Since the pandemic began, I have been on a quest to read more non-fiction books, particularly books that focus on self-improvement both for business and personal growth. One of the books that was mentioned by a few of the authors was Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! by Denise Duffield-Thomas. I have to admit that the title turned me off a bit since I don’t use the B-word to refer to women; however, Duffield-Thomas concedes that the term is a bit derogatory and suggests that the women in her money bootcamp refer to each other as “Lucky Bees”.
I’m glad I got over the bit of reluctance I felt at reading the title. This book is a gem for women who have felt for whatever reason that they cannot ask for the salary or fees that they deserve, who feel they must make financial sacrifices for others, who feel stagnated in the growth of their income and/or who feel that their past conditioning or beliefs about money are holding them back from achieving their goals.
My grandmother used to sprinkle her favourite quotes from Shakespeare and the Bible throughout her conversations. One of her favourite Biblical references was: “Money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10 KJV). Although I heard this saying often, I don’t feel that I absorbed this proverb as my father was a successful chartered accountant and partner of a national accounting firm. As a result, we experienced an enjoyable upper-middle-class lifestyle.
Duffield-Thomas stresses that it’s important to review the beliefs around money that your family has handed down to you. In many cases, your upbringing concerning money could be holding you back financially. For example, perhaps you had a parent who was a spendthrift and there were always bills to pay. Maybe, as a result of your childhood experience, you are very worried about money and are so frugal as an adult that you buy the cheapest food and clothes, and take the cheapest vacations. For those of you who are familiar with The Law of Attraction, Duffield-Thomas incorporates those principles into her teachings. She would argue that by being overly frugal, you may be energetically and subconsciously repelling money from coming to you (and may even attract more bills!) because the universe is keeping you in a state of poverty since you don’t feel comfortable or worthy enough to enjoy nice things. Heady stuff, right?!
One of the exercises that Duffield-Thomas says is important to do on a daily basis is to track your income. If you are dealing with an accountant or financial consultant, one of the first things they recommend is that you track your expenses to see where you are spending your money. This was, however, the first time I had read about tracking your income! Duffield-Thomas says that you can continue to track your expenses if that is what you are in the habit of doing, but tracking your income puts the emphasis on what you are receiving on a daily basis. In this way, this exercise encourages us to be grateful for what the universe is sending to us daily. In line with The Law of Attraction, expressing gratitude for something attracts more of the same. The income to report should include any money you receive whether it be a dollar you found on the ground, $20 that your friend just paid you back, your paycheque or fees you are charging, your monthly pension or tax rebate, financial rewards from customer loyalty cards, income tax rebates and any money you have won.
I have found the income tracking exercise to be very powerful. I started tracking my income several weeks ago when I began reading, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! and already I have noticed an upswing.
Another of Duffield-Thomas’s techniques for attracting money is to forgive everyone who has ever cheated you or taken advantage of you financially. She says that by releasing these bad money memories, we are free to attract positive money experiences in our lives.
If you want to change your behaviour and attitude towards money, I highly recommend that you read, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!
You may also be interested in reading, “Bored? Read These Life Changing Nonfiction Books“.