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Hilton and Huff present an anecdotal approach to increasing the real value of your life.
The authors commence their debut nonfiction collaboration with some of the stark questions every reader has likely asked at one point or another: “When was the last time you had a once-in-a-lifetime experience? What about just a memorable one? What about something you did for the first time? Was it months ago? Years?” Hilton and Huff provide context for these questions by pointing out that most people have experienced life-long conditioning on the subject of wealth, taught that a large reserve of currency is the bedrock of happiness. The authors seek to overturn this view, urging their readers to imagine their experiences are treasures and to take a “treasure map” approach to life, interrogating each decision with questions like “does it make you grow?” or “does it bring you joy?” rather than “does it make you money?”
Hilton and Huff flesh out their precepts with an array of stories relating their own experiences, such as Joe, who was expelled from high school and sank into drug addiction until he sorted out what was truly valuable in his life (“Instead of making excuses, I made plans and set goals”).
The text employs clear, approachable prose filled with optimism and enthusiasm. In a series of fast-paced chapters, the authors offer dozens of strategies for increasing the non-monetary value of every moment (including detoxing from digital overuse). But Hilton and Huff are quick to emphasize the practical right alongside the philosophical—the goal isn’t just to live like you’ll die tomorrow, it’s also about building for a better future. Readers feeling stuck in their routines will embrace this breath of fresh air.
An energetic, readable reminder that life is about much more than work and money.