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If you're one of the millions of people stressed with money issues, struggling with health challenges, or enduring work that brings you no satisfaction, Why You're Dumb, Sick and Broke . . . And How to Get Smart, Healthy and Rich! is the perfect book for you. And it's perfect for those winning the rat race but living like a rat.

In this powerful and groundbreaking book, Randy Gage reveals the secrets of manifesting health, happiness, and prosperity in your life—but in a way you've never experienced before. He takes the timeless and universal principles of success and applies them to the complexities, challenges, and realities of today's world.

Why You're Dumb, Sick and Broke . . . And How to Get Smart, Healthy and Rich! takes on all of the people, institutions, and beliefs that threaten your health, happiness, and prosperity. But be forewarned: Gage is blunt, outspoken, and brutally honest. No target is off limits—from religious leaders to media outlets, from well-meaning family members to New Age self-help gurus. He is dedicated to exposing the insidious role of "memes" that can infect your subconscious mind and cause you to sabotage your own success.

From reality television to an education system that kills critical thinking ability—from cults to organized religion, from dysfunctional families to the pervasive mentality of victim-hood and entitlement—Gage holds nothing back in revealing the forces at work in keeping most people dumb, sick, and broke. Read this book and discover his powerful action plan for getting smart, healthy, and rich!

From the Back Cover

Shocking. Controversial. Brilliant.

Randy Gage has been dubbed "The Millionaire Messiah" because he believes it is a sin to be poor and you were born to be rich. His "Deepak Chopra meets Dennis Miller" style is bold, brash, but right on target if you want to know the secrets of success. He takes timeless universal truths and shows you how to apply them in today's complex world.

This book is not warmed-over, New Age mumbo-jumbo but scathing, straight talk on what it really takes to wise up, get healthy, and get rich! Gage is controversial, politically incorrect, and not afraid to take on some of the most hallowed institutions of our day, from organized religion to government, pop culture to the food you eat.

This thought-provoking book will challenge your beliefs, confront your fears, and—if you are open to it—show you how to get smart, healthy, and rich!

Gage on:

The Late Pope:
"Like most religious leaders, his actions actually worked to keep his followers dumb, sick, and broke. He leaves behind a legacy of poverty, ignorance, and despair."

Governments:
". . . are corrupt by their very nature. Your government wants and needs you to be a worker drone in the collective support system in harvesting wealth from the productive people and distributing it to the unproductive—which solidifies their power base."

Selfishness:
"Your highest moral prerogative is your own happiness."

The American Diet:
"Ninety percent of what most of us eat on a daily basis is now 'fake food.'"

Religious Beliefs:
"Most people subscribe to the cosmic Santa Claus theory, believing in a God who is making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and nice."

The Movie Titanic:
"It panders to the fear-based, lack-centered, and limiting beliefs that most people have about money and success. Titanic programs you on many different levels that it is noble to be poor, rich people are immoral, and money is evil. And the more you liked that movie—the more subconscious lack programming you have. I think it's the most evil movie ever made."

People Whose Life Purpose Is to "Serve God":
"Ought to be in a straightjacket."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470049316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470049310
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2007
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As I began to read this book, I recalled Voltaire's suggestion that we cherish those who seek the truth...but beware of those who find it. Few will quarrel with Randy Gage's faith in becoming - and then remaining -- "smart, healthy & rich" but many will disagree with his opinions which he presents as facts (e.g. the late Pope "leaves behind a legacy of poverty, ignorance, and despair" and with his suggestions which come across as fiats (e.g. those whose purpose is to "serve God" ought to be in a straightjacket"). Somewhere well-buried within this book is a very important insight which complements Voltaire's: Too often, too many of us are unwilling and/or unable to think independently (e.g. to challenge the assumptions and premises of so-called "conventional wisdom"), and then, to take principled and effective action, guided and informed by what our independent thinking reveals.

All of us make bad decisions at one time or another. Obviously, Gage asserts, it is "dumb" to repeat them. For example, to become addicted to health-threatening behavior as well as to spend far in excess of income while maxing out credit cards. Various bad decisions can significantly reduce one's quality of life, standard of living, and career. How easy it is to be controlled by what James O'Toole has aptly characterized as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom." Presumably helping people to avoid or escape from such control is one of the reasons why he wrote this book. It is a worthy objective.

Frankly, I would have added another star to the rating were it not for Gage's frequent use of confrontational ("shock") rhetoric which, in my opinion, creates distractions throughout the flow of his narrative.
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I have been an e-zine subscriber and customer of Randy's for many years. He is authentic, outspoken and not afraid to speak the truth even if his views are unpopular. Until I met Randy I was a bleeding heart liberal who tried to save every down and out human that crossed paths with me. No matter how much love, support and financial aid I gave none of these people ever improved their situations. All they did was attract more back "luck" and begged for more money. If I wasn't able to help they'd turn on me and equate me with the devil. After reading Randy's books I began to work on my own prosperity consciousness and I stopped giving handouts to those who didn't really want help. I make more money now and I support animal rescue and adoption groups. Read anything that Randy writes and think about what he says objectively. You will learn a great deal and if you take it to heart you will prosper.
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There is a reason Joe Vitale gives Randy pages in his book The Attractor Factor. Randy's message is right on the point of Joe's book.

Some people are offended by his writing style, others do not accept his message of accountability. No surprise since the majority of Americans are in the herd.

If there is something inside of you that says "all the dots are not connecting for me" or if you are in a pattern of negativity and/or lack, Randy's book will help you. Reading it solves nothing, but if you develop a plan of action and then take action there will be change.

If you continue to hold others accountable for what is happening in your life, then your life will be what they make it.

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I've never reviewed a book on Amazon before, but this book's current reviews are misleading.

I bought this book partly because it was well-reviewed by a large number sources; after reading the actual book, I wonder which book these people actually read.

Gage starts out strong with an interesting personal anecdote of getting mugged and his analysis of how he brought this on himself. After those five pages, the book fizzles out into dull generalizations followed by overly-poetic musings on Puccini operas and sunsets.

I get the feeling that very little of this author's financial advice is drawn from real-life experience and much of it is re-hashed from other wealth-advice books. He speaks about having "made millions" in Real Estate, but speaks about it with the vocabulary of a novice in the two pages he devotes to this vehicle. One sees this especially in his way of believing that the value of the property will always increase, that you'll always make money from renters, and that flipping houses and selling them for a profit is a great idea (this book was published in 2006!).

With this lack of substance is paired a peppering of scattered unsavory remarks about how Pope John Paul II worked to keep his followers "dumb, sick, and broke" and how the media programs audiences to believe that poor people are happiest. I don't think any of the outlandish ideas expressed in this book really fit: all seem out-of-place and pushed in just to try and give a marketing stir (as he admits on page 155).

The back of the dust-jacket calls this book "Shocking. Controversial. Brilliant." Really, it is none of the above, I am honestly sad to say that this was a waste of time, but a brilliantly-marketed book that had me hooked until I realized the content did not match the marketing.

If you are really "dumb, sick, and broke", save your money and DO NOT waste money on this book.
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