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No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Letters to My Grandchildren Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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--Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University men's basketball coach and a grandfather
John Spooner is smarter about money and about life than almost anyone I know. As a blessing for all our grandchildren, he has written down what he has learned. Through charming storytelling, John shares his wisdom. Grandchildren and grandparents alike are the beneficiaries.
-- Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and a grandmother
Spooner is a phenomenon, as much a psychologist and futurist as an investment advisor.
-- Inc. Magazine
I began listening to John Spooner's life lessons in 1974 - the value of handwritten notes, being held accountable, the unexpected laugh, the importance of being uncomfortable in another country, not our own, and, above all, attempting to have a deep and bountiful heart. It's all here, just open to any page.
- - Lesley Visser, Hall of Fame Sportscaster―
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Top Customer Reviews
But not everyone has that joy. College Girl did not grow up with nurturing grandfathers. She never knew the comfort of a leathery hand holding hers. And she also did not get the pearls of wisdom that comes with a full life. So with her fixing to graduate from college I thought I would do my best to share some of that with her. No I do not know the best advice from a grandfather but John D. Spooner does. "No One Ever Told Us That" is his letters that he shares to his grandchildren. And with us too.
He has great advice like my own grandfather. Here are some of his thoughts.
Never call a busy person first thing Monday morning.
Always look as though you know where your going.
Everything you own will fluctuate in value.
Expect to do everything yourself.
Always keep hints of your childhood in life.
There are so many more. With economic times being quite trying it is a time to keep a level head and a strong will power. This can be fortified with sound advice.Read more ›
Jane Breschard Wilson,
Boston Women Communicators
Mr. Spooner's conversational style is very appealing. He relates the topics to events in his own life, which makes his advice feel personal and genuine. Chapters are short, and as the title states, they are presented as letters written to his grandchildren who are college students. Each covers a different topic and ends with a brief statement that neatly sums up the essence of the letter. Mr. Spooner explains that he came from modest means and became successful through discipline and hard work, not because of any special advantages or talent. As he states in the introduction, the letters are about, "the lessons that only come from the tough stuff in life, the absurd, the bumps, the heroes and heroines.Read more ›
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I wish that they would teach kids in school the basics of the information in this book. This is every day knowledge they should have going into the real world. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Anni Zechello
I bought three books to give to my nieces, ages 24, 27 and 32. After reading it, I struggled with returning the books or not. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Garcia
I was disappointed in this book. It felt more like I was reading a book about the accomplishments of the author than something intended to be motivational. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nicholas Thompson
A good read. Very important life lessons. Will give the books to my childrenPublished 11 months ago by Michael T Ferry
This book is spectacular for anyone in the 25 to 50 generation. Great advice from a successful, wise and thoughtful man.Published 11 months ago by Scott - Boston