Has anyone read "Affluenza"?

by Big Al
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Just got back from a holiday abroad and started reading a book called 'Affluenza' by Oliver James after a friend was raving about it.

General gist is that we all end up chasing material objects - keeping up with the Jones's - which means we're never happy.

I think it's relevant to lots of IM'ers because often end up chasing the dream - looking for more and more and more - which means you're never satisfied.

Instead of enjoying the doing, enjoying 'being' and content with what we have.

Granted - I've not finished the book - so has anyone read this (or reading this) and what are your thoughts?

Al
  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    I haven't read the book, but I certainly agree with the premise. I'm trying to follow the principles of minimalism. The money I make doesn't get devoted to new shiny cars and electronic gadgets, because using my money for experiences makes me happier in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesJeffery
    I've spent $100,000+ on material objects this year alone. I've lost my girlfriend in the process only a couple of days ago. Am I happy? NO WAY!!! I am depressed and fed up.

    Totally agree with you and I think I need to get this book!
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I agree with that premise wholeheartedly. There are people who are looking for financial aid just to eat, are at risk of losing homes - yet their kids are going to school with blackberries and cellphones in their hands and wearing $200 tennis shoes. Something is really wrong with that picture.

    It's really bad when married couples will buy a home that they know will take one person's complete income, that will keep them both working day and night to be able to sustain, instead of buying a smaller home that will allow them to have more time to enjoy each other and life, then upgrading when (and if) they see advancement that allows them to afford an upgrade without losing their life over it.

    People flock to hyped websites that promise money - and will even pay an entrance fee when they don't even know what they will be expected to do to make that money. I guess satisfaction, fun, and even legality are moot points when your knee is bended to the cash god.

    It's one really messed up and sad thing to see people having wealth as a life goal.
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesJeffery
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I agree with that premise wholeheartedly. There are people who are looking for financial aid just to eat, are at risk of losing homes - yet their kids are going to school with blackberries and cellphones in their hands and wearing $200 tennis shoes. Something is really wrong with that picture.

      It's really bad when married couples will buy a home that they know will take one person's complete income, that will keep them both working day and night to be able to sustain, instead of buying a smaller home that will allow them to have more time to enjoy each other and life, then upgrading when (and if) they see advancement that allows them to afford an upgrade without losing their life over it.

      People flock to hyped websites that promise money - and will even pay an entrance fee when they don't even know what they will be expected to do to make that money. I guess satisfaction, fun, and even legality are moot points when your knee is bended to the cash god.

      It's one really messed up and sad thing to see people having wealth as a life goal.
      HeySal you have said something so true here! My mom is that person with the big house that ruins their life ... and it's all for show.

      And do you know what the problem is here. These people "hope" their relationships will last a lifetime. Once they split the house is gone.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    Originally Posted by Big Al View Post


    General gist is that we all end up chasing material objects - keeping up with the Jones's - which means we're never happy.

    Al
    I hope the book doesn't really say we're "all" doing that because obviously
    that isn't true.

    You can do whatever you want and be happy.

    There are people who are wealthy, but they love their work. Just so happens
    they make a lot of money doing what they love.

    It's perspective, and anyone has the power to change their perspective.

    If someone's not really happy with their life, then it's up to them to do something
    about it. And making a lot of money doesn't mean that person worships money
    or anything else. No one knows what's in someone else's mind.


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