- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (February 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781608684366
- ISBN-13: 978-1608684366
- ASIN: 1608684369
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mindful Money: Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend Paperback – February 10, 2017
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“DeYoe pierces common money illusions and focuses readers on the elements that underpin true happiness.”
― Tadas Viskanta, founder and editor of Abnormal Returns
“Mindful Money, a book grounded in a belief system that is deeply compatible with my own spirit, teaches the lessons I have been waiting for.”
― from the foreword by Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple
“Mindful Money provides a commonsense and inspirational framework that serves as a road map to happiness and offers a thoughtful reassessment of how money is just a tool, not the destination.”
― Burt White, managing director and chief investment officer of LPL Financial
“If there were a smarter and better way to manage your money and your life, you’d want to know right away. So open this book and start reading.”
― Bob Seawright, chief investment officer of Madison Avenue Securities and blogger, Above the Market
“Teaches you to put wealth-building ideas into action. . . . If you read one money book this year, let it be Mindful Money.”
― Barbara A. Friedberg, MBA, MS, expert investor and author of Invest and Beat the Pros
“[DeYoe’s] advice is solid, his delivery is assured, and his claim of discovering the key to happiness is surprisingly plausible.”
― Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Jonathan K. DeYoe, CPWA, AIF, is a California-based financial adviser with twenty years’ experience and a longtime Buddhist. In 2001 he founded DeYoe Wealth Management, which works with families and institutions. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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I've read many books on financial planning, but this is the one I will be giving to both my children when they come of age. We will use the exercises at the end of each chapter to hone their thoughts, ideas, and set them on a life-long practice of saving, planning, and growing.
Immediately after reading this book, I went to my 401K calculator and bumped my weekly contribution up to 20% - more than double what I was previously putting away.
COMPOUNDING INTEREST, BABY!!
This book is (fantastic!) about financial planning, yes, but it's about so much more. It's about life planning. Happiness philosophy. Team building. Illusion dispelling. I think what's most refreshing, and what jumps out of every page, is that Jonathan DeYoe clearly practices what he preaches. This is not a gimmicky flavor of the month, tricks of the trade, fad chasing kind of snake oil deal. This book is a way to free oneself from the terror of "what if?" It's a path to peace of mind - for me, for my partner, for our children, and there are easy steps to follow to start one on this path.
Thanks so much for this book!
Mindful Money is NOT another banal 'how-to' book on portfolio theory.
DeYoe offers a financial blueprint that starts with defining the things that are most important to us (family, charity, friends, purpose) and ends with a practical framework for achieving our goals.
This spiritual approach to planning takes what is normally a stressful and daunting task and puts it into perspective.
Monastics have simple rules for money, and if you read about lay people in Buddhist texts, you're reminded that merchants are evil cheats and money is a dead end path. So lay people are left wondering how money plays into their spiritual lives, which leads to perhaps not handling it properly or dealing with a literal embarrassment of riches. One of my favorite Buddhist texts puts it like this:
In the beginning wealth makes you happy and envied;
But however much you have, it never seems enough.
In the middle miserliness tightens its knots around you:
You can't bear to spend it on offerings or charity.
Your wealth attracts enemies and negative forces,
In the end, wealth's a demon that puts your life in danger.
How frustrating to just look after wealth for your enemies!
I've cast off this millstone, which drags us down into samsara.
I want no more of this devil's lure.
-Jetsun Milarepa from Words of My Perfect Teacher: A Complete Translation of a Classic Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Sacred Literature)
Mindful Money takes on personal money management for the spiritually minded with a light touch. It dispels the money illusion we live with, taught by the pundits and money gurus. It simplifies strategies and goals, asking the reader to define their money priorities and accepting the limitations of work and savings. It asks you to define meaning through relationships, generosity and gratitude and work towards those well defined goals, rather than frittering away money on illusory bobbles that don't bing us happiness or fulfill our goals. It takes a middle path.
Mindful Money throws light into the dark spaces of the mind reserved for our uncomfortable relationship with work, money and our materialistic needs, warranted or not. In Buddhist terms, it would be a "path text," describing how fortunate we are to have come to this point, how left to our own devices we're often mired in illusion, and finally, providing a way out towards well intended financial goal. Mindful Money isn't truly a religious or spiritual text, but it's certainly compatible with those who would rather be reading one.