I was sent a copy of The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place by Hill Harper to review. It’s a captivating and charming book that will uplift you to make changes in your life.
If you don’t know, Hill Harper is an actor, most known for his work on CSI: NY, and he is a New York Times best selling author of several books. After a blindsiding thyroid cancer diagnosis, he was forced to figure out what really mattered in his life. He had money, homes, cars, but that didn’t matter anymore.
Right before his impending surgery, he takes a 3 day, cross country train ride from LA to Chicago to sort out his thoughts. Along the way, he meets some interesting people who inspire him in his journey to finding his wealth cure.
Hill Harper weaves stories of himself and his friends and their journeys to finding wealth. However, the wealth he describes about in The Wealth Cure is not about money, but about finding “unreasonable happiness”. How fitting that this book is about the same subject matter as Living Richly on a Budget!
In this blog, I talk about “living richly” in terms of finding true happiness, which doesn’t come from having lots of money. Not that having a lot of money is wrong or that you won’t be happy if you are wealthy. But true happiness starts inside. If you are not truly happy inside, then you won’t be happy no matter how much more money you have.
Hill Harper explains that in order to create a Wealth Cure, you must examine your Wealth Factors, what “provides us with a deep, enduring sense of well-being.”
And you have to change the way you think about money.
- Are you using money or is it using you?
- What’s in your “Life Account” vs. your “Bank Account”
- Understand and respect the power of money, but not let it control your life or happiness
- Invest in yourself first
- Consider the value of life insurance, a will, and an emergency fund
- Know the difference between “smart money” and “dumb money”
- Become an active architect in your own life
While reading this book, I reflected on my relationship with money and what true wealth means to me. The stories and quotes in the book touched me so much that at times I had to put it down to immerse myself in its wisdom.
The Wealth Cure is surprisingly heartwarming and inspirational. It will invigorate you to live out your dreams and find true wealth.