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The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    Great for Moving Forward in your Thinking

    This book is not so much about financial advice as it is about how your thinking can impact your ability to reach your financial success and dreams. The book looks at attitudes and core beliefs - in this respect, it is excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003


    I find this book extremely instructing. She is not only talking about money at the level of money, but emotion, which a lot of us ignore. Not only that, I learned a lot from her book. This is the first book of hers that I'm reading and I expect more from her new books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2002

    Very basic.

    I bought this book hoping to find some real insider tips to saving money and building wealth. However, I found the book to be overly simple. Author does not explore any of the subject in greater detail. Not recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    Advice from a spiritual person

    Advice based on spirituality. Another great spiritual book is A Guide to the Scriptures which has numerous prosperity scriptures in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2001

    Financial and Mental Gains for the Emotionally Impoverished

    The Courage to Be Rich provides support for overcoming your stalled thinking about money. If you lack confidence about money, have money problems, or have bad feelings about your relationship to money, you will find this book helpful. I have graded the book from the perspective of people in this category. On the other hand, if you have lots of money and feel good about what you are doing, you will hate this book. This is a self-help guide more along the lines of Unleash the Power Within than it is a financial guide. If you want to add to your perspectives about how to make more money, I suggest that you shift to Rich Dad, Poor Dad instead. For you, The Courage to Be Rich is a one star book. I appreciate the care and consideration Ms. Orman shows to her readers who may be suffering from emotional overwhelm (such as often occurs during and after a divorce, after a loved one dies, or while buying a first home). Her lists will probably help these anguished souls. Although money has a lot to do with math, Ms. Orman correctly perceives that it is all about emotion as well. Emotion and math do not mix well, and she provides many useful insights into how to make them work better together. An experienced and credentialed psychological counselor she is not, however. I suspect this book would have been better with two co-authors, one who is an expert on emotions about money and the other who is an expert on money to supplement Ms. Orman's skill as a communicator. Ms. Orman is neither, so th is book's treatment is pretty lightweight in both areas. But if it gets you started in dealing with your issues, all the better for you. The only part that seemed totally inadequate was her writing off of tax issues: You will spend a lot of money on taxes in your life and your choices do have a large impact on how much you will spend. Her advice is to feel good about paying more taxes because your income is higher. By contrast, someone who really wants to be rich needs to compound as much money tax-free or tax-deferred as possible. This book does not begin to address that subject. The Courage to Be Rich is a better book for dealing with specific life traumas such as divorce, death, and so forth. This book would be a good gift to a friend who has such an event in his or her life. Her stories are good, because they bring home the message of how crippling too much emotion can be, so we take this problem more seriously. I think the biggest misconception people have about money is that they do not need to address their feelings about money. In that sense, Ms. Orman is doing a lot for us by reminding us that we have deeply held beliefs and attitudes that deserve being reexamined from time to time. I enjoyed reading the book, although it only added to stockpile of stories, rather than my knowledge. Maybe the book's obvious appeal for general audiences can best be understood by thinking about the experience of watching a tear-jerker of a movie or television show -- you get a great feeling from knowing that the cataclysm is not happening to you. If you have heard Ms. Orman speak at length on television (which she does a lot), you can probably safely skip this book. To get a good return on your time with this review, I suggest that you pick one belief about money that you have where strong emotion comes into play. If that emotion does not serve you well, rephrase what you believe until it does serve you in the right way. Then, you'll have mastered a skill for having more! Live with rich thoughts and warm emotions! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2000

    Great Book

    I read this book and it is one of this year's best. Achieving financial freedom is the first step toward independence. If you don't have financial freedom, you don't have anything. So please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.

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