Second, it has taken me a long time to get around to blogging about Dave's new book (which was published last year) and the only excuse I have is that it's been like sucking on a jawbreaker. I just can't rush it. And, I confess, if I have a second excuse for putting off writing this review, it may have something to do with the fact that though he's the only person I know who responds to emails almost instantaneously, he also keeps putting off my requests for an interview.
Anyway, I've read and reread, skimmed and perused, trying to think how best to review it, which for me typically means rooting out the essential nuggets of wisdom and sharing them with my readers. This time though, every page has a wealth of nuggets so I don't know where to start with what is, essentially, one man's philosophy of money.
Some of the most interesting nuggets for me are:
- The idea that we shouldn't hang out with people who can afford a richer lifestyle than we can because it is too tempting to go into debt trying to keep up.
- Paraphrasing Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Dave writes, "When we covet things we can't afford, we grow poorer regardless of our incomes." He talks about maxing out on your mortgage as a big mistake which is entangled with this concept and with happiness in general.
- This simple concept: save first, spend second.
Okay, Dave, I've told my readers that I love the book...how about that interview?
Within about half an hour of posting this review, Dave called me. He's promised me an interview, so I have asked him to be a guest on series three of Money Moment, which, by the way, is going to half-hour episodes.
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