Five Lever Friday | Vol.5

Bringing you inspiration, ideas, and tools to help you achieve Authentic Wealth

Authentic Wealth is bigger than just financial accumulation – it recognizes the interconnectedness of all aspects of life. It is created when your resources (the 5 levers – Finances, Mindset, Relationships, Health and Time) are aligned with your values, your vision and are ultimately used to achieve the impact you want to have on yourself, your family, your community and the world.


When making a donation to a charity, do you choose a specific use or fund? Or do you make an unrestricted gift? Are you wary of administrative costs? I was surprised to see research by Bridgespan, Indiana University and Urban Institute that found no relationship between the percentage of overhead and effectiveness.

To read more from The Center for Effective Philanthropy and Donors: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know, click here.


Adam Grant, one of my favorite authors, has just come out with a new book, Hidden Potential, which I’m excited to read. In this book, Adam suggests that there are three skills needed to unlock one’s potential: be a discomfort seeker, embrace “imperfectionism”, and be a sponge.

To learn more, check out this podcast, Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris.

And check out this quiz on Adam’s website to learn which one of the three skills is your strength and which one you could work on…  If you’re curious, my strongest character skill was “sponge” and I need to work on becoming more of a “discomfort seeker”.


Circling back to our October 20th issue, we talked about John Gottman’s research on contempt and its antidote, appreciation. Expressing appreciation isn’t just good for your relationships, but it is also good for you. “A one-time act of thoughtful appreciation produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in depressive symptoms” according to this article.

Check out this website for more tools on appreciation.


Following- up on our theme last week of healthspan vs. lifespan, the Abaris 5 Lever Book Club is reading Built to Move, by Kelly and Juliet Starrett in November. This book breaks down ten habits to help people live a more mobile life.

If you want a sneak preview, check out this podcast with Kelly on Finding Mastery.

Learn more about the Abaris 5 Lever Book Club here


Here is a quick Forbes article to remind you of the importance of aligning your schedule with your core values and learning how to set boundaries around your time.

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