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Fund Your Ideal Lifestyle: Fund Your Ideal Lifestyle: Buy time, Find new experiences, and Keep more of what you worked for Paperback – February 1, 2017
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By Lee Constantine
I was wary this was going to be another 'escape the 9-5 routine' and talk about how one guy was able to do and why you should too. This is not that book. Thank you for that Clayton Daniel. It give practical information backed with short case studies to bring home his point. It also gives one page chapter summaries, which I was not a fan of at first. But as I kept reading they served useful purposes to bring his points back to practicality and demonstrate how they tie into the books overall purpose. Refreshingly well written and filled with valuable content about how a better lifestyle is achieved through managing your funds better. Give it a go!
By Jennifer Mac
A well-written book by an entrepreneur for those seeking to live beyond "average." This book helps one get clear by reverse engineering what one really wants in life beyond just getting rich and traveling. Find your life purpose and learn from Clayton how to fund it - this book is definitely up my ally. I'm getting tired of continually hearing about budgeting by cutting out those coffees and scrimping so we won't have to eat dog food in retirement - my dream is to live a purpose-filled life with clarity, cash flow, and capital. Recommend this book!
By Shaun Green
This book presents a strong perspective on the interplay between personal finances and lifestyle. Clayton's writing style keeps you thoroughly engaged, entertained and looking forward to more. For people who are looking for more out of life... this is refreshing read with clear actionable advice.
About the Author
Clayton is a personal finance expert specializing in cognitive minimalism – the belief that outsourcing the greatest stresses in life such as money to technology and automation, result in better performance across every other area of life. Standing at the intersection of lifestyle and money, Clayton has built a reputation in the personal finance space as an innovator through his work with XY Adviser, building a unique financial services company, speaking engagements and authoring the book Fund Your Ideal Lifestyle. Clayton spent ten years of his corporate career in accounting and financial advice. As personal finance flourished online, Clayton identified a broadening gap between what could be offered through financial planning, and what genuinely helped people succeed in achieving what they wanted out of life. Clayton grew up in a sleepy coastal town where there was never much money floating around, and always thought if money was less complicated, there would have been more to share around. This passion to understand and simplify money led him down the path of personal finance. After working in the personal finance space for a decade, Clayton noticed three consistent problems across all demographics: 1. Not enough time 2. Not finding new experiences 3. Not holding on to enough money These problems boiled down to one thing: people were wasting their life. With the passion to simplify money, and the ability to implement unique service offerings in his own business, Clayton created a service to take on the salary of clients, pay their bills, and ensure there was money to go travelling with each year – while simultaneously building an asset base for later in life. Clients began getting promotions, doing better in their personal lives, winning industry-wide awards, going on more vacations, and still building a larger asset base. In many ways, over the course of twelve months, these clients began living a far more ideal version of their life. Clayton directed his research to decision fatigue and the cumulative effect incessant choices can have. This light bulb moment was the catalyst for the FYIL book, as Clayton realized through taking away his client’s burden of having to think about money, he had stumbled upon not just a superior way to manage a regular salary, but to manage life. Over time, this blossomed into a full three step lifestyle management framework based around the three C’s: 1. Clarify lifestyle 2. Cash flow 3. Capital assets
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I don't really know where to start so I guess I'll just mention that I really liked this book. Daniel's writing style is super conversational with little stories or tidbits sprinkled in to keep it casual. He even has footnotes for some of his references which help explain some of his stories a bit further. This is key when it comes to personal finance books because sometimes the topics are super dry.
Personal Finance is one of my favorite things to read about, so I was curious to see what this book would offer that the countless other PF books didn't and I was pleasantly surprised. First off, in the first chapter, there's an activity to help clarify your life's purpose. I know, it's a bit heavy, but he breaks it down into a series of questions that help narrow your focus a bit. Also, he provides spaces for you to write down your thoughts, but since most people don't actually write in workbooks anymore or read on their e-reader, he actually suggests recording audio of you answering the questions. That was a game changer for me. Normally I skip the activities in books, but recording the audio totally let me answer the questions more honestly I felt. Not every chapter has activities, but when they do, they are all fairly helpful especially since this book covers a decent amount of financial topics - all in layman's terms and very easy to comprehend for the most part.
I took off the .5 just because he digs a little too deep into investing for me (Angels/Superannuation), and I got a bit lost. Luckily it had it's own chapter and so I ended up skimming what I could and just reading the summary at the end of the chapter. Also there's a chapter on creating your own business, and while it was entertaining to read his stories on failed ideas, the actually knowledge from the lesson I skimmed through since I don't intend on going that route.
Format wise, the chapters all open with two to three quotes about finance that lead into what the chapter is going to be about. Some are ones that you have read before, but others aren't and I found myself writing down a few that really hit home with me. Then, all chapters end with a SUMMARY broken down into two questions, "How does this fund your ideal lifestyle" and "How to make it easy." Daniel could not have made it easier for you to get the key concepts and find a way to implement it in your life. And these summaries make it easy for you to go back and review later on. There's even all the summaries for every chapter at the end of the book if you are too lazy to look up a specific section. Seriously, he does all the work for you, go get this book and fund your ideal lifestyle.
Each time there is a dry financial bit, the author steps in with a personal story, and it really keeps the reader interested.
If you read one financial book this year, nay this decade, make this one it - it is that rounded and informative you won't need another.