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Your Money or Your Life Summary – Vicki Robin

Arthur Worsley
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M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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Your Money of Your Life is a 9-step, ultimate guide to getting out of debt, building good habits, enjoying life with less stuff and investing for maximium financial success - by author, speaker and professional finance guru, Vicki Robin. (400 pages)

Note: This Your Money or Your Life summary is part of an ongoing project to summarise the Best Personal Finance Books and Best Self Help Books of all time.

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Your Money or Your Life Summary

This Your Money or Your Life publisher’s blurb comes from the Penguin paperback edition of the book…

“For more than twenty-five years, Your Money or Your Life has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money.

Hundreds of thousands of people have followed this nine-step program, learning to live more deliberately and meaningfully with Vicki Robin’s guidance.

This fully revised and updated edition is the ultimate makeover of this bestselling classic, ensuring that its time-tested wisdom applies to people of all ages in our age of economic insecurity.

Whether you’re just beginning your financial life or heading toward retirement, this book will show you how to:

  • Get out of debt and develop savings;
  • Save money through mindfulness and good habits, rather than strict budgeting;
  • Declutter your life and live well for less;
  • Invest your savings and begin creating wealth;
  • save the planet while saving money…

And so much more.

Once you gain control of your money, you can stop just making a living and start truly making a life.”

Your Money or Your Life Contents

Your Money or Your Life has 9 main chapters…

1. The Money Trap: The Old Road Map for Money

  • STEP 1: Making Peace with the Past
  • A. How Much Have You Earned in Your Life?
  • B. What Have You Got to Show for It?

2. Money Ain’t What It Used to Be — and Never Was

  • STEP 2: Being in the Present — Tracking Your Life Energy
  • A. How Much Are You Trading Your Life Energy For?
  • B. Keep Track of Every Cent That Comes into or Goes out of Your Life

3. Where Is It All Going?

  • STEP 3: Monthly Tabulation

4 How Much Is Enough? The Quest for Happiness

  • STEP 4: Three Questions That Will Transform Your Life
  • QUESTION 1: Did I Receive Fulfillment, Satisfaction, and Value in Pro-portion to Life Energy Spent?
  • QUESTION 2: Is This Expenditure of Life Energy in Alignment with My Values and Life Purpose?
  • QUESTION 3: How Might This Expenditure Change If I Didn’t Have to Work for Money?

5. Getting It Out in the Open

  • STEP 5: Making Life Energy Visible

6. The American Dream — on a Shoestring

  • STEP 6: Valuing Your Life Energy — Minimizing Spending

7. For Love or Money: Valuing Your Life Energy—Work and Income

  • STEP 7: Valuing Your Life Energy — Maximizing Income

8. Catching Fire: The Crossover Point

  • STEP 8: Capital and the Crossover Point

9. Where to Stash Your Cash for Long-Term Financial Freedom

  • STEP 9: Investing for FI

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1. The Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason (FREE Summary)
The Richest Man in Babylon is THE classic parable on how to acquire money, how to not lose money and how to make money multiply - by serial entrepreneur and author, George S. Clason.
Published 1926 // 194 pages // Rated 4.3 over 146,000 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like Your Money or Your Life: Financial Peace Revisited
2. Financial Peace Revisited - Dave Ramsey (FREE Summary)
Financial Peace Revisited is an approachable, practical guide to getting out of debt and unlocking your financial freedom no matter who you are or where you're starting from - by personal finance guru, radio host and businessman, Dave Ramsey.
Published 1992 // 352 pages // Rated 4.3 over 13,800 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like Your Money or Your Life: Rich Dad Poor Dad
3. Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki (FREE Summary)
Rich Dad Poor Dad is one of the few must-read handbooks for anyone who's serious about earning their financial freedom - by businessman, investor and best-selling author, Robert Kiyosaki.
Published 1997 // 195 pages // Rated 4.1 over 472,500 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like Your Money or Your Life: Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant
4. Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant - Robert Kiyosaki (FREE Summary)
Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom
Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant is the practical sequel to Rich Dad Poor Dad that'll show you EXACTLY how to take control of your cashflow and build massive wealth - by businessman, investor and best-selling author, Robert Kiyosaki.
Published 1998 // 376 pages // Rated 4.1 over 47,600 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like Your Money or Your Life: The Millionaire Next Door
5. The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley (FREE Summary)
The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
The Millionaire Next Door is a fascinating study of the work and personal habits of America's surprisingly abundant blue-collar millionaires and PAW's (prodigious accumulator's of wealth) - by marketing professor, author and business theorist, Thomas J. Stanley.
Published 1995 // 258 pages // Rated 4.0 over 91,500 reviews on Goodreads

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Arthur Worsley
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