My Daughter wanted a pet, so I bought her a Greyhound

My Daughter Wanted a Pet So I Bought Her a Greyhound by Gill FieldingI know, what a great title for an audio program about money!  The first unique thing about it is that its from our American friends at Nightingale Conant but Gill Fielding who is supported by Peter Thompson are both British.  The benefit of this to the folks in the UK is that Gill refers to the UK market and the situation in the UK with the UK government etc.

Gill's goal and life mission(!) is to 'Fuel the fire of your financial freedom'.  As far as I can tell, she started this in a big way by giving away nearly a quarter of millions pounds on Channel 4's 'The Secret Millionaire' TV program - wow.

The uniting topic in the program is Gill's 'Money Matrix' a grid headed up by seven topics -

  • Compounding
  • Income & expenditure flows
  • Understanding debt & interest rates
  • Pound cost averaging
  • Taking advantage of Tax and government benefits
  • The money motorway
  • Passive

So, is it any good?  Well, I've read and listened to lots of material about money and of course there is some overlap with other modern money advice programs, but in general I loved Gill's stories, her completely down to earth 'east London' style and the practicality of the material.  Some of the content, for example related to starting a business, is quite high level, but it is good advice. If you're based in the UK, I'd be happy to recommend it.

Format: 6 Audio CDs + 1 Data CD for the workbook
Author: Gill Fielding supported by Peter Thompson
Dialect: UK English



What's a Maven?

MarkUpperPerhaps you've read Malcolm Gladwell's marvelous book ' The Tipping Point' The Tipping Point' The Tipping Point' (audio version) in which during chapter two, entitled 'The Law of the Few: Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen', Gladwell describes Maven's using the Yiddish origination as 'one who accumulates knowledge', and one of the three types of people common in starting 'word of mouth epidemics'.  And further that it's not just idle knowledge accumulation, Maven's know how to use their knowledge.

Thus a Success Maven who someone who not only knows about success, but knows how to be successful... thus they become experts in success.

Can I claim to be a Success Maven?  In many people's definition I'm very successful - I'm good at working on and getting what I want.  In my own view, I'm still becoming an expert in success, and I'm pretty sure that it's the journey that's most interesting.

One of my passions is reading, listening to books and other audio programs and occasionally attending seminars and workshops.  In a little over three years I've spent more than 1200 hours in this kind of personal development (or 150 eight hour days)... and in this blog I'll spout on those books, programs, seminars and workshops with the intention that if you too are travelling the success maven road, that perhaps we might walk a little of it together.