The Secret of Shelter Island: Money and What Matters

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Overview

Most of us devote a substantial percentage of our waking hours tomaking, spending, and having more. This desire to accumulate isnatural. But when a bigger bank balance—or the things it canbuy—becomes our animating purpose, disappointment generallyfollows. In The Secret of Shelter Island, nationallyrenowned investment analyst and bestselling author Alexander Greenexplores the complicated relationship we all have with money andreveals the road map to a rich life.

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Overview

Most of us devote a substantial percentage of our waking hours tomaking, spending, and having more. This desire to accumulate isnatural. But when a bigger bank balance—or the things it canbuy—becomes our animating purpose, disappointment generallyfollows. In The Secret of Shelter Island, nationallyrenowned investment analyst and bestselling author Alexander Greenexplores the complicated relationship we all have with money andreveals the road map to a rich life.

The timing could hardly be better. After more than twenty-fiveyears of virtually uninterrupted prosperity, the U.S. economy hashit a rough patch. Yet to the extent that downturns like thecurrent one shake up the status quo and force us to reexamine ourgoals and priorities, they also offer enormous opportunities.

The Secret of Shelter Island provides an ideal starting point.Drawing on some of today's best minds and many of history'sgreatest thinkers, it is both a much-needed source of inspirationand an insightful look at the role of both money and values in thepursuit of the good life.

The book is arranged around four central themes. In Part I, "ARich Mind," Green explores such key questions as: How important ismoney in your life? What is it giving you? What is it costing you'In Part II, "What Matters Most," he discusses how to calculate yourreal net worth—without using a financial statement. In PartIII, "Attitudes and Gratitude," he offers powerful insights basedon a deceptively simple philosophy of life. In the final section ofthe book, "The Search for Meaning," he delivers a refreshing takeon the universal principles that guide us all-or should.

The Secret of Shelter Island is full of practical wisdom.More than just a personal philosophy, it is a profound and utterlymodern commentary on timeless values, the search for meaning, andwhat it means to be truly wealthy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456114183
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011

Meet the Author

Alexander Green is the Investment Director of The Oxford Club, Chairman of Investment U, and the Editor of Spiritual Wealth. He has been featured on Oprah & Friends, CNBC, Fox News, and The O'Reilly Factor, and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and many other publications. He is the author of the bestselling title The Gone Fishin' Portfolio (Wiley).

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part One. A Rich Mind.

Are you Suffering From Affluenza?

Why Money Won’t Get You to “Level Three”.

The Great Mystery.

The Decent Drapery of Life.

The Difference Between Getting Rich and Being Rich.

The Key to Perfect Freedom.

The Secret of Inspirational Leadership.

Are You One of the 4 Percent?

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life.

The Value of Being Utterly, Gloriously Wrong.

Advice From a 2000-Year-Old Slave.

The Hardest Victory.

In Praise of Difficult Pleasures.

The True Gentleman.

Beyond Self-Actualization.

The Last Lesson of Culture.

Wealth That Can’t Be Tallied.

Stumbling on Happiness.

The True Meaning of Success.

Part Two. What Matters Most.

What’s on Your Bucket List?

How to Calculate Your Real Wealth.

The Most Valuable Thing You Own.

The Biggest Question.

Dreams with Deadlines.

The Most Beautiful Place on Earth?

How to Avoid “The Mañana Syndrome”.

Gentlemen, Stop Your Engines!

Enjoy Every Sandwich.

The Best Spiritual Advice.

Can a Mozart Violin Sonata Change Life?

How to Transform Your Life.

Six Steps to a More Relaxed Life.

One of the Best Secrets of Life.

This View of Life.

Why I Hope Steve Jobs Is Wrong.

A Resolution Worth Keeping.

A Thorn with Every Rose.

The Best Way Out.

Part Three. Attitudes and Gratitude.

What Mattes Most.

The Last Human Freedom.

Why You Should Think Before You “Blink”.

The Most Stupid of Vices.

The Psychology of Optimal Experience.

The Courage of Randy Pausch.

Are You Ready for the 21-Day Challenge?

No Such Thing as a Bad Day.

The Antidote for Greed.

The Greatest Virtue … and the First.

Who’s Your City?

The Healing of Karen Armstrong.

The Cheapest Medicine … and the Best.

The Science of Giving.

Are You Keeping the Embers Alive?

Part Four. The Search for Meaning.

Discovering the Laws of Life.

The Sage of Monticello.

The Wolf in Monk’s Robes.

From Grand Truths to Grand Caverns.

The Great Disconnect.

The Atheist and the Apologist.

Guideposts on the Footpath to Peace.

Two Great Thinkers on “The Good Life”.

The Formula for Re-Enchantment.

In  Praise of Lifelong Learning.

The Mysterium Tremendum … and You.

My Kind of Martyr.

Finding Meaning in an Age of Doubt.

Renewing a Forgotten Virtue.

The Secret of Shelter Island.

Afterword.

Bibliography.

About the Author.

Index.

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