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The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance Hardcover – March 8, 1999

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Talk about an audacious title! But Suze (pronounced "Suzie") Orman means business in this anecdote-rich compendium of tips on 401(k)s, marriage, homes, and happiness. The PBS star/financial adviser has made plenty of the mistakes she warns against, like getting a 30-year mortgage instead of a cheaper 15-year, using Visa cards as magic carpets to calamity, and losing $20,000 in borrowed bucks to bum investment advice. Then she became a Merrill Lynch broker and an author capable of selling 10,000 books in 12 minutes on QVC.

Orman's point--in this and her No. 1 bestseller The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom--is that you'd better face fiscal facts and avoid fear, denial, and the self-fulfilling low expectations the novelist William Wharton called "the Poverty Mind." America is a nation of check-bouncing, late-fee-incurring, guilty bad planners. How long will it take to pay off that $3,000 Visa bill with minimum payments? Thirty years, you poor, dear fool! What would you gain if you bought stocks instead of your daily latte for 30 years? $165,152! Her book might've been titled The Courage Not to Be a Self-Sabotaging Neurotic.

Orman is the Andrew Weil of money health--she yearns to enrich your life emotionally, too. If you can't stand discussions of the psychological origins of fiscal decisions, or self-help lingo like "money is attracted to people who are strong and powerful, respectful of it, and open to receiving it," you'll want a more nuts-and-bolts adviser. If you want pep talk, true tales of woe and makeovers, and a jolt of a true pop culture phenomenon, Suze is for you. --Tim Appelo

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Having shown us The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, Orman now explains how we can achieve both financial and spiritual well-being simultaneously.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover; First Edition edition (March 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573221252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573221252
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suze Orman has written a excellent book. First, she focuses on the brass tacks for success---the mental state. This is much different and better than other psycho babble books about the mind(one exception is Miracle Power for Infinite Riches by Joseph Murphy) Most people are and stay broke because of what is going on between their ears. Many of the people I come across are either savers, earning less than 10% per year or spendthrifts with overactive lifestyles. Both groups end up broke.Far too many people put control in the hands of other people; brokers, financial planners, insurance agents and investment counselors. Suze puts empahasis on being your own financial planner. Great advice! I've done it and am wealthier as a result.I used to be one of those millions of Americans who couldn't wait for that once per year tax refund and felt so good about getting my own money back (interest free) from the IRS. STUPID!!! Why loan your money interest free to anyone especially the IRS? I don't anymore. That is new found money to invest in mutuals and stocks. I used to be a saver getting those impotent 2%-6% returns in "safe" places like savings accounts, savings bonds and cd's. After reading Courage to be Rich I now have the courage to invest in real investments that actually produce a profit. I also opened a money market mutual fund.I had a whole life insurance policy on myself. After careful examination, I took Suze's advice and dropped the whole life policy and switched to term. I agree 100% with Suze [now] that whole life is a rip off and only makes insurance companies rich.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
I like the way Suzie teaches you to take control and overcome the main misconceptions of money. While parts are a repeat of her earlier work, none the less--a good book. Besides, repition is the mother of skill. I would also suggest reading, in fact they are must reading, "The Millionaire Next Door" by Stanley and Danko and "More Wealth without Risk" BY Givens. These are must reading for anybody for is serious about financial succe$$.
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A nice sequel to Suze Orman's first two books, yes some is repeated, and yes it is a lot of common sense, but common sense is not always common knowledge. I liked the way that Suze taies in the right mental attitude about financial success. Overlooked by many other authors. I have to admit, at first I was taken back by Suze Orman, my wife is one of her biggest supporters and has constantly pestered me to read her books which I NOW HAVE. I also highy suggest three other financial books; The Millionaire Next Door, More Wealth without Rsk and Financial Self Defense..
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I was skeptical about buying this book, partly on the reviews listed here and partly because I got burned from a book by another female financial author---Jane Bryant Quinn. Then I saw Suze on CNBC and was sold. She totally blew away established financial planners, regulars on CNBC and judging by the viewers response, she blew away the TV Audience as well. I was impressed to say the least so went out immediately and bought both The Courage To Be Rich and 9 Steps to Financial Freedom.Suze is the most passionate and dynamic financial strategist/author out there right now. About those negative reviews; I guess success breeds jealousy and/or some just don't understand the real dynamics of Financial Freedom. Those people probably prefer to read books written by people like QUINN and will also stay broke and financially frustrated.brbbnsbc71@yahoo.com
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Before reading Courage to Be Rich and 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, I was up to my ears in debt and desperately needed plastic surgery.I made a stupid mistake, getting deeply in debt with the two worst wealth busters: First USA and Providian with interest rates of up to 25% (Providian).I used the advice as Suze advised saving myself over $7,000 in interest. By following the advice as espoused by Suze, I cleaned up all three of my credit reports clearing incorrect information. I am know more financially educated and know what to look for in credit card companies and who to avoid-First USA and Providian.Thanks Suze. I'm now back on track, debt free and investing for the future.Suze's advice may be common sense, but is not common knowledge. I'm now sharing these ideas with in home clinics and produced a flyer that says "Break the Credit Card Habit."Our goal is to stamp out financial ignorance, particularly among ripoff credit card offers.
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It's not often that a book, especially in this genre, will impact my life like this one already has. Suze Orman's book was given to me as a gift from a friend that I care about deeply. She knew that my life and my business had hit a sort of plateau and she felt that "The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance" would help me in both my personal and business life.

This is one of those books that you simply can't put down. I'd suggest that after you purchase it, you find a time when you can allocate the whole day to reading it as you'll want to read it from cover to cover. I wanted to write a review to let people know about my own experience, after reading the book, and how it genuinely impacted my life. I hope that after reading my review, you'll gravitate towards buying the book for yourself. And if you're planning on buying it just as a gift, you might want to order 2 copies so you can enjoy reading a copy for yourself. You deserve it.

This is not your typical "Think and Grow Rich" type of book. It's not filled with a bunch of psychological nonsense that offers no real assistance to the reader. Instead, Orman takes the bull by the horns and delivers a book of stellar quality!

Before finishing even the first chapter, I discovered that the only real way to create a life of material and spiritual abundance was to become the Captain of my own ship and to not depend on any outside financial planner. Orman has taught me, through clear and wisely written steps, that I am capable of doing so much of what I placed in the hands of others. I'm 100% capable of doing so much of what I entrusted into financial planners, CPA's, and other professionals.
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