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Harper, The Wealth Cure - Discussion Questions

The questions below are designed to guide your reading, stimulate your thinking, and ground your discussion of the selection during Orientation Week.

Discussion Questions

Part One - The Diagnosis

  1. “We often make external choices that have internal consequences…” (6). What does Harper mean by external choices?  In what ways do we allow external choices to damage our overall quality of life?
  2. “We always have a choice between a perspective of gratitude for what we have in the present or a perspective of constant longing for the things we think we may never get” (9).  How do you determine when you have enough?
  3. What are the things that you seek in your quest to have enough?
  4. How much value should be placed on material possessions?  Further, should people be defined by what and how much they possess?
  5. “The greatest wealth is health” (19).  What leads Harper to this realization?  Would you agree or disagree?
  6. What is FEAR?
Part Two – Treatment Options
  1. Why does Harper suggest that people need a Wealth Cure?
  2. “You can’t be free if the cost of being you is too high” (45)?  What does this mean to you?
  3. What are the Wealth Factors?
  4. “Perhaps in today’s world we are finding that money isn’t able to hold the value we are giving it” (57).  How has the American system of Wealth declined, and, how does this affect you? 
Part Three – Compliance: Sticking with a Treatment Plan
  1. Harper states, “saving money is similar to losing weight” (65), what does he mean by this?
  2. How is saving money an exercise in courage?
  3. How does Harper define dumb money?
  4. Why does Harper compare the current system of credit in America to slavery?
Part Four – Maintaining Your Health and Wealth
  1. “Sometimes the ‘good’ life we create for ourselves is only an elaborate and oftentimes expensive way to avoid the ‘true’ life that we’re intended to live, the one that revolves around authentic joy” (112-113).  How can a shift in attitude or perspective help to discover your purpose in life?
  2. “If you are making any decision solely based on money, then it is the wrong decision” (121).  What are your individual motivations?  How strong of a factor is money in determining your future goals, or career aspirations?
  3. What is the value of investing in others?  Who has invested in you, or who have you invested in?
  4. Where do most people learn about money?  Who teaches the habits, the patterns, or the attitudes carried throughout life?
  5. What does Harper describe as the lottery mentality?

Part Five – Masterminding: Thrive and Survive
  1. “When we quit in an adult way, no one else really knows because we do it internally” (187).  What is Harper suggesting?
  2. How does education buy options? 
  3. What does it mean to be an architect of your own life?
  4. What is a Mastermind Circle, and how can it help individuals to achieve common as well as personal goals.
  5. How can we honor the past by confidently moving forward?
  6. What can you do to take stock of your own wealth whether physically, mentally, or financially?

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