Your Money or Your Life?

Andrew Neitlich
Andrew Neitlich

Last blog talked about making a great living. This blog gets into your relationship with work and money, and recommends two books.

The first is Your Money or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. This is a classic that is great for people who never seem to be satisfied with what they have, and yet keep working and working for more of the same. It challenges you to ask when you have reached ENOUGH — and to develop a financial plan that makes you truly independent.

The book is great because, unlike the plethora of books out there about how to get rich by increasing income, this one focuses on getting out of debt and reducing spending. It also shows you the true costs of working so hard.

Now, if you love what you do, you may find your money vs. your life to be a false dichotomy. Still, this book is worth a read, especially the first few chapters.

Second, consider getting Money and the Meaning of Life by Jacob Needleman. This book takes money and uses it as a vehicle for you to discover your core values. Money is loaded with meaning, and yet few of us take the time to delive into what it means to us. By asking some of Needleman’s questions, you can free up your relationship with money.

Tis the season to think about the bigger picture and how we can be better and more satisfied. If you want to transform the world, transform yourself first. And thinking about money is a great place to start…..