April 9, 2018

Why I wrote the Breakfast Club – it’s not what you think

It’s an exciting day as I finally get to show the world my debut novel, The Breakfast Club for 40-Somethings.

Of course, holding a real live book in my hand, that I wrote, is a personal thrill. And it’s also a great big tick on my bucket list.

But more than that, what excites me is what I know this book can do for others – for people I care about, and those I don’t even know personally but share so much in common with.

You see, if you are anything like me, you’ve hit your 40s and you suddenly realise life is really hard work. Whether you have kids, a full-on job, are dealing with ageing parents, or health challenges, your 40s and 50s can be a tough place to be.

While we can all look at social media, and think other people’s lives are much better than our own, the reality is everyone faces challenges and frustrations – and it’s how we deal with those that determines our future.

One thing I have learned from working in the financial services industry for more than 24 years is that if you know the secrets of making money, growing wealth can be more than achievable. You do not have to earn a fortune to build longer-term wealth.

After all, the money industry tends to be good at, well, making money. What it has traditionally not been good at is sharing those secrets with the rest of us – by making it easy to understand and, dare I say, interesting and entertaining.

In a world where we are all busy and stretched, to be entertained while learning is a goal for most of us. Lengthy text books, lectures and boring how-to guides tend to get left on the bedside table, if picked up at all.

So I have taken a new approach and written something different. It is a story. Sure, the characters are fictional, but they have traits and circumstances familiar to each and every one of us. They also have the ability to share their own personal money situations – which is something not many of us do. After all, talking about money is pretty much taboo in our society.

So, if you want to unlearn limiting money behaviours and start to make better long-term choices, this book is for you. It will help you start the important process of thinking about yourself – and what you want for your life.

So many of us put ourselves last when it comes to living the life we dream of. I believe this doesn’t have to be the case. By unlearning some things you know about money and having a purposeful plan, you can move toward the life you want.

So really, I wrote this book for you – to help you crack the code of the secrets of money while having a laugh with some flawed, at times unhappy characters, who manage to reinvent their lives.

It’s the first step you can take toward putting yourself front and centre and planning a life that you want for yourself and your family in the future.

If you want to figure out which limiting money beliefs you need to unlearn after reading the book, take my free quiz on the five pillars to find out. https://vanessastoykov.com.au/5pillars/

To order your book now at a discounted rate through Booktopia, click HERE.

More to come – I promise. I’m here for you.

Until next time,


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