Emphasizing the need for family discussions about such change, Griffiths
suggests that children care less about economic status than
As for money, he suggests getting control of finances and
analyzing expectations, recognizing, e.g., that children can get a good
education at non-brand name schools.
His advice ranges from the
psychological ("maintaining a constructive attitude") to the practical (make
a chart assessing the skills and abilities applicable to new career
possibilities). Avoid burning bridges, he says, as networking works better
than responding to job ads.
Acknowledging the trade-offs, Griffiths
concludes that "self-worth" is more important than "net worth."
This roadmap shows how Griffiths and others
walked away from prestigious but unfulfilling careers and successfully
reinvented their lives. Theirs is an inward journey of facing their deepest
fears, of disempowering money and empowering themselves, and finding out who
they really are, beyond material possessions, ego, and status.