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New York Times best-selling author and comedian-turned-motivational speaker Kyle Cease shows how your obsession with money is actually preventing you from living the life of your dreams. "I can't afford that." "Now's not the right time . . . I need to save up." "Quit my job? Are you nuts?!" Sound familiar? Money is one of the biggest excuses we make to not go after what we New York Times best-selling author and comedian-turned-motivational speaker Kyle Cease shows how your obsession with money is actually preventing you from living the life of your dreams. "I can't afford that." "Now's not the right time . . . I need to save up." "Quit my job? Are you nuts?!" Sound familiar? Money is one of the biggest excuses we make to not go after what we really want. Our fixation with money--the desire for more of it, and the fear of not having enough of it--is often really just a longing to feel safe. But this obsession with money is coming at a much bigger cost: our sanity, our creativity, our freedom, and our ability to step into our true power. This book is about eliminating the need to seek safety through the illusion of money, and learning to see ourselves for the perfection that we are--so that we can bring our gifts to the world in an authentic way, and allow ourselves to receive massive, true abundance as a result. Kyle Cease has heard excuses like the ones above countless times at his live events, and he has shown people how to completely break through them. In The Illusion of Money, he shares his own experiences as well as practical tools to help readers understand their ingrained beliefs and attachments to money, and how they can tap into our infinite assets and talents. "After 25 years as a successful comedian, actor, transformational speaker, author and junior-league amateur bowler, I've experienced many times how chasing money is not an effective way to create an abundant and fulfilling life. The most alive I've ever felt was after I left my comedy career at its peak to become a transformational speaker. I left tons of guaranteed money and so-called security for a complete unknown. It was terrifying--but what was on the other side of that terror was a completely different life that is not only more abundant financially, but has more freedom, more ease, more passion, more impact and more joy." -- Kyle Cease


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New York Times best-selling author and comedian-turned-motivational speaker Kyle Cease shows how your obsession with money is actually preventing you from living the life of your dreams. "I can't afford that." "Now's not the right time . . . I need to save up." "Quit my job? Are you nuts?!" Sound familiar? Money is one of the biggest excuses we make to not go after what we New York Times best-selling author and comedian-turned-motivational speaker Kyle Cease shows how your obsession with money is actually preventing you from living the life of your dreams. "I can't afford that." "Now's not the right time . . . I need to save up." "Quit my job? Are you nuts?!" Sound familiar? Money is one of the biggest excuses we make to not go after what we really want. Our fixation with money--the desire for more of it, and the fear of not having enough of it--is often really just a longing to feel safe. But this obsession with money is coming at a much bigger cost: our sanity, our creativity, our freedom, and our ability to step into our true power. This book is about eliminating the need to seek safety through the illusion of money, and learning to see ourselves for the perfection that we are--so that we can bring our gifts to the world in an authentic way, and allow ourselves to receive massive, true abundance as a result. Kyle Cease has heard excuses like the ones above countless times at his live events, and he has shown people how to completely break through them. In The Illusion of Money, he shares his own experiences as well as practical tools to help readers understand their ingrained beliefs and attachments to money, and how they can tap into our infinite assets and talents. "After 25 years as a successful comedian, actor, transformational speaker, author and junior-league amateur bowler, I've experienced many times how chasing money is not an effective way to create an abundant and fulfilling life. The most alive I've ever felt was after I left my comedy career at its peak to become a transformational speaker. I left tons of guaranteed money and so-called security for a complete unknown. It was terrifying--but what was on the other side of that terror was a completely different life that is not only more abundant financially, but has more freedom, more ease, more passion, more impact and more joy." -- Kyle Cease

30 review for The Illusion of Money: How Chasing Money Is Stopping You from Living

  1. 4 out of 5

    james f bacon

    Beyond Great! I love the lighthearted way that Kyle writes about matters of such importance to us all. I love books and what they provide in general and this one is awesomely powerful!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    I love the overall premise, so I can appreciate what the author is trying to convey here. But the book itself is not well written and contains more fluff than I typically care to wade through.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Two Readers in Love

    I had mixed reactions to this book. The new age Panglossian sections (no matter what is happening we are all exactly where we need to be having the exact experience we're meant to, etc. etc.) reliably bring out my inner Voltaire. However, it does contain many points I really needed to be reminded of right now (which is why I I remind myself to read through points that I bristle at to be exposed to different points of view). I picked this title up from the library because I've been reading person I had mixed reactions to this book. The new age Panglossian sections (no matter what is happening we are all exactly where we need to be having the exact experience we're meant to, etc. etc.) reliably bring out my inner Voltaire. However, it does contain many points I really needed to be reminded of right now (which is why I I remind myself to read through points that I bristle at to be exposed to different points of view). I picked this title up from the library because I've been reading personal finance books as I prepare to downsize my workload and eventually semi-retire. This book is a good antidote to that genre, as it reminds me that no matter how carefully I plan our 401K and maximize our investments, downsize our expenses, and do all the 'right' responsible things, there is no amount of money that can offer true security. Not only can you 'not take it with you,' it's not really yours even when you are here. Security is a feeling that can not be bought. My inner Voltaire would add that at least thinking that you know where your next meal is coming from and where you will be sleeping at night is a privilege; even if that knowledge is in some sense illusory, there is a reason those plans feel more secure to most of us than the alternative. Still - point taken. Rather than just diversifying your portfolio to chase security, how about diversifying your investment in the people and community around you, as well as your own mind and skills? My favorite quote: "... move as if your time is temporary and money isn't - because it's the truth. You have unlimited potential for making money and a limited amount of time on this planet. If you're spending your time as if it's infinite and you see money as something that is scarce, you're doing it backward." I would add, as a counterpoint to this book, a literally enlightening quote from another book that I had mixed feelings about, Biet Simkin's "Don't Just Sit There": "For some of you, a discovery of how to pay your electric bill on-time every month might just be the most spiritual thing you've ever done." Someone who just read "The Illusion of Money" might need to hear that right now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rosella LaFevre

    Honestly this book surprised me with how much it moved me I've read other books on money mindset and spirituality, and while there are many crossover concepts, I was seriously surprised by how much Kyle's book moved me. I bought it on a whim, and I'm so glad I did! It made me cry and I know it has already helped me shed old ideas. Today I found myself dealing with money matters from an entirely new energy and I literally had the thought, "I'm excited to do well with more money." Thanks, Kyle, for Honestly this book surprised me with how much it moved me I've read other books on money mindset and spirituality, and while there are many crossover concepts, I was seriously surprised by how much Kyle's book moved me. I bought it on a whim, and I'm so glad I did! It made me cry and I know it has already helped me shed old ideas. Today I found myself dealing with money matters from an entirely new energy and I literally had the thought, "I'm excited to do well with more money." Thanks, Kyle, for writing this book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This book is full of amazing information. I would say it is less a book about money and more a book about life, and I absolutely love it! I will read this one again, I'm sure of it, as the information is so valuable and worth revisiting. This book is full of amazing information. I would say it is less a book about money and more a book about life, and I absolutely love it! I will read this one again, I'm sure of it, as the information is so valuable and worth revisiting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric Ness

    This is an atypical finance book. Instead of telling you about Roth IRAs etc., it challenges you to redefine your relationship with money. The main argument of the book is that our money beliefs limit our perceptions of what is possible in life and that by changing our beliefs we expand our life. The book includes an exercise at the end of each chapter to explore our relationship with money. I took the time to do most of the exercises and got a lot of insight into my own fears and limitations reg This is an atypical finance book. Instead of telling you about Roth IRAs etc., it challenges you to redefine your relationship with money. The main argument of the book is that our money beliefs limit our perceptions of what is possible in life and that by changing our beliefs we expand our life. The book includes an exercise at the end of each chapter to explore our relationship with money. I took the time to do most of the exercises and got a lot of insight into my own fears and limitations regarding money. Finally, the book is funny. Kyle Cease is a former stand-up comedian and I often laughed out loud to the audio book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Felicitas Träumer

    This is hands-down THE best book on money mindset and I‘ve read A LOT of them. Be prepared to journal and meditate for at least 30 minutes after each chapter. Do the work suggested and it will transform you. And then continue to do the work once you‘re done with the book. If you haven‘t already, get your copy now and start reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Lillis

    On third reading. New insights everytime

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Storc

    One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. LISTEN TO THE AUDIBLE VERSION. Kyle Cease narrates the book himself, and it’s fantastic!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kerrywardwaspoxon

    I loved it! This is one of those books that speaks to your soul. I felt like the author was in the room with me and could see my innermost thoughts. I am a better human being for having read this book and I thank the universe for sending it to me, just at the right time, as always!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Claunch

    I really cannot understand the ratings on this book. There ARE some good insights and pieces of wisdom, but the writing is such absolute nonsense, it makes it hard to take seriously. The main ideas presented are completely unsubstantiated. For example, Cease’s central idea that connection to one’s creativity, oneself, will generate monetary abundance: “you will be so in love with being you that that no amount of money could ever convince you to do anything other than what your heart is calling you I really cannot understand the ratings on this book. There ARE some good insights and pieces of wisdom, but the writing is such absolute nonsense, it makes it hard to take seriously. The main ideas presented are completely unsubstantiated. For example, Cease’s central idea that connection to one’s creativity, oneself, will generate monetary abundance: “you will be so in love with being you that that no amount of money could ever convince you to do anything other than what your heart is calling you toward. When you feel that way, that’s when the money will arrive. It’s a test. It’s only when the money doesn’t really matter that is shows up” (60). It makes sense that we can be much more creative and inspired by letting go of chasing external validators, but I wish he would have explained in more tangible ways how this can help to generate money. He tells us that money is not important, and that it will just come when we stop trying to get it. But why? Why should I believe this? Nothing is explained in a convincing, logical or scientific way. Again, I do think there is wisdom in some ideas presented, such as generating value internally first through connecting to your strengths, but instead of creating solid arguments he just tells us that we are “infinite truth” (61), that we are “magic,” “made out of pure unconditional love” (155) and we wouldn’t be on the planet if we weren’t worthy of receiving fulfillment, love and abundance (159). These are just human constructs. Evolution does not make us worthy of abundance, it just makes us alive! Overall: More fluffy and contradictory language than I could get through without frustration.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rosa Frei

    Review In the brand-new book 'The Illusion of Money', author Kyle Cease guides you to a completely new understanding about money, wealth, affluence, and the real happiness in life. This book is a gem! A game-changer! I predict it will be a best-selling book in no time! This compulsively readable, brilliant written book explains in a straightforward approach what true happiness and life fulfillment really looks like. The book answers questions like: Why are so many rich people not happy? Can we re Review In the brand-new book 'The Illusion of Money', author Kyle Cease guides you to a completely new understanding about money, wealth, affluence, and the real happiness in life. This book is a gem! A game-changer! I predict it will be a best-selling book in no time! This compulsively readable, brilliant written book explains in a straightforward approach what true happiness and life fulfillment really looks like. The book answers questions like: Why are so many rich people not happy? Can we reach the ultimate happiness trough money only or is it an inside job? What is the inner affluence that our souls really search for? How do you connect to your true self? How can we be rich and happy? How can we be so authentic and fulfilled that money is of no importance anymore? The book 'The Illusion of Money' helps people making real peace with themselves and their chase for money. I have read many books about finance, money, and success. This book, for me, is a game-changer. To say that I love it, is an understatement. It changed the way I think and feel about money.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dario Mungoi

    If you have been thinking that something is wrong and you can not quite figure out what is it. This book might help you find the answers to those questions because they are already within you. It is an easy and funny read, packed with exercises that will help you find the insights you have been looking for. If you ever pick this book, I recommend you to do the exercises.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Antigone Walsh

    Money is a hot button topic for many. the author shares how changing one's perception and mind about money can lead to a happier, more abundant life. He argues that money is the effect not the cause of suffering or jooy. the books has some exercises that are not all that impressive. Most of the humor falls flat but there are some valid and worthwhile points. It is a short and easy read but one that provides plenty of food for thought. Money is a hot button topic for many. the author shares how changing one's perception and mind about money can lead to a happier, more abundant life. He argues that money is the effect not the cause of suffering or jooy. the books has some exercises that are not all that impressive. Most of the humor falls flat but there are some valid and worthwhile points. It is a short and easy read but one that provides plenty of food for thought.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amparo Pagan Titmus

    Actually read this book twice and will go again. This book is brilliant. Kyle has a very interesting, fun yet wonderful way to get the reader to understand the concepts presented. Primarily, to take charge of the way think about money, to go from a lack mentality to an abundant mentality. Very well done with lots of stimulating and thought provoking exercises. Highly recommend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    In the first third of this book I was thinking my rating would be two stars. I found the premise interesting, but the writing repetitive. It was very similar to A Happy Pocket Full of Money. I skimmed through some of that and found the next two thirds much more interesting and valuable for me. Overall, great book on mindset and abundance.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jef

    While I've read a lot of money books, this one provides a cool, funny and unique perspective! It will push your boundaries in a safe yet firm manner. Be prepared to examine your relationship with money. While I've read a lot of money books, this one provides a cool, funny and unique perspective! It will push your boundaries in a safe yet firm manner. Be prepared to examine your relationship with money.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kym Wilson

    I love, love, LOVE Kyle Cease. He has so much lived wisdom that he shares with humour, compassion, fierceness and grace. This book will change your relationship to money and abundance. Don't just read it once. I love, love, LOVE Kyle Cease. He has so much lived wisdom that he shares with humour, compassion, fierceness and grace. This book will change your relationship to money and abundance. Don't just read it once.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gottme

    Inspiring!! This book is wonderful! I was clinging to every word! I want to buy 10 copies and send it to my family and friends! Thank you Kyle for this gift. What is next? I will be first in line.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samy

    The most powerful book I've ever read on the topic of money. The most powerful book I've ever read on the topic of money.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Positions itself as book about our relationship with money, but it's so much more. Quite possibly the most important book I've read in my life, and while that may sound like a lofty claim let me say that it was just the right thing I needed in my life at this time. Like the old addage: when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. It's only 174 pages, but the type of book you want to finish it's short chapters and just sit with them for a day. I think it's the best way to read it. I'm goin Positions itself as book about our relationship with money, but it's so much more. Quite possibly the most important book I've read in my life, and while that may sound like a lofty claim let me say that it was just the right thing I needed in my life at this time. Like the old addage: when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. It's only 174 pages, but the type of book you want to finish it's short chapters and just sit with them for a day. I think it's the best way to read it. I'm going to immediately re-read this while I continue towards my reading goals. Disregard those put off by his humor. Kyle is a naturally gifted comedian, and his humor never overpowers or lessens the sincerity he writes with here.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Haroon

    This is a great book, but will make you VERY uncomfortable. I read this book fast and it shifted my thinking. However, I want to go back to this and re-read this and do all the exercises it asks. If you're an artist and a creative and are trying to figure out how to get out of your own way and tap into your magic, this is a good book to read. I'm struggling to fully implement the insights of this book, but that's more down to my own mental blocks I'm looking to overcome. This book will help with This is a great book, but will make you VERY uncomfortable. I read this book fast and it shifted my thinking. However, I want to go back to this and re-read this and do all the exercises it asks. If you're an artist and a creative and are trying to figure out how to get out of your own way and tap into your magic, this is a good book to read. I'm struggling to fully implement the insights of this book, but that's more down to my own mental blocks I'm looking to overcome. This book will help with that and I'm confident that as a result of this book 2021 may just be one of my most important creative years yet.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pía López Copetti

    This book is by far one of the best books I’ve read this year. It totally shifted my mindset from a frightened, restrictive view on money and life overall to a mindset of abundance, of endless possibilities, and mostly: to live life in your own terms without giving a damn about what others may think.

  24. 5 out of 5

    elizabeth

    I really liked the idea of this book and the message in quite a few of the chapters, but the writing was too waffling for me. I found it tiresome to read and wish the author had eased up on the analogies.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ben Costello

    I wanted to enjoy this book. I looked forward to reading it and I genuinely like the author and his message. That said, it just didn't do it for me. I felt it was a jumble of words that didn't resonate with me personally. Others seem to like it. I wanted to enjoy this book. I looked forward to reading it and I genuinely like the author and his message. That said, it just didn't do it for me. I felt it was a jumble of words that didn't resonate with me personally. Others seem to like it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kdawson

    Money isn't real. It's just the way you perceive it. What you think about money is what really matters. And the point Kyle makes is you can't find happiness in external "stuff" like material things. That kind of love and happiness can only come from inside yourself. Definitely worth a read. Money isn't real. It's just the way you perceive it. What you think about money is what really matters. And the point Kyle makes is you can't find happiness in external "stuff" like material things. That kind of love and happiness can only come from inside yourself. Definitely worth a read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Murug Nimai

    It is an amazing book for those who want to learn how to say "I am satisfied" & "i don't need money to be happy". This book will not be good for you If you are in the mode of passion. It teaches pure goodness. It is an amazing book for those who want to learn how to say "I am satisfied" & "i don't need money to be happy". This book will not be good for you If you are in the mode of passion. It teaches pure goodness.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Much more than I thought. I like the exercises. Helped me become aware of the limiting beliefs I grew up with around money and how it caused direct stress in my life. Very easily readable and doable. Certainly could help anyone shift their perspective on money (and on life).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    A short, simple and funny way to explain a lot of spiritual laws. Kevin did a great job making this easily digestible for every day people, and made it hilarious along the way.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    There were a couple of really nice ideas/approaches on how to view what being rich really means.

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