Too many of us struggle with anxiety over money. Income, debt, career, lifestyle, taxes, and so much more put pressure on our dollars. Anxiety leads to poor decisions, poor health, strained relationships, and distraction from what we really want for our life. The good news is author Scott Jarred is here to help. In FutureHack!, he shows readers how they can achieve their goals and dreams and hack their financial future and reach their full financial potential.

This book is a roadmap—ten steps, based on Jarred’s expertise and everything he’s learned—so that everyone can hack their future to live the life they really want to live. I recently caught up with Scott to learn more about what inspired him to write this book.

Published with permission from the author.

What happened that made you decide to write the book? What was the exact moment and you realize these ideas need to be to get out there?

From working with our clients, I knew there was a proven process we were using that really helped them live the life they want. It offered step-by-step directions on what exactly you need to do in order to make decisions and overcome four common challenges that hold them back from building true, sustainable wealth. We were repeating the process over and over and over with our clients, explaining to them how everything worked.

So, we thought it would be a good idea to put this process into a book format. That would allow readers to have these 10 steps we’re currently only sharing with clients, and it would allow us to help more people. Our mission is to help 1 million people become independently wealthy. From using this process with clients, we knew that showing people how to hack their future and get the life they want actually worked, so we felt confident putting it into a book.

As for the exact moment that I realized I needed to write a book, it was when I had a client specifically who wanted more information. I listed out twenty books they should read, but here’s the problem: that’s a lot to read, and each book only has a component of what we’re talking about in it. So the task of learning more about this process was daunting. I knew at that point in time, we had to write a book that would be more clear and actionable on how people can live this unbelievable life, and really gain control of their financial freedom.

What’s your favorite specific actionable idea in the book?

My favorite actionable idea in the book is that most people never spend any time thinking about what they want in their future and visualizing it. In the book, it talks about if you passed away, what would you like your obituary to say about you? Most people never thought about that: if you were to write your obituary right now, what would it say?

This is an exercise we encourage our readers to do because we’ve seen it be an “aha moment” for so many people. Because if what you write down is not complete yet, why not? What is something you could do right now to move closer to that being your reality?

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What’s your story of how you applied this lesson in your own life? What has this lesson done for you?

Growing up, I never really had anything of financial substance. It was always about scarcity and just trying to get by. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that you really can have whatever you want—you just have to put your mind in the right frame of reference to position yourself to get exactly what you want. Once you understand the systematic way your brain works, you can hack your future to get exactly what you want from life. That’s been life’s biggest lesson for me: think abundantly, not in scarcity, and then program your brain to get exactly what you want.