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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Business; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006081862X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060818623
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 345 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Barbara Stanny, the leading authority on women and money, is a popular motivational speaker, financial educator, former journalist, and career counselor. She is the author of Prince Charming Isn't Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money and Secrets of Six-Figure Women. She lives in Washington state.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynda on March 19 2011
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Most sequels don't measure up to the first. This book however, just naturally follows Barbara Stanny's Secrets of Six Figure Women. The firstt gets you motivated to want more, to understand you deserve more. Then Overcoming Underearning gives you step by step instructions on how to get it! How to change your life. The phrase 'must read' is overworked and I don't normally use it, but this is a MUST READ!!! No long drawn out full of fluff while impatiently trying to get to the good stuff; it's ALL good stuff! Simple, easy to understand and follow and guaranteed to work! Awesome! This should be taught and made mandatory in all Highschools. DO THE WORK, get the RESULTS!!
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By Stella Carrier TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 26 2014
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Yes, I said this before, but must say it again. Please know that I do not claim to have all the answers and do not dub myself a spiritual expert. I am only sharing books that I am looking into as part of my spiritual/personal expedition. I humbly confess that I did not want to publicly admit that I am working on my underearning because I am well aware that I am opening myself up even more to being publicly judged. However, my higher self/spirit/soul is gently nudging me to be more honest with myself and others.Additionally, I am thankful for my current overnight shift job and am well aware that I am lucky to be able to pay my rent and other basic needs (after this review, I hope to still have a job when I return to work tomorrow night). However, Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny appealed to me because I have made good money before and am determined to at least get back to that level (at a minimum) within the next two to five years (at the latest). Additionally, my husband and I are working on not only paying back our student loans together, but also plan on paying back his mother and growing our savings. She is very patient, trusts us to eventually pay her back, and is supportive of our five year timeline to do so. She is the only family member on both sides of my husband’s and I families that we do owe money to and we both intend to keep it that way. However, I know that these things can only begin to happen once I address and do something (within the next six months) about the amount of money I earn. I also feel lucky to have received an e-mail about Barbara Stanny’s class from Daily Worth around the time I started seriously getting into this book.Read more ›
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By Catherine D on Oct. 7 2015
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prompt delivery, very interesting
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Great book March 22 2010
By Anne L. Walton - Published on
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This book is filled with powerful, practical processes for supporting us in transforming not only our relationship with money but with ourselves. I've come to realize that my whole life I've struggled with low self esteem and that's now shifting dramatically. I highly recommend this book!
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Good book for those that need to ask themselves "Why?" Oct. 12 2009
By CandysRaves (and Rants) - Published on
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I first heard of Barbara Stanny when I read Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life earlier this year. It really changed how I look at things and even inspired me to start a video blogging site. So that book made a huge impact on me.

I decided to look at another book by the same author and found this one. It's not a bad book, but I think it would work better as a companion to her seminar. I still got a few things out of it, but a lot of it felt like rehashing of what I read previously.

Having said that, I think this is an important book for business owners and corporate types to read. So many (male and female alike) are not earning up to their full potential. The question you have to ask yourself is "Why?". The author does an excellent job of taking you through those steps to answering that question.
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Want More Out of Life? April 20 2014
By Nikki Jefford - Published on
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Hello, my name is Nikki and I was an underearner my entire life until I read “Overcoming Underearning.”

This is the first self-improvement book I’ve read that’s making noticeable changes in my life. The reason it’s effective is because it forces the committed reader to examine her beliefs and attitudes about money with exercises throughout each chapter. (I wrote all over my book, I recommend purchasing it in paperback rather than an electronic copy.)

All of my adult life I have dreamed not so much of money, but Financial Independence, yet that’s all it’s been: A Dream. Wishful thinking missing a Plan of Action, the courage to execute it, and the confidence to value myself and my creative talent.

For the past five years I’ve earned below $12k a year doing jobs that felt “comfortable” and “low key” believing I was better off sticking to work that didn’t challenge or drain my creative energy. I kept telling myself that my husband was the only one who could make “real money” with his IT experience.

I blew through my entire savings just to keep up with practical expenses. My sense of self-worth suffered. I turned a blind eye to my bank account and tuned out my husband whenever he tried to talk about our finances because it was too depressing to face.

Two years ago I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of a career in fiction writing by publishing my first young adult fantasy novel. I was so grateful for the warm response I received from readers and book bloggers that I constantly did giveaways to express my gratitude. I released new titles at a special 99 cent price to “reward” my faithful fans before upping it to the intended price a couple weeks later (after the buzz had died down, along with sales). Not surprisingly, I was operating in the red or just breaking even at the end of 2012 and 2013.

Stanny’s book made me realize I need to start treating writing as a career rather than a hobby. I need to value myself, my talent, my skill, and the work and passion I put into what I do. Books don’t write themselves!

That also means respecting my business hours. I used to allow any little distraction to interrupt my writing time. What I was doing didn’t pay the bills so I let everything else take precedence. Now I’m diligent about my work hours. I didn’t have access to the web, personal email, or social media at any of my day jobs. I couldn’t just take off and run errands. Why wouldn’t I give myself the same respect and dedication I did to an employer?

I opened up a separate business account last month. I put aside 30% of my earnings for taxes and pay myself a modest monthly salary, which I will increase as my earnings do. Whatever’s left is what’s available for cover art, copy editors, marketing, advertisement, blog tours, giveaways, swag, events, and miscellaneous business expenses. No more spending every last cent from my personal account.

What really hit me in Stanny’s book is how small steps lead to big changes.

There’s a quote in the book that says: “Don’t let who you are get in the way of what you might become.”

It’s amazing how so many of the road blocks getting in my way turned out to be myself. I’m ready to step out of the way and charge forward!

I recommend this book to anyone who has ever wanted more out of life.

What are you waiting for?
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
She Walks Her Talk March 17 2011
By MicheleT - Published on
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I had the pleasure of taking Barbara's class on this subject and she is truly and authentic person who wants people to live their ultimate life. I use this book as a daily guide to get me on track to increase my earnings. I am self employed as a holistic health practitioner and creme artisan and had not realized that I had not truly valued the work I do. Barbara really teaches you how to empower yourself and move forward and upward in your life. I value her work so much I have bought copies and given it as gifts to my friends who are amazing women and have so much to offer. A must read for women! (and men).
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Tune-Up for Money Attitudes July 7 2013
By Gigi - Published on
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Overcoming Underearning was referred to me for a women's discussion group. It would've been easy to breeze through the book and put it down, life unchanged. Talking it over revealed glaring personal thought habits. Doing the questions with accountability was most effective. It's work but worth it. I did make life changes. I re-designed my life to a more compatible focus. This took time and more training. Baby steps begun several years ago have given me a new direction.
Ginger, WA