The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0307345844
ISBN-10: 030734584X
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When Suze Orman was 13 she watched her father dive into the flames of his burning take-out chicken shack in order to rescue his cash register. In that moment Orman learned that money was more important than life itself. And so it became her quest to be rich. But years later, when Orman became a wealthy broker with a huge investment firm, she was profoundly unhappy. What went wrong? She had not yet achieved financial freedom. In her nine-step program, Orman covers the ingredients to financial success--confronting our beliefs and fears, learning the nuts and bolts (and insiders secrets!) of savvy management, and finding the spiritual trust that leads to abundance.

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Suze Orman's seminar-format video offers a financial pep talk to accompany her book of the same title. Though a good deal of her nine steps are nothing new or revolutionary--plan for the future, cut your credit-card debt, organize your estate, respect money, and take charge of your own money--she makes a few noteworthy points. Using psychology to flush out attitudes about money, she asks the members of her audience to think about their earliest memories of money and how it shapes their relationship with it now. She recognizes the feelings of shame and guilt associated with money and tells us to get over it--that these feelings are the very ones that paralyze our path to financial freedom. Her basic formula of financial freedom seems difficult to achieve since it requires us to factor in self-esteem, organization, dedication, and feelings of entitlement. She also feels strongly that "stating your goal will make it happen, no matter how impossible it seems," which is reminiscent of the psychology behind the "Little Engine That Could"--a bit simplistic when it comes to the complicated but still accessible world of finances. Orman's target audience is both one that needs a financial pep talk and one that isn't necessarily well versed in financial jargon. A person of any age can find something useful in her helpful, if urgent-sounding, reminders. She uses some statistical scare tactics--such as mentioning that one in three people over the age of 65 will end up in a nursing home, so you'd better get long-term care insurance--to drive her points home but then buffers them with an "everything happens for the best" and "your self-worth is more important than your net worth"-type philosophy. Orman ends the lecture with an enlightening question-and-answer session that elaborates on points not covered by her speech, such as how to find a good financial planner and the differences between retirement funds. Those looking for a specific formula to financial freedom may have to look elsewhere, as Suze Orman's philosophy is that we ourselves can and should be our own best financial advisors since we know ourselves better than any financial writer or planner ever could. --Gilia Angell

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  • File Size: 2477 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 3 Rev Upd edition (October 6, 1999)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 1999
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1RXM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The third edition was released in 2006, so the information is fresh and current.

I can't say enough good about this book. Suze gives EXCELLENT guidance, coupled with sensitive insight into how we all differ in our approach to handling money. She explores everything from the basics of getting out of debt, to learning how to invest your money and grow it - in a very intelligent, yet readable fashion.

I recommend grabbing a little note pad while reading, so you've got a place to jot notes and reminders to yourself for follow-up in your own life. I made a page for each topic that applied to me, then put bullet-point notes under each heading. For example, some of my page headings would be: Wills/Trusts, Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Term Life Insurance, Long-term Care Insurance, Long-term Disability Insurance, Credit & Debt Management, Investments-Mutual Funds & ETF's, Investments-T Bills, Money Market Accounts.

Though this doesn't detract from the value of the content, I would like to see one improvement in this book: a better (more extensive) index that cross-references the 'small' sub-headings. For example, under insurance needs, it would be nice to be able to look up 'auto insurance' in the index and go to the area that gives you 'rule of thumb' for what a good policy should cover.

Overall, I like this book so much, it will be the "Birthday Gift" book I give to all my family members this year! We ALL need guidance in different ways - this book helps provide that in a very easy-to-grasp way. EXCELLENT read! EXCELLENT information! Keep up the GREAT work, Suze!
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It took me to the depths of feeling like a failure and then showed me how to fix it. Amust read if you are wondering how on earth you will finance your future or just live! Wonderfully written and very interesting.
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I have always hated owing anyone money for any reason so I have always been great about paying bills but I have never been very committed to saving. I wish I had read this book before I was laid off because it showed me the importance of saving and how to do so, even if you feel like you can't afford to. The truth is that you can't afford not to save for your future!
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This book was written 15 years ago and it has 2012 update but it is timeless,it's great and it always will be.If you just starting to learn how to be financially responsible,it will help you a lot.I was concerned about ..is this book good only for Americans?..it is not,it can be used globally and help you grow from debt to wealth in 9 universal steps. You will learn how your past holds the key to your financial future and why and how to face your fears to create new truth about money in your life,how to receive and how to recognize true opportunity when it comes your way.I hope you like it as much I did,I understand myself more,my problems,over spending and how to overcome all that.Today,I am happy to report I trade online and since August 1st 2013 ,(month and 15 days) ,I made extra $2600.I have regular job and planing to invest in 2 more opportunities.
Thank you Suze
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While I'm still on my road to financial freedom, it's remarkable that in the short time of reading this book I've been able to make significant changes. Initially I bought this book because I was frustrated with my paycheck to paycheck living and HATED it. Since reading I've been able to contribute more to my 401K, add to savings WHILE still paying down my debt. I didn't receive any kind of raise, didn't come into any additional money, but by following the advice given in this book I can say I've made positive changes to how I handle/manage my money. I highly recommend for those wanting to know more about all aspects of money: saving, investing, planning, budgeting, etc. Suze's real world examples make it easy to understand her message and in turn make the necessary changes in your own life.
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This book has a tremendous amount of good financial advice and some that I disagree with; HOWEVER, this entire book is worth the price paid for the following piece of advice:

1. "If you can start investing $100 a month at age 25 at an annual average return of 12%, you will have about $1,000,000 by age 65." 2. "If you start ten years later, at 35, your $100 a month will have grown to about $300,000 by age 65." The sooner you begin investing can mean a huge difference in your retirement lifestyle.

There are other extremely helpful bits of advice that I hope you discover on your own, because this book is worth it.
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Got the book to help reestablish my finances as I've let them get out of control. Love Suze, but her message is the same across the board. Once you have one product you're good to go. This book is great for starters, or you can purchase something of hers that's more up to date.
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The 9 Steps To Financial Freedom is one of the better books I have read on personal finance. It is very informative as to how to deal with money and how people view money. If I were to read one book on personal finance, this would be it. This is a good book for people of all ages and anyone can benefit from reading it.
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