I recently finished a book by Hill Harper titled The Wealth Cure. Although this isn’t your normal personal finance book giving you step by step directions on exactly how to manage your money, I certainly walked away from it with a new perspective on money.
Too often in our busy lives we tend to lose sight of the importance of relationships. We hold an unrealistic expectation of ourselves. We juggle so much.
Hill Harper reminds us in his book that you should strive to achieve wealth in every area of your life. True wealth. He encourages you to create a blueprint for what true wealth means to you.
So many of us want to be “rich” by having a lot of money – yet there is a much easier way to have true and lasting wealth. Simply shift our value system. If the cost of being you is too high – if the spending has you feeling trapped so that you can’t see a way out – then you aren’t free, and you can’t lead a fulfilled existence. You need to implement your own Wealth Cure in order to be free and fulfilled – what I call being “unreasonably happy.”
It’s not often a book can really get inside you and create a whole new way of thinking. After reading this book I find myself hugging my kids a little longer and truly appreciating all my blessings. This book has humbled me.
The book is intertwined with personal stories, while providing an insightful guide to reevaluating life and the things that matter.
- Ask yourself, “Am I using money or is money using me?”
- Reevaluate your “Life Account” versus your “Bank Account”
- Understand and respect the power of money, but also don’t let it control your life/happiness
- Invest in yourself first
- Consider the usefulness of life insurance, a will, and an emergency fund
- Recognize the difference between “smart money” and “dumb money”
- Become an active architect in your own life
Indeed, money is an effective tool, says Hill, and it is important to set a solid financial framework first (as it is inextricably linked to other aspects of life) but one must be careful not to determine happiness by a wealth of finance.
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