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Talk about an audacious title! But Suze (pronounced "Suzie") Orman means business in this anecdote-rich compendium of tips on 401(k)s, marriage, homes, and happiness. The PBS star/financial adviser has made plenty of the mistakes she warns against, like getting a 30-year mortgage instead of a cheaper 15-year, using Visa cards as magic carpets to calamity, and losing $20,000 in borrowed bucks to bum investment advice. Then she became a Merrill Lynch broker and an author capable of selling 10,000 books in 12 minutes on QVC.

Orman's point--in this and her No. 1 bestseller The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom--is that you'd better face fiscal facts and avoid fear, denial, and the self-fulfilling low expectations the novelist William Wharton called "the Poverty Mind." America is a nation of check-bouncing, late-fee-incurring, guilty bad planners. How long will it take to pay off that $3,000 Visa bill with minimum payments? Thirty years, you poor, dear fool! What would you gain if you bought stocks instead of your daily latte for 30 years? $165,152! Her book might've been titled The Courage Not to Be a Self-Sabotaging Neurotic.

Orman is the Andrew Weil of money health--she yearns to enrich your life emotionally, too. If you can't stand discussions of the psychological origins of fiscal decisions, or self-help lingo like "money is attracted to people who are strong and powerful, respectful of it, and open to receiving it," you'll want a more nuts-and-bolts adviser. If you want pep talk, true tales of woe and makeovers, and a jolt of a true pop culture phenomenon, Suze is for you. --Tim Appelo

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Having shown us The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, Orman now explains how we can achieve both financial and spiritual well-being simultaneously.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover; First Edition edition (March 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573221252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573221252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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131 of 136 people found the following review helpful By carl breyers on February 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Suze Orman has written a excellent book. First, she focuses on the brass tacks for success---the mental state. This is much different and better than other psycho babble books about the mind(one exception is Miracle Power for Infinite Riches by Joseph Murphy) Most people are and stay broke because of what is going on between their ears. Many of the people I come across are either savers, earning less than 10% per year or spendthrifts with overactive lifestyles. Both groups end up broke.Far too many people put control in the hands of other people; brokers, financial planners, insurance agents and investment counselors. Suze puts empahasis on being your own financial planner. Great advice! I've done it and am wealthier as a result.I used to be one of those millions of Americans who couldn't wait for that once per year tax refund and felt so good about getting my own money back (interest free) from the IRS. STUPID!!! Why loan your money interest free to anyone especially the IRS? I don't anymore. That is new found money to invest in mutuals and stocks. I used to be a saver getting those impotent 2%-6% returns in "safe" places like savings accounts, savings bonds and cd's. After reading Courage to be Rich I now have the courage to invest in real investments that actually produce a profit. I also opened a money market mutual fund.I had a whole life insurance policy on myself. After careful examination, I took Suze's advice and dropped the whole life policy and switched to term. I agree 100% with Suze [now] that whole life is a rip off and only makes insurance companies rich.Read more ›
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I like the way Suzie teaches you to take control and overcome the main misconceptions of money. While parts are a repeat of her earlier work, none the less--a good book. Besides, repition is the mother of skill. I would also suggest reading, in fact they are must reading, "The Millionaire Next Door" by Stanley and Danko and "More Wealth without Risk" BY Givens. These are must reading for anybody for is serious about financial succe$$.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1999
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A nice sequel to Suze Orman's first two books, yes some is repeated, and yes it is a lot of common sense, but common sense is not always common knowledge. I liked the way that Suze taies in the right mental attitude about financial success. Overlooked by many other authors. I have to admit, at first I was taken back by Suze Orman, my wife is one of her biggest supporters and has constantly pestered me to read her books which I NOW HAVE. I also highy suggest three other financial books; The Millionaire Next Door, More Wealth without Rsk and Financial Self Defense..
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By stella wainwright on March 20, 2001
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Before reading Courage to Be Rich and 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, I was up to my ears in debt and desperately needed plastic surgery.I made a stupid mistake, getting deeply in debt with the two worst wealth busters: First USA and Providian with interest rates of up to 25% (Providian).I used the advice as Suze advised saving myself over $7,000 in interest. By following the advice as espoused by Suze, I cleaned up all three of my credit reports clearing incorrect information. I am know more financially educated and know what to look for in credit card companies and who to avoid-First USA and Providian.Thanks Suze. I'm now back on track, debt free and investing for the future.Suze's advice may be common sense, but is not common knowledge. I'm now sharing these ideas with in home clinics and produced a flyer that says "Break the Credit Card Habit."Our goal is to stamp out financial ignorance, particularly among ripoff credit card offers.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By tony defrancisco on November 20, 2000
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I was skeptical about buying this book, partly on the reviews listed here and partly because I got burned from a book by another female financial author---Jane Bryant Quinn. Then I saw Suze on CNBC and was sold. She totally blew away established financial planners, regulars on CNBC and judging by the viewers response, she blew away the TV Audience as well. I was impressed to say the least so went out immediately and bought both The Courage To Be Rich and 9 Steps to Financial Freedom.Suze is the most passionate and dynamic financial strategist/author out there right now. About those negative reviews; I guess success breeds jealousy and/or some just don't understand the real dynamics of Financial Freedom. Those people probably prefer to read books written by people like QUINN and will also stay broke and financially frustrated.brbbnsbc71@yahoo.com
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Theresa McCormick on December 5, 1999
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I read Ms. Orman's book while my husband and I were in the process of buying our first home. There were many things I found helpful while going thru a rather bewildering process. Admittedly, I am a self-help junkie, but this book was extremely readable. Very informative and the self-analysis questions kept it from being dry. It will help trace your first concepts of money (very interesting). I will be gifting several of my friends with this book. Also a great reference guide.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Peter V. Cannice on November 7, 2005
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It's not often that a book, especially in this genre, will impact my life like this one already has. Suze Orman's book was given to me as a gift from a friend that I care about deeply. She knew that my life and my business had hit a sort of plateau and she felt that "The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance" would help me in both my personal and business life.

This is one of those books that you simply can't put down. I'd suggest that after you purchase it, you find a time when you can allocate the whole day to reading it as you'll want to read it from cover to cover. I wanted to write a review to let people know about my own experience, after reading the book, and how it genuinely impacted my life. I hope that after reading my review, you'll gravitate towards buying the book for yourself. And if you're planning on buying it just as a gift, you might want to order 2 copies so you can enjoy reading a copy for yourself. You deserve it.

This is not your typical "Think and Grow Rich" type of book. It's not filled with a bunch of psychological nonsense that offers no real assistance to the reader. Instead, Orman takes the bull by the horns and delivers a book of stellar quality!

Before finishing even the first chapter, I discovered that the only real way to create a life of material and spiritual abundance was to become the Captain of my own ship and to not depend on any outside financial planner. Orman has taught me, through clear and wisely written steps, that I am capable of doing so much of what I placed in the hands of others. I'm 100% capable of doing so much of what I entrusted into financial planners, CPA's, and other professionals.
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