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How to Be Rich: The Couple's Guide to a Rich Life Without Worrying about Money Paperback – September 19, 2011
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Nothing creates stress or anxiety within a family like money. Not having enough money can create real stress, but fear of not having enough can elicit the same or even greater fear than not actually having it at all.
The reality is that money is a tool to get the stuff we want and need. However, in our society money has also become a measure of self-worth and perceived happiness. We are surrounded by messages from our parents, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and the media that encourage these misguided feelings.
These complex emotions are what create most of the problems--fear, anger, resentment, and frustration--that revolve around money. However, most of the personal finance industry ignores these core feelings, and instead focuses on interest rates, stocks, bonds, and taxes.
Like money, these things are simply tools to get you where you want to be and are not the end goal. Happiness and fulfillment are the end goal for most of us, yet we often lose sight of that when dealing with our money.
I wrote this book on two different tracks. The first is the deep and complex emotional issues families struggle with because of money. The second is the nuts and bolts of financial planning that allow you to organize your money.
To get the most from this book, while you're enjoying the entertaining story line, keep in mind that the emotional issues are the most important part of the story. The financial planning tools are secondary to the emotional aspects. If you can learn from both messages, you will walk away from this book with a completely different perspective about money.
I didn't figure this out overnight. It took me a long time to discover what matters, and sadly, I think many people never learn it themselves. I first started learning about the world of money and investing at the ripe old age of eighteen when I studied investment magazines like they were textbooks. It wasn't until almost ten years later that I realized they were actually advertisements for underperforming and overpriced mutual funds.
It was also at eighteen that I invested my first $1,000 in mutual funds--a front-end-loaded technology fund that was a completely inappropriate investment for a kid, but an easy sale for a commissioned stockbroker, or otherwise said, a salesperson.
Years later, through lots of self-guided education in books and mistakes in the market, I figured out what was most important in personal finance. (This wasn't before a ridiculous stint when I thought I could be a day trader, picking individual stocks and even dabbling in IPOs.) Eventually, I received the formal education and financial planning credentials, an MBA degree, and tax training to be "qualified" to give personal financial planning advice. It wasn't until I had a wife, divorce, remarriage, stepchild, jobs, businesses, my own child, a deceased parent, and worked as a financial advisor with other real-world complicated families that I learned what really mattered.
That was when I learned about personal financial planning. I learned that people, including me, don't care about the highest performing mutual fund of the year, or the highest yielding CD, or the latest tax deduction. What you and I care about is enjoying life with our families without the money worries that plague most Americans. What we want is to live extraordinary lives. That's what this book is about--getting back to the basics about what you want and providing some basic money tools to help you get there.
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Top Customer Reviews
What's brilliant about the book is how Chuck Rylant tells a great story that keeps you interested in the topic. It's a very clever way to use a story to get a point across. If he had just started out saying save, invest, mutual funds, blah-blah-blah, I would not have been able to finish.
But instead...he uses a great, interesting story to get the point across. So I was being entertained and learning at the same time.
In the story, you notice the financial mistakes that the characters are making and then you realize that YOU are making the same financial mistakes. It's the kind of thing that you reject if someone tells you but you accept when you realize it for yourself.
If you are having any financial difficulties whatsoever as a couple, I recommend the both of you read this book and follow the recommendations. If you tell your partner to change, they probably won't - but if your partner realizes things for themselves, the change stands a much better chance of happening.
This book will have a positive impact on your finances and more importantly, on your relationship.
This is a book that can be read in one evening, and I'll be honest, I picked it up and read it from cover to cover, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the author's style. It's not quite like any other personal finance book that I've read, and I can think of many young couples who could benefit from reading this book together.
What's more is that it's unlike any other personal finance book I've read since it's written more as a story. I found myself relating to the characters deeply and being reminded of the period of our life when we didn't know crap about personal finance and the stress and worry it induced. Chuck does a GREAT job connecting with the reader on an emotional and psychological level that helps communicate both how frustrating personal finance can be and also how wonderfully liberating it is once you implement his "5 Fundamentals." While this book isn't a revolution in personal finance, Chuck does an excellent job at being a one stop shop for the basics.
I will definitely be buying this book for friends and families, couples and singles. It's a GREAT book, not just for couples but for everyone!
In "How to be Rich" the author has "novelized" the finacial information that so many families need. It is therefore in a format which is not intimidating. The "everyperson" who reads this book is going to be faced with the things they are seeing in their lives or the lives of their friends. Things like: 2 income families trying to make it... being stressed over the financial repercussions of having children... Should we buy or keep renting...is divorce the answer to our problems and, a bunch of other everyday stressors. The reader is going to see how money can affect all of these things and, be at the root of the angst and worry that surrounds them.
When the reader has become invested in the worries and anxieties that afflict the protagonists in this story, the author is going to methodically lay out a very do-able plan. A plan in the form of a series of step by step instructions to bring a sense of order and direction to the main character's finances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nicely done! Short enough to keep you interested, covers the most critical aspects of family finance and entertains. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pj
I enjoy nonfiction about relationships and finance. This book was SO bad. After 2 hrs of listening to the 3. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J Wong
The book is a quick read. The fundamentals are easy to understand and explained with an entertaining story. The story itself is relatable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. Boland
I loved this book! It was easy to read and I was able to learn a lot. It has given me a different perspective on how to manage my finances. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gloria Soto
This should be a book for preteens. The characters have pretty much zero experience in handling cash or credit cards, so if that's you, I feel pretty bad that our society, your... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Heartofthematter
A very entertaining read. This novel had many situations that most can relate to.
The book was simple, concise, and informative. Read more
I listen to this as a audio book and it was very easy to understand and I am going to continue to re-listen to the book so that I can put into place the advice that he gives. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book! Great read for all! Makes understanding money matters comprehensible, for it is written in a friendly story line format. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alison Bakker
This book was terrible. I have read numerous financial books & this just doesn't even compare. Its more a story about a guy & his wife trying to survive their crumbling... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Krista