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How to Become CFO of Your Life

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This story appears in the May 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In college I got hooked on credit cards, and I graduated with an addiction. My habit grew with my income. By the time I was 30, I had more than $35,000 in consumer and a big mortgage, to boot.

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Eventually I turned things around, but it didn't happen overnight. It took years for me to master my own , and it became possible only when I realized that I should treat my personal funds the same way I treat my . I decided, in effect, to become CFO of my own life.

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