John Lanza

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John Lanza is the Chief Mammal of The Money Mammals. A pioneer in youth money-smarts, John created the original Money Mammals video and has written three children’s picture books to help kids learn to “Share & Save & Spend Smart.” He recently completed his first book for parents, "The Art of Allowance."

He is recognized nationally as a youth financial literacy expert. The Money Mammals have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The LA Times. John has over a decade of experience speaking around the country on this topic.

John lives in Southern California, grew up in Caldwell, New Jersey, and attended Bates College. He received High Honors in Biology, something that he thinks makes him sound smart and is only useful
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Carol S. Dweck
“He didn’t ask for mistake-free games. He didn’t demand that his players never lose. He asked for full preparation and full effort from them. “Did I win? Did I lose? Those are the wrong questions. The correct question is: Did I make my best effort?” If so, he says, “You may be outscored but you will never lose.
Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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“Becoming is better than being”
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“We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.”
Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Daniel Kahneman
“The combination of loss aversion and narrow framing is a costly curse. Individual investors can avoid that curse, achieving the emotional benefits of broad framing while also saving time and agony, by reducing the frequency with which they check how well their investments are doing. Closely following daily fluctuations is a losing proposition, because the pain of the frequent small losses exceeds the pleasure of the equally frequent small gains. Once a quarter is enough, and may be more than enough for individual investors. In addition to improving the emotional quality of life, the deliberate avoidance of exposure to short-term outcomes improves the quality of both decisions and outcomes. The typical short-term reaction to bad news is increased loss aversion. Investors who get aggregated feedback receive such news much less often and are likely to be less risk averse and to end up richer. You are also less prone to useless churning of your portfolio if you don’t know how every stock in it is doing every day (or every week or even every month). A commitment not to change one’s position for several periods (the equivalent of “locking in” an investment) improves financial performance.”
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Ryan Holiday
“Remember: even what we get for free has a cost, if only in what we pay to store it—in our garages and in our minds. As you walk past your possessions today, ask yourself: Do I need this? Is it superfluous? What’s this actually worth? What is it costing me? You might be surprised by the answers and how much we’ve been paying without even knowing it.”
Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living




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