Are you ready to discover your money personality? You know, the one that acts like a four year old one day and a mature adult the next. Brent Kessel in his book, Itís Not About The Money: Unlock Your Money Type to Achieve Spiritual and Financial Abundance explores the emotional and intellectual aspects of how we deal (or donít deal) with our finances.
I didnít know what to expect when my review copy arrived. Brent Kessel is the founder of two successful wealth management firms, has been named one of the top 250 financial advisors in the U.S., has met with the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa and writes a financial column for Yoga Journal. I was prepared for a ďspiritualĒ look into the world of finance that would downplay the practical nuts and bolts of wealth building. I was wrong!
Brent Kessel did a great job of marrying the emotional, spiritual and practical aspects of money, financial planning and wealth management. Itís Not About The Money is the type of book youíll want to make time to read, study, work the activities and absorb the material on both an emotional and intellectual level.
Part One: First we have to understand what is happening inside on an emotional level before we can work on outside circumstances. Here are some of the emotional/spiritual highlights I gathered within the first few chapters:
- We all get what we think we deserve.
- Financial freedom requires more of a focus on our inner life than on our outer financial circumstances.
- Inner wealth often leads to outer wealth.
- To truly understand our relationship with money, itís important to embark on an inner journey in which money is the primary focus.
Part Two: This part focuses on recognizing and understanding your core money personality.
Brent Kessel believes that to understand where we are as adults, we have to understand are financial archetypes. Archetypes are the powerful financial energies within us that make up our day-to-day financial life and often have roots in childhood. The author analyzes eight money personalities/archetypes.
In this section he has us work on how to recognize our money personality, probable causes for why we view money the way we do, why this personality may or may not be working for us and possible solutions for solving what isnít working. Brent does this by taking us through different activities for each of the eight money personalities. This section is an eye-opener!
Part Three: This is the intellectual side of money management. Here is when Itís Not About The Money gets into investing, financial planning and using your core story to help you make money.
Once you know your core money story and understand how it affects your life, you can gain power and control over money. Brent shows you how to use your money personality to help make money.
Brent believes when investing stay true to yourself, your money personality and core values. Become a ďconsciousĒ investor who invests in a board range of stocks that will universally help the climate and humanity. Your best financial decisions are the ones that support ďwhat is most important to your essence.Ē
Part Four: This is the nuts and bolts resource section. Here you will find pages of valuable information which standing alone is worth the price of the book.
My overall impression of Itís Not About The Money: Unlock Your Money Type To Achieve Spiritual and Financial Abundance is that Iím very glad I read the book. Brent Kessel wrote a book that is spiritual, thoughtful and practical all rolled into one. This book could very well help you make peace with your inner four year old who just may be controlling your adult financial future. I highly recommend!
Hereís a link to Amazon.com if youíd like to order this book or read more about it: It's Not About The Money
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