Book Review: Your Mark on the World

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I have been waiting to review Your Mark on the World for quite awhile. Written by a fellow Utahn, Devin Thorpe, the best part of this review is that you can get this book for free simply by subscribing to the Your Mark on the World blog. Thorpe has an extensive background in finance as past CFO for a corporation with hundreds of millions in revenue, a prior boutique investment bank owner, former investment advisor, and former treasurer for a global company, among other roles. However, what makes him stand out among his peers who have also done well in the financial sector is how he has managed his personal finances.

Devin Thorpe

A few years back, Thorpe left his position as CFO with MonaVie unexpectedly. He turned it into an opportunity to spend a year in China with his spouse, giving back. He simultaneously wrote Your Mark on the World to help others take advantage of the same opportunity to make a difference, in whatever way that calls to them.

Your Mark on the World literally weaves together basic, but comprehensive, personal finance principles that many of us never learn with compelling stories of regular people making an indelible impact on the world. It's both functional and inspirational.

Financial freedom is a topic I am personally passionate about (I write about frugality frequently on my personal blog). Without learning some basic rules about money, especially how to dump debt and save for emergencies, myself and my spouse would never have been able to pursue entrepreneurship, which for me includes having a much larger social impact than with one organization.

I am consistently shocked at how normal conspicuous consumption is in our society. It is inherently addicting and almost socially required to engage in behaviors that jeopardize our financial freedom, including our ability to give back. I know from personal experience with credit cards, leased vehicles, and even a fancy car financed over 30 years on a second mortgage.

Because of the painful, but liberating, effort required to dig out of our own hole, I find resources like Your Mark on the World to be a breath of fresh air in a world that is constantly suffocating our opportunities to experience and do more than work.

I do have to admit though that the stories were by far my favorite aspect of the book. Thorpe went to great lengths to include stories that personally touched his life. They are all deeply intimate portraits of everyday people taking up a cause and literally changing the world for the better.

Ranging from China to Cambodia and from leper colonies to orphans, the incredible impact of just one dedicated person is illustrated so tangibly that one cannot read Your Mark on the World and continue to turn away from the immense possibilities for your own legacy.

Drop by Thorpe's blog right now, subscribe, and take the next steps toward leaving your own personal mark on the world.