I just finished reading Hill Harper’s new book, The Wealth Cure. I’ve been taking the time to read more on some of the finance books that have been coming out lately in order to give you a review of some of the best books on investing and personal finances.
Hill Harper is not known for giving financial advice so you may be thinking the same thing that I was thinking when I first heard that he was releasing a book on finances. What the heck do you know about money? His previous books are on relationships and even though he is a great writer, he has never written about finance. After reading it, I realize that this book is no different. This book is about relationships. But instead of human to human relationship, this book is about your relationship with your money. He talks about how you handle money and how you should view money based on his personal experiences and observations.
This book is a great read for a few reasons. As a natural story-teller, Hill pulls you into the story with his ability to create an image with words. He starts his journey into the Wealth Cure after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. As a life changing event, he begins to think about what is important to him and starts defining the proper relationship with money. You can learn how to put money in its place and really begin taking control of your financial destiny.
Instead of splitting the book into a few chapters, they are organized into five different parts with a conclusion. The chapters are usually short, no more than a few pages.
I really like the chapter on viewing money as energy. I don’t give money any more power than it deserves. He talks about money being neither good or bad but simply a tool. My personal goal is to use money to create economic opportunities but I also plan to use my time and knowledge as well. Here is a quote from this chapter that I found particularly interesting.
..it isn’t about the money itself; it’s about the energy that money represents. Wouldn’t it be incredible to experience that same energy without needing a fat wallet or a money filled purse? The truth is, it is possible. First we need to redefine wealth. Wealth is not a list of material assets… Harper, Hill The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in its Place. New York: Gotham Books, 2011.
And a quote from a letter that Hill Harper received.
What I want to remind you of is that money represents ENERGY. When we give money to someone for a service, or product, it is an exchange of energy…When we circulate energy it keeps coming back to us, as in the truism, “What goes around comes around.” This is a simple, accurate description of the Law of Circulation. Harper, Hill The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in its Place. New York: Gotham Books, 2011.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it is a great read to add to your motivational money book list. In order to achieve true wealth, you have to put money in its place and The Wealth Cure gives the prescription to do just that.
Have you had a chance to read this book? And if not, do you agree with the statement that money is energy?
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