A significant life has positive meaning and value beyond individual success. It means contributing to the lives of others and showing compassion. In this book, Jack McDowell shares the six keys to a life of significance: Find your calling, learn from your experiences, acquire habits that build character, discover the joy of generosity, build relationships for life, and don't retire. Each chapter contains specific actions that will help readers master the six essentials. These steps are the harvest of Jack's own experiences and they are, he says, "the gifts of a providential God to this seeker after a life with deeper and more lasting meaning." Giving is man's God-ordained purpose. This book will provide encouragement and resources for the journey to a more significant life. It is a personal invitation to discover that there is far more to life than just making a living.Publishers Description
A significant life has positive meaning and value beyond individual success. It means contributing to the lives of others and showing compassion. In this book, Jack McDowell shares the six keys to a life of significance: Find your calling, learn from your experiences, acquire habits that build character, discover the joy of generosity, build relationships for life, and don't retire. Each chapter contains specific actions that will help readers master the six essentials. These steps are the harvest of Jack's own experiences and they are, he says, "the gifts of a providential God to this seeker after a life with deeper and more lasting meaning."
Giving is man's God-ordained purpose. This book will provide encouragement and resources for the journey to a more significant life. It is a personal invitation to discover that there is far more to life than just making a living.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.78" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2009
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|Missed Fortune 101 re-packaged. Feb 11, 2009|
|This is basically "Missed Fortune 101" repackaged. Nothing new. I also found constant references to the Author's sons annoying. Reading this book reminds me of these conversations with some parents that just go on and on bragging about how great that kids do. There is nothing wrong with praising your kids, but in that case the book's title is off target. Anyway, if you read Missed Fortune, you don't need this book. Very disappointing. |
|Interesting ideas, EXTREMELY risky advice Jan 21, 2009|
|There are actually few things that I like about this book, which is why I gave it two stars instead of one. The "Envelope" method of saving money could be really great for young people just starting out, because it forces you to account for everything you buy. Also, I absolutely agree with the fact that you should donate a certain percentage of your income to charity, because it puts things into perspective about how there is always someone or some worthy cause less fortunate than you no matter how little you make. |
Those points aside, the rest of this book is kind of ridiculous. The first thing I noticed is that he has six kids, yet only two of his sons became wealthy. In fact, I don't think the book mentions the other four children. This is a strange thing to harp on, I know, but it was weird to me, especially since he goes on and on about so-called "guaranteed wealth." The second thing that initially made me skeptical is that he advises you to NOT to put money into any kind of retirement about. Not 401(k), not IRAs, not even if where you work has a matching program, nothing. This is a very, very bad idea. Retirement accounts exist so if everything you do in your financial life blows up, at least you have something to fall back on when you're old and can't work.
Which brings me to the main point of the book. The basic scheme of the book is that you take get a loan with a lower percentage rate than your investments. I won't criticize about what investments he chooses to promote, the other reviewers did a good job with that, but any financial plan where you have HUGE liabilities in order to secure how you invest is simply doomed to eventually fail. It's actually kind of funny that they use the example of, "This is exactly how banks make money! They give clients one interest rate for their savings account, and they use that money to give people mortgages at a higher loan interest rate! You can't fail!"
Um, wait a minute . . . do the words 'subprime lending crisis' or 'failing banks' ring any sort of a bell? Hmm, maybe they don't watch a lot of news. Anyways, the bottom line is that you may want to skim this book for the ideas and basic facts, but then buy another book if you need real financial advice. Also, get one with actual real math in it, instead of circular logic magic like, "Get the 30-year mortgage because it will cost less and you will save more." What?
Seriously, there are a ton of better books out there, don't waste your money.
|DO NOT BUY Jan 5, 2009|
|This book, quite frankly, sucks. It seems to be a "Get rich quick" scheme more so for the authors than anyone naive enough to buy it. It preys on young people who are gullible enough to believe anyone can become a millionaire quickly and easily. I received this book as a gift and will be returning it to the store after having read through it - it was insultingly ridiculous and childishly simplistic. I would rate it negative stars if that was possible.|
Fatally flawed by its assumptions, this book should be viewed as dangerous especially in this economic climate. The stated 10% yearly appreciation in property values is completely bogus as a long-term value, 8% is not a realistic "conservative" investment return, and it assumes that home ownership is ALWAYS financially advantageous to renting. It omits, or simply underestimates, the actual costs related to real estate investing, and overestimates the returns on real estate and the possible returns in these mysterious "conservative side funds" that supposedly earn a steady 8% on money that would otherwise serve as equity in property.
There was no explanation for the "truths" the book proclaims, nor academic proof of any sort. The strategy set forth by the author is wholly dependent on leveraging as a course to generate personal weath, and makes no mention of the extreme risk associated with such a strategy, or the real advantages of living frugally in order to make reliable investments. These tactics may have worked in the past few years in the run-up to the market bust, but they are not viable long-term investment strategies. Personally, I would like to know how the author's darling sons have done in the real estate bubble. I'm sure that would be amusing.
The only thing that came even close to sound information in the book was related to the disadvantages of qualified retirement accounts - 401k in particular - however I already have come to believe 401k accounts are not all they are chalked up to be, especially for young investors. Roth IRA or Roth 401k (if your company offers) are much better alternatives (as are any investments using after-tax or tax-free dollars). In short, save the $25 bucks or return the book as there is MUCH better investment advice to be had!! Suze Orman for one!!
|I wish I had it in early 20's. Oct 16, 2008|
|I read this book from cover to cover. And I wish I had this book few years before in my hands. Every single page is filled with practical wisdom every young adult needs.Seriously, this book has been written for the current young adults, who has more mobility and access to knowledge and opportunities. I don't understand why other losers have rated this book, for 1 and 2 stars. But, those who understand the book from inside out will benefit from it for sure. I thanks Douglas for his good advice to people like us.|
|Good but unclear Oct 14, 2008|
|This book did help me figure out a lot of things I didn't know about how the real estate market worked, different funds, taxes and other things. I think it was a good "investment 101" book for us lost in the haze.|
At the same time, as other reviews mentioned, it all seems a bit repetitive at times, and certain parts get confusing. For example it tells you one can pay a mortgage that is slightly higher than your rent because of the tax breaks, but then it tells you one can put that same "extra" into investments, at the same time.
It lead me to do some tighter financial control, and realize the house idea isn't as far from possible, if maybe not as perfect as described in the book.
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