I’m always reading multiple books. One of the books I’m flying through right now is called Earn What You Deserve: How to Stop Underearning and Start Thriving by Jerrold Mundis. Although the book’s title might be a little off-putting, especially if you feel like you’re thriving already, the contents of the book are extremely practical and actionable.
I haven’t finished the book yet. But, so far, there are a series of very specific action steps he advises to help you up-level your life in many ways, not just financially. He guides you to look within to honestly assess your own habits, then provides easy-to-implement tips on how to brainstorm various solutions.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time because artists are always saddled with the stereotype of “starving.” This is often not the case, but, like any stereotype, it’s true often enough to stick. So, to avoid falling into that stereotype, I think it’s important for artists to be entrepreneurs as well as creatives. I’m trying to learn all I can.
What I love about this author is that he is a great teacher. His other book, How to Get Out of Debt and Live Prosperously is the most helpful budgeting book I’ve ever read, hands down. He makes things very simple and easy to implement. He doesn’t waste a ton of time on different theories or flowery language, although he is a novelist. Because he’s also a writer and not, primarily, a financial guru, I know he knows what it’s like.
Some of the advice he gives, such as having a Spending Plan, I’ve already been doing for months. I can’t express how helpful it is to know exactly how much you plan to spend each month, and then record each transaction to the penny. When you do this, you end up having a greater sense of peace around money. You also feel like you have more money, because you know exactly where it went. No more mysteries!
If any of you feel like there’s more prosperity you could be generating, or if you feel stuck financially in any way, I hope you’ll check this book out.
May the coming week be financially responsible and productive.
And, as always, happy writing!
Peace and love,