Review of The Balanced Wealth Approach

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[Following is an official review of "The Balanced Wealth Approach" by Thomas J. Hine.]
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In The Balanced Wealth Approach: Secrets to Living Long and Living Rich, a nonfiction book authored by Thomas J. Hine, readers will learn how to spend just as much time on their health as they do on growing their careers. As a financial and wealth advisor, Hine is intimately familiar with the stresses brought on by money. Too often, he has seen people find success in their careers, only to be faced with a debilitating illness down the line that renders them unable to enjoy the fruits of their labour, paying astronomical healthcare costs or dying before their time. Being physically active from a young age, taking part in Shotokan training, yoga, meditation, and dieting well, made him knowledgeable in another field: one’s health. His experiences and sessions with his clients sprouted the idea of the Balanced Wealth program. He integrated this program into his meetings and dealings with his clients, enabling them to live longer, healthier lives while he helps them grow a secure financial portfolio.

Hine frequently stresses that he is not a medical doctor by profession, but his wealth of knowledge in the field is quite impressive. I learned about COVID-19’s correlation with sleep apnea, the amino acid homocysteine being a marker for heart failure, genome sequencing, MRI scanners, the Galleri® Test, and the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test in detecting prostate cancer, among others. As is custom, Hine appropriately referenced his findings, so readers with a preference for well-researched information will be assured of his credibility.

Apart from the medical knowledge relayed in the text, readers will also be made privy to numerous types of technologies that will prove beneficial to them in the long run. Hine mentions these to be used as accompaniments to his Balanced Wealth program, specifically as a means to track one’s health status and progress. Some of these were wearable tracking devices, like Fitbit, Apple Watch, and Oura Ring®, while others were as simple as maintaining a food diary.

The Balanced Wealth Approach draws from numerous sources and pre-existing concepts. Familiar names crop up, like Theodore Roosevelt, Joyce Sunada, Richard Feynman, Karl Pearson, and more. Their associated quotes and philosophies are used to back a relevant point Hine is trying to make.

Another feature of the book that more than deserves recognition revolves around the editing work. With only one error present, the writing within convinced me the book had undergone professional editing. This made for a smooth reading experience and left me with an overall positive impression of the book.

I must say, however, that despite all the positives, I wasn’t really inspired by the contents of the book. This is because Hine serves up the basics in his core message of change. The usual “eat better, sleep better, relieve stress, make sure to exercise, and you’re good” mantra touted in every self-help book I’ve ever read ran the backbone of the book. The actual Balanced Wealth scorecard and its parent program took up one page, with the rest devoted to the reasons for the program and its background, making it not really a practical tool so much as a thought. Added to that, I always look forward to hearing the author’s voice in some witty remark or the other. Only one brief spot of humour was found—in an aside about Dan Sullivan’s wish to live to 156.

I rate this book five out of five stars. All of the great aspects of The Balanced Wealth Approach see it well worth the high score; I almost removed a star because it didn’t really have a unique message, but its delivery and dedication to other topics more than made up for that. This book would be suitable for readers aged eighteen years and older who are looking to develop a work-life balance. It is a self-help book, so fans of this genre should also give it a try. People who feel like their health is suffering due to the stress of their careers might find it appealing, as well.

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Every book should have its unique message because there really isn't anything special about a book if there is nothing unique about it.
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People need to understand the value of health over wealth. What's the point of accumulating wealth if you are unable to lead a healthy life? Balance and moderation in everything can lead you to peace.
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Post by ElinaT »

They say health is wealth and I agree. Sometimes no amount of money can buy you good health. We must, therefore, lead healthy lives. Awesome review!
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