The Wealth Creator’s Playbook: A Guide to Maximizing Your Return on Life and Money

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A Guide to Maximizing Your Return on Life and Money

The Wealth Creator’s Playbook is the must-read, go-to guide for individuals who are chasing financial success and all the richness of a deeply fulfilling life. In other words, wanting it all! Spoiler alert: while wealth creation is our culture’s sure-fire solution to achieving success and abundance, it turns out that maximum life satisfaction requires investing your life, not just your portfolio.

Money is something most people fantasize about: if only financial independence became a reality, then life would be easier and more fulfilling. While everyone has heard that ”money won’t buy happiness,” looking at the explosion of wealth creation around the globe, it appears many people have missed the memo. In fact, the digital revolution has created an environment where it’s never been easier for financial dreams to come true, most notably in high-growth technology meccas like Silicon Valley, Seattle, Austin, Boston, and others. We live in an era of unprecedented wealth: a new millionaire is created every 30 seconds in the U.S alone. Thanks to a cycle of growth in the US economy and stock market, more and more Americans are on the path to achieving wealth, and all the comforts, lifestyle, freedom and abundance that comes from amassing significant, and sometimes outrageous, piles of money.

Wealth is undoubtedly a gift – a gift that involves practical, psychological and spiritual stewardship. It also comes with unexpected challenges: isolation, relationship challenges and a lack of purpose are often the by-products of achieving financial success.

Wealth creators desperately need advice they can trust to manage the unanticipated consequences of money but will only find books that teach them how to get rich and stay rich or, at the other end of the spectrum, books for a general audience about finding life fulfillment. What they won’t find is a resource that provides the missing link: a playbook that bridges these two worlds – money and life – drawing on wisdom from John Christianson’s 25 years of experience advising some of the most successful wealth creators in the country. ​The Wealth Creator’s Playbook​ is the roadmap for a richer life that is needed right now.

Don’t just chase the highest returns on your stock portfolio – learn how to maximize your return on life. ​The Wealth Creator’s Playbook​ is a guide to aligning your money with your deepest values, overcoming roadblocks at the intersection of money and relationships, building a life portfolio and discovering your highest calling. ​The Playbook​ will help you turn meaningful wealth into a meaningful life.

Advance Praise

The Wealth Creator’s Playbook offers a unique vision of true wealth: a life of passion, purpose and understanding the meaning behind your money. If you’ve ever wondered, ‘What’s the money for?’ look no further. I’ve known John for over ten years, and he is the ultimate guide to aligning your values with your wealth and expanding…

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—Paul Shoemaker

Founding President, Social Venture Partners International and Author of Can’t Not Do

The Wealth Creator’s Playbook offers a unique vision of true wealth: a life of passion, purpose and understanding the meaning behind your money. If you’ve ever wondered, ‘What’s the money for?’ look no further. I’ve known John for over ten years, and he is the ultimate guide to aligning your values with your wealth and expanding your vision of what’s possible, with the end-goal of maximizing your impact on the world.”

—Paul Shoemaker

Founding President, Social Venture Partners International and Author of Can’t Not Do

“John’s approach to wealth through the unique lens of deeply held values and discovering your highest calling encourages wealth creators to construct a life that really means something, putting your money where your heart is.”

—Ida Cole

Former Microsoft Vice President, Founder of Seattle Theatre Group

“The Wealth Creator’s Playbook is a significant resource for anyone experiencing the emotional and practical bumps in the road that come with building a company and wealth. We embrace John’s vision of a “life fully lived,” using the power of wealth to impact others for good. The tools offered in this book will inspire you to find greater purpose in your own success.”

—Scott & Ally Svenson

Founders of MOD Pizza

“John’s expertise in wealth management, combined with his role as a life coach, make him uniquely qualified to offer both practical money advice and deeply personal prescriptions for a more healthy and fulfilling life. This book will inspire you to think deeply about your definition of success, how money affects…

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—Charles Meyers

CEO of Equinix, Inc.

“John’s expertise in wealth management, combined with his role as a life coach, make him uniquely qualified to offer both practical money advice and deeply personal prescriptions for a more healthy and fulfilling life. This book will inspire you to think deeply about your definition of success, how money affects your relationships, and how to align your money and your values. The Wealth Creator’s Playbook has opened my eyes to the relational and spiritual implications of wealth and inspired me to maximize my resources to live fully and pursue a higher purpose.”

—Charles Meyers

CEO of Equinix, Inc.

“What does real success look like? Are my relationships healthy? Am I maximizing my resources to achieve a truly fulfilling life? The Wealth Creator’s Playbook is for anyone who wants to hit the pause button and examine these vital questions. John offers a practical and spiritual guide to understanding the role money plays…

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—Fred Smith

President, The Gathering

“What does real success look like? Are my relationships healthy? Am I maximizing my resources to achieve a truly fulfilling life? The Wealth Creator’s Playbook is for anyone who wants to hit the pause button and examine these vital questions. John offers a practical and spiritual guide to understanding the role money plays in your decisions and relationships, how to align your money with deeply held values, and how wealth can open the door to finding a higher calling and purpose in life.”

—Fred Smith

President, The Gathering

“John uses an unusual blend of intellect and vulnerability to guide all of us with the gift of wealth into the larger questions of meaning, purpose, and wholeness. If you are wondering why wealth has not brought the joy you are seeking, you will be blessed by this book.”

—Kendra VanderMeulen

Former Technology Executive; President, NCF Northwest

“In John Christianson’s book, you will learn how to maximize your own happiness through creating wealth not just for yourself, but also for helping others. Each one of us is born with a passion, and if you follow the advice in this book, your life’s passions might even change the world —or at least a life. Christianson goes deep into what true happiness is. This book is a gift, well worth the time to read, learn from, think about, and act upon.”

—Carrie Morgridge

Author of Every Gift Matters

“John’s perspective on the relationship between money and success is perfectly in touch with today’s world. As he says so powerfully, the scorecard for success has changed from being mostly about income/wealth and now includes intangibles such as purpose, relevance, impact, relationships, etc. This is a must-read book for the person who knows that life is about much more than money.”

—Kelly Kay

Global Managing Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

“As wealth creators, we’ve experienced firsthand how money can complicate relationships, impact your children, and feel overwhelming to manage. John shares incredible insights that have influenced the way we approach wealth: from a place of purpose and meaning. John’s mission is to help wealth creators flourish, because of who you are, not because of your money.”

—Steve & Patty Fleischmann

Community Leaders/Philanthropists