I have found it hard to be objective when talking about my children. As much as I try, I can’t help but see them as good-looking, socially well-adjusted, brilliant, and so on. And now, here I am with a copy of my son’s recently published book, and I’m trying to write an objective review. Again — it’s impossible, because, of course, the book is Brilliant! I know, telling you that it’s Brilliant doesn’t help you understand. I think a better strategy is to simply tell you what the book is about.
The Resilient Investor was created as a guidebook for people who consciously think about what they are doing with their lives and their money. As the subtitle says, “A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money.” The authors believe investing is not just about having more. Its about living a happy, fulfilling life. The book begins by reminding us of Aristotle who . . .
“ . . . described the point of a well-lived life, the goal we should be aiming for, as “blessedness.” For Aristotle blessedness meant enjoying family and friends, with a deep feeling of well-being and contentment.”
Our lives are about more than accumulating wealth. Do our investments of money and time reflect the values that are important to us? Do they lead to that state of blessedness?
The Resilient Investor offers an excellent tool to help readers examine our “blessedness.” It’s a nine-zoned chart or map called the Resilient Investor Map. (See below) The map is divided into the various aspects of our lives and our investments. On one side of the map is the three types of assets/returns: Financial, Tangible and Personal. Dividing the map across the top are the three core investment strategies: Close to Home, Sustainable Global Economy and Evolutionary. Each zone of the map is thoroughly explained and discussed through out the book.
The Resilient Investor Map (RIM)
As you read The Resilient Investor, you’ll want to examine your own life. Good news: the authors do not leave you alone. The book is meant to be interactive and to continue past the last page. A website, Resilient Investor, has been created with that in mind. There you will find a blank copy of the Resilient Investor Map. You can copy it to design and implement your own personal plan. In addition, the website links to the Resilient Investor blog with even more updated information.
As I read and worked my way through The Resilient Investor, I found myself thinking about the future. How prepared am I? Am I resilient in light of the various things that might happen? What strategies will I adopt? Like me, you may find that reading this book will make you change the way you think about investing and the future. And, that can be a very good thing.
Wow! Did I tell you the book is Brilliant?!