Interview with Matt Goren, Ph.D., about improving financial well-being.
Matt J. Goren, PhD, is a Financial Literacy, Organizational, & Statistical Consultant and founder of Beyond Berkeley, a consulting group that connects graduate student experts at UC Berkeley to organizations that can benefit from their expertise. www.mattgoren.com.
I got to chat with Matt to learn more about how he aims to improve happiness and well-being. Our interview is below:
Can you tell me a bit about what you do to help others improve their well-being?
Besides being a generous, fun, and agreeable person, I've also started three companies that help improve well-being. Evergreen Path offers free financial advising to people who otherwise can't afford access to good, unbiased financial advice. First Stop helps people move to the Bay Area by offering temporary housing for half the cost of a hotel and a host of community services. And Beyond Berkeley helps grad students get more funding and consulting experience by linking them to local companies and non-profits.
In what ways does your work affect the people you work with?
My work helps people to feel empowered and financially secure. Helping people find cheaper places to live, for example, puts hundreds of extra dollars in their pockets every month. Pretty quickly they get out of credit card debt, start getting some savings, and can then plan for bigger goals or even take vacations! When people aren't living paycheck to paycheck it frees them up to live a life they actually want.
What got you interested in improving happiness and well-being?
I don't think I ever thought of my work as specifically trying to make people happier. I want to see a world that is less unequal and unfair.
What are your goals for the future?
Get my companies off the ground and then scale them up. And after that, probably start new projects!
What is 1 tip that you can give readers to improve their own happiness and well-being?
Pursue important projects - it doesn't have to be your "job" - that you enjoy working on every day.
--To learn more about Matt or any of his projects, go to www.mattgoren.com.