- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine (May 18, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345430506
- ISBN-13: 978-0345430502
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mindful Money Guide: Creating Harmony Between Your Values and Your Finances Paperback – May 18, 1999
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Take it from a Wall Street stockbroker turned Vermont environmental activist: Life is about more than just making money. In The Mindful Money Guide, Marshall Glickman lays out a "holistic" approach to wealth. "Holistic money is about striking an appropriate balance: finding that golden mean--between a life that neither bows down to money nor neglects financial responsibilities; getting a good return for yourself without forgetting about others; between curbing materialistic impulses without becoming austere or stingy," Glickman writes. In a New Age twist to personal finance, he talks of "the cosmic laws of money," "tax yoga," and socially responsible investing to make "Wall Street gurus green--with envy."
But behind the philosophical musings is some practical advice. Glickman tells you how to cut consumption as a way to boost your bottom line and save the environment. He explains how to reduce your taxes while increasing charitable contributions. He even advocates owning stock in some of the worst polluters, like General Electric, and exercising your rights as a shareholder to bring about change. Glickman, publisher of the magazine Green Living and treasurer of a $7 million natural-foods cooperative, left a career as a stockbroker in the 1980s after saving $135,000. He practices what he now preaches. But he concedes to an ongoing struggle between being mindful of money and becoming obsessed through greed or stinginess. While Glickman targets people with likeminded philosophies, the book can help anyone make money with a conscience. --Dan Ring
From Publishers Weekly
In this latest addition to the kinder, gentler personal finance shelf, Glickman, a former stockbroker who is publisher of the environmental journal Green Living, offers a holistic mix of money and lifestyle advice. For Glickman, money is a means to enjoying ones life, not an end in itself. The heart of Glickmans message: be mindful of the environment and the world at large whenever youre making financial decisions. Instead of buying everything at a large superstore, patronize a small independent. Dont buy all your tools; share them with a neighbor. Since daily life can be daunting enough, investing, spending and tax issues as should be kept as straightforward as possible. Glickman also faults some of the simplicity gurus who fail to critique the culture of disposable, nonearth-friendly products and practices that drive our economy. The specific personal finance advice isnt original, and, despite chapters on Giving it Away, Glickman includes some of the same tightwad advice that he criticizes in others. Nevertheless, he does offer some insightful recommendations for socially responsible investments and charitable donations, and he includes effective exercises on how to find work that is truly rewarding.
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