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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (Dec 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592404294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592404292
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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About the Author

Larry Winget is one of the country’sleading business speakers anda member of the National SpeakersAssociation Hall of Fame. He isthe author of the New York Timesand Wall Street Journal bestsellersYou’re Broke Because You Wantto Be and It’s Called Work for aReason!, and the Wall Street Journaland BusinessWeek bestseller ShutUp, Stop Whining, and Get a Life.

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This guy is crazy!!! Cruel, ruthless and right to the point. If you want to get off the self help merry go round and start getting somewhere then this is the book to get you going. He hit me right on the head. I have been reading self-helpless and get rich books for years and now have barely got enough for next months rent. Who the hell have I been trying to kid! His head blow did not give me a concussion but instead a conclusion. Time to Shut up, stop whinning and get a life... which is actually the title of another one of his other books. Sure the truth may hurt a little more now but try denying it and see what happens down the road. The best part about this book is the fact he doesn't just kick your butt with some fancy new ideas. He also points you in the direction you need to go. Real and practical steps to get your life going. Steps that a broke victim of self help teachings can actually take. Steps that if you take you will actually see change start to unfold in your life tomorrow. Sure maybe not major change but enough to tell you that you are finally on the train and actually going somewhere! Most of the problems we are trying to solve in our lives by reading magical formula self help books could be solved with just a little clear headed thinking and action. Out of the hundreds of self help get rich books I have read this is the only one that rates up there with my other number one book. "Illusions" by Richard Bach.
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This guy is to the point, some say rough. Maybe, but efficiency and results warrant reading this action provoking book. Success? OK then you must act. Here are some directions.
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I like Larry's way of telling it like it is. I'm afraid the people that need this book the most would never read it. I'm also betting they wouldn't hardly read at all.
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great book, met all expectations
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3689b28) out of 5 stars 226 reviews
75 of 84 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36967b0) out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Material, Great Writer! Jan. 9 2008
By Robert Stinnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When is the last time you sat down and read a book cover-to-cover without stopping? That is just what I did the other day when I got home and found Larry Winget's book waiting for me from Amazon. In "You're Broke Because You Want To Be..." Larry Winget uses this in your face style of self-help coaching to let you know that there is a way out of this debt hole you are in. Given the current state of the economy, this book couldn't have come out at a better time.

Larry puts it on the line and basically says that all of us have the power to make our lives better and stop the financial bleeding if we want to -- and you know what he is right. He states, for example, to get off your rear end and stop watching television and take a class or learn something new to help advance your career which helps you earn more money. He's dead on in that regard -- I personally stopped watching the idiot box over 2 years ago and started taking night classes towards an MBA. It has helped me more than I could ever have imagined.

The problem with this book is that most people, just as Larry says, won't want to do what he tells you to. They don't want to give up their cable TV, they don't want to get a 2nd job to pay off the bills, they don't want to stop eating out every other day. They just want a magic bag of money to drop into their lives. Well wake up folks, it isn't going to happen. The theme of this book can best be describes as "It's All About You!" -- YOU have to sacrifice to get out of the hole and if you aren't willing to or don't want to make tough choices then save your money and don't buy the book and continue living in your financial nightmare.

After reading this book I got the extra "boost" I needed to continue working my 2nd job (my own small business) to help it grow even more. My goal is to be debt free by the beginning of 2009 and I know I can do it -- I got my shot of reality from reading this book. Now I'm ready to hunker down and make it happen!
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36969fc) out of 5 stars Fantastic Book on Managing Money! Jan. 2 2008
By William Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Why is this book different? First, it gives you a proven, simple step-by-step process to dramatically improve your financial situation. None of those fancy, complicated theories are included. Instead, the techniques in the book are very specific and you can begin applying them immediately. Second, this book will actually inspire you to start taking action right away.

Don't just "skim over" the book hoping for that one-sentence "magic pill" that will make you rich and famous without any effort. That "magic pill" doesn't exist. The simple fact is this book WILL work for you if you READ IT and DO IT.

Of course, there are always those people who will never take personal responsibility for their financial problems. They'll complain about their physical problems or say how their husband was raked over the coals by his ex-wife's lawyer. Their excuses are endless.

Larry confronts ALL excuses head on. It's fairly easy to find people who have experienced extreme hardships and yet still able to become financially successful. He even gives some very inspiring and detailed examples in this book.

Here are the three steps to follow if you want to improve your financial situation:

1. BUY the book.
2. READ the book.
3. DO what the book recommends.

Another reviewer mentioned the excellent video download you'll receive without cost when you buy the book. I totally agree with her. The download video is an extremely valuable supplement. You might even feel the download video is worth many times the price of the book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3696c3c) out of 5 stars Merry Christmas to 5 Adult Broke Children Dec 8 2008
By Dakota - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We perused the financial section at the bookstore, looking for an appropriate financial book to motivate our grown children. We have 5 kids over 30, none of whom get it financially. This book, with a notepad, a journal, a red pen and a check is our Christmas gift and very last attempt to wake them up. Larry's put it exactly like we've been telling them the last ten years -- it's their poor choices that have put them where they are. We hope it works because we're as done as last month's Thanksgiving turkeys as far as enabling them any more. "You're Broke ..." is our last hope of getting our message implemented: that most people don't plan to fail, but they fail to plan; to succeed, you must get out of your comfort zone. Larry puts it like it is, like it or not. His book is a quick, fun read, even for the financially challenged.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3696f9c) out of 5 stars Hard nosed truth Jan. 23 2008
By John Chancellor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is no different from Larry's other books. He tells it like he sees it without pulling any punches. Larry is an in your face, Dutch uncle that tells you what you know to be the truth but don't want to hear.

There are no real secrets to getting out of debt and getting ahead. Just like losing weight requires you to eat less and exercise more, getting even financially requires you to spend less and earn more. It is as simple as that.

If you truly want a guide to achieve a financially sound life, this book is a great start. But do not look for an easy way out or some magic bullet. Larry is a very straight shooter and does not sugar coat any of the medicine. The book gives very straight-forward steps to get control of your finances, get out of debt and get ahead.

The book is well written and easy to read. He gives some very good exercises for the reader to do that will certainly get you on the road to financial freedom. However as he makes it clear very many times, it will not be easy. It probably took you a long time to get where you are and you will not get out of debt overnight. It takes work and discipline.

If you truly want a no-nonsense guide to getting your financial life straight, this would be a good book for you to read and follow the instructions. If you are looking for a quick fix or a secret method, look elsewhere.

Larry finishes the book by giving five examples of his friends who all started with little or nothing and made it big. There are some common threads among their stories. It is a path anyone can follow if they put everything they have into getting ahead. It is simple but not easy. As Larry points out, most people are too lazy to really follow his advice.

Even if you don't have financial problems, it makes a good read and you probably can think of someone to give it to.
67 of 86 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3696d50) out of 5 stars (Kind of) Strong in Personality , Very Weak in Content . Jan. 27 2008
By Tony Lin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is for those people who wonder around in life but have no idea about their finance. The niche of this book is really about the author's personality, not much about the content. Regardless of Larry's real personal style, like an actor, he tried to project a strong personality in order to convince novice readers that he is a "tough mentor." Well, sort of acting tough.

If you look at first half of the book, it is all about those philosophical small talks. These areas are no different from many recent "re-packaging" material out there. They are about you-can-do-it all the way into what-you-want-in-life stuff. The real meat about "You Are Broke" book is to "reduce your expenses" which he spends all the rest of the book talking about it. Things like don't smoke, don't spend money on coffee, etc. Therefore you can find some money to cut debt or to save. They are useful advices but nothing new nowadays. In a couple sentences -- Spend less than you make. Stop using credit.

If you are those readers who frankly cannot take honest and conservative advice from people, and you are more likely to listen to people who ride a motorcycle and have a bull dog, this book may be for you. Otherwise, check out the "My Total Money Makeover" book or radio show by the real expert like Dave Ramsey or Larry Burkett. You will learn more from there and gain great benefits.