I don’t normally write posts on book reviews, but I recently read a book by Hill Harper that will hit home for readers of our blogs. Hill Harper, who is a New York Times bestselling author and stars on the TV series CSI: NY, released his fourth book “The Wealth Cure.” This is a book on financial literacy, but not in the traditional sense. This book deals with being responsible for your own actions and your attitude toward life’s problems, both financial and emotional, and helps you understand your personal wealth factors.
After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Harper took a cross-country train trip to Chicago to have the solitude and time to reevaluate his life and his value propositions. Hill points out that true wealth is not always money, but it your friends, your family, your health and your happiness factor. Money in and of itself does not guarantee happiness, but as Hill says, it does help to have your financial world running properly with little or no debt.
In essence, the book points out that we are responsible for our own actions and how we react to the situations we are exposed to. We need to look at problems as opportunities for improvement. It’s how we react to these problems that will determine our happiness factor.
Harper walks us through his emotions and reactions to his cancer diagnosis and how it allowed him to rethink and reevaluate his personal relationships and goals. This book is not for the people looking for a quick fix and easy solutions. It’s for those who want to take control of their lives, make the difficult decisions and then take appropriate actions on those decisions.