Feng Shui Your Financial House

Follow This Financial Compass For a Prosperous 2023

How to think about income, expenses, assets, and liabilities

Mariko O. Gordon, CFA
3 min readJan 6, 2023



Focusing on income (or building a saleable asset) will give you the most lifetime bang for the buck. There’s no theoretical limit to how much income you can earn.

Every dollar you earn above your expenses can be turned into an asset that produces more income. Invest in learning new skills, income-producing assets, appreciating assets (double-edged sword), your well-being, or your community. It’s all good.

Remember, every additional dollar of income above break-even is precious.


You’re not on a budget. You’re spending intentionally.

That shift in mindset will make you richer because you won’t feel deprived. You’re a person who doesn’t spend on cheap dopamine hits that don’t give you lasting pleasure. You choose to spend on what’s necessary or what matters to you.



Mariko O. Gordon, CFA

Built $2.5B money mgmt biz from scratch. Coaching badass women to build & love their businesses, manage their finances, and make sure the thrill is never gone.