I just finished step one--as well as I could. When I was in high school, my dad made me keep track of my income and expenses in a little notebook, and by some miracle, I still have it and was able to find it. So that helped, but figuring dh's income in his early years, was total guesswork. Anyhow, our total combined lifetime income was a bit less than I thought, but I may have underestimated. Meanwhile, our total assets (minus debt) total about 1/5 of our lifetime earnings, but I may have underestimated the value of many of our possessions. I attacked it kind of like, "How much would I pay for this at a yard sale?" I don't know if this result is good, bad or average.
I also realized that dh & my combined lifetime earnings
are probably less than what Dick Cheney makes in six months.
|I have to admit, I am getting a "let's get on with it allready!" attitude with the book.
ITA The writing is terrible! Why oh why do the authors have to use a parable to explain every concept? Do they think their readers are idiots? I'll quote one example in which they're comparing money to a city and our different perceptions of money colored by where we happen to be observing the city.
|Empty your mind. Like classic monks, we've exhausted our learned "truths" about money and are called to reach into an inner reservoir of Truth. Here is where we will discover the doorway to another realm of money. Our helicopter drops us at the airport and we take off in a jet to get an even higher perspective on money. With a roar we taxi down the runway and lift gracefully off the ground.
Eee-gads. I can't take much more of this prose. The book is 337 pages and could easily be condensed to about 150.