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Pagliarini (The Six-Day Financial Makeover) refreshes a tired premise with a snappy style that helps readers prioritize their commitments and divest their energies accordingly. Simple exercises target LifeLeeches, insidious activities that suck up free time—video games, meaningless meetings, social media, porn, and (rather bizarrely) reading and carpooling—in order to dedicate those freed up hours to make extra money, develop more job-related skills, blog for cash, expand a creative or entrepreneurial venture, or simply engage in more fulfilling hobbies. A large portion of the book is focused on becoming what the author calls a Cre8tor, someone who does not just settle for a paycheck but creates their own financial life. Even readers perfectly at peace with their career and paycheck will find the tips and a companion Web site, featuring downloadable templates for time management and a Goal Achievement Plan, useful catalysts for further professional and personal growth. (Jan.)
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Just one simple decision--to become a cre8tor--is enough to change your life for the better. Robert makes the case why this is the best path, for all of us. (Seth Godin, Author of Linchpin and Tribes)

Pagliarini (The Six-Day Financial Makeover) refreshes a tired premise with a snappy style that helps readers prioritize their commitments and divest their energies accordingly. Simple exercises target "LifeLeeches," insidious activities that suck up free time--video games, meaningless meetings, social media, porn, and (rather bizarrely) reading and carpooling--in order to dedicate those freed up hours to make extra money, develop more job-related skills, blog for cash, expand a creative or entrepreneurial venture, or simply engage in more fulfilling hobbies. A large portion of the book is focused on becoming what the author calls a "Cre8tor," someone who does not just settle for a paycheck but creates their own financial life. Even readers perfectly at peace with their career and paycheck will find the tips and a companion Web site, featuring downloadable templates for time management and a "Goal Achievement Plan," useful catalysts for further professional and personal growth. (Publishers Weekly)

Most of us don't make great use of our 'non-work' hours. This book can help you change that. It's filled with great advice on how to devote those in-between hours to more enriching, energizing and rewarding pursuits. (Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New World)

My many years as a productivity coach and educator have convinced me that the greatest gains in our lives are most often achieved because of small things that we begin to do consistently that are highly strategic for us. Robert's book is a treasure-trove of such "small things." He's mined the bandwidth of our day to day lives for the underused portions where real treasures lie. Very good stuff here (David Allen, author, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life)

The Other Eight Hours identifies universal roadblocks and limitations, then provides the reader with tangible tools that can easily translate to real world experience. Pagliarini shows us how to achieve a whole new level of happiness and fulfillment with a remarkable ability to speak to the reader in a way they can relate to. (Kim Barnouin, co-author of Skinny Bitch)

The Other 8 Hours soars with crisp advice, mind bending ideas and stories that will move you to action. The book captures the obvious self-empowerment opportunity we've been too busy to notice: You can own your life if you want to. Read it and take back the best part of your life. (Tim Sanders, author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312571356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312571351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello. My name is Robert Pagliarini. I have the great honor of helping people during one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking times in their lives. I have specialized in managing, growing, and protecting clients' sudden wealth for nearly two decades. My investment and wealth management firm, Pacifica Wealth Advisors, serves clients across the country and around the globe. We have developed a reputation for our specialized work with sudden wealth from inheritance, divorce, legal judgment/settlement, stock options, business sale, sport/entertainment contract, and the lottery.

ALWAYS LEARNING
Sudden wealth is an area with always-changing tax, legal, and financial issues. I've made it my mission to become a life-long learner and student - sometimes to the dismay of my family. I have several photos of me on my honeymoon lounging poolside reading a thick book on wealth management. While on a non-profit trip to Myanmar, I studied on the plane for the IRS Enrolled Agent exam. While on vacation in Europe with my wife I was caught highlighting a journal column on the taxation of lawsuit damages. I have a large purple folder marked "To Read" filled with columns and papers on investing, taxes, asset protection, and estate planning that I bring with me nearly everywhere. I love to learn, and I think it is a necessity if you want to provide the best advice and current strategies to clients. This probably explains all of the letters after my name. I am a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, an Enrolled Agent with the IRS, and have a Master's Degree in Financial Services.

PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY
Although I've spent a great deal of time learning the financial, tax, and legal aspects of sudden wealth, I would be doing my clients a huge disservice if I stopped there. I tell my clients that successfully managing sudden wealth is often less - at least initially - about managing the money and more about managing emotions and relationships. The sad riches-to-rags tales you hear are rarely from a single bad investment or from paying too much tax. The real cause is how money changes us and how it changes those around us. Although I'm a financial advisor, I learned quickly that if I was going to really help my clients, I needed to understand the psychology of money, motivation, emotions, and relationships. To that end, I went back to school and earned a Master's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. This program required I conduct hundreds of hours of face-to-face counseling. To better connect with clients, I've graduated from business and personal coaching programs as well as workshops in Solution Focused Therapy and others. My goal is NOT to be a therapist for my clients. My goal is to better understand what drives them and to help them make the best financial decisions they can.

LOVE OF TEACHING
I've written three books. My latest is The Sudden Wealth Solution: 12 Principles to Transform Sudden Wealth Into Lasting Wealth (Harbinger Press 2015). My first was the #1 bestselling The Six-Day Financial Makeover: Transform Your Financial Life in Less Than a Week (St. Martin's Press 2006). I wrote this as a general guide for anyone who wasn't quite sure what they should be doing with their finances. Although the book is almost a decade old, the advice is still as relevant today as it was when I wrote it. My second book was The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose (St. Martin's Press 2010). This book was a departure from traditional personal financial advice and was more focused on investing your human capital rather than investment capital.

DADDY ON TV
Over the years I've had the privilege of appearing on Dr. Phil, 20/20, Good Morning America, Fox Business, Katie Couric and many others. I always have a good time on these shows, and my daughter gets a kick out of seeing Daddy on TV.

HELPING THE LESS FORTUNATE
I'm not sure if it was because of my own experience as a child seeing my family struggle financially, but I've always been interested in helping those with less. I got in the habit of writing checks and supporting causes, but there was something missing - I wanted to do more. A few years ago a couple of friends and I started a non-profit organization called The Band of Brothers Foundation. Our charity supports poor and often parent-less children around the world. We currently have active school, orphanage, and other projects in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Visiting these countries and helping these kids has been one of the best things I've ever done.

MANY ADVENTURES
Traveling around SE Asia over the past several years ignited the adventurer in me. A couple of times a year I travel to exotic places around the world. I've climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, hang-glided in Brazil, ice-climbed in Colorado, camped at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and explored the jungles of Thailand and Malaysia with friends and clients. Not all clients are interested in these trips, but they are always welcome.

MY WEALTH MANAGEMENT FIRM
We are experienced independent investment managers who get up each morning with the unwavering mission to help our clients make more money through low-cost investing, reduce the taxes they pay, and implement comprehensive and creative financial strategies tailored to meet their needs.

We are honored that our clients put their trust in us to help them create a better future. We are passionate about always doing what is right, honest, and ethical for our clients--putting their needs above all others. And we never forget that we are here for our clients and because of our clients.

LEARNING MORE
I think books are a great medium for providing timeless advice, but rules and laws can change very quickly. If you want to read my latest thinking, I write weekly financial columns for CBS, Forbes, AOL, HuffingtonPost, Tribune Media, and others. You can reach me through www.pacificawealth.com.

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87 of 101 people found the following review helpful By InfoFish on February 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I think this book is well written, and it certainly explores a VERY interesting concept. What it doesn't provide is a roadmap for folks whose lives don't fit nicely into the 8 hour pie - 8 hours work, 8 hours sleep and 8 hours to develop your life. I'm over-simplifying but you can get the point.

My 8 hours to develop my life go about like this: 2 hours commuting, daily, watching my two toddlers after work, dinner, laundry, cleaning, and then there's shopping, car maintenance. So, I watch TV - EXHAUSTED at 9 pm for 1 hour while I wait for the sleeping meds to work and the dryer to finish. And I am back at it again, starting at 4:45 am. I am so damn wiped by 9 pm - it was kind of insulting to me to be told to work on my life. And I don't even watch TV every night - a lot of nights I read for a bit.

On my commute - I make sure the ipod is packed with lots of great learning materials - that's a no-brainer. Anyone with an hour commute has figured this out, usually their first week. That was a useful tip - but everyone already knows it.

The chapter on swapping off time for other people doing your tasks - like I cook three meals - and my one neighbor does something for us and then the other neighbor does something else for us - for the meal. OMG - WHAT FRIGGGGIN world is the author living in???

I guess the book left me kind of outraged. And desperate - because I thought this could be a bit of a roadmap, or at least I get some ideas. I didn't.

Although a lot of other people did. And if you are watching 5 hours of TV EVERY night - this book had better speak to you - and loudly.

But on the other hand,if you have kids, are pretty much carrying the entire world on your back and commuting quite a bit - and really need your job - this might not be the best book for you. I was kind of annoyed, felt preached at and now feel pretty bad that I should be doing more.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By MikeyP on May 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm pretty shocked at the generally high reviews of this book. While I found there to be some vaguely useful tips, in general it's pretty long winded and short on usable info. In particular the folksy story that started each chapter were useless. The frequent references to church and the bible are fairly annoying and borderline preachy. How is it that he manages to incorporate faith in almost every chapter of a book on how to maximize your time??

In short I would say that if it hasn't occurred to you that watching less television would be a good way to increase productivity in the other 8 hours of your day, then you could probably benefit from reading this book. If you're already somewhat analytical about how you're spending your time, then this book might be a waste of your time.

I'm giving it a star for some useful websites that could be helpful in starting a business, but even then his treatment of how business are started isn't particularly thorough. He frequently mentions angel investors vs. VC investors without describing the important differences between the two. Is the author assuming his audience who doesn't know video games are a time suck already aware of the differences in these two important funding sources for getting their business off the ground?? Throughout the book the author recommends putting together an e-book to test the waters for your business idea, and in the end this book reads like a bunch of 20 page e-books compiled in to a collection of tips, not a comprehensive study on time management.

DO NOT PAY FOR THIS BOOK. Get it from your local library. The small amount of useful information is not worth the space it will occupy on your bookshelf.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jim Estill on January 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard of the book I thought. Oh no, now a time management system that figures out what to do instead of sleep - which for me would be the other 8 hours (well actually, I would rarely sleep that long).

But the gist of The Other 8 Hours discussed in the book are the hours that you're not sleeping and not working. So it's the time after work essentially.

I think the book would be more appropriately targeted to those who have a job. To those who, like myself, work for themselves or are serious executives, working much more hours than full time jobs, the book is not as appropriate.
The gist of the message I completely agree with and that is get off the couch and learn something or do something with the other 8 hours. That's the best and easiest way to get ahead. One of the reasons this works for getting ahead is so many other people simply sit on the couch with the channel changer.

In addition to that basic thesis, the book is chock full of time saving ideas, like use two monitors. I learned this from my years at SYNNEX and it's very tough to work with just one monitor after you've used two.

The book talks about the things that steal productivity, listing a huge long list of things that maybe don't need to be done.

One reason might be appropriate for people who have a job is much of the talk is about money and how to make more or save more money, with lots of tips. It's a good book, well written, well organized, easy to read.

Whenever I give my Time Management presentation, my goal is always to have people leave with two or three habits that they continue doing and are doing six weeks after the presentation. I don't consider my presentation to be a success unless this happens.

This book has so many ideas I would think only people who use the most polished of systems wouldn't be able to get a few ideas they could use. I found the book very reinforcing.
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