Haven’t we all wished to be rich? We’re pretty sure that a never-ending flow of money would solve most of our problems and make the others far more bearable.
Or would it?
According to the authors of Affluence Intelligence, studies have shown that “…the more [money] people make, the more they want—and the more they have, the less joy it brings them.” If money can’t buy happiness, how do we achieve that life of happiness and bliss we envision?
Stephen Goldbart and Joan Indursky Difuria set out to find an answer to that very question, and the end result was a surprising and inspiring strategy that encompasses not just financial peace but “also includes personal satisfaction and emotional connection.” In other words, affluence is more than having a pocketful of cash.
Affluence Intelligence lays out a three-month plan that leads to achievement of lofty goals, recognizing and living priorities, and enjoying a greater sense of possibility. The authors provide a simple roadmap to help readers get started on the path by outlining lifestyle priorities first. After all, none of us can reach our destination if we don’t know where we want to go.
The authors have also identified specific attitudes and behaviors that the truly wealthy share. This book includes a brief quiz that will help the reader to determine where she stands in this area, and then build upon personal desires and goals to reach a level of affluence that supports those goals in ways that are far more valuable than any amount of money.
Prosperity (one of the five lifestyle priorities) means, simply, having enough. People with high affluence intelligence don’t make money for the sake of increasing a bank balance. “Their goal is to afford a lifestyle that brings them purpose and joy.” For some, this means being able to afford more time with family and friends, or to afford more time spent in pleasurable activities and pursuing passions. The key is to know what your own priorities are; only then can you develop a plan that will lead you forward to your own world of affluence.
In this book you’ll find helpful information and tips about the behaviors and attitudes that, for most of us, will have to be adjusted before we can exit the freeway that leads us in circles and enjoy the scenery as we get closer to a joyful life of abundance.
More than just a feel-good pep talk, Affluence Intelligence addresses the twisted relationship many of us have with our finances. “…[P]eople who are financially effective are both competent and secure in their relationship with money,” the authors tell us, and they provide a quiz and a series of simple steps to help us meet the psychological challenges we often face in this area.
By breaking the concept into small chunks, Goldbart and Difuria have turned what sometimes seems an insurmountable obstacle into an enjoyable adventure. Affluence Intelligence helps readers get a grip on the worry and anxiety and transform fear into power. The program outlined here is concrete and perhaps revolutionary, with the potential to redirect an ages-old but dead-end paradigm into a satisfying and productive road trip to a worthy and fulfilling destination.