Spendaholics: The Truth and the Treatment

“They claimed that (Michael) Jackson was a “spendaholic” who was, from 1999 to 2001, spending $35 million a year while earning $11 million to $12 million a year, and as a result was on the brink of bankruptcy.”

The above immediately brings to mind a lesson my father taught me when I was young that has served me well to this day. “Jon,” he said “it doesn’t matter if you make a million dollars, if you spend a million and one.”

This was one of those stop you in your track moments that causes you to step back and take a look at the bigger picture and consider the consequences of your actions.

But is it as easy as just taking the time to think? Given that there seems to be a growing number of people trapped in their own “keeping up with the Johnsons” kind of personal hell, it would appear – at least according to the author of Frugal Living Freedom, that spendaholics “are missing something in their life.” Or more to the point, “they have a great big hole inside of them, and they need to fill it with something that costs money.”

“If Dr. Phil McGraw were here” continued Frugal Living, “he’d probably tell you that spending money provides some sort of “pay off” for these people, and they need to keep spending to keep themselves satisfied.”

So what is the answer?

All of Benjamin Fry’s work across a range of services and media has one thing in common; he uses professional expertise to find a clear and simple way for you to enjoy a baggage-free life.

Benjamin’s background is in psychotherapy and anyone can benefit from his help and ideas. The results speak for themselves.

You can see Benjamin in action on television in the BBC series Spendaholics. You can also connect with Benjamin here on the PI Window on Business on Wednesday, July 14th at 12:30 PM EST as we talk about a problem that is perhaps far more common than many of us would care to admit.

Please note that our toll free lines will be open to take your calls at 1-877-503-5036. Today could be the start of a new beginning!

Benjamin Fry on BBC's Spendaholics

About Benjamin:

Benjamin has had a varied and interesting life. He was perhaps the child of misfortune and privilege; born into a wealthy family and losing his mother at eleven-months old. Much of his later development in life came from these twin factors.

The combination perhaps uniquely enabled Benjamin to develop his personal and professional skills. In his twenties he sought help for emotional issues and was able to spend the time and money necessary to really explore what was wrong with him.

He discovered that despite his gilt-edged education at top private schools and Oxford University he really knew nothing about the most fundamental aspects of enjoying and understanding his own life. He decided that that should change.

Now through his media work he is able to share the benefits of his extensive personal research with you. He hopes you too can benefit from the knowledge that has changed his life and made him a much happier person.

Benjamin is a Member of BACP and is bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy, the Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counseling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure for the time being in force.

Get to know Benjamin better by reading his biography and joining in with his blog.

Benjamin’s Latest Book:

Click here to download Chapter 1

Do you ever wonder what is wrong with you? Why life seems so difficult no matter what you do? Do all the things you hope for seem to be just out of your reach? This may be even though you have done everything that was supposed to help you to realise your dreams. Do career, relationships, marriages, children, money, friends and family all have fuzzy edges round the perfect mental pictures that you once painted? Perhaps it just doesn’t all quite add up and you don’t know why? After you’ve blamed everyone else, at some point did you ever wake up, catch your reflection in the mirror and just wonder what’s wrong with you? It is actually quite simple to explain what’s wrong with us. The difficult part is believing it.

However, you don’t need to believe anything you read in this book. You don’t have to reject any deeply held views that this book might contradict. It doesn’t even particularly help if you already agree with all of it. You just need to follow the logic of its argument. If an assumption says that the sky is yellow and you don’t like it, don’t worry about it. Just see where it takes you. If it takes you to a place of clarity where before there had been only confusion, then maybe you might be inclined to look again at the colour of the sky. Even then, it really doesn’t matter what colour the sky is or what colour you want to think it is. What matters is that you acquire the understanding that can help to live happier lives on your own terms: terms that you now understand. That’s what this book is for. It’s been written to help you learn how to be happier by understanding what’s wrong with you.

Media Bites:

Spendaholics – Glenda (September 2009)

Remember to use the following link to access both the live and on-demand broadcast “Spendaholics: The Truth and the Treatment” on Wednesday, July 14th at 12:30 PM EST on the PI window on Business on Blog Talk Radio.

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