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The Seven Stages of Money Maturity: Understanding the Spirit and Value of Money in Your Life Paperback – April 11, 2000
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Most financial advisors and books about money approach finance as if it were simply a skill to learn, the same sort of thing as hitting a fastball or speaking French like a diplomat. Money maturity does include skills, such as understanding investment options and using a budget effectively, but it goes much deeper, to the feelings, the heart, and, yes, the soul.By following three composite characters throughout the book and examining their experiences through the prisms of his own background and development, Kinder explains how to evolve naturally through these seven specific states (innocence, pain, knowledge, understanding, vigor, vision, and aloha) to achieve both financial and personal security. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"George Kinder, Founder of the Kinder Institute of Life Planning, is widely recognized as the pioneer of the life planning model. The creator of an original concept which puts peoples' core life values at the heart of the advice process, he is a true visionary. His institute's training, which focuses on the human aspect of planning, is regarded by advisers as the gold standard. A life sector legend, the Harvard-educated industry veteran has been an adviser and tax planner for over thirty years and has won many industry awards. Kinder is a regular on television and radio as well as a keynote speaker at industry events and conferences and his knowledge and know-how of the life sector is second to none. But Kinder's expertise stretches way beyond the adviser realm - he is also an artist, photographer, poet, spiritual leader and author. "
Kinder's website www.kinderinstitute.com/dir lists nearly 2000 advisors on 6 continents and in 23 countries who have taken his programs. He views his mission as bringing a deserved reputation for integrity back to the financial services sector and making the core ethos within financial services the delivery of a process for freedom to every human being on the planet.
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Fortunately, I came across an ad for George Kinder's book in Harvard Magazine in 2002. As a Christian I can understand that some might be put off by Kinder's infusion of Buddhist philosophy throughout the book. I studied East Asian studies in college, so I wasn't that bothered by it. In fact, I think Kinder's metaphor of the seven chakras, or energy centers, correlated perfectly with the seven stages of money maturity.
The main problem with most popular approaches to teaching personal finance is that they start at level four or five. But you haven't addressed the fundamental issues of levels one through three. This gap helps explain why the average American household has a negative net worth. We are doping ourselves at the mall with our credit cards!
Four years after reading the Seven Stages we have paid off all of that old debt (no bankruptcy!), own our own home, and are closing in on six figures liquid net worth. Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad helped me to realize that The Matrix had me in its grasp; Kinder helped me see the code.
This is the perfect book for anyone who earns money, spends money, or thinks he or she would be happier with more money.
One of the outcomes from the study of the Seven Stages is that I now have a much more expanded vocabulary and conceptual framework for describing and communicating with myself and with clients about subtle issues concerning money. Money and finances are tough subjects for many people to talk about - there are still many taboos in our culture about open and frank discussions of money. As my clients read The Seven Stages of Money Maturity and begin working through some of the basic exercises Kinder has designed, a new capacity for clear and direct conversations emerges. I watch as embarrassment, denial, and anxiety lessen, while enthusiasm, engagement, and exploration increase.Read more ›
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good insights; would have wished for more practical strategies about investment strategiesPublished 11 months ago by Kyle Kramer
EXCELLENT book. Everyone should be required to read this and work through the exercises. It entirely changed how I view money and prosperity in my life, and I no longer have... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Beverly S. Swann
Great book about money, mindset and spiritual growth. It combines practical excercises with in depths insights about money. Loved to read it.Published 20 months ago by Ellen de Lange-Ros
These seven stages of maturity are the author's own rating and unless you are a Buddhist and/or understand Buddhism, your not going to agree with a lot of what's in this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ohio Joe
Kinder combines his skills as a certified financial planner and as a Buddhist teacher to bring both practical and spiritual wisdom to the topic of money. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Joyce
I enjoyed George Kinder's book so much that I started a book club around it and recommend it, even in these very difficult times.
A little background on me since it affects my review. I have read over 200 books on investing. I purchased this book because Kinder is famous in financial planning circles for his... Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Artephius (.