Prince Charming Isnt Coming Paperback – Jan 1 1999
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A heart-to-heart talk about the psychological and financial tools women need to take control of their economic destiny. (The Seattle Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Barbara Stanny is a journalist, former syndicated columnist, career counselor, and co-author of two books, including How to Be Happily Employed. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology and lives in Washington state. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The book details (repeatedly) how women grow up thinking some man is going to come along and take care of them. Sure, I get that. The book is, after all, called "Prince Charming Isn't Coming". Ok, so I get it in chapter one. Why then is the author still going on about societal brainwash and female dependancy halfway through the book? We, the readers, are still stuck on the same lesson started on page one! I found that frustrating and condescending.
Instead of educating the reader about IPOs, Stock Mutual Funds, IRAs, or even general budgeting techniques, the reader is dragged through murky and irrelevant topics such as the psychological stages of learning: Unconscious Incompetence, Conscious Competence, Unconscious Competence, and Conscious Competence. Hmm... thought this was a book on money, not psychology!
Perhaps most infuriating is the assumption that the reader, a woman, will not be able to comprehend anything that a financial pro might say to her. For example, this charming passage insinuates that even the author, daughter of one of the founders of H&R Block and the 'guide' who is leading us through this 'journey' needs to have it 'dumbed-down'.
"Sometimes when I met with financial professionals, I brought my statement along. 'This is a very conservative portfolio,' they would say. I had no idea what that meant. They would patiently explain everything, but their words, like rising steam from a boiling kettle, floated right over my head.Read more ›
Barbara's most valuable degree is the one that she got from her gilded life and then being forced into the University of Hard Knocks. She is forthright and direct in her writing approach and shows how anyone can suffer from ignorance and benefit by finding out about things that directly affect them-- and to never trust lawyer ex husbands!
I am so thankful that I bought this wonderful book and for her exposing the emotional side that I wasn't aware that I was dealing with in confronting monetary issues. Thank you, thank you Ms Stanny!
word "investment" gives me cramps. Fortunately,
*Prince Charming Isn't Coming* is the perfect
panacea for women who suffer from financial
phobia and monetary pain.
Barbara Stanny's book is worth reading! Her
advice is grounded in experience, which makes
it valuable. She shares how her own fiscal
disaster led to her financial self-education.
Now she is educating others.
Financial wisdom is an essential goal for all
women, insists Stanny. She identifies "The
Seven Realizations of Financial Enlightenment,"
priceless insights that serve as the basis for
her motivational money guide. The book
includes sound investment advice, great
resources and fundamental reasons for why
we should take charge of our financial situation.
Before reading *Prince Charming Isn't Coming,*
the only stock market I shopped was a local
grocery store. Halfway through the book, I
was perusing Wall Street Journals, browsing
the web for investment sites, and correctly
distinguishing between Peter and David Lynch.
"When a woman...makes financial decisions
based on who she is, not on what she should
do, and when she acts firmly and confidently
on those decisions, then she becomes a very
powerful woman," Stanny writes.
Power,eh? I like that.
*Prince Charming Isn't Coming* is more than a
financial fairytale, but it has a happy ending.
Most recent customer reviews
This book was fun to read and inspiring. I'd recommend it for any woman, (and a few men I know) who need to get their arms around the whole money issue. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003
I read the book and I read the reviews. Would like to add that today's generation of women don't need this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002
The book is for beginners. It doesn't offer anything new or useful to experienced investors--women or men. Waste of time.Published on Nov. 30 2001
Women need to take financial responsibility. Married, single or divorced, women need to be in control of their money. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2000
This has been an excellent reading experience for me. I have gained valuable insight into the world of managing money. Read morePublished on April 11 2000 by DeValerie Ward
I plan to give this book as a Christmas gift to all of my women friends. Stanny's wisdom has helped me become thrifty and realize that women who have control of their finances take... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 1999
Reading "Prince Charming Isn't Coming.." encouraged me to look beyond the veil of the myth that someone else would take care of financial matters for me and discover that... Read morePublished on July 16 1999
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