Websites & Blogs
- “Your current middle-class life is an Exploding Volcano of Wastefulness, and by learning to see the truth in this statement, you will easily be able to cut your expenses in half – leaving you saving half of your income. Or two thirds, or more. Sound like a fantasy? Not to readers of this blog. What happens when you can save more of your income? As it turns out, spending much less money than you bring in is the way to get rich. The ONLY way.”
- Farnoosh Torabi is a financial expert who has written books, has an award winning podcast, and whose works have been published places like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and USA Today. This website offers pragmatic advice that will benefit almost anyone, yet is mainly viewed by educated professionals.
- Nerdwallet is a collection of financial resources, information, and advice. This site is a place to look for things like finding out information on different credit cards, banks, stocks, etc.
- Seth’s Blog: Up and to the Right – This short blog talks about how we measure performance, and if we only care about performance, we are continuing to sacrifice other areas of life by making performance our only unit of measurement.
- James Altucher’s Blog- This blog covers a variety of topics with money being one of them. This particular read goes through Altucher sharing 10 things that he values more than money with his reasoning for each, dabbling in things that make his life more meaningful and exciting.
- Money Can buy You Happiness- In this Ted Talk, the author transforms traditionally held beliefs by asserting, “If you think Money Can’t Buy Happiness, you’re not spending it right. 12 min.
- The Disease of More- J. Cole, a famous rapper, uses his experience achieving fame, fortune, and success to powerfully explain why placing our importance on money will never lead to happiness and turns life into a hamster wheel 3 min.
- What if Money Was No Object – Alan Watts, a famous philosopher, masterfully helps the world imagine the side of themselves that would come out what life could look like “if money was no object.”
- Everyone Needs to Hear This- Jay Shetty, a former Monk and world renowned speaker, challenges the “American Dream” and many of the stories that we’ve bought into as a society. He thoughtfully holds up a mirror to the stereotypical 9-5 and some of the unquestioned views we have on work/life balance. 5 min.
- The Evolution of Money – Ann Pettifor, author and British economist, explains money’s original intention and how it’s involved into the way it is currently used and managed today. 7 min.
- Imagined Realities – Famous author, Yuval Noah Harari, speaks on the real vs imagined worlds that humans create. He touches on how money has no value other than the stories we give them, and how humans often live more in imagined realities and stories that we’ve created around things other than objective realities. 5 min.
- The Psychology of Money- “BBC Radio 4 broadcaster Claudia Hammond explores the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, biology and behavioral economics, and offers some simple yet effective advice that can help us improve our relationship with money.” 24 min.
- When Money Isn’t Real- In this Ted talk, one dad brings home $10,000 for his kids to play Monopoly with in order to see how this will change their behavior. What he finds, enables him to make connections to real world ways we view money today. 16 min.
It’s incredible that this documentary is available on youtube in full.
- Would Winning the Lottery Make You Happier- In this Ted Ed, a number of studies are touched on as to how winning the lottery does or doesn’t change people. 5 min.
- Philosopher’s Notes TV, Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth – Brian Johnson here summarizes a more spiritual book on abundance and defines what hope, abundance, prosperity, security, and our mind have to do with wealth. 10 min.
- Human Extended Version: Vol. 1: Is a documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand interviewing over 2,000 people from all over the world on a variety of topics. About 48 min. in people begin talking about wealth, poverty, and money. (1 hr.23 min.); Part about money 33 min.
- How to Stop Wasting Your Life – Dr. Jordan Peterson: This clip goes into the reason that we waste our time and money and the cycle we create when we do something we don’t love. (3 min.)
- This video shows Bill Gates’s response and perspective on wealth and challenges the viewer to consider the meaning of “rich” in a new way. (3 min.)
- What I Learned While Making a Movie About Happiness: Roko Belic: Roko shares his learnings from making the documentary “Happy,” where he travels around the world interviewing a diversity of people around what happiness means to them. 17 min.
- Cole Hatter shares a gripping tale of his working adult years. His experiences cover the full gamut of what all work can be. Through his experiences, he shares both how and why he’s found happiness through work, money and giving back. 20 min.
- This mini education talk shares how we form connections to “stuff” and begin to consider objects “our own.” We even go as far to believe that our own objects have a unique or special essence. 4 min.
- This clip goes into the damaging impact that our production of stuff is having on both our world and us as people. 99% of the “stuff” consumed in the U.S. is thrown away within 6 months. 17 min.
- Living on One Dollar- “an award-winning documentary following four friends as they live on less than $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. “ Trailer: 2 min. Documentary; 56 min.
- The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit: This movie is based on the novel by Sloan Wilson about a man who is confronted with the pressure to make more money, step into a new career, spend more time with family, and figure out his priorities. He attempts to balance all these things while trying to hide his memories and a decision made years earlier during World War II. Trailer: 2 min. Movie 2hr. 32min
- The Little Prince is a story that contrasts the play, creativity, fun, and awe of childhood with the desire to grow up and embrace the “seriousness” of achievement. This movie highlights a key component of happiness as never forgetting the simple beauty of connection that makes life meaningful. Trailer: 3 min.
- “Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.” Trailer: 2 min.
Much beloved, The Little Prince is a classic among children’s books.
- “I’m Fine, Thanks” is a movie about complacency, or why so many settle for mediocrity in their everyday life at the expense of a greater passion. It’s a collection of stories on the choices we make and the paths we ultimately decide to follow. And – most importantly – whether or not that path is truly connected to who we are as individuals.” Trailer: 3 min.
- Minimalism: A Documentary explores the prevalence and questions the belief that we will be happier with the “right” stuff. This documentary also highlights how we’ve been sold the dream of “stuff” and points to how the hunt for “stuff” detracts from a life well lived. Trailer: 3 min.
- What Would Jesus Buy? follows a pastor named “Reverend Billy” whose main crusade is saving Americans from the mountains of debt they accrue over the holidays. He aims to keep us from a life trapped in consumerism and paying off credit cards. Trailer: 2 min.
- Wall-E is the story of a lonely robot left on Earth to clean up years of waste created from overconsumption. Wall E meets a friend, falls in love, and encourages the viewer to examine how important connection is to happiness. Trailer: 3 min.
- A John Stossel report on Greed goes into the ins and outs of excess while also challenging stereotypes about what makes a person “Greedy.” Special: 40 min.
- Given, The Movie is about a family that takes their child around the world for some of his younger and more formative years of his life. This tale of the world is told through the eyes of a 6-year old as the family sets out to fulfill a family legacy. Trailer: 1 min.
- In Time explores a world where people are paid in the currency of time rather than money. One man tries to buck the system as a futuristic Robin Hood giving away time to the poor. Trailer: 3 min.
- Pink Floyd – Money: Pink Floyd’s song touches on Money and Greed and almost mocks the desire and pursuit of money above all else
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Make the Money: Macklemore, a modern-day famous rapper, goes into why he does what he loves, rather than pursuing a job for just the money.
- The O’Jays – For the Love of Money: The O’Jays caution about Money and how Money can be evil or can take over a person’s life, if not careful.
- The Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles here touch on how little they care for money, in that it can’t buy them what they’re really after, love.
- Harry Chapin – Cats in the Cradle: This song touches on a life lived being too busy working to spend time with the ones that you care about.
- Morgan Bolender- Mary Oliver: This song is about living a life listening to your own self, rather than being who others tell you to be.
- Madonna- Material Girl: Madonna’s song is about a girl who is only interested in dating men who have money.
- Johnny Paycheck -Take This Job and Shove It: This song is about a man who is working a job he hates under a boss he hates in order to provide for his woman. She leaves him and takes all of his money, and now all he wants to do is quit.
- Loverboy – Workin’ for the Weekend: Loverboy touches on a culture where people are trying to spend their week to “get it right” so that they can blow off steam and “be somebody” on the weekend.
- Loggins and Messina – Danny’s Song: Danny’s Song is about a person who finds love and is now so happy that even a lack of money no longer matters.
- Tracy Chapman – Fast Car: This song is about escaping from a life limited with opportunities to pursue the dream of love, a new job, and a new life.
- The Steve Miller Band – Take the Money and Run: This song is about two lovers who have nothing to do in life so they decide to commit a crime to get money and then run from the law.
- Hall and Oates – Rich Girl: This song is about a girl who grows up with money, yet the song implies that money alone leads to one being a shallow quality person.
- Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money: This song is the story of a hard working, blue-collar woman’s life.
- Bachman Turner Overdrive – Takin’ Care of Business: In this song the band contrasts their lives as musicians with those who go to work and do work they don’t love for a paycheck.
- Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett – It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere: These two sing about being overworked and stuck at a job that they don’t love. The stat daydreaming and then eventually decide to leave work to go have fun.
- Todd Rundgren – Bang On The Drum All Day: This song is about someone who would rather be doing their passion (playing the drums) than work.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son: CCR here sings about not being born wealthy and having to go to war vs. missing out on the privileges that come to those born lucky.
- Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar: Blacc sings about leading a hard life, losing his job, needing money, and turning to alcohol to help him feel better.
- The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony: This song is a view of life that some follow centering around chasing money and a life void of meaning.
- The Prophet: Khalil Gibran – This book famously summarizes a number of meaningful topics in life such as money, work, love, etc. providing a succinct and thoughtful view of each. One chapter specifically related to work shows how we often think that not having to work i the goal; however, in having a purpose and contributing to the world through work, we find a deeper sense of meaning and fulfillment. This book offers its thoughts on a variety of topics in a way that considers both wisdom, soul, meaning and purpose, and a long term perspective of joy versus short-term happiness.
- Your Money: The Missing Manual: J.D. Roth – This book begins with talking about how money isn’t actually what we’re after, happiness is. This first chapter explores ways to use money to create or contribute to happiness. This first chapter is a place to look to directly explore the relationship between money and happiness and what factors other than money do you need to buy happiness. This book also provides a small, step by step, pragmatic view to wealth, focusing on making small improvements in a number of little areas that focusing on will eventually lead to wealth. Some of the areas emphasized are having goals, small ways to budget and be more frugal, wise small scale investing, and defeating debt.
- Conscious Capitalism: John Mackey and Raj Sisodia – This read is a beautiful insight into the behind the possibilities that meaning-focused businesses can aspire to via Capitalism. This read advocates for a world where businesses realize and embrace the opportunity to be a beneficial force to their employees, customers, environment, and everything they touch. This book speaks to the characteristics of what make an organization more than just a money making machine and instead embrace the highest possible form of corporate altruism, at times even being a moral beacon for governments and society to follow. A couple core concepts contained are that any business should strive for a higher purpose, serve all people that the business touches, and can both lead and create cultures in a way that empowers and lifts up all stakeholders in their organization.
- The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life: Lynne Twist – This book takes a bold approach to challenging many of the traditionally held views around money. Twist does so by pointing out certain mindsets or attitudes that lead to money-stress versus fulfillment. She shares how making and spending our money in a way that aligns with our values and beliefs provides a sense of peace around money that enables a more empowered, stress-free relationship with money. She also talks about certain concepts such as collaboration, standing up for what we believe in, focusing our money expenditures towards our values, and believing in sufficiency as a pathway towards financial freedom. She also shares that when money is used as an expression of our values, money becomes a tool that provides us peace and joy.
- Your Money or Your Life: Vicki Robin – Robin shares that a healthy relationship with money isn’t about money, it’s about having a healthy, meaningful, productive relationship with life. Robin advocates for calculating not just how much time, but rather “life energy” (everything that we are trading such as opportunity cost, happiness, and stress) is going into our purchases. By taking this step and knowing what work actually costs us, we are better able to decide which work, tasks, or purchases are actually worth it. This book also sheds light on important concepts such as knowing what our own definition of “enough” is, measuring our expenditures based on how much “fulfillment” we get from purchases, and giving our money a purpose.
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: Robin S. Sharma – Sharma uses a giant metaphor to highlight that the purpose of life is a life of purpose. This book also defines success as something that begins within. Sharma shares that contribution and giving to others are what the quality of our lives are all about. Robin also shares that focusing on happiness vs. achievement is a greater path towards a meaningful life, and believes that focusing on our higher purpose is the purpose of life.
- Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement: Bob Clyatt – Clyatt uses Nobel Prize winning research to provide an alternative to the conventional waiting to 65 or older to retire; a path called “semi-retirement.” Semi-retirement enables us to eliminate the amount of hours being spent at work by tapping into a fulfilling and meaningful life based on careful planning and reducing the things in life that we don’t need. Clyatt also shares that even retiring can feel meaningless without a reason for wanting to retire or without a healthy body, mind, or relationships. Clyatt also shares a few practical steps to achieving semi-retirement such as collecting an amount of money that one can withdraw 4% from each year and sustain ourselves, living below our means, and taking actionable steps towards retirement (even if not sure exactly sure what the plan is yet).
- The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity – Gaines shares four major tips as far as tapping into the laws or forces that govern prosperity. One of these laws focuses on tithing (or giving 10%) the the organization or place that helps one grow. This act acknowledges the importance of a higher source or meaning. She also talks about how setting goals gives us a way to catch abundance and how forgiveness enables us to believe that we are worthy of receiving the best that God, or a higher source, has for us. Gaines shares that finally finding our highest purpose and utilizing the gifts that we’ve been given allows us to add value to the world in a way that brings prosperity.
- The Wealthy Gardener – The Wealthy Gardener is a practical guide to a very traditional means of wealth: hard work, money management, having goals, and a number of other basic strategies. The book is a life story, broken down into a number of smaller events, or teaching moments, in his life related to money. This book is overflowing with a number of miniature lessons that are each 3-7 pages. Reading this book is akin to learning a number of the lessons that cultivate wealth directly from a millionaire. His wisdom is taught in a way that enables anyone to achieve wealth if willing to focus on a number of small areas of life, and creating the habits that accompany the mindset of a millionaire, and he does it all through the analogy of gardening.
- The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth – James Altucher – Altucher offers that instead of spending time chasing the traditional job, instead spend time pursuing continual growth, especially in the form of working to come up with new ideas. He talks about the practice of continually growing and expanding ourselves on all fronts (physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc.). He also shares that taking life into our own hands via choosing to take control of our habits, our career, and investing in ourselves and making ourselves a priority.
- Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose (2nd Edition) – Firms of Endearment offers that now we live in a world where employees and customers are looking for meaning in their work and accountability in a company. Money at the expense of values is no longer acceptable. The FOE companies are ones that treat their employees, stakeholders, share holders, etc. in a way that values all of them and looks out for all of their best interests. FOE’s are about adding value to the world in more ways other than just profit. This book also highlights that these companies termed “Firms of Endearment” have outperformed the market by 300 to 1000% through their true passion for people, products, and making a difference.
- All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth – Laura Vanderkam – Much of All the Money is based on empirical research and suggests that people will be happier if they buy more experiences, fewer material goods, use their money to help others, and buy many small pleasures rather than fewer large ones.This book shares that the people who are happiest about money share these three things (outlook on money):
- I have enough. There are some people in this world who have more, but also plenty with less.
- If I want more than I have now to achieve big goals, I can figure out a way to get it.
- Every dollar is a choice. How I earn it and spend it are up to me.
All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth – Laura Vanderkam
- The Illusion of Money – Kyle Cease – Former Comedian expresses that all of us have an inner Michael Jordan. By that he means that if we would have put Michael Jordan in a suit and tie, and asked him to be an accountant, we might not have ever seen his brilliance or gift to the world (in the form of basketball). He shares that if we are willing to let go of the belief that ‘money equals safety’ and start using more of our unique gifts and talents, we will each find our inner genius too. By making decisions in life that we feel 10 out of 10 about and find fulfillment in, we eventually will create a space in our life for there to be tremendous wealth, and the world also benefits as well!
- Spiritual Economics- Eric Butterworth – Butterworth shares that wealth comes from focusing on having abundant and healthy thoughts and behaviors rather than chasing after money. He also states that we’re here to become the best version of ourselves (creative, connected, abundant, giving back), and in doing these things we begin to have wealth. Butterworth also describes a life of abundance as one full of hope, free of worry, and taking the conscious control of our own lives. This book also goes into a few other topics like being a giver and the need for practice in order to become the best versions of ourselves.
- Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom? – Scott Rieckens – Rieckens tells his story about beginning a life in the FIRE community. He first had to convince his wife to also buy into this more frugal lifestyle. This book chronicles his journey as he quits his job and makes a number of drastic life changes in order to save more money. Their family’s aim is to live a simpler and less stressful life. Through FIRE they are able to give up a number of luxuries that kept them trapped in a lifestyle of work and stress.
- What Money Can’t Buy – Sandel dives into the issue of what things morally should not be up for sale. Sandel discusses things like paying children for grades or prisons using prisoners to make money. In market economies, the power of money has spilled over into areas of life not intended. Sandel points out that we have now become market societies where almost everything has a price tag.
- The Philosophy of Money – (Routledge Classics) – Georg Simmel – Simmel dives into the wide ranging philosophy and uses of money in modern society. He talks about how money is one of the main tools for buying freedom. Simmel also shares that money can be used to benefit the individual and ignore the society. When one views money from a “more is better” or intellectual mentality, they forget about the emotional aspects of those around them.
- The Gizzard – Diane Wolkstein: This fable tells about how encountering luck, and unexpected riches can tear apart marriages and families, when put above all else.
- The Table Where Rich People Sit – Byrd Baylor: This short story shows how a family considers riches to be more than just money as they count up the beauty, connection, and experiences that they get paid in as well.
- Eyes-All-Over – Terry Jones: A man who has the ability to see beyond what most people ever get to see (including past, present, future) fails to see something far more important in people, their worth and the value of love!
- The Song That Brought Happiness – Terry Jones: This tale demonstrates how even the most beautiful thing, if used improperly, can bring destruction.
- Forget-Me-Nuts- Terry Jones: This story demonstrates how ignorance may be bliss, but that some things are worth remembering.
- The Magic Pomegranate- Peninnah Schram: This ancient tale is a story about family, giving, and generosity.
- How Much Land Does A Man Need? – Leo Tolstoy: This tale highlights the dangers of greed and the cost of always chasing after “more.”
- The Ruby – A parable told from Hindu Tradition, Retold by Jim May: This story touches on the difference between wealth and wisdom, and leads us to question how important money or material wealth is?
- The Fisherman – This story contrasts two ways of thinking and challenges the necessity of acquiring money because “it is the thing to do” in favor of being mindful of the type of life we want to live.
- The Miser – This story tells about a man who puts all of his happiness in having gold. He buries the gold and is happy knowing that it is there. He one day becomes extremely sad when the gold is gone. The moral of the story is that the size of the pile of money doesn’t make much difference if one doesn’t know how to use it to have a meaningful life.
- The James Altucher Show – Ep. 498 (How to Quit the Stable Job You Hate for Something Better: Mike Bullard on His journey from Cop to Comic): A famous Canadian Comic and TV Talk Show host, talks about reinventing himself over and over to consistently do the things he loves. 1 hr. 42 min.
- The Good Life Project – “Happiness and Money: What the Research REALLY Shows:” “So, what is the truth? What does the research show? Can money buy you happiness? Can it buy you a good life? Is there actually real, hard science that can help us answer this age-old question?” 37 min.
- For a Deeper Dive into “Things” or “Stuff” we recommend this episode of Radiolab. This episode dives deeper into how stuff impacts us, the memories they hold, and the attachment we form to our things. 1 hr. 4 min.
- How to Get Rich: Every Episode: Naval – Naval is a prolific tech investor with a gift for logically and simply breaking down concepts related to wealth. The simplicity and variety of topics touched here makes it worth the amount of time invested to listen to. 3 hr. 35 min.
- Planet Money (NPR): Planet Money takes a look at relevant topics currently facing our world and explores them in a fun, engaging, and educational way. For all things economy related, Planet Money is worth checking out.
- What Are the Secrets to a Happy Life? – This article dives into the Harvard Grant Study which followed hundreds of men over the course of their lives. The article talks about how important loving relationships are to almost every type of flourishing in life.
- High Income Improves Evaluation of Life but Not Emotional Well-Being – This research article points to the fact that higher income helps one feel better, but does not create the sustained feelings of joy in an individual.
- The Sad State of Happiness in the United States and the Role of Digital Media – The World Happiness Report points to how despite leading a higher quality of life, American happiness continues to decrease.
- Why Do We Think Money Buys Happiness? -This article dives into our desire to be a part of a community and look out for the best interests of those around us, even in financial terms.
How to’s (Money, Work, and Life)
- How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You) – This article by “Wait But Why” is a one-stop shop for a basic understanding of self, money, career, happiness, and our stories around each of these components.
- A man who interviewed over 150 millionaires says getting rich boils down to perfecting a 3-step formula – A millionaire interviews over 150 other millionaires and boils down their wealth into 3 common steps.
- The Secret to Upgrading Your Entire Life (Money, Happiness, etc.) In 3-5 Years – If desiring a way to “win the day” and to make big changes in life that transform the trajectory of our lives, this article provides both powerful and practical ways to do so.
- Book Summary: Manual for Living– James Clear summarizes an ancient book and breaks down a few main concepts about goal setting, focus, and accepting responsibility for our results.
- How to Have Money – Kate Carraway talks about the stories that inform our views of money, how gender and expectations play a role in our spending, and figuring out what we value most and spending money on those “value quadrants.”
- Money is the Megaphone of Identity – This article breaks down how our perspective is what makes us “wealthy.” Things like freedom and power can be aided by money. Even at higher levels of finances though, one may still operate from a place of fear and feel trapped in a lifestyle they don’t enjoy.
- The Scandinavian Secrets To Work (And Life) Satisfaction – This article discusses some of the factors that make Scandanavian countries happier, more productive, and living a higher quality of life than most of the world.
What Many of Us Are Getting Wrong
- Kids Don”t Need to Stay “On Track” To Succeed – The Atlantic talks about how “success” is rarely a straight line, but often through life’s unforeseen circumstances we can find success.
- The Top 10 Regrets in Life by Those About to Die – This infographic provides a quick, colorful, visual about what those on their deathbed most regret.
- Work Makes Us Lonely. BetterUp Is Working on a Solution to Fix That – BetterUp looks at studies and is doing research to show why many employees are experiencing burnout and are unhappy.
- The Fear of Ostracism Keeps People Stuck in Mediocrity – Mission.org shares how many of us make choices that are status quo to try to be accepted. This coloring inside the lines keeps many from ever finding happiness or doing the things that allow someone to live a life true to themselves.
- The Top 5 Regrets of Mid-Career Professionals – Kathy Caprino uses her 11 years of experience career-coaching to share the 5 regrets that keep popping up over and over again worldwide.
Food for Thought
- Why Are Rich People So Mean? – The author talks about how being rich creates a thing in people called, “Rich Asshole Syndrome” where we insulate ourselves from those less fortunate, become cut off from connection, and stop caring as much about others.
- We have the tools and technology to work less and live better – Tanza Loudenback touches on how it was predicted that we would only need to work 10-15 hours a week (based on our increasing technology and levels of productivity) in order to survive in today’s society, but due to a number of other factors, we’ve chosen to do the exact opposite and spend more of our lives at work.
- The Price of Overly Frugal Living – This brief article touches on the sacrifice of time and energy that occurs when focusing on how to save every little penny.
- The Sacred Story of Capitalism, Retold – Here we dive into the story of capitalism as quasi-evil and tie in giving and contribution as a piece to capitalism that can round out this story and make capitalism more meaningful.
- “When we seek money, or a good relationship, or a great job, what we are really seeking is happiness.” – Deepak Chopra
- “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.” – Clare Boothe Luce
- “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” — Frank Tyger
- “Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” –Benjamin Franklin
- “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
- “Unexpected money is a delight. The same sum is a bitterness when you expected more.” – Mark Twain
- “Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction and our ego satisfaction in consumption. We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced and discarded at an ever-increasing rate.” — Victor Lebow
- “I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.” –Steve Martin
- “If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles.” – Benjamin Franklin
Perspectives of Money and Life
- When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama said, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
- “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” -Jack Kornfield
- “Money is like water. It can be a conduit for commitment, a currency of love. Money moving in the direction of our highest commitments nourishes our world and ourselves. What you appreciate appreciates. When you make a difference with what you have, it expands. Collaboration creates prosperity. True abundance flows from enough; never from more. Money carries our intention. If we use it with integrity, then it carries integrity forward. Know the flow—take responsibility for the way your money moves in the world. Let your soul inform your money and your money express your soul. ” ― Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life
- “One of the great arts in living is to learn the art of accurately appraising values. Everything that we think, that we earn, that we have given to us, that in any way touches our consciousness, has its own value. These values are apt to change with the mood, with time, or because of circumstances. We cannot safely tie to any material value. The values of all material possessions change continually, sometimes overnight. Nothing of this nature has any permanent set value. The real values are those that stay by you, give you happiness and enrich you. They are the human values.” —George Matthew Adams
- “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson
Money Not Being the Most Important Thing
- “Make money your god, and it will plague you like the devil.” –Henry Fielding
- “He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Some money costs too much. When you bind the soul to matter, you grind the soul to dust.” -Rudolf Steiner
- “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” –Jonathan Swift
- “Money is not really the thing you’re after–after all, would you lock yourself in a dark, silent box forever in exchange for becoming a billionaire?” -Peter Adeney, aka Mr. Money Mustache
- “If you worship money and things — if they are where you tap real meaning in life — then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough…On one level, we all know this stuff already…The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness.” ― David Foster Wallace
- The new roadmap says that there is something called ‘enough’…’enough’ is this vibrant, vital place…an awareness about the flow of money and stuff in your life, in light of your true happiness and your sense of purpose and values, and that your ‘enough point’ (having enough) is having everything you want and need, to have a life you love and full self-expression, with nothing in excess. It’s not minimalism. It’s not less is more (because sometimes more is more), but it’s that sweet spot, it’s the Goldilocks point. –Vicki Robin – Your Money or Your Life
- “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” –Maya Angelou
- “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” – Unknown
- “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” –Steve Jobs
- “What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” –Julia Cameron
- “I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.” — Walter Cronkite.
Henry Ford understood the limits of money on well-being.
Things Money Can’t Buy
- “Money buys everything but good sense.” –Yiddish (on money)
- “For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.” –Arne Garborg
- “No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself.” –Plato
- “If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” –Henry Ford
- “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” –George Lorimer
Practical Advice On Money
- “You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” –Dave Ramsey
- “Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.” –Zig Ziglar
- “Financial peace isn’t the acquisition of stuff. It’s learning to live on less than you make, so you can give money back and have money to invest. You can’t win until you do this.” –Dave Ramsey
- “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” -Henry D. Thoreau
- “Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each.” –Christopher Rice
- “Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.” —Timothy Ferriss
- “Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” –Joe Biden
- “Going after a dream has a price. … But however costly it may be, it is never as high as the price paid by people who didn’t live. Because one day they will look back and hear their own heart say: ‘I wasted my life.” – Paolo Coelho
- “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins
- “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” –Steve Jobs
- “It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?” — Jim Carrey.
Wisdom to Live Life By
- “Early to bed, and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” – Benjamin Franklin
- “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” –Mark Twain
- “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” –Steve Jobs
- “Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” – Satchel Paige
- “Better is a little with content than much with contention.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” –Albert Einstein
- “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” –Epictetus
- “It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” –Seneca
- “Wealth is not his that has it, but wealth is his that enjoys it.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “A Rich Life is about FREEDOM and FLEXIBILITY. You can be rich on $50K/year if you’ve created a life where you can do the things you love — whether it’s traveling, eating sushi every week, or teaching drawing. You can also live that Rich Life on $500,000 or $5 million. And of course, more money makes it easier.” –Ramit Sethi
- “Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.” –Arthur Schopenhauer
- “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” –Ayn Rand
- “Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.” —P.T. Barnum
- “Men do not desire to be rich, only to be richer than other men.” -John Stuart Mill
- “There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else. That is the misery of being poor.” – Oscar Wilde
- “America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves…It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters…Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money.” — Kurt Vonnegut
- “Yet there is no country and no people, I think, who can look forward to the age of leisure and of abundance without a dread. For we have been trained too long to strive and not to enjoy. — John Maynard Keynes, Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren
- “Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like.” –Will Rogers