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The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0517707913
ISBN-10: 0517707918
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When Suze Orman was 13 she watched her father dive into the flames of his burning take-out chicken shack in order to rescue his cash register. In that moment Orman learned that money was more important than life itself. And so it became her quest to be rich. But years later, when Orman became a wealthy broker with a huge investment firm, she was profoundly unhappy. What went wrong? She had not yet achieved financial freedom. In her nine-step program, Orman covers the ingredients to financial success--confronting our beliefs and fears, learning the nuts and bolts (and insiders secrets!) of savvy management, and finding the spiritual trust that leads to abundance.

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Orman is the head of her own financial-planning firm, a certified retirement specialist, and a best-selling author (You've Earned It, Don't Lose It, LJ 1/95). In her latest work, she analyzes the psychological and spiritual factors involved in how we perceive money. Her definition of financial freedom is "when you have power over your fears and anxieties instead of the other way around." Through case studies, Orman illustrates the psychological importance of money and its effect on our lives. She offers practical guidelines for investing, preparing a budget, purchasing a home, getting out of debt, and writing a will. A helpful financial worksheet is included. Orman's insightful guide is highly recommended to public libraries.?Lucy T. Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc.; 1st edition (March 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517707918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517707913
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suze Orman has been called "a force in the world of personal finance" and a "one-woman financial advice powerhouse" by USA Today. A two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, #1 New York Times bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is undeniably America's most recognized expert on personal finance.

Orman has written seven consecutive New York Times bestsellers and has written, co-produced, and hosted six PBS specials based on her books. She is the host of the award-winning Suze Orman Show, which airs on CNBC and XM and Sirius radio, and a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine.

Orman was twice named one of the "Time 100," Time magazine's list of the world's most influential people, and was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign. In 2009 she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Orman, a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, directed the Suze Orman Financial Group from 1987 to 1997, served as Vice President--Investments for Prudential Bache Securities from 1983 to 1987, and was an account executive at Merrill Lynch from 1980 to 1983. Prior to that, she worked as a waitress at the Buttercup Bakery in Berkeley, California, from 1973 to 1980.

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550 of 568 people found the following review helpful By James L. Grubb on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book sets the premise that you never learn to deal with money successfully until you overcome your fear of money...of not having enough, and fear of taking action with your money. It's about how to make money work for you so you have more than enough because you learn to devote energy, time, and understanding, to money. The three ways of getting money in this world: (1) Work for it (2) inherit it (3) invest the money you save (the most powerful, respectful way to get money there is).
Here are the 9 steps to financial freedom: 1. Step back in time to see how your feelings about money can be traced to your past. We all have "money messages" passed down from generation to generation. 2. Face your money fears and create new, positive truths. 3. Be honest with yourself. Ouit using plastic cards for money. They are addictive and destructive as drugs, giving you a quick fix by satisfying temporary desires. 4. Be responsible to those you love. Establish life insurance, wills, power of attorney, estate planning, etc. 5. Be respectful of yourself and your money. If you do what needs to be done with money, you will attract money to you. 6. You and your money must keep good company. Credit cards are never good company. Get out of debt. Respect yourself and your money by making every penny work for you. 7. Trust yourself more than you trust others. Find the "little voice" inside you; listen to what it has to say. 8. Be open to receive all you are meant to receive. When you are in control of your money and have enough to be generous, money flows to you. 9. Understand the ebb and flow of the money cycle. Money has natural cycles as it ebbs and flows through your life.
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169 of 177 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading this...and then immediately went into work and changed my 401(k) contribution to the maximum. Also am looking for a money market account and will begin managing my own IRA that I feel more comfortable doing it. Plan to lend the book to friends, and called my parents to tell them to get a copy and start getting things in order...such as getting a trust instead of a will, getting LTC insurance, etc. I liked her straightforward writing style; she has a knack for explaining the "mysterious" world of investing and finance in a way you can quickly and easily understand. She makes you feel more confident...that you can indeed manage your money. In today's often confusing world, it was very helpful to hear that you can trust your intuition and you don't have to "fall prey" to financial advisors. Also, from personal experience, I know that her advice about "good brings good" and "respect of money will bring you more money" is true. My husband got in a serious accident a year ago and at the time we were in a bad bad financial position--no emergency funds, high credit card debt, prospects of little or no income. This "kick in the pants" helped me to take control of my money and now a year later our credit cards are paid off, we have 4 months of bills in the bank, and I am maxing out my 401(k). Suze Orman's book came to me just when I was ready for the next step, and I am putting it to good use. I highly recommend!!!
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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Theresa & Mike Brennan on March 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A very successul friend once told me that you can live off your income but you can't get wealthy off you income, you only get wealthy by investing and properly managing yourmoney.This book will kickstart you and help make you money smart.I also suggest Financial Self Defense and More Wealth without Risk to add more financial strategies to your arsenal.All three books are must reading.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Frantz on September 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have read several reviews here (obviously by the same person) attacking this book and insulting Suze because of i t's size.
EXCUSE ME--but the information states clearly that this is a miniture book. The price might also be a clue.
If you were "taken by surprise", then all I can suggets is learn how to read.
Good supplement to the full length paperback of the same name.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Suze teaches people to become proactive in their financial lives. The fact is no one willw atch your money as well as you will. Charles Givens also beat that concept to death--you must become your own financial planner and not depend on the auto, health, life insurance salesmen. The car salesman. Your banker or loan officer etc.
I like the fact that Suze brings the mental side to money. Much overlooked by far too many people.
Great book Suze. Also recommend Suze's newest book, The Laws of Money which offers updated information and More Wealth Without Risk by Charles Givens.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is probably best for beginners at personal finance. Lots of encouragement to get out of debt and accept responsibility for your own financial life. I have read both Nine Steps and Courage to Be Rich as well as Jane Bryant Quinn's updated Making the Most of Your Money. Quinn's book is much more thorough, I would recommend it as a financial reference book. Orman's books tend to be much more emotional. (Often too emotional and corny for my taste.) If you need inspiration to get started with changing your financial life Orman may be the person for you, but Quinn gives many more details of what to do after you have gotten started. Nine Steps is definitly better than Courage to Be Rich. I found Courage to Be Rich a rehash of most of what was covered in Nine Steps with very little new information, just lots of testimonials. I find it interesting that there are so many pro-Orman, anti-Quinn readers. Why is Quinn's book such a threat. The two books are so different. Orman is a sales person. She wants to pump you up to get you started on your new life. Quinn assumes you have already decided to change your financial life and gives you the sometimes boring and tedious details of doing so.
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