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Let's Get Real About Money! Paperback – November 23, 2007
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"The books gem is a personal financial action plan that allows easy assessment of current assets and retirement goals This book demystifies the many obstacles--from the logistical to the conceptual--to smart financial planning."
"Eric Tyson is the best personal finance writer at work today. In a field cluttered with hucksters, false gurus, and just plain bad advice, this book delivers powerful common sense. I trust Eric Tyson, and you should, too."
Tom Ehrenfeld, former writer and Editor at Harvard Business Review and Inc. Magazine, author of The Startup Garden: How Growing a Business Grows You
Financial success doesnt just "happen": its determined by your financial habits. Fortunately, you can develop good financial habits-and systematically eliminate the bad ones that stand in your way. Eric Tyson will show you how--step-by-step and hands-on.
Millions of people have benefited from Tysons best-selling books and award-winning columns. Now he brings together all hes learned over two decades--including financial management secrets most professionals never tell you about.
Tyson will help you organize your finances take control of your future make plans youll actually implement save, spend, and invest more effectively choose the right advisors reduce your risks and put money where it belongs in your life (instead of making it your whole life!).
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What you can learn from the nations best personal financial managers
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Everything you need is here, including hands-on worksheets and practical exercises
- Get real, not real obsessed!
Learn how to give money the right role in your life...not your whole life!
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Worried about money? Join the club. Now, do something about it! One of Americas best-selling personal finance authors offers real, practical solutions that work: steps you can take right now to start replacing money anxiety with financial fulfillment and happiness. Eric Tyson gets straight to the point, identifying the habits that put you at riskand helping you replace them with the habits of financial success. Tyson offers plain-English, no-gimmick techniques you can really use: knowledge youd have to pay a fortune for, if you could get it at all!
Amazon.com Exclusive: A Letter From Eric Tyson, Author of Let's Get Real About Money!
Nearly two decades ago when I first began my work in financial counseling, I believed that people made financial mistakes due to a lack of personal financial education and due to sales pitches and misleading advertising that led them astray. While I still believe these two factors contribute to a lot of money misery, Ive learned over the years that counter-productive habits and beliefs sabotage the best laid plans, too.
Lets Get Real About Money! presents a compilation of what I have learned in my one-on-one work with individuals, as well as current research from leaders in the field into how to best develop productive financial habits and extinguish problematic ones.
Whether you play sports, card games, or enjoy solving crossword puzzles, theres always room for improvement. This book provides the information, strategies and tools that can truly help you and yours make the most of your money and dreams.
In Lets Get Real About Money!, I will show you how to organize your finances; take control of your future; make plans youll actually implement; save, spend and invest more effectively; choose the right advisors; reduce your risks; and put money where it belongs in your life.
The implicit message from most money books is that more is better. Quite simply its not. I know this from direct experience with many clients and readers over the years and this is supported by a wealth of cross-cultural research. Its all about balance and making the most of what money does pass through our hands. Harmony comes from striking balances and avoiding extreme behaviors.
This action-orientated book provides you with checklists and worksheets thatll help you start today, get results fast, and makes positive changes that will last a lifetime!
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Top Customer Reviews
My one criticism of the work is not the content, but the cover. The front displays a fist of money, which along with the title, suggested a hardnosed, possibly humorous book. The subtitle, "Profit from the Habits of the Best Financial Managers", led me to believe the book was a compilation of stories, quotes and interviews of successful financial managers. Instead, it was primarily Tyson's take on personal side of personal finance. Nothing wrong with his take, and I applaud him for much of it, I just thought I was sitting down for an amusing, possibly a bit satiric look at the financial world, and what I got was a book full of compassionate sensible advice. If you are looking for a rollicking read, wait and pick up this book when you are in a more temperate mood. But if you are struggling to balance family life with your work and financial needs, and want to hear some contrarian (at least in the financial world) options, then Tyson's book is definitely worth reading.
There *are* some pages (the boxed panes, basically) which don't text-wrap properly on the kindle, but you can still read them if you shrink the font size temporarily; that makes the whole box sit on one kindle screen.
There is some sound basic advice here, but
(1) changes in the economy between 2007 and now mean that a reader will have to reassess some information in that light, and
(2) I wonder how many people who are motivated enough to read the book will find anything new here.
That said, if you haven't heard it all before, there's a lot of good food for thought. The good news is that, unlike many financial "experts", Tyson's advice is excellent for developing a solid financial foundation. This is not a get rich quick scheme. However,
(1) Anyone young enough for compounding to make a difference before they retire will be rich in all the ways that matter. It'll be like watching hair grow. You won't see it, but by the time retirement rolls around you'll be pleasantly surprised by where you find yourself.
(2) Anyone older than that will find a lot of good advice on how to hold onto the resources you have for as long as possible.
that is, if you haven't heard it all before. But, even if you have, skimming through the book may be just the trigger it takes to make you *do something about it*! :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't cracked the book so that is not to say one way or the other if it is useful or not.Published on March 20, 2013 by margaret smith
I don't like to have to give so much detail in my reviews and would prefer to be able to just give the item a star rating and be done with it.Published on February 20, 2013 by Elva Mancias
Let's face it, most of us are not wall street tycoons so reading a book like this brings us closer to today's thinking on money.Published on April 11, 2012 by j
This was a freebie for me, and it offered some advice which was kind of nice, but they were things I've already heard before. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by Douglas
I got this for free and that is the only fair price for this. The "advice" is all stuff that anyone with half a brain would already know or have heard in the past and guess what? Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by John W.
Easy to read. I resented reading financial book because of all the professional terminology that just freak me out. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by S.S.