A few weeks ago, I went to see the second movie in The Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire. Yes, I may be a little bit biased but it really was amazing! If you haven’t seen the movies or read the books yet, I’ll give you fair warning – now’s the time to turn back. There will be spoilers.

The story revolves around Katniss Everdeen, our heroine, who gets thrust into the limelight when she volunteers to take her sister’s place as one of the tributes in the Games. Through her courage, fighting endurance, and sacrifice, Katniss and Peeta, fellow District 11 tribute, were able to come out as victors of their first Hunger Games.

So what does that have to do with Freedom Debt Relief? Well, ever since I started working in the financial services industry, I’ve conditioned myself to see parallels in smart money management and almost everything that I come across. I love writing for this blog, so any time I get a chance to gel my interests together, I take full advantage of it. Check out some of the financial lessons I gathered from the Hunger Games!

Practice is everything.
Katniss practiced archery for years, hunting game in District 11 so that she could sell it at the market. By the time she entered the Games, she was an expert shot. Having that skill was essential to her staying alive. In the financial arena, the same applies. You have to practice smart money management in your daily life in order to build up a strong financial profile. It may seem difficult at first, but if you stick with it, it will become second nature.

Don’t waste your resources.
In the Hunger Games, Katniss used the things around her to fashion tools and weapons. Even with limited food and possessions, she resisted temptation and was careful with how she used her resources. If you practice restraint like Katniss did, you can avoid some tough financial situations down the road. By spending too much money early on and not saving, you will pay the price with your financial life.

Build your network.
Although Katniss was in the arena fighting for her own life, she benefited from teaming up with fellow tributes to face challenges together. Financially speaking, it’s the same way. It helps when you surround yourself with people who can support you on your way to achieving financial freedom – it’s not something that you have to do alone. In some cases, having the right partner on your side can even be the difference between success and failure.

Focus on the task at hand.
In the arena, Katniss didn’t have time to feel sorry for herself or take breaks from the Games. Even though it was mentally and physically exhausting, she had to focus on reality. When it comes to cleaning up financial house, there will be times when you feel like giving up. However, remember what your goals are and the reasons why you wanted to improve your finances in the first place.

Much like The Hunger Games, the road to financial freedom is a story of resilience and survival. In life, you have to do whatever it takes to safeguard your finances. Don’t listen to the world telling you that you need to keep up with the Joneses. You don’t. Forge your own path, stay on track, and know that getting out of debt is possible. You can and will be able to emerge from it victorious!

“May the odds be ever in your favor!”