- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness; First Edition edition (December 27, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060818611
- ISBN-13: 978-0060818616
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overcoming Underearning(TM): Overcome Your Money Fears and Earn What You Deserve Hardcover – December 27, 2005
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Stanny let the men in her life-first, her father, Richard Block of H&R Block, and then her husband-manage her money, but a divorce and a financial crisis served as a wake-up call. Since then, the author of Secrets of Six-Figure Women and Prince Charming Isn't Coming has taken her message on the road to show underearners how to achieve a greener financial future, and here lays out her five-step plan for those with money worries who want to earn, as the subtitle suggests, what they deserve. Step one, Stanny says, is "You've got to be willing to be uncomfortable." She defines many of the barriers and negative mindsets that plague underearners and uses exercises throughout the book to help readers with their "Inner Work," or their attitudes about money and self worth. It may take some very intensely willful delusion for readers who barely scrape by to envision themselves slathered in dough (and cynics may balk at the inspirational quotes from, say, Oprah and Groucho Marx), which is why Stanny employs a mind-spirit-pocketbook approach-learn to embrace money, be strong about what you want, earn more because you're worth more-that aims to change readers' thinking about money and improve financial habits (bottom line: save more). The advice here is common sense, but Stanny's upbeat empowerment will hit home with readers feeling the paycheck blues.
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About the Author
Barbara Stanny, the leading authority on women and money, is a popular motivational speaker, financial educator, former journalist, and career counselor. She is the author of Prince Charming Isn't Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money and Secrets of Six-Figure Women. She lives in Washington state.
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However, I found her ideas in regards to doing volunteer work baffling. She seems to think that unless you can make money at it (i.e. start a nonprofit, or work for one at a high income) you should "let go of it" as you would other bad habits that are dragging you down and keeping you from making more money. What? Even if you enjoy it? Cutting back a bit I can see, but giving it up entirely?
Money is fine as far as it goes, but it doesn't solve everything. Someone has to actually do the work, and in the case of a nonprofit, as inexpensively as possible. And when a nonprofit is asking for donations, how does it justify the high salaries of people who are in many cases doing the same work as the people in for-profit businesses? In most cases, it can't.
Another example of this type of strange thinking is in the last chapter (well-written as far as detailing along the way how the program helped her make positive changes in her life), where her workshop student Tami says "We stopped going to our church because it has a major money dysfunction." No explanation of exactly what that dysfunction was, though, followed. Maybe another edition of the book will explain it.
3.5 stars. The money exercises are very interesting and useful, even if you don't have money self-esteem issues (as most of her students featured in the book seem to have), or debt problems. Her attitudes towards charitable/volunteer work, however, are strange compared with other success gurus.
I picked this up at the library, but expect I will purchase it for permanent use. I wasn't particularly drawn during my scan of the book (table of contents, recommendations etc.), but somehow would get a pang when I replaced it on the library shelf. So, checked it out and stayed up till 3 a.m. reading it! Still have about 1/4 of the book to go, but I really got a lot out of it.
I consider myself pretty tough in my evaluations of self-help type literature, I have read my share of it. I want it to say something new, offer substance and make sense. There's a lot of rigorous and innovative thought behind what Ms. Stanny says, and it is presented in a way that reached me.
Her resource/additional reading section at the end is concise and seems carefully considered, and she explains why she has chosen each resource well. I especially found helpful her list comparing the differences between "dawdlers" and "doers".
I have been in practice for more than 20 years and have learned that 80% of how people handle money is emotional and only about 20% is rational or well thought out. Stanny's book has a goldmine of ideas on how to uncover the emotional issues that are holding you back and gradually change your ratio so more of your decisions can be rational and less emotional.
Throughout the book she gives writing exercises with structured questions to help the reader get to the root of their underearning dynamics. I can't tell you how impressed I am with her lists and with her questions. There is no doubt that she has "been there, done that" and that she is armed with powerful insights from the many workshop clients she has worked with. She knows her stuff!
The book is exceptionally well written and well edited. It flows well, is easy to read, and very compelling. The power of the book is in the journaling exercises and the follow up ideas she provides. If you want to earn more, do these exercises and I think it will blow you away.
I was impressed that even though I'm already a high earner and very good with my own money that I picked up quite a few great ideas that will benefit me personally. Kudos, Ms Stanny!
Jan Dahlin Geiger, CFP®, Author of "Get Your Assets in Gear! Smart Money Strategies Get Your Assets in Gear! Smart Money Strategies
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