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Timeless Principles of Financial Security: Finding Peace and Prosperity in an Uncertain World Paperback – June 21, 2012
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Adam Dawson, CFP® has been building strong and lasting relationships with clients all over the country by providing personalized attention and sound financial guidance since 2000. He holds the distinguished CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(tm) certification in addition to the Series 7, Series 66, and life, disability, and long term care insurance licenses. Adam graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition and continues to compose, perform, and conduct as his schedule permits. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and loves spending as much time as possible with his beautiful wife Andrea and four children. He also enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and camping.
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I've found this book very helpful because, like a good teacher or counselor, Dawson begins by clearly establishing his worldview and the end goals that money represents for him: as indicated in the title, security, peace, and prosperity. This allows readers to determine how closely Dawson's Christian paradigm matches their own perspective on the purpose of life, family, wealth, and success.
Next, Dawson outlines the means of achieving these ends with an instructive blend of practicality and insight. I've read here and there about some of the methods Dawson advocates, but not with the detailed suggestions he includes. Two simple examples: Dawson advises putting a percentage of income into savings, then gives guidance about gradually working towards saving that desired percentage, as well as reducing the temptation to dip into the money once it's put away. Also, he discusses the difference between term and whole life insurance, then presents considerations for the option of having both kinds.
Finally, I've found the book worth reading because Dawson has written it in language that doesn't draw attention to itself. No unnecessarily big words or business cliches; no patronizing folksiness or lapses in editing. Dawson illustrates the principles with statistics, figures, and just enough storytelling to keep readers engaged without getting sidetracked with extended parables. Thankfully, Dawson maintains his focus on illuminating his principles rather than marketing his personality or success. Overall, I feel much better educated and encouraged to make the financial decisions I've been putting off thanks to this book.
My wife gave me a copy of this book and once I got over the fear of knowing that I have done very little to prepare for our future, I read it and actually enjoyed it. The book was written in a very user friendly way that instead of making me feel bad for what I had not done, it helped open my eyes to the choices made every day. Planning and sticking to a budget is hard for some of us to do, but if I had viewed things via the perspective I gleaned from this book, I probably would have been able to start and stick to it a long time ago. I enjoyed the example about what a $40,000 car really costs, (how our choices effect our other choices and opportunities)and how every decision is interrelated. The examples given in this book are timeless proven examples of which we are already aware, but overlook until they are so simply illustrated and shown just how they still fit and apply today. Principles we should all live by.
The book is very thoughtfully written in that never makes one feel bad or discouraged if you haven't started or meet you goals, but rather you are encouraged to start and/or endure so that you can reach your goals. What I liked most about the book is that it open my eyes to the different ways to measure success, and how it reminds us to notice the small things that happen everyday. It stressed the importance of the journey as much as obtaining the goal. Principles we should choose to live by everyday. The author understands that we are all different and that one person's idea of success may be different for another's. It is up to us to each decide how we measure success and then take those steps that will bring us to that goal.
My favorite timeless principle is that of gratitude.If one learns never to take things for granted, even the small things, and to be thankful and express that thanks, one cannot help but be successful, regardless of how they measure success.
I had the opportunity of meeting Mr. Dawson in person as a result of a business meeting. It is sometimes a rare thing to witness an individual actually LIVING the principles in which he or she espouses. Without reservation, Mr. Dawson is one who lives, believes and practices what his book teaches. I would recommend his book to everybody, young and old, rich or poor. It is a spot on read.
As a professional in the Risk Management industry, I will keep several copies of this book in my office at all times to hand out to clients. It really is that good. Thank you Mr. Dawson for putting into words, in a simple easy to read and understand format, those principles which are grounded in truth and weathered in integrity and honesty. The world would be a better place if we all lived by its precepts.