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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (November 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757307949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757307942
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Brad Klontz, Psy.D., is the 2008 president of the Hawaii Psychological Association and CEO of Klontz Coaching & Consulting (www.klontzcoaching.com). He is a leading expert in the psychology of money whose work has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post.

Ted Klontz, Ph.D., is the president of Klontz Coaching & Consulting (www.klontzcoaching.com). He is a noted pioneer in bending the fields of psychotherapy and financial planning and has been a guest on Today and Naomi's New Mornings on the Hallmark Channel.

Rick Kahler, CFP(r), is president of Kahler Financial Group, a fee-only financial planning firm (www.KahlerFinancial.com). He is a pioneer in the "Financial Integration" evolution and a nationally renowned speaker whose seminars draw some of the world's wealthiest and influential people.

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Chapter Three

Your Financial Comfort Zone:
Do you need to break out?

In what kind of neighborhood did you grow up? A suburb? An exclusive gated community? A high-rise apartment in an area marked by poverty? A culturally diverse middle-class city neighborhood? A small town? A farm? A ranch community?

Whatever your circumstances, you probably grew up in a neighborhood where the majority of the inhabitants were in many ways a lot like you. Just imagine one such neighborhood: a stereotypical suburb. Everyone who lives there pretty much knows everyone else—not necessarily intimately, but by reputation, occupation, and observation. The houses were built at about the same time, and most of them tend to be a similar style and in the same general price range.

There are a few places that stand out, however. There's Jodine's house at the end of the block—the one with the Mercedes and the Cadillac SUV parked in the driveway. Jodine and her husband have built an addition and put in a swimming pool. Then there is Alecia's house, down the street, the one that hasn't been painted in a number of years, where the lawn has a generous sprinkling of dandelions and the car in the driveway is a ten-year-old minivan with a crumpled front fender.

Jodine and Alecia's houses represent the extremes of this particular neighborhood. Jodine and her family, with their Mercedes and their swimming pool, appear to be wealthier than anyone else, but they aren't wealthy enough to move to the gated community north of town. Other families still run into them at the grocery store, work with them in PTA projects, eat in the same restaurants, and get together with them at neighborhood barbecues. Alecia, in the neglected house and driving the old minivan, appears to be poorer than anyone else, but she isn't poor enough to have to move to a less expensive community. Her family might get some of their clothes at the wealthier families' garage sales, but their children still go to the same schools and play together, and they still socialize with their neighbors. Alecia and Jodine might not be the best of friends, but they know each other and have overlapping circles of friends and acquaintances.

Your Financial Neighborhood

Just as each of us lives in a physical neighborhood, each of us also inhabits a particular "financial neighborhood." On the high end are what appear to be the wealthiest people we know. On the low end are what we assume to be the poorest people we know. Of course, since talking about one's income and financial net worth is such a taboo in our society, we don't really know how rich or poor other people are. We judge them to be higher or lower than ourselves based on what we can see of their lifestyles: the houses they live in, the cars they drive, the clothes they wear, whether they have someone come in to clean their houses or do it themselves, what they talk about, their education, their jobs, and whether their family vacations tend to be camping trips or Mediterranean cruises.

Within a given financial neighborhood, there is a significant overlap of certain attitudes, beliefs, and definitions about money, such as the following:

• The definition of what it means to be financially rich
and poor
• The relative importance and priority of saving, investing, budgeting, and planning for the future
• Charitable giving
• One's financial duty to others: family, friends, neighbors, strangers
• Financial priorities: what is more important and what is less important
• What it means to be financially responsible
• How money works: earning, spending, saving, borrowing
• The appropriate financial roles for parents, siblings, ­children, grandparents, neighbors, church members, and ­citizens
• Debt
• Estate planning
• Financially giving to or sharing with friends and family members who are less well off or in a financial crisis
• The relationship between money and government
• The relationship between money and religion
• The relationship between money and happiness

Obviously, a financial neighborhood will include many individual differences and various beliefs based on each person's specific circumstances. Overall, however, its occupants will tend to have similar money scripts, and their lives will reflect similar financial behaviors. The high and low boundaries of your particular financial neighborhood are anchored by your money scripts. The neighborhood represents a financial comfort zone where you generally know what to expect, where you fit in, and how you should behave.

©2008. Ted Klontz, Brad Klontz, Rick Kahler. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Wired for Wealth. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dale on September 6, 2009
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I couldn't put this wonderful book down once I started reading it. People and the way they handle their money has always amazed me. This book gives some great insights into why I do certain things with my money and helped me to better understand why people may behave in a certain way when it comes to a money matter. I have already recommended this book to a couple of friends who make a very comfortable six figure living, but don't have nothing to show for it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip Morgan on August 18, 2011
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This is an easy to read, eye-opening, page turner. A great book for anyone wanting to develop a better understanding of their relationship with money and how they may be unconsciously sabotaging their ability to accummulate money and enjoy their wealth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Nodine on January 26, 2013
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It's interesting how much our childhood can affect the rest of our lives when it comes to money. We would all agree that childhood events absolutely affect our emotional makeup and help to shape our personalities and world view as adults. But the notion that something I may not even remember overhearing when I was 5 could have monumental effects on how I spend or save money today is very surprising. Wired for Wealth does an excellent and thorough job in breaking down why this is true. And it really details how the topic of money can affect people in many other areas of their lives on a large scale. All of the case stories given were interesting and left me wanting to know more about the poor souls (no pun intended) discussed. I wished that they were able eventually to discover financial and personal well-being for themselves. The book did expand on a few of the stories and detailed a successful and heartwarming turn around for those individuals.

I wish everyone would get the opportunity to read this book and become more aware of the concept of "money scripts" and how they sabotage us. This especially goes for those who have just finished their childhoods and may be in college preparing for their lives ahead. It would be a life changer for many, in my opinion, and perhaps save years of financial and personal heartbreaks.

What I find useful in a self-help book is not just being theoretically informative but giving the reader actual tool(s) for putting the theory into practice. Wired for Wealth does this with exercises and helpful tips.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holly P. Thomas, Behavioral Economist and Personal CFO on December 31, 2012
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This book and its exercises helped me understand issues with money on several levels - the role of my past and present in shaping how I approach financial decisions. Its checklists and processes for effecting change in behavior and attitudes is simple to remember (although change is always harder to implement!)
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