Uncovering the Full Picture: Calculating Your Net Worth
Understanding your current financial status involves more than just tracking where your money goes; it’s about comprehending your
overall financial health. An indispensable tool for achieving this clarity is determining your net worth.
Your net worth serves as a financial compass, guiding you toward your goals. It’s essentially a snapshot of your financial standing at
a specific moment. Imagine it as a financial photograph, capturing your wealth and debt in one frame.
To calculate your net worth, you’ll need to perform a straightforward equation:

Net Worth = Total Assets – Total Liabilities

Here’s a breakdown of the key components:

  1. Total Assets (What You Own): This encompasses all your possessions with monetary value, such as savings, investments, real estate, vehicles, and personal belongings. The sum of these assets reflects your financial foundation.
  2. Total Liabilities (What You Owe): Liabilities, on the other hand, encompass your debts and financial obligations. This can include mortgages, student loans, credit card debt, or any other money you owe to someone else.

The difference between these two figures—your assets and liabilities—reveals your net worth. When your assets surpass your liabilities, you have a positive net worth, a financial green light indicating your overall financial health. Conversely, if your liabilities outweigh your assets, you’re in the red, signaling areas where you may need to focus your financial attention.

By calculating your net worth periodically, you not only track your financial progress but also gain a clear understanding of your financial strengths and weaknesses. It’s like having a GPS for your financial journey, allowing you to adjust your route as needed and steer toward your desired destinations with confidence and purpose.

In this next activity, we are going to figure out your net worth by documenting what you own and what you owe to help get your full financial picture