The 2014 Roadmap for More Than Money

07 January 2014 · 3 comments

As we begin our year-long exploration of personal and financial independence, I want to explain how I’ll approach the project.

Every Monday, I’ll post a chapter from my unfinished ebook. I’ll publish these chapters in order so that, if read consecutively, they form a coherent whole, an overall narrative. Yesterday’s article about the regrets of the dying, for example, was originally the book’s prologue. Next Monday’s article about fighting fear was the first chapter of the first section. Each of these chapters is short — between 250 and 1000 words — and meant to be easily digested.

On other days of the week, I’ll share related information I uncover as I go about my business. I might share a news story, for instance, or an interesting video. I might review a book or discuss a scene from a movie. Most often, I’ll link to articles at other websites. These non-Monday pieces will each be on topics related to our discussion, but they’ll come out of order.

In other words, while we spend the first few months of Mondays talking about how to face and overcome fear, on other days I’ll be publishing pieces about happiness, freedom, and financial independence. My article tomorrow is about common irrational beliefs, for example. Later this week, I may share some of Ramit‘s thoughts about mastery.

So, our year will have a clear, defined progression. But we’ll also spend time jumping from topic to topic. I think this will keep everyone from getting bored.

How can you help? I’m glad you asked!

  • If you have a story or insight, post it to the comments. Your contributions will add color and complexity to the conversation.
  • If you’d like to contribute a guest post, please do so. As long as it’s well-written and relevant, I’ll publish it.
  • When you read something you like, share it. The more people we can get involved in the discussion, the richer we’ll all be.
  • If, as you go about your daily routine, you read or hear of something that’s appropriate to these themes, drop me a line. I don’t publish my email addresses anywhere, but they’re relatively easy to figure out. (Hint: I also have a gmail account.) If all else fails, leave a comment to tell me what you’ve found.

Lastly, this plan means that More Than Money will feature at least one post per week during 2014. If things go well, it’ll usually contain more. (I’m aiming for three per week, but we’ll see.)

That’s it for now! I’ll see you tomorrow to examine eleven common irrational beliefs.

1 Constance Burris January 7, 2014 at 05:12

I am really looking forward to this series.
This year, I have started my five year journey to financial independence. Step One involves getting a better job so that I can pay off my mortgage faster. I have job interview today. Wish me luck.

2 Cody Limbaugh January 7, 2014 at 23:38

I’m looking forward to this JD.

You mentioned that an upcoming post might be about mastery. Have you read this: Mastery
It is a useful look at the aspects of mastery that is also entertains with lots of stories and examples. His style sort of reminds me of Paul Harvey’s “The Rest Of The Story”. Anyway- thought you might want to look at it for a resource.

3 Martha Gonzales January 14, 2014 at 23:45

That sounds good to me JD. I surely believe that monetizing something is not a problem till you are passionate about it. In my life I have always followed this fundamental principle. Interestingly, whenever I wanted to do something that I don’t believe in from the heart, I’ve never succeeded in monetizing it. That’s life for me. I’m looking forward to go through all your blog posts to learn some great aspects of life that can ultimately help me in leading a better life, of course with sufficient money to support my lifestyle.

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