Vicki Robin

Video: Vicki Robin on the new Your Money or Your Life

In Videos on December 2, 2008 at 10:15 PM

By: Vicki Robin

In this video, I give an overview of the Your Money or Your Life program, the new book edition, and this website.

Check out more videos from us and from readers who have experience with the Your Money or Your Life program!

  1. Hi Vicki!

    I’ve been applying Your Money or Your Life since 2001 — it has really benefited my savings, brought more thoughtful consumption, and increased my sense of fulfillment.

    I’m so glad to see this new edition and look forward to using it in my coaching practice. I’ll spread the word about this website too.

    Thanks for yours and Joe’s great contributions!

  2. Thanks so much for writing in, George! We’re delighted to hear how the book has helped you and that you’re planning on using the new edition in your coaching practice. Colleagues of ours have done a great job of creating a number of teaching materials that may be useful to you as you’re teaching YMoYL principles. Visit if you want to learn more.

  3. I really appreciate this summary of Your Money and Your Life. I will recommend the book to my friends at Oxyfresh who have a philosophy similar to yours. Oxyfresh has served me well over the 12 years I’ve been with the organization as it has given me a way to leverage my hours, contribute to my community, and the planet as well. I’m sorry I missed your presentation at Whidbey Institute. It was the night for our first Barters and Exchanges Gathering for the LEAG. Looking forward to more conversations with you.

  4. I just bought this great book used from an dealer. Can you tell me what i’m missing in this new edition of the book?


  5. Hi Brett —

    The old edition of the book cites many statistics and stories from the 1980s which all needed to be updated. In addition, Chapter 9 needed to be substantially rewritten so that we could recommend other investment options besides treasury bonds. Finally, we wanted to make all sorts of other small changes to the book, such as how consciousness doesn’t always grow faster than inflation, the importance of being a conscious consumer (which means not just relying on price if you’re committed to having your money reflect your values), and the role that the Internet plays in making it easier (and sometimes harder) to save money. But the overall message of the book is timeless so we still encourage people to buy the old edition of the book if the above changes are irrelevant to you.

  6. Thank you SO much for sharing this book with the world. It transformed my and my husband’s conversations about money so profoundly, that I have been giving this book to newlyweds as their wedding present! Now, my business team will be going through it to positively affect our relationship to money as we remind ourselves that we can’t serve as Benefit Counselors for working Americans unless we’re clear first. Thanks again!

  7. Hello Everyone
    I would really just like to underline how important this book is. I have been a financial planner (salesperson) for the past eleven years and have turned my back on it to take up a new career as a teacher which is more in alignment with my life compass. I did this before I read your book but have in some small way felt vindicated in the face of ‘raised eyebrows’ as to why I would do this. I have read countless books on financial topics and can honestly say that your book has resonated strongly with me at the deepest level. Only one other book has came close to this.
    One of the most important lessons in your book is understanding our relationships with money; how vital it is to climb above the complexity of everyday life and take a simple view of what’s what and where we fit in to it all. Are we happy, contented or angry, demented?
    This book is more about living than money. Top marks.

  8. Greetings!

    After 15 years of FI awareness and growth, it is amazing to see how these life-affirming ideas cycle around again in the larger society. Yay! Monique, the last time I saw you was a photo of you and husband and new baby on the back cover of a publication from New American Dream! It is wonderful to see your positive ideas contribute to Joe & Vicki’s great classic work. I still have my copy of YMOYL, all scribbled and marked, with glued-in photos of us at Kathy Fay’s house in Denver in 1998. I wish all of you the best with work and tell you that I love living the dream that this work brought to me and to Paul. Blessings!

  9. […] I want to insert this quick post here for anyone who may have getting control of your financial life high on your to-do list this year – anyone? Vicki Robin, well-known coauthor, with Joe Dominguez, of Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence, is hosting a series of 12 speakers and activists on money, life, the economy and the future. The teleseminar is inexpensive, you can listen to the series, or sign up individually, and the first class is free. You also have an opportunity to dig deep with your own questions. Guests include Bill McKibben, David Korten, John Robbins, Lynne Twist, Olivia Mellon, and Victoria Castle, among others. The core messages are how we exchange our life energy for money, how to discover how much is enough, and how to get out of the money trap of purchasing products to solve problems to a life of financial freedom. Watch Vicki’s introduction here. […]

  10. […] by Filippa I’m reading Your Money or Your Life at the moment (the introductory video on this site gives a good overview). It’s a book that explores your relationship with money and takes you […]

  11. Thank you! Many years ago I read your book. To say the least, your ideas planted seeds as well as affirming and cultivating economic ideas that had been planted long ago. I’m pleased to see that you are aligned with Lynn Twist and other forward thinkers. Let’s create a garden of this world where we all contribute, grow, and flourish.

  12. I am so glad that the Democrats are no longer referring to money as a subsequent of working like a dog, but rather saving, not fearing, and understand that money is positive life energy.

    Is this creating happiness and contributing to my dreams. Now if only I can save enough money to pay off my school loans . . .
    Looking forward to getting my hands on the book. . .

    Peace out, Minerva & Todd.

  13. Vicki, I did the extraordinary FI program in my early thirties and now in my mid-fifties I have been semi-retired for ten years. I feel like my investments now need to shift around given the fragile economy. I would like to know your recommendations in today’s market. I look forward to hearing from you! Lyndie

  14. Vicki, I read Your Money or Your Life in 1997. My husband and I have been retired a few years now, since our mid-fifties. We moved to Mexico and had a great one and a half year adventure doing fun things and we got deeply involved with helping out at an orphanage and fund raising for them. My husband and I agree that our time with the orphanage was the most rewarding thing that we have ever done.
    Though many things happened in our lives that led us away from being workaholics to leading a life of financial independence your book came to me at the right time and changed our lives. Thank you.
    Sincerely, Barbara

  15. desde madrid españa, tengo 44 años y he conseguido la independencia financiera, lei su libro hace unos 15 años, cambio mi vida gracias

  16. Sally, please be in touch with which represents a network of speakers on the program in the book Your Money or Your Life

  17. please check with where there are many teaching tools and a staff person to answer this question. good work and good luck

  18. Hi Vicky, I was on the calls today re:1/24/11 Money Webinar and wanted to personally thank you for your devotion, time and energy putting this together – It’s awesome!! I’m up for this amazing inquiry, and already feel confronted. I’m used to so many things as normal like going out to dinner, buying books, etc. and I’m stepping into the space of giving up that which really doesn’t match my commitments to myself, my life and the World! Thank you so much. Warmly, Mary

  19. […] Independence (revised in 2008). I was lucky enough to spend an entire week with one of the authors, Vikki Robin, a delightful, passionate woman. I turned my “more-is-better” relationship with money around, […]

  20. I am 22yrs old, just read the available pages available through amazon and just wanted to let you know, thank you. Everything I read is what I have always believed in, but people, friends, parents have always told me other wise. I will read your book as soon as it comes in the mail!

  21. I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented on your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for starters. May just you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  22. I have to say that the education I got from this book profoundly changed our lives for the better. I discovered this book around 1999,when the stock market was going crazy and everyone seemed able to become an internet millionaire. I read the book, kept a level head in spite of the insanity of the bubblemania, and have never given up on the advice in this book to decide just where our money would go and what our priorities are. More bubbles have come and gone since then, and my wife and I have never regretted following the program laid out in the book, We are each able to retire at age 60 and even if Social Security goes south, we will be financially independent. The peace of mind I have had not worrying about how my 401k is doing or the dow or nasdaq or what if I lose my job is profound. I thank Vicki and Joe for the gift of serenity my wife and I have had over the years and the many more ahead without financial concerns, all because this book showed up in my life when I was ready to hear its message.

  23. Actually, I couldn’t agree with you more. Even though I sometimes wonder if I will outlast my money, I basically feel like I’m safe and solid. One of my income streams, actually, is living in a great community where fun and mutual aid and thrift store wealth are all part of life here. i think community capital is important. i go into this in next book, out january.

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