Most people are so engrossed in their work, they can barely find time for themselves. Overwhelmed by a routine, and with no way out, women and men of all ages are investing their time and effort into something that, at the end of the day, leaves them feeling drained and unmotivated. To what end? Just so they can acquire those material possessions that seem to constitute the only criterion by which to measure a person’s value and prestige. More often than not, though, an expensive car and a two-story villa are unable to calm the sense of frustration that arises from an all-encompassing and constricting working model. What’s more, this is a model which, in addition to not guaranteeing full and genuine satisfaction, also drives us ever deeper into a materialist life of consumerism, as well as wearing down the world’s natural resources.
This pattern pushed the authors to revisit and update their original text, which proposes an alternative approach, in the form of a programme, aimed at transforming people’s relationship with money, and how they manage their time. The goal is to achieve financial independence, and reach a state where you are liberated from the compelling need to work for money. And the benefits don’t stop there: by following Robin and Dominguez’s advice, you will be able to enjoy more time for yourself, and you will free yourself, once and for all, from the constant stress that money matters can cause. You will be able to eliminate all of your unnecessary expenses, while your savings will only continue to increase, as though of their own accord.
Furthermore, becoming more aware of your lifestyle and finances will help you to achieve a balance that extends across both your personal and professional life, and your rationale around material belongings. To do this, however, there is a fundamental step that you must overcome, linked to the concept of "enough", to learn how to recognise when you have reached that point. Having “enough” means you enjoy enough of the things you want, and possess everything you need. Nothing more, nothing less. It is a place where you are content and free, rather than being bogged down in the superfluous, cumbersome, and suffocating environment that comes with living to excess. There is no single definition of exactly how much is “enough”, but rather it changes from person to person. Once you have identified how much is enough for you, you open yourself up to a thousand possibilities, and will experience a sense of serenity that is completely independent of any material asset.