Oprah!

Deep in my box of VHS videotapes were some excerpts from the 1992 and 1995 appearances on Oprah. You will notice I’m wearing the same purple dress. I was making a point. You don’t need a new outfit for every occasion. And I bought it...

Big Ideas about money – from Big Think

In New York City last month I visited the studio of Big Think, a production company dedicated to capturing important ideas from important thinkers. Something about the chemistry with the interviewer got me relaxed enough to not just repeat myself...

What is your purpose?

In prior generations only the poets and philosophers wrestled with the “Why are we here?” question. Such angst seemed neurotic when the all religions pointed to the same purpose of human existence: to love God and serve others. To be...

Your job or your life

Call this post: FI 2.0. Or maybe 3.0. One of the most radical and overlooked ideas in Your Money or Your Life comes in Chapter 7. The job of that Chapter is to have you realize that a “job” is not the only, best, most legitimate, most...

Is YMOYL just for the privileged?

Three+ months until the new improved Your Money or Your Life makeover is released. There’s so much in there I want to share with you, but there’s one section taken out by my editor that now seems so relevant to me: the effect of race...

It works in Macedonia, too

Ata Atanasov from Macedonia contacted me last year to arrange a translation into Macedonian of Your Money or Your Life. We settled on the simpler, quicker task of translating the excellent summary. I well recognized his passion to spread the...

Joe-isms: the Great Depression

Joe Dominguez, the originator of the 9-step program and co-author of Your Money or Your Life, died 20 years ago in January 1997. This was also the year that our book was one of the top 10 business books according to Business Week. He used to...

Bekah and Cooper

Bekah Zachritz is one of many Millennials I’ve interviewed recently to understand what they’re up against and what they’re made of. Bekah’s life and mine docked two years ago in the parking lot at a new co-housing...

How to survive Fascism

Few Americans have experienced a blatantly corrupt political reality with a possibility that our achievements in civility and human rights could fly away like cinders from a hot, destructive fire. I was so glad to discover these clarifying...