.

Abdul: Amazing. Well, let’s start with our first question. A lot of the questions we get in our community is trying to understand people’s financial goals. So what are your current financial goals?

Gordon: So I have three financial goals, short term, long term, medium term, and long term, my short term goal is a span of one to three months. And that’s just to not get into any bad debt. So I made me to just not take out any loans or anything stupid and stuff. And the way I plan to achieve this is through something I call the money mindset. So as to make sure that my mindset around money is strong enough to not ever put myself in a position to have to get a big loan so that means not taking huge risks with my money. So that’s my short term goal, my medium term goal was to increase my emergency fund to a year’s worth of savings, obviously, because Coronavirus and people getting laid off and stuff, I think it’s very important for us to make sure that we have an even bigger buffer. And we were locked down for so long. And you know, people weren’t working. And in that time, and luckily, I was, but next time, it could be me not working for all those months. So for me, I think it’s really important to build up that emergency fund, so that if even if I wasn’t working for a year, I wouldn’t be too worried about how to pay the bills. And then my long term is, five years plus is to eventually have my dividends, payments, paying for a substantial amount of my monthly expenses. So it’s gonna take a while to build up, but that’s my long time ago.

Abdul: Amazing, it’s been a year thinking into that timeline way of things. And like you said, we’re getting this theme about emergency funds, more commonly spoken about, and this Abdul Asks Series. People are understanding that economically, we are sort of changing, we’re in a bit of a tricky space. So it’s always good to have that sort of in your back pocket. And that with your timelines that you’ve set yourself, how do you currently allocate your savings against these goals.

Gordon: And so with, obviously, my aim is to increase my income, but in terms of the savings, so just a bump up how much I save, and also with the dividend payment also bump up how much I invest, so essentially going to be cutting down on kind of luxury spending that he likes to spend on eating out and stuff like that, and just reallocate that money into my emergency fund and also my long term investments. So that’s how I plan to kind of shuffle around with my my money.

Abdul: Great. So obviously, the purpose of an emergency fund is quite clear, you know, so you can use it on a rainy day. Not like today. How do you decide where you save and invest? Is there something that you really valued to put your saving and investment towards?

Gordon: Yeah, so with me, I just, I look for growth, as well as security, I don’t believe in going all out in one direction or the other. So I tend to put, some of my money in stocks and ETFs. And, and then I tend to put like another percentage into high-interest savings account. So I have the security with the high-interest savings account. And then I have the potential to grow that money with stocks, but obviously that comes with risk. Hence why I like to do a nice split between those two avenues

Abdul: So that’s good so you are thinking about risk and potential return whenever you’re making these investments.

Gordon: Yes, Exactly that!

Abdul: And then how do your personal values influence your investment? We’re seeing sort of a growth in people becoming more socially aware or they’re really in tune with more ethical products? Do you have any personal values that influence your decision?

Gordon: Definitely, for me, I’m looking towards the future and kind of investments that can make the world better. So for example, rather than investing in companies that might be using fuel and petrol, I might invest in a company that’s more sustainable. And so just those little things, when I look through a company, I make sure that their value aligns with mine, and that they’re in the business to help the world not to take advantage of the world. So that kind of really influences before I do any sort of deeper analysis, I make sure that the company has a lot of the same moral values that I have, which is people over business and people over money

Abdul: Amazing, I think that’s a great value to have. And if you had like a top money saving win, or a top tip, what would it be?

Gordon: It would definitely be – we hear a lot of talk about people saying that the average millionaire has seven streams of income. And that’s all great. And I think some people go a bit way with trying to have so many ways in which they earn money that they kind of become deflated. And that’s happened to me before. I would say that instead of going wide, go deeper. So rather than having seven streams of income that pay you X amount each month, why not focus on two or three, that gives you that same amount of money. For me, it would be less about going wider and more about going deeper, and how you earn your and your money. So you know, focus on one thing, and then grow that in the face of nothing, rather than trying to start seven different things at once.

Abdul: I think that’s part of what we are trying to do at Claro, just making sure that people are a bit more knowledgeable and aware of how to deal with finances because I think that, as you mentioned, you have a good grasp of your finances now but that might not have always been the case.

Gordon: definitely not!

Abdul: Exactly. So there’s a lot of jargon that goes out there. And part of what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to coach people in a way that they can make decisions for themselves but in a smarter way. And without feeling overwhelmed by it. So I think you’ve made some great comments, we’ve had some people commenting in our chat. ‘People over business’ what a great value. And I think that’s an amazing tip also to really dive into a business and understand where your investment flows towards. And thank you for that. But before we leave, do you have any upcoming projects that you’re excited to share about? And where can we find you on social media?

Gordon: On social media, it’s just @gordontorks on Instagram and Twitter too. In terms of projects that I have, I have one project that I’m really looking forward to, it’s going to be like, probably a five-year project, but I’m literally gonna build a house from the ground up. So that’s really exciting. So there’s just trying to find that. But yeah, that’s kind of what I’m looking forward to. I think in personal finance, once you get the foundation – once you get through that jargon- and you really understand what you’re doing, it kind of just compounds your knowledge compounds and so does your income. So for me, I feel like I’m stable foundational base, which, I’m looking to use that as a springboard to increase my financial literacy and my income and reach my goals,

Abdul: That sounds like a very exciting project you’ve got coming up. And I’d recommend anyone tuning in or, as part of the Claro community, to definitely check your page out, you do some great money mindset motivational pieces – which I think is also quite important. And something that we are looking into, at Claro is the effects of mental health with money, which sometimes is ignored. And mental health, in general, is a subject that doesn’t have a lot of focus/ So I definitely would recommend checking your page out. It’s definitely motivated me when I see those posts. Well, thank you again, for joining me today. And hopefully, we will talk soon. And good luck with all your projects.

Gordon: Thank you. It’s been great being on the show.


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