Simple Dollar How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams

ISBN-10: 0137054254

ISBN-13: 9780137054251

Edition: 2010 (Revised)

Authors: Trent Hamm

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The Simple Dollarmay be the most compelling personal finance story you ever read: in fact, it may change your life. Trent Hamm's story will resonate with tens of millions of Americans: he found himself drowning in consumer debt, working in a job he couldn't stand - and figured out how to escape that debt and build the fulfilling career he'd always dreamt about, at the very same time. Hamm built one of the nation's leading personal finance web sites to share his experiences: a site that now attracts more than 600,000 visitors per month. Now, that site, The Simple Dollar, is a book: one that's packed with practical tips, tools, and lessons anyone can use to transform their financial lives for the better.The Simple Dollarisn't just another personal finance book: it's profoundly motivating, empowering, practical, and fully grounded in the realities Americans face right now. Trent Hamm draws on lessons from fields ranging from behavioral psychology to epistemology, showing how to rewrite the rules of life you were handed, and create healthier relationships with money - and with those around you. You'll learn how to figure out what really matters, and stop wasting money on things that don't matter. Every bit as important, you'll learn how to build the kind of personal community that can serve as a strong foundation for true happiness and fulfillment, even as the gale force winds of economic change blow around you.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 6/9/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Introduction
Prison Made of Plastic
Get Everyone on Board
Reduce Your Interest Rates
A Plan for Debt Repayment
Get a Rope
Snowflaking
Five Steps for Today
What's Missing?
What Do We Really Need?
Five Steps Toward Happiness
A Visit from the Black Swan
Our Lives Are More Random Than We Think
Unprepared for the Good
Unprepared for the Bad
Sources of Personal Risk
Maximizing Luck
The Need for Reliability
Preparing Yourself
The Power of Goals in a Random World
The Changing Value of Long-Term Goals
The Power of Self-Reliance
The Key: Short-Term Goals
Five Steps Toward Your Dreams
Running to Stand Still
The Changing Nature of Income
Your True Hourly Wage
The Things We Sacrifice
Your Future Self Isn't Reliable
The Power of Today
Five Steps for Breaking Out
With or Without You
The Broadening of Community
The "Tragedy of the Commons"
The Value of a Relationship
Social Intelligence
Getting Started
Minding the Gap
Spending Less Than You Earn
Mind the Gap
Wants and Needs
The Frugalist and the Capitalist
Budgeting
Five Steps Toward Minding the Gap
Frugality as Framework
The Difference Between Frugal and Cheap
Frugality as a Framework for Freedom
What's Essential?
The Peak-End Rule and Life Experiences
Overvaluing Routine Experiences
Frugality and Food
Trimming Your Utility Bills
Housing and Transportation
Get Clever with Your Entertainment
The Five Fundamental Rules of Frugality
Cultivating People and Opportunities
Negative Relationships
Positive Relationships
From a Negative to a Positive: Cultivating Opportunities
Five Ways to Maximize Your Positive Relationships
The New Career Rules
Where Is Your Loyalty?
A Community of Peers
The Power Shift
Learning, Growing, and Synthesizing
Passion
Deliberate Practice
Transferable Skills
Finding (and Being) a Mentor
Five Steps on a Journey of a Thousand Miles
Life Design-Building Something New
Building a Solid Foundation
The Rules of Your Life
Rules Are Made to Be Broken
Shoot the Moon
Five Steps to Designing a New Life
Managing the Gap
Avoiding Lifestyle Inflation
The Crossover Point
Protecting What You Have
Five Methods for Maintaining the Gap
The Personal-Financial Boundary
Communication
Honesty
Time
Friends, Family, and Lending Money
Five Steps to Getting Your Relationships on Track
Recasting Retirement
Retirement Rarely Equates to Idleness
What's Your Next Act?
Recasting Retirement Savings
Retirement Savings Versus College Savings
Revisiting the Crossover Point
Five New Steps Toward "Retirement"
The New Path to Adulthood
Setting Your Child Apart-Money Lessons
Setting Your Child Apart-A Growth Mindset
Setting Your Child Apart-Self-Reliance
Setting Your Child Apart-Self-Learning
Setting Your Child Apart-Unique Experiences
Setting Your Child Apart-Educational Priorities
Five Little Steps
The Power of Giving
Giving Is Part of Participating in a Community
Doing It Different
Five Ways to Get Started
Holding You Back
What We Say Versus What We Do
Passive Barriers
Clutter
Focus
Choosing to Be Happy
Five Ways to Overcome Your Barriers
Original of the Species
Experiences Trump Things
Insanity: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results
Success Is About Differentiation
Stop Caring What Other People Think
"Live Like No One Else So You Can Live Like No One Else"
Five Steps for Going Your Own Way
11 O'Clock Tick Tock
The Single Most Important Part of Personal Finance Is Truly Knowing Yourself
The Second Most Important Part of Personal Finance Is Setting Clear, Concrete Goals
The World Is More Random Than You Think It Is
The Most Valuable Resource in the World Isn't Money, It's Time
The More Supportive People You Have in Your Life, the Better Off You Are
The Fewer Unsupportive People You Have in Your Life, the Better Off You Are
Blaming Others for Your Problems Is a Dead-End Road
The More Time You Spend Improving and Educating Yourself, the Better Your Personal and Financial Life Will Be
Karma Always Comes Around
There Are Very Few Aspects of Your Life That Cannot Be Changed
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