Wealthsimple is an investing service that uses technology to put your money to work like the world’s smartest investors. In “Money Diaries,” we feature interesting people telling their financial life stories in their own words.

Whats the point of telling someone your financial life story? Well, entertainment value certainly. Who doesn't love stories of making it — or losing it all? But it's also about sharing knowledge, not feeling alone in the world, and empowering yourself to take control.

Because it's a good day to be inspired, here are a few of the interview excerpts that stick with us the most. But be sure to check out the full interviews — they're worth it.

“My parents made about $30 a month. They made enough money to buy food but that's pretty much it. To us, money was simply the equivalent of food.”

“She Began Life in Rural China With No Plumbing. Now She's Our CFO.” Story by Leen Li.


“#MeToo is a symptom of something bigger. The same way having a temperature when you’re sick is a symptom. It’s a wake-up call, not the solution.”

“The Handmaid's Tale” Author: For Women, Money Can Be Power.” Story by Margaret Atwood.


“Selling out is something that people who have privilege get to say. I’m not selling out. I’m working hard and paying bills and creating jobs for the people around me.”

“Tegan and Sara: Only the Privileged Worry about Selling Out.” Story by Tegan and Sara.


“Everyone in my family knows that’s my dream. A house for my whole family to live in. Some room, some peace of mind, and a place where my grandkids can play outside.”

“She Won the Fight to Raise Minimum Wage. Then Lost It.” Story by Wanda Rogers.


“My spotter realized something about the way people race me. No one wants to get beat by the girl. They’ll make it that much harder for me to pass them. They will be a little dirtier.”

“Making It in NASCAR as a Woman Doesn’t Mean the Struggle Is Over.” Story by Julia Landauer.


“I had a roommate for a long time. Even now, with the way my career is going, I’m scared to leave and move into a bigger, more expensive place.”

“Awkwafina Tells Us the Money Secrets of Viral Fame.” Story by Awkwafina.


“Fashion houses are reluctant to lend clothes that aren't sample sizes of 0 and 2. My body size is literally normal and healthy, but when you put me next to a model, I look obese.”

“The Co-Creator of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Isn't Sure Exactly How Much She Makes.” Story by Rachel Bloom.


“Hard work actually makes me feel good. I can go to bed at night if I’ve worked really hard that day. It’s my way of therapy.”

“Rita Ora Is a Born Hustler. Just Like Her Immigrant Parents.” Story by Rita Ora.


“I like to show other comics what I’m earning. It’s really important not to be ignorant about this stuff. It’s empowerment.”

“Comedian Maria Bamford Wants You to Know Exactly How Much She Makes.” Story by Maria Bamford.


“I never worried about not having the money to do certain projects. It was 'Okay, okay, we don’t have the budget, but how are we going to do it anyway?'”

“Bobbi Brown Was Terrible at Budgets. So She Decided to Make More Money.” Story by Bobbi Brown.


“Winning is not something a lot of women talk about or are made to feel good about. But why wouldn’t a woman want to win?”

“Why Wouldn't a Woman Want to Win?” Story by Jen Agg.


“The way we live, it’s not a vow to be impoverished; it’s really a commitment to have each other’s back.”

“A Nun Tells Us What It's Like to Live With a Vow of Poverty.” Story by Amy Hereford.


“I get a little nervous that the success I’ve been finding won’t just keep going. But I also work hard all the time to ensure it won’t all go away.”

“Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson is Done with the Potatoes.” Story by Abbi Jacobson.

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