In Don\'t Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson revealed new ways to calm down and enjoy more peace in our lives. Now, in Don\'t Worry, Make Money, Richard Carlson provides more new strategies for living more fully and worrying less as a means of attracting more wealth and abundance in our lives.
Often we get into the trap of thinking that the only way to earn a good living is to stay late at the office, feeling stressed out and full of anxiety. However, this can actually get in the way of having a productive and rewarding career, and can drastically decrease our earnings. \"Accept the fact that you can make excuses, or you can make money, but you can\'t do both,\" Carlson tells us. Combining his unique philosophy with specific financial strategies, Don\'t Worry, Make Money also tells us how to:
* Use the power of reflection
* Sock away two years\' worth of living expenses
* Learn about the relationship between moods and money
* Develop relationships with people before you need something from them
Full of interesting and unique ideas for the overworked businessperson, Don\'t Worry, Make Money tells listeners how to live a life that\'s more wealthy, productive, and carefree by refusing to let worry get you down.
Reading Richard Carlson is like having coffee with a real good friend and chatting about life decisions. \"Don\'t Worry, Make Money...\" is somewhat mistitled because it is less about making money (or worry for that matter) but more about your quality of life. The thesis of the short book is rather simple -- there is abundance to be shared, we simply need to remove the roadblocks. Easier said than done - I agree. But we do need to take the first step.
There are at least three very distinct points, over and above the main thread of the book, that stuck with me: [1.] Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway!, [2.] The misnomer that you need to be uptight in order to succeed, and [3.] Help Someone Else Succeed.
In chapter 69 Carlson writes: \"It\'s very helpful to remind yourself that, despite your fears, here you are. Somehow you have managed to survive it all. In this sense, all your worries have been a mirage -- a waste of time, irrelevant\" (157). There is indeed a modicum of truth in this statement but over and above, fear makes us a little bit more cautious -- makes us take that second look, take that extra precaution -- that is not all bad. Unless we surrender totally to fear and slide into inactivity -- a little fear is a good thing. But as far as Carlson is concerned -- point taken.
In chapter 77, Carlson expounds yet again on the subject of fear. To borrow from Carlson, \"The gentleman, in particular, was convinced that if a person was to follow my \"program,\" as he put it, they would surely become apathetic, if not homeless! \"If you\'re not uptight,\" he insisted, \"you\'ll lose your drive.\" \"Sadly, many people believe that if you aren\'t uptight and serious, you are doomed to failure. In my entire lifetime, I\'ve never been more convinced that something is not true\" (173). Well Richard, I hear the plea for a sense of perspective and the need for fun. Perhaps the message was not too clear or folks just simply refuse to think outside the box.
Lastly, and this issue rings the truest for me, in chapter 81 he writes: \"Help Someone Else Succeed\" (181). Success is something that is best shared. Carlson writes: \"As you help others succeed, even in very small ways, it helps you redefine and reflect on your own goals, assumptions, and ways of doing things. If you suggest to someone else, for example, that they think of education as a lifelong process, it might remind you that you haven\'t taken a class in years. I\'m often amazed at how my advice applies to my own life and my own success\" (182). The point is that we need to think in terms of genuinely wanting others to succeed. Why not? It is something that is free and the goodwill developed is incalculable. Carlson, and I agree wholeheartedly, argues that general goodwill is just best all around.
I can understand how some might read this (or not) because they see it as soft and mushy and it will seem (and Carlson is cognizant of this) that we already knew all this. Well, it does not hurt to be reminded, once in while, just like having coffee at a cafe with a dear friend.