I learned something while writing a book about financial resilience after 40. Each of us is only a degree or two of separation from someone who can connect us to the break we need to get ahead financially. My friend Sandy confided in a former coworker that her lease was up, and she couldn’t afford the $350 rent hike. The coworker remembered how this friend had her back during the worst months of her divorce. “Come stay with me until you figure things out,” she said. “You can store your stuff in the garage.” Sis had a place to stay because she put her pride to the side and risked being vulnerable. After three months, she’d found an affordable apartment and had saved enough to move in.
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