Modest expectations and attitude make philosophy and methods approachable
In his intro, he tells the story of how he finally got motivated to write the book based on conversations with two friends envious of his lifestyle:
"In both cases, they knew I was not rich, nor was I living high on the hog. I simply lived a fairly middle-class life from a material point of view. Yet, from a lifestyle point of view, I was going to different places meeting different people working on interesting projects spending time on things that matter to me working largely on my own timetable. I had the monetary freedom and time freedom to do so."
Compared to the dreams of overnight riches offered by so many, this seems attainable to the average reader.
Chan also makes the important distinction that this is not all about wealth:
"There is no personal freedom if you have no time freedom. You also do not have personal freedom if you do not have some degree of monetary freedom. You must have both."
Many people mistakenly assume that if they have money, they'll have time, but this is simply not the case. Chan's approach emphasizes a balanced approach for a balanced life.
Solid business principles lay essential foundations
I was also particularly impressed by Chan's emphasis on personal support networks and business networks, devoting a full chapter to each. As host of the MasterMind Forums, the largest business mastermind community on the Web, Matthew certainly knows the value of both. The book is particularly effective in pointing out the types of personal support relationships most people have at their disposal that they might never think of.
Great first book on multiple income, good light read for "those in the know"
For those already experienced in multiple income streams, though, it may offer little new to you. It's a good light read, and worth it just to hear reminders of some important concepts from a new perspective. However, there's not enough here to really use it as a reference book (that's not what it's intended to be, I don't think), and the lack of an Index would make it difficult to do so, anyway.
I give the book four stars, but Matthew Chan five. Whether you buy the book or not, if you're interested in the topic, I encourage you to hook up with Matthew in the MasterMind Forums and on Ryze. He's definitely someone you want in your network.