This giveaway has ended. This giveaway is for a copy of the book “The Difference” by Jean Chatzky. Her name may be familiar to some of you, as she is the financial editor for the Today show as well as a regular guest on Oprah when talking about all things money. The Difference is her newest book, which explores why and how some people have secured their financial futures and why others’ haven’t yet, and what those in the “know” are doing differently than those who are struggling. In fact, right on the cover of the book it says “How Anyone Can Prosper In Even The Toughest Times“… and if that isn’t a tagline we all need right now, then I am not sure what is! One of the biggest parts of this book, that speaks volumes to me (and is often left out of financial self-help books) is that happiness leads to money and success, and not necessarily the other way around. I am a big believer in doing what makes you happy rather than doing something just to make money, but Chatzky lays out how those who have succeeded in being financially secure have mostly managed to do both at the same time – something I think is entirely possible and necessary.
From learning to silence your internal critic, to acknowledging your mistakes, to knowing when to take a break, “The Difference” is full of great advice for those of us wanting to be both happy and financially stable. In fact, there are a few pages on what I consider one of the biggest downfalls that people suffer from – the “Keeping Up With The Joneses” issue. This kind of thinking leads so many people down the wrong path that I am glad to see it mentioned here. This book is not all about getting rich – it’s about working hard at what you choose to work at in order to become financially secure. 2.5 years ago I gave up a nice corporate gig that I loathed in exchange for happiness…and it was the best decision I ever made. I have mostly made up the difference in pay, but my quality of life is way better now. And that is what this book wants you to do – think for yourself, do what you need to do, your way, and be smart about your financial life. It’s a great resource and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for ways to become more secure financially and emotionally.
And now for the good part – the giveaway. All you have to do is a leave a comment on this post (with a legit email address, so I can contact you if you win), letting me know why you would like to read this book. The giveaway closes Wednesday morning, April 22, at 7am MST, and at that time I will use a random number generator to pick the winning comment. Giveaway is open to US residents only, and the book will be shipped by media mail via the USPS. Only one entry per email address/IP address is allowed. Good luck to everyone, and be on the lookout for another giveaway in a week or two!This giveaway has ended.