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The Seven Stages of Money Maturity: Understanding the Spirit and Value of Money in Your Life Paperback – April 11, 2000
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The Seven Stages of Money Maturity, by financial advisor and Buddhist teacher George Kinder, presents a totally original look at the ins and outs of individual economics. Drawing on timeless spiritual wisdom in addition to modern fiscal doctrine, Kinder deftly combines the philosophical and the practical to help readers broaden their understanding of the overall role that money plays in life from childhood onward--and, more importantly, put themselves on firmer footing with it today.
Most financial advisors and books about money approach finance as if it were simply a skill to learn, the same sort of thing as hitting a fastball or speaking French like a diplomat. Money maturity does include skills, such as understanding investment options and using a budget effectively, but it goes much deeper, to the feelings, the heart, and, yes, the soul.By following three composite characters throughout the book and examining their experiences through the prisms of his own background and development, Kinder explains how to evolve naturally through these seven specific states (innocence, pain, knowledge, understanding, vigor, vision, and aloha) to achieve both financial and personal security. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Compared to other personal finance books that offer specific financial steps and planning strategies, this book focuses on the search for spiritual meaning in wealth. Kinder, a certified financial planner and former tax accountant, focuses on three composite figures, based on real people, to illustrate the seven psychological stages people go through in their relationship to money: Innocence (not knowing anything), Pain (discovering that we need to work to earn money), Knowledge (of such skills as saving and investing), Understanding (more sophisticated emotional wisdom about greed and inequality), Vigor (energy to reach financial goals), Vision (directing vigor outward, perhaps to a community) and Aloha (altruism without expectation of gain of any kind). Kinder provides useful questionnaires in which he urges readers to reflect on various questions: What are your three earliest memories of money? Why and how did money first enter your relationship with your mother, your father? While readers comfortable with spiritual self-exploration may enjoy Kinders approach, they will still have to turn to more traditional personal finance books for nitty-gritty money advice.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But what about your values, dreams, aspirations and goals? How many of them acutally show you how to encompass those into your savings plan? How many actually have you explore how your views of money and its use have been shaped from childhood on?
This book does all of that and by doing so allows readers to have a truly insightful approach to money management. After all, with self-understanding comes wisdom and the opportunity to make informed decisions.
Like any skill, those who are truly wise and powerful money managers are often intuitive and their wisdom comes from a very clear understanding of how and why to make decisions. Even more importantly, they make decisions that are right for THEM.
This book is great but if you are looking for detailed, "how to" info that doesn't take your personal values and spiritual side into account, you may not like this one. But I think it is an excellent supplement to all the other books out there, especially if you're pretty knowledgable about the basics (retirement planning, investing, home ownership, planning for kids, college, etc). There is a spiritual dimension to how we use and spend our money, well worth exploring!
What is so good about the book? It is truly a novel approach to integrate spirituality and meaning into money management. Just by considering some interesting questions posed to the reader in the book, insights are possible that one would not have thought about. I have training as a counsellor and have read extensively about money management, yet I have never been asked to think about issues in this book such as the role of early life exteriences in shaping out unconscious biases and assumptions about the role of money in our lives.
Try reading this book. And do the exercises in it.
There is a great deal of wisdom about money throughout the book which counter our old attitudes. I had never realized what a gift money is, in obvious ways which we don't usually think about. Instead of growing chickens for eggs and meat, I can exchange money for them. Instead of building a car and drilling for oil, I can exchange money for my transportation necessities. I can purchase books and interact with those of great wisdom throughout the ages. I may bring difficult feelings to money, but Kinder makes it clear that money itself is a gift for which it is appropriate to bring integrity and gratitude.
I think that other books fall short as far as explaining why we do what we do with our money. They do not answer questions such as why we spend our money on certain products. This book goes deeper and tries to help us answer those questions from within. This book was definitely an interesting read.
- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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