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Once you’ve done that, come back here to find out why I’m angry …
It’s funny, I’m an enthusiastic-about-life-and-all-of-its-opportunities type of guy with a fun/happy demeanour …
… yet, apparently, I am angry.
In fact, I am angry … it’s just that I didn’t realize it!
Let me explain …
I’m exploring the options of publishing v self-publishing our first book (‘our’ as in me and Debbie, my co-author), and John T Reed (who makes a VERY good financial argument for self-publishing) says [emphasis per John T Reed’s original text]:
I once read that all good non-fiction books are written in anger. At first I was taken aback by that, then I realized it was true.
Think about it. There are generally already a bunch of books on any topic that you would choose. If the subject has been covered adequately and correctly, why write a book about it?
If you do write a book,you are implicitly saying that the world needs this book. Implicit in that is the accusation that the existing books are either incorrect or incomplete or both.
Think about it, indeed!
Look at how many books Amazon lists for the topics that I write about:
Finance – 23,637
Investing – 19,615
Personal Finance – 36,613
Real-Estate – 9,716
Small Business & Entrepreneurship – 23,172
That’s a helluvalottabooks 🙂
Now, take a look at how many personal finance blogs there are:
– Technorati lists 586 for finance, 163 for real-estate, and 1581 for small business
– DMOZ (the open directory project) lists 761 for personal finance, alone!
– But, I think the real number is in the tens of thousands, I just don’t know how to find them all!
My point being, why would I – of all people – write a personal finance book and blog? Remember, I don’t need the money!
When I read John T Reed’s comments, I knew he was right … I am angry!
I’m angry at all of those personal finance authors and bloggers who have absolutely no idea what they are talking about … particularly the ones who purport to tell you their methods to make you rich.
Their sub-text (weakly disguised as ‘advice’) really says: “start as poor as your audience, so start a blog, write a book and make millions for giving others advice on some THEORY of how to make millions”.
And, the frugal authors and bloggers of this world have a lot to answer for; convincing people to sign up to a life of self-imposed slavery for a retirement that’s only a little better than ‘do nothing’.
So, this does sound like I am angry …
… but, it doesn’t make me wrong 😉