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Changing the Conversation: Transformational Steps to Financial and Family Well-Being Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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Klaben moves us from examining our sins of consumerism (no, not that consumerism is a sin, but focus on it as the end all to qualify success and happiness is) to taking charge of making a difference in the manner in which we structure our own destinies. 'Americans own the role of rugged individualism in the world. We seek out new ideas without the restraints seen in other authoritarian cultures that can snatch away freedoms at any moment for any reason. By the early 1980s, the erstwhile hippies and draft dodgers were wearing business sits and holding down positions of authority they had rejected earlier.' He goes on to reiterate that American institutions have disappointed us, that we now have a capitalism revolution. Who's to blame? It is far easier to point the finger at the government officials who are overwhelmed at present with crisis traffic as never before. If we are to survive - and Klaben is confident that we will survive! - then we must change our attitude and our methods of communication and relating.Read more ›
First he explores the problems facing our nation and traces how we got into the situation we are in today. We are becoming more and more isolated as individuals. "One's real community is waning, and social trust continues to fade."
If we are to regain our momentum as a country it must start with reestablishing a strong family unit and a better sense of trust in our institutions. The aim of this book is to start conversations which will move us away from the narrow focus of materialism and toward a broader focus of community.
The book is based on Mr. Klaben's years of experience as a financial advisor and his own personal life's experiences. He shares many interesting stories from his professional work and his personal life.
There is a wealth of wisdom contained in these essays. We all need to get a better idea of what life is all about and focus more time and effort on living life to the fullest. These essays are a great way to change the conversation in your own mind and the conversations you are having with others.
There is a very good chapter on net worth. He makes a great point that net worth is not really your bank account or stock portfolio but the value you are contributing to the world.
Well worth reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A rich blend of interesting short stories that put's into words the "philosophy" of money from many different points of view.Published on May 18, 2011 by Runner53
This is the rare type of book that, after you finish it, the author feels like a friend. I don't know Gary Klaben, but somehow, he knows what I've been unconsciously thinking and... Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by Clarissa W.
Changing the Conversation : Transformational Steps to Financial and Family Well-Being
Author: Gary Klaben
Navigator Press (October 1, 2010)
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I don't usually review books about financial planning or money management because this isn't the type of book I seek out. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Jennifer
Gary Klaben's "Changing the Conversation" -- actually a series of conversations -- is insightful in its observations, thoughtful in its message. Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by BJM
Only very rarely does an author surprise you by flipping on bold bright lights in a room you thought unavoidably dark. Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by Marie
When I started to read the book, I though it was like any other financial book that told us what to do with our money. Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by Eileen B
Well put together information and easy to understand. One of the few "readable" books on the subject.Published on October 19, 2010 by Robert R Barnes