The Motley Fool’s Money After 40: Building Wealth for a Better Life by Tom and David Gardner Paperback: 250 pages
What a fun book and how often can you say that about a book on financial planning for your future? The Gardner brothers have a really down to earth style and are great teachers and at times comedians. They get to the heart of what you need to do to have what you want to have but they go a step further than that. I’ve never read a book on financial planning that also deals with who you are and what you enjoy in life and gives you ideas on how to have it all. The book isn’t beating you over the head, its looking you in the eye (you are reading it afterall), holding your hand and walking you through life ahead in the future and how being financially viable isn’t the only thing that is going to give you a happy life, so is travelling and having hobbies and have you really sat down and thought about all the things you love to do or would love to learn how to do? Maybe if you research it and learn how to do it really well you could make a second income out of it. Maybe you could teach someone else how to do it and oh by the way do you realize how much more fulfilling your life will be if you volunteer at least one day a month doing something you love at a place you admire and respect for their credo? They stress keeping things simple and their explanations and game plans on getting you there are certainly easy to understand. I like this book so much I may have to go back and read it again it is just that chuck full of good ideas that I don’t want to miss even one of them. These fellows realize that life is not just about surviving (financially) life is about living and they treat the whole person not just your pocket. I would like to shake these guys’ hands and tell them how much I like what they have to say. I think you will, too. I highly recommend this book.