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The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying Paperback – December 5, 2000
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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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Orman is the head of her own financial-planning firm, a certified retirement specialist, and a best-selling author (You've Earned It, Don't Lose It, LJ 1/95). In her latest work, she analyzes the psychological and spiritual factors involved in how we perceive money. Her definition of financial freedom is "when you have power over your fears and anxieties instead of the other way around." Through case studies, Orman illustrates the psychological importance of money and its effect on our lives. She offers practical guidelines for investing, preparing a budget, purchasing a home, getting out of debt, and writing a will. A helpful financial worksheet is included. Orman's insightful guide is highly recommended to public libraries.?Lucy T. Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
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The author, financial planner Ms. Suze Orman, seems to be reflecting this perspective as she asks a series of probing questions about what your mental associations to money are. These questions are designed to help you free yourself from harmful associations that may be sabotaging your current thinking. For example, some people associate having money with loss of love (such as through seeing their parents divorce after one parent became much more financially successful).
If you find yourself not acting on what you know that you need to do, you should buy, read, and change your thinking based on the questions in this book. This will be a five star book for you.
If you already think you know lots about money and always do more or less the right thing, you need a different book (one that focuses on advanced techniques that you do not already know). This book will be a one star book for you, and I suggest that you avoid it.
If you have to choose between The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and The Courage to Be Rich (Ms. Orman's newest book), I would strongly advise you to read this one because it is a much better and more helpful book. You can read my comments on The Courage to Be Rich if you are interested.
In any case, if you have ideas about money that make you uncomfortable, this is a good book to start with. Then you can graduate to books that will teach you more about WHAT TO DO NEXT. I think that you will find Rich Dad, Poor Dad to be very helpful.
Have fun and be more comfortable! This can be a 2,000 percent solution for you (getting 20 times the results you get now -- since almost all investors do much more poorly than the S&P 500 over any 10 year period of time). In fact, did you know that an estimated 80 percent of day traders lose money? Did you know that 95 percent of commodities traders lose money? There must be some pretty powerful false beliefs that cause people to undergo so much turmoil to befcome poorer.
If you want to learn about the stock market, start with John Bogle's Common Sense on Mutual Funds.
i have lived the life of an artist [translated: not made much money, worked REALLY hard!]... and if i had only known these principles of how to allocate my money for the last 30 of my 54 years, i'd be Just Fine...
Number 1, of course, it'd have been smarter never to smoke [saving at LEAST $30,000 over time in real dollars, not to mention interest compounding] or other unnecessary stupid purchases...
Perhaps the most important and fascinating thing about the book is that you understand why you spend money or don't... and it just naturally follows that it is easy to stop buying things [to cheer you up, keep you company, whatever - better to fix your LIFE and not try to buy things instead because it'll never really be a satisfactory experience]...
And this helps clarify what your values really are...
Suze busts the notion/excuse that "I don't have the money" and shows us all the truth that how we are spending the money we DO have tells it all about what our values are...
are we saving, do we buy clothes or CDS or trips or too much food?
very interesting and - surprisingly - it is COMFORTING to read this book...
no one should be able to graduate from high school or get their GED without passing a proficiency test on the principles taught in this book...
given the angst we all put ourselves through on (1) love and (2) money, doesn't it make sense to educate ourselves and do these things better...
i also love The Courage To Be Rich - and the Laws of Money...
if you are [currently] poor, buy these used through the z shops ---
and soon, you'll be able to afford amazon's [discounted] full price with super saver shipping on all future purchases!!!
thanks suze orman -