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The Secret Language of Money: How to Make Smarter Financial Decisions and Live a Richer Life Hardcover – August 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071623396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071623391
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MONEY TALKS— BUT WHAT IS IT SAYING?

“A fascinating exploration into how we think about money and why — and perhaps even more importantly, what we can do about it. I strongly recommend it.”
David Bach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Start Late, Finish Rich and Fight For Your Money

“Quick question: Does dealing with/thinking about/earning/spending money make you happy, or does it stress you out? If it’s not making you happy, you need to read this extraordinary book, right away.”
Seth Godin, author of the New York Times bestseller Tribes

“Now more than ever, we need someone to help us make sense out of money and the crazy things we do with it. David Krueger is that voice of sanity.”
John Assaraf, CEO of OneCoach and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Answer

“Our relationship with money is like an iceberg: only the very tip is in plain sight. The authors do a masterful job of uncovering this information and helping us fix that relationship. Don’t be surprised if the result shows up in your bottom line.”
Bob Burg, coauthor of the international bestseller The Go-Giver

“This is not a how-to of personal finance, it’s a how-much: How much has your personal money story been holding you back? And how much could you earn if you changed that?”
Chris Widener, author of the New York Times bestseller The Angel Inside

“For every thousand books written on personal finance and success, there is always that one gem that can truly make a difference in people’s lives. This is that book—and it’s a must-read!”
Cameron Johnson, television personality and author of You Call the Shots

About the Author

David Krueger, M.D., formerly practiced and taught psychiatry and psychoanalysis for more than 25 years. He is currently CEO of MentorPath, an executive coaching practice serving corporate executives and healing professionals, and he serves as Mentor Coach and Dean of Curriculum for the Coach Training Alliance. Krueger lives in Houston, Texas.
John David Man has been writing about business, leadership, and the laws of success for more than 20 years. He is coauthor of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Go-Giver and the Silver Nautilus Award-winning A Deadly Misunderstanding and author of The Zen of MLM. Mann lives in Massachusetts.

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I recommend this book for anyone who is serious about making a money plan and sticking to it.
Jennifer Chase
To find your way to true financial success and to have true peace of mind in your life, understanding your emotional connection with money is critical.
Doug Nelson
As you will learn reading this book, the more we seek happiness through money, the more disappointed we are likely to be.
John Chancellor

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps you have read The Richest Man in Babylon or The Automatic Millionaire. Both of those books teach you how to handle your money. But in my mind they are a lot like many weight loss books that advise you to eat less and exercise more. If you do that you certainly will lose weight.

And if you follow the advice in either of the two books mentioned, you will be able to manage your money. But the problem is more than just knowing what to do with money, it is doing it. Everyone knows what they should do with their money. Spend less than you earn, save for a rainy day. The problem is doing it.

And that is where The Secret Language of Money offers a real service to its readers. It goes beyond the spend less, save more mantra and takes an in-depth look at how our lives are totally wrapped around how we view money.

The first thing the book does is to show how interwoven our money story is with our lives. We use money to represent many different things. And we try to use money to do things that it cannot do. We try to use money to "alter our moods, increase our self-esteem, and control others. We use money to try to soothe emotional pains and to buy the respect of others and ourselves." The more we try to do with money, the less we understand it.

Our money story is so complex that we often refuse to fully examine how we think about money. There are countless people who are afraid to really face their money beliefs. And if you are not aware of your money story, you will be powerless to alter it.

The book is filled with real life examples that Dave shares with us from his professional practice. And there are lessons to be learned from each case study.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug Nelson on January 18, 2011
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This is one of my favorite books of the past 12 months.

David Krueger does a fabulous job peeling back the layers of money and all of the emotions that come with it. Whether we like it or not, for most of us, money is an emotional issue. Yet, it is this emotion, as described by Mr. Krueger, that is the exact thing that gets us into trouble with money. To find your way to true financial success and to have true peace of mind in your life, understanding your emotional connection with money is critical.

Mr. Krueger provides a tremendous amount of excellent research, ideas and suggestions for readers to consider as they uncover their own relationship with money.

In all of my experience working with my clients and other financial advisors, dealing with one's emotional aspect of money is always the most challenging. Yet, it is the bridge that empowers both the client and the advisor to achieve many exciting financial outcomes.

If you want to be successful, you must read this book once a year for the rest of your life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rex E. Pate on October 26, 2010
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First of all, it irritates me that the two one star reviews were really just complaints about the cost of the kindle version which has nothing to do with the content of the book. As of this writing all the other reviews are five stars which is what the book deserves. It is an excellent book for making you question yourself and realize how you think about money. Then it offers specific insights that will expand your perspective and enable you to have a relationship with money that will enhance your life. It's a book that makes you re-think things you've taken for granted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ricardez on December 12, 2012
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This book was easy to read, it is not the typical "start paying your credit card with lowest balance first". What I really liked about it is the focus on the internal aspects of money. Even though it is not a magic solution is a very interesting starting point for every single person to understand what "money" means to them.
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This book has stretched my brain. Dr. David Krueger has a way with words. While I think he's brilliant, his writing style is easy to read and comprehend by those of us who do not have doctorates in hand. This subject could be difficult, but he's brought a complex issue that is delivered in a simple and straightforward manner.

By reading this book I learned how I'd learned from my parents how to think about money and the other decisions I make daily as an adult. Now I feel able to start making better decisions for myself and my financial future. And normally, I am not one to read a lot of self help books, as I've distrusted how valuable they can really be. Lesson learned!

My brain has a lot of new information to think about. It's amazing how much information is provided in this book, without overloading me or giving me the feeling of needing to put it down. My brain is still processing all of this information, and I'm sure I will be reading this book again as a refresher. I really recommend this book. It's made a difference already in my thinking.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Martel on September 18, 2009
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It really makes you think about what stops you from being free. Free from being emotional about money, from taking it for something else, from using it otherwise than for what it is supposed to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Wapple on July 15, 2013
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This book was extremely helpful in understanding the reasons why I treated money the way I did. I can now take care of my money in a healthy way.
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