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You're Broke Because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead Paperback – Dec 30 2008
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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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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