978-0-09-182545-4 / 9780091825454

The Courage To Be Rich - Creating A Life Of Material And Spiritual Abundance





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Talk about an audacious title! But Suze (pronounced "Suzie") Orman means business in this anecdote-rich compendium of tips on marriage, homes and happiness. Orman has made plenty of the mistakes she warns against, like getting a 30-year mortgage instead of a cheaper 15-year one, using Visa cards as magic carpets to calamity and losing thousands in borrowed capital to bum investment advice. Then she became a Merrill Lynch broker and an author capable of selling 10,000 books in 12 minutes on QVC.

Orman's point--in this and her number one best-seller The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom--is that you had better face fiscal facts and avoid fear, denial and the self-fulfilling low expectations the novelist William Wharton called "the Poverty Mind". She comes from a nation of cheque-bouncing, late-fee-incurring, guilty bad planners. How long will it take to pay off that 3,000 Visa bill with minimum payments? Thirty years, you poor, dear fool! What would you gain if you bought stocks instead of your daily latte for 30 years? 165,152! Her book might have been titled The Courage Not to Be a Self-Sabotaging Neurotic.

Orman yearns to enrich your life emotionally, too. If you can't stand discussions of the psychological origins of fiscal decisions, or self-help lingo like "money is attracted to people who are strong and powerful, respectful of it, and open to receiving it", you will want a more nuts-and-bolts adviser. If you want pep talk, true tales of woe and makeovers, and a jolt of a true pop culture phenomenon, Suze is for you. --Tim Appelo

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