Help Me Write The Money Manifesto


No wrong answers on this questionnaire

I’m planning out a short manifesto to outline my philos­ophy on money.

I’ve already written a very brief outline on a scrap of paper and have been toying around with the idea for almost a week now.

I’m liking the idea more every day.

If I’m going to take the time to do this, I want it to be fore you. There’s no reason to write this thing if it’s just to say I did it.

So, as I plan out the future of the manifesto, I want to do it with your input. I’m going to throw up a few questions and I want you to answer them in the comments.

Answer truth­fully and as detailed as you’d like. I’ll take every­thing you say into consideration.

  • Does this manifesto sound like something that you’re inter­ested in?
  • Do you prefer long (100+ pages) or short (20–50 page) online manifestos?
  • How inter­ested would you be in learning a simple method for making financial decisions?
  • How do you view money? Blessing, curse, tool, something else?
  • Do you consider yourself a money nerd, a free-spirited spender, or something in between?
  • Do you love or hate spreadsheets?
  • What’s the most confusing thing about money?
  • What would you like to see talked about in the money manifesto?
  • What’s funnier: a man getting hit in the gonads by a football or a skater falling off his board while grinding and hitting his gonads on a pole?

Thanks for your help!

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3 Responses to “Help Me Write The Money Manifesto”

  1. Mike Luna January 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM #

    1. I would be inter­ested.
    2. It should be as long as you need to get your points across. I do read slowly, though, so shorter is easier for me person­ally.
    3. Tell me more!
    4. Money is a tool and shouldn’t control your life, one way or the other.
    5. Hard to say, since I haven’t had a real job in years. Probably more free spending, but I rarely have the money to spend freely.
    6. Spread­sheets are boring.
    7. Investing remains a mystery to me. Where is the best place to invest? What are my options? That type of stuff.
    8. Like I said, I lack investing know-how. Of course, you know a lot more about money manage­ment theory than I do, so whatever you’ve got can probably be useful.
    9. Gonads on a pole.

  2. Loren Pinilis January 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM #

    1. Sure, why not?
    2. For free, short. For pay, longer. (Though I’m much less likely to buy unless I’m REALLY inter­ested in it.)
    3. Why not?
    4. I view money as something entrusted to me to steward. (Probably not a surprise on that one, haha)
    5. Practical. I hate the tedium of entering receipts (my wife does that), but I’m pretty frugal.
    6. They help me think about some things better. I love them for making decisions. Day to day managing of them — I’d rather drive an ice pick through my eye.
    7. Health insurance.
    8. I don’t know. A manifesto to me sounds like something that would be more inspi­ra­tional and general than how-to. But that’s just me.
    9. Totally the skater.

  3. ixnayonthetimmay January 28, 2012 at 2:56 AM #

    A Manifesto, eh? Maybe it can be titled A Capi­talist Manifesto. I’m sure that’s never been thought of before .

    I will address only some of the points.

    I would be inter­ested in reading something like this. For the breadth of scope you seem to have in mind, I think a longer amount of text should be written, but I guess it just comes down to the scope. (Perhaps offer some short manifesto sections online and then compile them together into a single long one after getting feedback?)

    To me, money is a tool; a means to an end. Whether one sees it as a blessing or curse depends ulti­mately on how one wields this tool; a knife or a car can be a blessing or a curse in the same way.

    I love spread­sheets, but I’m a nerd so what can I say? As for ideas in the manifesto, I’d like to see encour­aging real-world examples of how whatever method it is you’re teaching can work for regular people. Mix the math in with anecdotes and use that to give people encour­age­ment! Interview friends, family and business partners.

    Oh and for the last point, hands down:

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