623: Happy Go Money With Melissa Leong

Melissa Leong is a personal finance writer, on-air personality, speaker and bestselling author.  She’s the author of the feel-good Happy Go Money With Melissa Leongfinance guide, Happy Go Money and is the resident money expert on Canada’s leading daytime talk show, The Social on CTV. With Happy Go Money, she cuts through the noise to show you how to get the most delight for your dollar.  Happy Go Money combines happiness psychology and personal finance and distills it into an indispensable starter guide. Frank, funny, and empowering, this primer challenges everyone to revamp their relationship with their money so they can dial down their worries and supersize their joy.  Melissa’s money articles has also appeared in the Financial Post, where she was the personal finance reporter, and in newspapers across the country. Being a journalist for more than 15 years, she’s interviewed thousands of subjects, including heads of state, royalty and celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Carrie Fisher.

Melissa shares how she is able to find happiness even when she faces uncertainty, misery and chaos.  She also talks about her book and her tips that can you help you in your own journey to self confidence.


Melissa Leong is a personal finance writer, on-air personality, speaker and bestselling author.

Cultural Background

Melissa is of Chinese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self-confidence is about having the kindness and patience to know that confidence is not a constant. It’s fluid. Sometimes you trust yourself and your abilities and sometimes you have to earn your own trust again.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

When Melissa was a teenager, she had subterranean self-esteem so much so that when she turned 18, she got “love” tattooed on her body as a prompt — as if she could just give herself a stamp of approval and she would finally be worthy.  She realized that it’s not something for her to achieve, full stop.  She continued to seek self-confidence. For example, she was feeling on top of the world in her job until they transferred her to the finance section of her newspaper.  Melissa was definitely NOT confident. She was not a finance expert but she knew that she could build confidence by doing and by learning. Today, she educates millions of people about finance.  She also empowers women and helps them become more confident in life through managing their money and destinies

The “AHA” Moment

In 2014 ,when Melissa’s husband became ill, it became the basis of her book when she went on a journey to find happiness and found money wisdom.  She also realized she can find happiness in the face of uncertainty, misery and chaos.  Whatever comes she can deal with it.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Melissa is in a continuing journey of the lessons she learned, gratitude, looking at the bright side, being kind to yourself and others.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Life is short, surround yourself with good people.  Anything you say negative, say two nice things to yourself immediately.  Perfectionism is the enemy of confidence.

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