We’re not as far apart as all that though. I’ve just had a quick look at Adam’s juicy work, and he’s using the simplicity and DIY approach that not only got me started on recovering my personal finances, but made it stick. Adam’s theory is all about simplicity as a path to intimacy. Adam writes:
Becoming intimate with our underlying issues begins by peeling off the excess layers of financial clutter in our lives.Becoming intimate with our underlying issues begins by peeling off the excess layers of financial clutter in our lives.
I’m not going to argue with that in any sphere, and it’s refreshing to see it here applied to personal finance.
My own personal finance philosophy is to blend spiritual practice and a commitment to self-discovery with some cold hard numbers. It looks like Adam and I are on several of the same pages about this, and I’m looking forward to more than skimming his book over the next few days.
That said, I’m not expecting it to change my life. This is pretty clearly a book for beginners. If you have a solid handle on your finances already, it may not have a lot to offer you.
It’s also written in a casual dude style. This is personal finance advice from your friend at the bar who happens to be smart about money. In both tone and content, it’s not the advice you’d get from your accountant.
According to the lovely table of contents, Adam’s guide also includes:
- A 83-page ebook (25,000-ish words). Theory (core principles), Science (exercise to design ideal life and isolate the “next step”), and Application (deeper topics like tracking, budgeting, paying off debt, credit cards, etc…)
- A 27 minute video interview with Leo Babauta (ZenHabits) as a bonus
- A 29 minute audio interview with J.D. Roth of Getrichslowly.org as a bonus
- 2-page printable PDF budgeting template (of the budget described in Section 3)
- Minimalist excel template of same budget
- Adam will be sending out extended bonuses every months or so. Case studies, more interviews, additional chapters, etc…
Adam has clearly put a ton of work and energy into this project. If you’re the type to buy a personal finance book, or you’re looking for a starting point on your personal finance journey, you may want to invest in this one.
The guide costs $17. Since I’m not the type to buy a personal finance book, I don’t know if that’s a fair price. If it’s the key that gets you started on saving your financial situation, it’ll save you more than $17. If it’s just another book, you might be better off going to the library.
Full disclosure: this isn’t exactly an unbiased review – I know Adam, and am inclined to say nice things about his project. Also he gave me a review copy of the book and an affiliate link.