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Make Money, be Happy: How to Make the Money You Want And Do The Things You Want to Do: How to Make All the Money You Want, Doing What You Want to Do [Paperback]

Carmel McConnell
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Book Description

10 Dec 2004

Do you think you have enough money? Do you feel really fulfilled by your career? Very few people can answer yes to both questions. Some of us can say yes to one or the other. But the majority of people would actually say no to both.

So what is it that is stopping you achieving your full financial & career potential?

Is it possible that taking steps to be fulfilled can actually be the same steps you need to take to get control of your financial situation (and vice versa). It runs completely contrary to what we've been led to believe -  you can have lots of cash or a fulfilling job, but you can't have both. Unless you are one of those annoyingly rare people who turn their hobby into their job (and we've all read enough about those).

Make Money, Be Happy shows that a career is just one income stream, and that many others exist. It offers the reader a different life perspective, one that integrates career ambition with greater personal financial control. It blasts financial fear and stupidity and attempts to replace it with knowledge and the desire for personal financial action (in order to do the things you love).

The book provides lots of examples and basic finance tools and techniques to help you, the reader figure out

    • Why you earn what you earn
    • What you might really want to do with your life
    • What your career choices will mean, financially
    • What is the business case for you, right now, where you are
    • The concept of day rate versus salary
    • What is good to understand about investments
    • Self destructive spending habits
    • Ways to make a low income work harder
    • Ways to make a high income feel like one

This book explains simple concepts buried underneath the jargon of financial management. The author digs so the reader doesn’t have to.

 


Product details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (10 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273675605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273675600
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carmel McConnell was featured as insiprational woman of the month in She Magazine, October 2006

From the Back Cover

Make Money, Be Happy

How to make the money you want and do the things you want to do

 

Do you earn the right amount of money?

Could there be more happiness in your life?

 

Forget either/or – how about both…

 

Make Money, Be Happy shatters the myth that you have to choose between healthy finances or happiness. It shows that, whatever your starting point, it is possible to have both. Step by step, it will help you assess what your financial and fulfilment needs really are, and then take you through a process of creating a life which really works for you.

 

It’s a personal approach, designed to be gentle on those of us who shiver at the thought of financial planning. And it will softly steer anybody who doesn’t really know what it is they want to do.

 

Creating your own Make Money, Be Happy will help you improve

 

  •        Your ability to create and keep money
  •        Your ability to create and keep happiness

 

Sounds good? It is. Creating your own Make Money, Be Happy strategy gives you back control that you may have let slip away. And you'll feel so much better for it.

 


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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most useful book I've read in a long time 15 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
It's a tough choice to make - well paid job that you don't really enjoy or a really worthwhile job and a poor wage. I've been struggling with it for ages. This book has showed me that it's not a choice you have to make. It's been a revelation. Make Money Be Happy is about finding a way of doing whatever it is that will make you happy, and at the same time about bringing in enough revenue to meet your needs. I can now see that it is possible. It's set off loads of ideas for me about how to create new income streams and how to build assets (something I never really understood before). I seriously feel much more in control than I did before. It was so useful, I'm reading it again!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good advice! 22 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
Just read almost all on one long train journey home - very positive encouragement to look at life from a new perspective - why shouldn't I be happy and why shouldn't I make a good amount of money? I read Rich Dad Poor Dad and enjoyed that - Make Money Be Happy is more down to earth than that, and offers lots of exercises and advice for anyone who feels a bit stuck and not clear on what to do next. I'd recommend it for January reading, has made me think differently already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected - in a good way 22 Feb 2005
Format:Paperback
Worth reading. This book is more challenging than I thought it would be from the title - I've probably taken what the book calls the Chicken Option and let my job take over my life without making enough money to show for it. Quite provocative on debt and the reasons why we are all up to our eyes in it. I liked examples (like me) on fairly low income learning how to be more valueable in the marketplace. I't would be nice to be less dependent on my boss and what the book calls treats to keep going. Lots of advice on a happier life - better than spending more than you earn every month.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read this and get going! 15 Sep 2006
By jack
Format:Paperback
Finished this book and did a lot of the exercises, now realised I could be doing a lot more to sort my life out. It sounds like advice from real experience rather than an advert and it made me feel encouraged for a change. The principle that everyone deserves happiness is made very strongly. The chicken option is one I do recognise. I liked the chapter on how to work out what you are worth in the workplace, as this is something I've given a lot of thought to. I've given it to my brother who I hope will get as much as I did from reading the "how to get yourself back to feeling optimistic" advice. I thought it was good stuff.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Key to a better future 2 Mar 2006
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Carmel has obviously learnt about the lessons of life the hard way. Rather than resenting her early years struggling to make ends meet she has put together this very informative and enjoyable book. Carmel starts by asking you two very simple questions: “Do you make enough money to comfortably support your lifestyle?” “Are you happy both at work and at home?” The remainder of the book looks at ways to finance an enjoyable lifestyle doing the work that one feels passionate about.
Carmel has a wonderfully fluid and relaxed style of writing. This not only makes the book a joy to read, it also makes it a relatively quick read. Her clever use of examples clearly demonstrates what can go right for a forward thinking proactive finance aware person and also what can go wrong.
This book is ideal for the young recently qualified 20 something person just starting out in the big wide world. “Do you know what makes you happy?” is a question rarely asked by career advisors I’ve come across. Yet this is the key to a happy and fulfilling life. I recommend that anyone who picks this book up be determined to make a change at any cost. Get a pad of paper and a pen. Do the exercises as thoroughly as possible. It will soon become clear where you are now and where you want to be. Act on the good advice and start to enjoy a more rewarding and happy life.
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