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Very thought provoking. One of the best I've ever read.,
This review is from: Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence (Paperback)The first thing I did when I finished reading this book was to set aside time to read it again. This is a truly outstanding book.
First some pros and cons, and yes, there are some drawbacks. You guessed it: this is not a "get rich" type book. It's not about making money and all that. Some people might classify it as "psychobabble" because it talks about your relationship with money and how it fits into your life. The primary focus of the book is to show just how much of our waking hours are dominated by working for a living and to show you how to get past that. After following some of the advice in the book, I found myself facing the realization that most of my waking hours are devoted to money. I didn't believe it at first, but after doing the exercises, I was pretty surprised.
To give you a taste, here is perhaps my favorite quote from the book:
"And they call this making a living? Think about it. How many people have you seen who are more alive at the end of the work day than they were at the beginning? Do we come home from our 'making a living' activity with more life? Do we bound through the door, refreshed and energized, ready for a great evening with the family? Where's all the life we supposedly made at work? For many of us, isn't the truth of it closer to 'making a dying'? Aren't we killing ourselves - our health, our relationships, our sense of joy and wonder - for our jobs? We are sacrificing our lives for money - but it's happening so slowly that we barely notice....After all, if we didn't work, what would we do with our time?"
I can't think of anyone who could not benefit at least somewhat from reading this book and really pondering the message. Other than "Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki, I can't remember a book I have recommended to so many people.
I'm giving this book 5 stars because I can't give it more than that. If you work for a living, find yourself in debt, don't have time for your kids or just feel burned out, could it possibly be money related in some way? Since the vast majority of people work for a living, I suspect it's job related. I would rate this book as one of the most influential I have ever read. Consider this. We spend over half our waking hours either: (1) working (2) going to work (3) coming home from work (4) eating out because we're too tired from working all day (5) looking forward to the weekend because we hate our work (6) recovering from work (7) dumping your kids in day care because you have to work. You get the point. This is a really good book. Email me with your thoughts and stories how this book has changed your life. I have many thoughts and stories to share.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2008 10:01:07 AM PST
Vicki Robin says:
Michael, I'm the author of this book. You asked people to email you about the impact of the book. Have you collected stories. We are doing an update and would like to include more stories. If you can help, please email at vmrr [at] earthlink [dot] net.
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