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What You Should Have Learned About Money, But Never Did: A Gen Y Guide to Empowered Personal Finance by [Bera, Sophia]
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  • File Size: 279 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T256JSG
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Sophia Bera is definitely “not your father’s financial planner”—as she proudly proclaims in her introduction, on her website and in person (I have met her on a few occasions)—and that is a good thing. And after reading, What You Should Have Learned About Money But Never Did, I honestly could not think of a more perfect and spot-on title for this book and the message within.

Without getting into too much personal detail, I’m proudly part of Gen Y and wish that I would have known the information that Sophia shares about ten years ago (and even before) when I first entered my twenties. Now that I am on the verge of concluding the first year of my thirties this book helped me to reflect upon what I have learned about money and personal finances over the past decade and realize that there is still more to learn.

This book provides a great introduction, foundation and framework, plus lots of resources for those learning to navigate their personal finances in an uncertain world. It also serves as a reminder, refreshment and check list for those that think they know what they are doing—like me.

That said, the most important and valuable information contained within this book is not the how-to-do or what-to-do but the why-to-do. Sophia challenges readers with deeper questions than just how much money do you want to make and save, but why do you want to build wealth? What type of life do you want to live? What is really important to you?

Sophia is definitely not your father’s financial planner and this is definitely not your father’s financial planning book. If you are looking for something different than the typical “fatherly advice” when it comes to financial planning then this is where to find it.
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I could tell this book was going to be different from page one. I've spent the past two decades reading personal finance magazines, managing my own investments, doing my own taxes, and just generally avoiding the broken-record strategies of the financial industry. And it's hard for me to be impressed by a Certified Financial Planner like Sophia Bera because I saw a lot of them come and (thankfully) go in my ten years working at a huge wealth management firm.

But this book - and especially the author - offer up well-explained ways for just about anyone to align their money with their values and, best of all, use this new self-awareness to make some big dreams a reality. I was nodding my head a lot while reading, especially this great passage: "Spending money becomes an issue when it's spent mindlessly on things that don't bring us happiness, or when we spend money fruitlessly in an effort to solve problems that are internal."

From mindsets to toolkits to practical tactics, the book is as short and easy a read as it's long on real knowledge and the right dose of unconventional thinking.
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Sophia has a way of writing about finances in a way that just makes sense, which can be difficult to do when it comes to finances. Her approach to financial planning is practical, relatable and just plain useful. I love that it's not full of a bunch of extra fluff - literally everything you read in this book can easily be put into practice in your own life. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to get ahead and learn how to make smart financial decisions from the get-go. I highly recommend Sophia's book for anyone in their 20-30s who wants to learn how to make your money work for you. You won't be disappointed.
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Ms. Sophia Bera does an exceptional job explaining personal financial concepts. The concise knowledge and ample resources that are brought forth in this extremely affordable e-book are SO worth the $4.99 investment! It will pay for itself over and over. This would be a fantastic read for anyone looking to improve their financial literacy including high school upperclassmen, college students as well as professionals who are looking to improve their financial future. With proper planning and deliberate financial choices, readers can set their sights on achieving their financial goals.
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Much of the advice only applies to Americans, but even as an Irish citizen I'll give it five stars because the advice is clear and practical and very helpful overall. This book made me much more aware of the importance of saving for retirement, estate planning, etc. It's a quick read, too. No fluff. Read this if you're an American looking for a solid introduction to personal finance.
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This is wonderful book for people in their 20s and 30s about personal finance. It is written in very simple language but is full of deep meaning. I love that Sophia mentions the importance of tracking financial data regularly and the fact that what gets tracked gets done. I also liked the emphasis on using money as a tool to express one's values. The concept of delayed gratification is also addressed. Although I would consider this to be very introductory simply as a financial text, this book reflects the wisdom of a precocious financial planner who understands her target audience at a very deep level and how to actually create change in their lives that they can get excited about.
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I was fortunate to receive a review copy of this book from Sophia, and I have to say it's a great read and a wonderful primer from a talented financial planner. Unlike many financial writers, Sophia is working with clients day in and day out and this book is grounded in practical advice that comes from those real-world conversations. if you're looking for a great read on getting your financial life started, getting on track with the basics while wishing maybe you'd started sooner, or a gift for a high school or college graduate, this book would be a great fit.
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