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Falling for Money: How to Have a Lifetime Love Affair with your Finances Paperback – February 29, 2016
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Krisstina Wise is a real estate mogul, lifestyle entrepreneur and creator of several multi-million dollar businesses including Goodlife Realty, Goodlife Mortgage, and The Paperless Agent. She is also an international speaker and the author of the Amazon Best-Seller Falling for Money, a romance novel for your bank account. Named one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in the country, she has been featured in USA TODAY, as well as by Evernote and Apple for her creative leadership and technological innovations. After nearly losing her life in 2013 and spending almost half a million dollars to get it back, she is ready to change the world again by inspiring others on how to build extraordinary wealth and find incredible health–-the GoodLife-–through cutting-edge, research based education, access to the world’s top wealth strategists and doctors, private getaways for Power Couples and life-changing WealthyWellthy™ products.
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You should know that this book isn't as simple as it might appear. There's no doubt it's short, and the concepts have been articulated masterfully. However, if you're anything like me, you'll need to read it multiple times, share it with your spouse, and study it like a student. There are exercises that may take time, but I want to internalize the lessons, not just read the book.
Now I add her insight to the list. As a professional woman myself, I have faced many of the same issues and appreciate the straight forward approach and practical tools for making better financial decisions.
The primary message of the book "The art is not in making money, but in keeping it" comes from experience of the author as she became apparently rich by about 30 only to become broke and now at the age about 40 she is on her way to true wealth.
The biggest part of the book is devoted to creating a budget, that is scheme of how much to spend, save and invest. This is strong point of the book.
Another strong point is that the author starts with the end in mind, from question "How much money is enough?" She starts from the bigger picture, and only then goes to such details as saving money on lattes.
Interesting and useful may be method of scheduling life that is practiced by this successful woman.
Two things in the book are rather weak in my opinion:
1. Advice how to increase your income is rather weak. Only general words "the way we can increase out income is by producing more value and becoming more valuable to the others" and opposing words "earning" and "generating income". Nothing more specific.
2. I could not see connection between her monthly investments (17%) and her goal (net worth $25,000,000). In book "Early Retirement Extreme" by Jacob Lund Fisker there are tables and graphs showing dependence of investments as percent of income and time to obtaining financial independence. There is nothing comparable in this book. By the way, to create net worth $25,000,000 for 20 years of equal investments with conservative 8% compound interest rate one needs yearly investment of $500,000, and if it is 17%, the income should be about $3,000,000 per year. According to description of the author's expenditures, her current income is several times less.
So we see general picture but do not see solid and mathematically calculated plan of how to get there.
Anyway I give the book 5 stars for great general picture and great description of budgeting.
Some quotes from the book:
"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now."
"dreaming and wishing aren't enough. Action is required."
"The magic here lies in the balancing act between our ability to hold a dream and to plan achievable goals for realizing that dream."
"A working budget is an essential element in the accumulation of wealth."
"It still pains me to think how much more I would be worth today had I chosen to live a life I could afford and invested seriously instead of spending frivolously."
"if you have to finance a car for sixty months, you shouldn't be buying a car - or at least not that particular car."
"Student loans should be a last resort"
"I don't want to live completely without today or completely without tomorrow."
"The planning amplifies my capacity to get everything accomplished that I want to accomplish."
"Our current situation is a product of all the choices we've made up until now"
"The best thing I've done for myself is to forgive myself."