NGPF Podcast: Greg Carson - the personal finance teacher who made a difference in the life of a pro football player
- "I'd rather live like a prince for the rest of my life than live like a king for my NFL career."
- “I’m going to sacrifice now for me to be happy later,’’
- 'Williams estimates he invests at least 90 percent of the money that comes in via game checks."
These are statements that you would not expect to hear from a professional athlete but that's exactly what New England Patriot Joejuan Williams had to say in a recent article.
How did he build these mindsets about money? That's where Greg Carson, a personal finance teacher at Father Ryan High School (Nashville, TN), comes in. According to Williams, Carson's class "completely changed my life." In this NGPF podcast, Greg will share the philosophy behind his class, his favorite activities with his students and what he remembers about Joejuan as a student in his class. Enjoy!
- 0:00~1:39 Introduction
- 1:39~2:16 Greg’s life as a teacher
- 2:16~3:45 Early money lessons
- 3:45~5:29 Motivation for starting a personal finance class
- 5:29~6:41 The classroom “family” system
- 6:41~8:56 Teaching the "Rule of 72"
- 8:56~10:14 Father Ryan High School and its community
- 10:14~11:38 Planning a vacation activity
- 11:38~11:58 A word from NGPF
- 11:58~13:58 Planning a vacation activity, continued
- 13:58~15:29 Having Joejuan Williams in class
- 15:29~16:22 Williams and his financial habits
- 16:22~17:40 Williams on the football field
- 17:40~18:49 Words of encouragement for other teachers
- 18:49~20:30 Making personal finance a requirement in all schools
- 20:30~21:28 Conclusion
“It's good to see that these young people can see how important it is to plan. It’s one thing they don’t have to do when it comes to vacations, normally their parents do all of the planning, and this way they have to.”
“Joejuan saying that my class was life-changing meant a lot to me. Teachers every now and then hear that you changed a life and that makes a big difference in your attitude.”