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Product Details

  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Vicki Gunvalson; 1 edition (December 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615324908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615324906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Enough energy to overcome the challenge of being a single mother at the age of 29, with no college degree, and through sheer determination, drive, and passion for business, she was able to build Coto Insurance & Financial Services, Inc., one of the most successful Insurance Agencies and Financial Services Companies in the United States. In addition to health and life insurance, Vicki's company offers financial products and services such as retirement strategies and estate conservations to individuals and business owners. With the type of planning that Vicki does, she is able to show them how to obtain a guaranteed income stream in retirement which they will never outlive while their principle is protected. Vicki is also the co-author of Internet Life Insurance Made Easy, and the Founder of Coto University where she teaches and mentors over 600 agents across the country how to sell Life Insurance via the internet. Vicki holds various professional designations including being an Ed Slott Elite IRA Advisor, is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the American Association of Long Term Care Insurance, and the National Ethics Bureau. She lives by the mantra "Where Clients are Family", and believes that the way to generate more wealth is to share her wealth with others. Her intense drive for worldly success and laser focus on innovative business growth sometimes overshadows her equally intense love for her family - husband Donn, and children Michael and Briana. Vicki's motto when meeting with her clients is Peace of Mind = Quality of Life. Vicki is able to provide ALL of her clients with peace of mind that they will be "ok" in retirement when they enter into her "family of clients."

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And surprisingly, a lot of errors.
It's tedious and feels like someone who thinks she can never be wrong, or even just laugh at herself.
Prairie Pines
It made it very difficult to read.
J. Little

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By The Yorkie Place on April 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
The gushing reviews about this book are confusing. Gunvalson's "revealing information" is merely a glossing-over of what most people learn in high school classes and at part time teenage jobs. Nothing new here, nothing particularly interesting. If you want a book about business or management, avoid this one; you'd be wasting your time.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Little on May 22, 2010
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WOW--what a disappointment. I am a fan of the OC Housewives, and thought that reading about Vicki would be interesting. Well, it could have been, except for the HUGE amounts of typos & grammatical errors--YIKES. It made it very difficult to read. It surprised me that Vicki allowed this to happen, she seems like such a stickler for details on the show. I am sorry that I wasted $25 on this PAPERBACK. I have worked in a bookstore and a library for several years and believe this has to be the among the lamest books I have ever seen published. (Whatever happened to proof readers????) It definitely didn't go on my keeper shelf.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By inadequateOxygen on August 22, 2011
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I bought this book because as much as I despise Vicki and pity her family, I was very curious to find out what, if anything, had made her as she is. The first few chapters of the book relate to her upbringing and there are relevant disclosures - particularly involving her mother's relationship with her other siblings. The comments Vicki makes about her siblings are very telling, you would think after all these years the adult would have over-taken the petulant child, but in this area of Vicki's life it clearly isn't so.

The remainder of the book is very poor, supposed 'business' advice which is actually as shallow as can be, and as others have said, a typical 18 year-old would know more. The book has a definite feeling of two halves, it's as though the second half is simply there to pad out the length.

Brianna (Vicki's daughter), if you should happen to read this review, I had a mother a lot like Vicki and believe me, whatever you do for her, it will never, ever be enough. You simply cannot love someone like Vicki as much as they believe they should loved... and you'll have to put your hopes and dreams on hold while you dance to their tune. I had always thought you had a good understanding of your mother's behaviour and that you seemed strong enough not to get involved in her emotional games.... then I watched the end of season 6 and was shocked to hear you'd moved back in. Brianna, I say this for you own good. RUN, run as fast as you can, I would say take Michael with you, but I fear he's a lost cause where your mother's narcissistic and passive-aggressive behaviour is concerned.

Good Luck
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Prairie Pines on November 7, 2011
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So this starts out insulting most of the women that would want to buy it, by the man who wrote the book for Vicki. Yeah, all you "housewives" out there "watching soap operas all day" need not apply. (Doesn't he know about DVRs and most watch after getting chores done all day, and that there are only a few soap operas even left on TV?) As a matter of fact, all the women out there running a household right now, that thought this book would be fun and give you ideas to create, without sacrificing your first job, are not welcome here by him nor Vicki. Amazing they had NO clue who the money paying target audience would be for this book! How is that good business?

Now as smart as she is with a pencil, there is no pencil pushing for the fact many housewives SAVE more family income by being at home and running the household than dropping everything for work outside (or even inside) the home. "Housewives" are devalued and degraded non stop throughout, like you never evolved and climbed out from under a rock and make no contribution to your family nor society.

The business advice does have some merits, such as don't mortgage the farm or the house to make your business float or get started. Self employed is the best.

Vicki has a huge chip on the shoulder for any woman that is married to a man that makes more money or what she thinks is "the" money. What a stupid horse race. I say bravo and hats off to those women! Income is income.

In most normal marriages, this attitude that women are going to be destitute if their spouse passes away is insulting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrsalysha on February 21, 2012
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Let me tell ya, I was very excited to purchase this book. Was able to get a used copy that was actually autographed by Vicki Gunvulson (I think). Like many of you, Vicki is my favorite OC wife. The first two chapters are great, it goes into detail of her childhood, her family and her first marriage to Mike. You get to see where Vicki's "go-getter" personality and drive come from. HOWEVER, the book takes a nose dive about the middle of chapter 3. As I read Chapters 3-8 I felt I was reading a self help book! How to get drive, motivation, and purpose! The worst part is that something that could of been said in 2 paragraphs, she extended to an entire 6 chapters! Lot's of repeating the same thing. And surprisingly, a lot of errors. For instance, she said she was holding 3 month old baby Micheal while she was 9 months pregnant with Brianna. Um, do the math, that's impossible. There were quite a few errors like that. She obviously published this herself with her ghost writer. (Don't hire Jeff Scott). I was overall very disappointed with the book. I wanted more of a autobiography of the great Vicki Gunvulson. Was she a soccer mom? How did Brianna decide to get into nursing? What is the families favorite meal that Vicki cooks all the time? When did they buy the Lake Havasu beach house? Who decorated that beautiful house of hers in Coto? How much does she spend on jeans, etc. Not a self help guide to starting a business in Life Insurance! In the later chapters she does talk a bit about doing the housewives. How it got started, briefly about her relationship with the other women. So it did get a little better. But if you are expecting an autobiography, only read chapter 1, 2, 9. There are 20 chapters total, so that should tell you something.
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