Are You Rich and Happy?


A lot of self-help books contain the substance of a magazine article.

I have to wade through pages and pages for hours to get a small amount of value and that really annoys me.

Time is my most precious commodity.

So when a book comes along that is the complete antithesis to that, I am delighted.

How to be Rich and Happy by Tim Brownson and John Strelecky is such a book.

The title is engaging but the tagline is what grabbed my attention – ‘Whatever you want, whenever you want.’ That’s what I want, what I really, really want.

Tim is a life coach and NLP Master Practitioner while John is a motivational speaker. They have distilled all their knowledge and expertise into one book so crammed packed full of good stuff, that the moment I came to the end I flipped right back to the beginning.

Because of this book, I know what my top three movies have in common. Knowing this helps me live a rich and happy life. Cool, huh?

Can you spot the common link between my three favorite movies – Green Card, Secrets and Lies, The Full Monty?

Yes? No? Never heard of them?

They are all comedy/dramas with plots that involve characters stepping outside their comfort zones to challenge their assumptions and prejudices, strengthening their human connections in the process.

Comedy, drama, challenge, growth, human connection.  This is what I need to live a fulfilled life. (Slaps forehead with flat of hand.) Of course!

I also simply adored their explanation of intuition or the unconscious mind.

So many times I’ve seen intuition explained as something we just ‘know’ without any explanation for how we might know it, like magic. That has never satisfied me and I tend to dismiss initial feelings and go on to overthink or rationalize situations.

But then I read where they explain that the part of the brain called the amygdala is constantly checking for criteria such as temperature, movements and sounds that are undetectable at an unconscious level. Our mind has been primed over millions of years to sense these things to protect us from danger and death.

It finally made sense relative to the mundane situations we find ourselves in today and I immediately started to undo commitments that were making me feel uneasy, instead trusting that evolution has equipped me with an intuition that knows what’s best.

These are just two of the great take-aways I got from this book.

My copy is now dog-eared, wrinkled and soda-stained but I am currently living a life of the rich and happy, doing just about whatever I want, whenever I want it and that’s pretty priceless to me.

90% of every sale goes towards funding Tim and John’s project to give away a million copies so buying this book would help not only you but someone else in need. Check it out!

What do you do to create a rich and happy life? I am all ears.:)

I am participating in a Blog Every Day For 30 Days Challenge advocated by Chris Brogan. I am doing this with the lovely Mary Ulrich who writes for Parents and Caregivers of Adults with Disabilities at Climbing Every Mountain. Check her out!

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Mary E. Ulrich
September 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Interesting Alison.

My favorite movies are: Sound of Music (what else) music, drama, hero’s journey, family, problem-solving, happy ending though bittersweet.
The Three Amigos: music, humor, happy ending, heroes’ journey.
1776: music, humor, history, heroes’ journey, happy ending.

Humm, see what you mean about the movies telling you something about yourself. Fun idea.
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Alison Golden September 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

It *is* a neat, fun, easy exercise to do. I’ve never heard of it before but it was so very helpful.


Tim Brownson September 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I actually did this exercise with John years ago at one of his workshops and I can’t remember what movies I had!

Lawrence of Arabia
Shawshank Redemption

Not much of a theme there!

Except maybe loving the underdog?
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Alison Golden September 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Tim, it’s obvious. You like things with ‘aw’ in the first syllable. Duh! 🙂


Tim Brownson September 23, 2010 at 7:53 am

Oh my God, that is an amazing insight!
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