Once again, in the "story" half, the participants faced a challenge, formed a working group, and managed to overcome the obstacles just in time, with various members achieving assorted levels of success, despite not necessarily having much belief in the process. Personally, this rings so amazingly hollow to me from what I've seen in my life experiences that the less said about the “novella” part of the book, the better. These and similar business “self-help” books always seem to advocate forming a “mastermind” group to achieve these sorts of beyond-belief goals. It has been my unwavering experience that anything that involves more than three people (and that dynamic is likely to have some dead weight) is going to get hopelessly political, bogged down in power struggles, and at best will have parts not carrying their load, and pissing off the ones who are. I'm sure that an idealized “dream team” would be very exciting and worthwhile, but one might as well wish for a goose that lays golden eggs.
Anyway, there are three “elements” to the “system” here … the first being “Wow Now”: forming a concrete vision of your “dreams” with the key phrase: “Your dreams must be more real than your fears”. This involves a lot of self-psyching (self-hypnosis?) with “higher vibration words”, not using any “
The last section of the book is called “Rapid Riches”, and offers up thumbnail sketches of ways that one might (if they had the other three elements in place) attain the title's “Cash in a Flash”. Again, I guess if you don't have the “Wow Now” mindset, the “Inner Winner” standing on the neck of the “Inner Whiner”, and that ever-elusive “Dream Team” you're screwed. They break down these opportunities into “PSI”: Products, Services, and Information, or, more informally, stuff, doing stuff, and teaching others to do stuff, although these seem to have centered on real estate (again, despite the market), and e-books. Well, I guess we discovered why it took me 9 months to do this review. I must admit that I read the book, and did not “work through the exercises” (as there were parts of those for which I have never had answers, so would likely still be frustratingly “stuck” there still). This also, obviously, pokes sharp sticks at very sore parts of my psyche, so do take into account how you handle this sort of stuff.
As noted, I bought Cash In A Flash from the authors at a meeting, but it's sufficiently new (it came out last Fall) that it's likely to still be around at the brick-and-mortars. Amazon has it at about a third off, and their new/used guys have “very good” hardcover copies for under three bucks (plus S&H). Despite my “wailing and gnashing of teeth” above, I do feel this is a very good, albeit “newagey”, sort of book that could very well help many people to find a way to making a new lifestyle. I know that there are protégés of Hansen & Allen out there who are (apparently successfully) pitching their own snake oil on late night TV, but I would be more enthused if there were hundreds, if not thousands of folks out there who were saying “I did what they wrote and now have everything I ever dreamed of!” … caveat emptor, and all that … this could be the book for you, if you happen to be the right person in the right situation with the right conditions … I just don't think that that is me.