Before we get to the blog, I need to ask everyone who pre-ordered You Are My Everything to check and make sure you received the actual new release. This is not an April fools day joke. Apparently many many authors are up in arms because Amazon screwed up big time for the end of March new releases and sent the wrong files to those who pre-ordered. What were those files? The placeholders which include editing notes, wrong files, incomplete books... you name it. As my inbox wasn't flooded this morning I am presuming everyone received the correct file, which would make me one of very few authors who escaped unscathed. But in case you did receive the wrong file, please shoot me an email at email@example.com. Now onto the Monday Blog.
How big are the demands to acquire more and more in your life?
I read an article some time back about would-be titans of the business world. It argued that when these people saw a substantial salary increase—a big increase—they actually felt an increased sense of lack and pressure, and their financial insecurity deepened significantly.
Huh? This didn’t make sense to me. I had thought it would be the opposite: If your salary suddenly increased significantly, you wouldn’t have to struggle as much, and you would suddenly have more and feel less pressure. After I read more about the reasoning behind this concept, however, it started to make sense, and I got it.
When these people suddenly receive a huge salary bump, they’re driven by a desperate, unshakeable desire to advance. They measure their new status against people who are already living in that financial bracket, and they feel a need to be like them, to keep up with the Joneses. They feel the need to buy a nicer house, to own better toys, to take more extravagant holidays, to have the same dinners out that the Joneses are having.
When they were making their previous salary, they took their living for granted—you know, the big house, the nice car, the vacations they took with their kids? When they experienced a substantial increase in salary, they started keeping company with the kind of people who already had way more, and they suddenly felt poor. They suddenly felt tremendous pressure to keep up with their new peers, and they experienced enormous financial stress, sleepless nights, questions of “How are we going to pay for all this?”
To some extent, this is the story for all of us. We spend all this time accumulating toys, accumulating more, spending our emotional and physical energy and our time to accomplish more and gather more, to have more and more and more. But all of this stuff, the toys, the more and more, is not a true source of happiness. If you look back now on everything you’ve accomplished, everything you have now, what advice would you pass on to your younger self?
Did you miss new release YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING (The Friessens, Book 21)?
Up and coming hockey rookie Michael Friessen has everything going for him: a future few could hope for, parents who are his everything… He doesn’t want anything more until one weekend before he secures a spot with the Canucks, when he wakes up with a ring on his finger and the hottest, sexiest blonde sound asleep beside him.
He tries to tell himself it was a mistake, that he isn’t looking for a relationship, and despite everything about her, including the night he’s still trying to remember, he’s determined not to fall for her. But the closer they get, the deeper he falls—until he learns that the night they met may not have been accidental.
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