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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2004
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
on 22 December 2004
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2006
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2005
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2006
Well firstly, I must thank Carmel for answering some of the many questions that go around in my head, and coming up with some useful advise. Whilst the advise is sometimes touching on a nerve (quite often really)it is straight forward, simple and enough to help beat that self criticism into submission, and supports your own understanding of your career decisions.

Well worth the money, and I would recommend it to anyone using the "chicken option" (you will understand when you read the book!)
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on 30 November 2011
In these uncertain times of economic gloom when more people are re-evaluating their lives and wanting to build a sustainable social enterprise, Carmel McConnell, founder of the Magic Breakfast, gives a step by step practical guide of how to achieve both happiness and the income you need. They are not mutually exclusive and if you can contribute more to improving society too then that has to be a bonus for all of us.

The book both inspired me in growing [...] and its principles have kept true over time. You still have to put in the hard work to reap rewards for your efforts but you can have fun doing it!
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on 13 March 2010
The advice it contains could have been provided in 20 or 30 pages instead of it being repeated time and over again just to fill the 200 or so pages. Any reader of average intelligence would get the message first time, thank you. Stupid advice like buy property and rent it, and work less do not help really...
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8 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2006
I bought this book due to the fact it was highly recommended. I was disappointed as it teaches you nothing new about money. I would say its more recommended to people who have no idea as to where they are in their life or whats going on.

I would describe this as a womans gentle way of easing you into the BIG wide world of in the matters of money and arguably life.

If you know a little about money and was curious on the subject, I would highly recommend Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki it will open a new understanding on the subject, it will show you how money works and how to have money work rather than the other way round.

In a nutshell if your a woman by this one if your a man buy the other one, if you completely disagreee with me then have a read of both a see which one suits you better.
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