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How to Be Rich and Happy ~by John P. Strelecky and Tim Brownson

I have been conscientiously working on trusting what I am receiving in my life.  One thing I did recently was to totally focus on my pain and relief from that physical pain.   A secondary part of my 4 hours a day of pain relief healing was to go back and review all the notes I have taken from the books I have reviewed.   This study brought me back to a personal favorite – How to Be Rich and Happy.

Once again I was not disappointed and was so inspired by my notes, I proceeded to read the book for the third time.  I wished I had been able to have this book when I was teaching career planning, life planning, and women’s re-entry programs at the community college.  How to Be Rich and Happy is a superb textbook and in a group setting could not help but be life changing.

“Rich and Happy is the ability to do whatever you want, whenever you want.”

How to Be Rich and Happy has an impressive format, examples, appropriate quotes, charts, exercises, and humor.   I was trusting that results the first time I did the exercises would not prove to be too off base with my new results.  I could see I was still working with the same 5 major values of my life but that as I had worked the formula already, it was apparent that one or two had switched priority zones. I felt as though I was truly walking my talk and values.  This was encouraging and inspiring.

Humor is an important part of the change process for me, because I often need to laugh at a belief I am holding onto in rather intense fashion to promote new and creative thinking.   When I found a moment of pain relief, I often wanted to put myself on hold and stay in that position.  My resistance to change would enable another pain or suffering to speak to me from another spot; foot pain relieved and now translating into a huge headache or muscle spasms.   The pain was teaching me the formula from this book.    It was a step by step process that kept building on the last concept or idea – it flowed.

I truly value good communication skills and the chapter on how we use language was simply a powerful reminder to not only visualize the desired outcome but also to express the changes in the best words possible.

“When approached the right way, a person’s life history, challenges, physical attributes, work problem, relationship stories, EVERYTHNG is a valuable asset.  And that includes personal tragedy.  After, all, the greatest inspirational movies, books, and speeches are the ones where the main character overcomes an obstacle that looks bigger than them.”

The first time I read the book, I explored all the tutorials which are part of the website, another great asset and I started reading regularly the blog of both authors.

I highly recommend this book especially to high school students, college students, and life/ career coaches, the unemployed – it is a valuable, hopeful resource.

The authors are working at giving away free copies of this book and I am trying to persuade several service organizations to pay the postage for the hard cover copies of the book;  they have a Million Dollar goal.

I purchased my own copy of this book in 2010 and you can purchase a copy from this site and I will receive a few beans in my bucket.

Trust me – this book is worth it and I gave it to my children for graduation gifts.

For more information about the authors:
John Strelecky –  Big Five for Life
Tim Brownson  – A Daring Adventure

HOW TO BE RICH AND HAPPY (also available on kindle):

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15 Responses to “How to Be Rich and Happy ~by John P. Strelecky and Tim Brownson”

  1. Galen Pearl Says:

    “Everything is a valuable asset.” I love that. If we could really appreciate everything in our lives this way, we would be so much more successful and happy.

    Patricia Reply:

    The only thing missing from this book is Tim’s great cartoons to illustrate his message – his humor is dynamic…and the book is incredible. I often look at it on the discouraging days
    Yes, we would be more successful and happy -There is so much to do in this world

  2. EdenSol Says:

    “Humor is an important part of the change process for me, because I often need to laugh at a belief I am holding onto in rather intense fashion to promote new and creative thinking. ”

    Excellent reminder, Patricia! Such a valuable tool!

    The book looks great! Thanks for the recommendation :-)

    Patricia Reply:

    I need a reminder to find humor all the time – I am very intense and the humor allows me to shake up my thinking so much faster.

    I think this would be a great reference book on everyone’s referral shelf – it is excellent and not very expensive…I like that the authors are working to give 1 million away.

  3. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia! I am rich (enough) and happy (enough) and Godonlyknows I have humor going pretty much all the time, be it sarcastic or just silly, but I say I’m rich and happy because I believe it. It may be one of the few times I have to kid myself to believe it, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it I always say.

    I learned the value of humor early. My mom was always sooo depressed, so worried about everything, so sad that I couldn’t take it. I appointed myself, around age 6, to keep her laughing and smiling as much as possible. It was a job, man oh man, but it worked. It’s just that it was never a permanent fix but one I had to do daily – to find the humor in the most awful circumstances. I think that could be the origins of my irreverent bent as well. She’s been gone for 28 years and I’m still in the “entertainment” business, which hubs tells me has certainly contributed to the duration of our 30 yr. marriage! haha! Somehow or other I always manage to at least find something good, if not oddly funny, about the screwiest of circumstances. I thank mom a lot for unknowingly training me. It’s all good! :)


    Patricia Reply:

    You are wonder full and what a great counterbalance to the worrier in your life.
    It is all good

    Your post today is just super and I hope folks will pop over and read it.

    My youngest child was our family wit….my husband never thinks what I say is funny and I find over the years I have just stopped trying to make folks laugh…I just take me on as a project :)

    this book is funny and humorous, but I hope that folks will see is about life planning and finding one’s own definitions of success…goal setting humorously and with gourmet results!

  4. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I don’t dwell or worry too much .. fortunately I have a positive side to life .. I’ve always laughed and that’s certainly been the best medicine for both my mother, my uncle (when he was alive) and me .. I look forward and again that opens doors .. I guess I’m lucky but perhaps I make my own luck amongst the challenges ..

    Good luck with clearing your pain .. and your constant desire to learn to improve …

    Cheers Hilary
    Hilary recently posted..The Bible, Jane Austen, Stanford University, Voltaire, Project Gutenberg and Social Media – what do they have in common?My Profile

    Patricia Reply:

    Oh Hilary,
    Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting on this post
    Do you visit A Daring Adventure? – Tim Brownson’s blog…I very much appreciate his humor and his awesome replies to comments.

    I have given this book away to so many people…but I find it a helpful reference too.

    Your recent post is just spectacular – thank you for sharing it with us all – WOW

  5. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    “Humor is an important part of the change process for me, because I often need to laugh at a belief I am holding onto in rather intense fashion to promote new and creative thinking. ”

    I really enjoyed reading your observation!

    Patricia Reply:

    Thanks Laurie
    Often when I am in an intense stuck place I often go to Tim’s blog for an uplift and a mind changing laugh

    Then again I like to go to Laurie’s posts to enjoy the twists and plays on words…asking a good question can change a perspective too and you are quite good at it
    Thank you

  6. Jimmy Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I am new to your site and thanks for the tip on this book.

    I love the definition “Rich and Happy is the ability to do whatever you want, whenever you want.” There is a certain implication here that you can still be rich and happy without any money. Just ask Buddha and Mother Theresa.

    The themes of humor and communications are certainly well described by you in this post. They leave wondering what I am missing in this book. I am attracted by the title as it is already. Let me trying and hunt down a free copy first before buying it through you.

    Jimmy recently posted..How to Be a Success? Embrace the Art of Possibility ThinkingMy Profile

    patricia Reply:

    Welcome and thank you for the comment. I certainly do appreciate all of those good words.

    The book is one of my go to books and I have given a number away. If I purchase a downloadable copy from Tim’s site….that is less expensive and I can provide another copy as a giveaway to someone else. It is just win-win

    The whole book is very worth it. And no one paid me to say that
    I am going to become an affiliate for this book – just learning how to do that
    Tim’s site is very fun too and I visit it regularly for the cartoons, concepts and encouragement

    patricia Reply:

    Nice blog Jimmy, but I could not figure out how to make a comment there…did tweet

  7. Jannie Funster Says:

    Hi Patricia, I too feel rich and happy. But I really really want to read this book!! Sounds like a full 5 ldaybug recommendation!

    A go-to book I would like to make mine.

    Jannie Funster recently posted..If There’s A Smell Of Pancakes In The HouseMy Profile

    Patricia Reply:

    I think you would really like this book – I do reference it a good deal and thought it was important enough to give to my kids

    I feel abundant and happy…and I am working on financially secure and healthy too :)

    Thanks for coming by