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host, Everyday Wealth Radio -The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge packs a powerful punch. I found it to be one of the most entertaining 'money psychology' books I've read.
—Gerri Detweiler, host, Everyday Wealth Radio
Discover the 5 Essentials to Financial Freedom and Prosperity!
Do you wish you had more money saved for retirement? Do you and your partner fight about money? Do you want to make an investment but are unsure in what? Do you make yourself promises about finances that you just can't seem to keep? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a problem-but it's not the problem you think it is. Your money problems are a consequence of the relationship you have with ...
Discover the 5 Essentials to Financial Freedom and Prosperity!
Do you wish you had more money saved for retirement? Do you and your partner fight about money? Do you want to make an investment but are unsure in what? Do you make yourself promises about finances that you just can't seem to keep? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a problem-but it's not the problem you think it is. Your money problems are a consequence of the relationship you have with your money. A problem in that relationship is what's really holding you back. In this compelling book, The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge, you will learn the breakthrough approach that is transforming lives-a method which The Wall Street Journal hails as "an innovative effort that combines experiential therapy with nuts-and-bolts financial planning." Finally, a practical plan to be your money's master instead of its servant.
Ebenezer Scrooge would seem an unlikely source from which to glean financial wisdom: He was a wealthy man who kept his living quarters cold to save shillings and lived a reclusive existence because he worried someone would take his money. However, Dickens' classic tale of how Scrooge found his true course in life is a powerful model we all can benefit from today.
Unlike other financial planning books that focus narrowly on the "dollar and cents" of money, The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge is an easy read. Written for the layperson, this book provides advice that is simple, transformational, and timeless.
Through the process they've used successfully with their clients, the authors will show you how to recognize ways unconscious Money Scripts may keep you trapped; how to deal with the relationship between your net worth and your self-worth; how to discover your authentic goals and values; how to permanently change self-destructive money behaviors; and, through 5 essentials of financial prosperity, how to leave a family legacy of financial wellness.
"These are five essentials indeed, they have literally changed my life Clients, friends, and family will all be receiving this book as a gift from me. They will no doubt thank me later."
Career Management Specialist for Wynonna Judd
"The authors have hit a grand slam with this outstanding book. Brilliant, clear, moving... a must-read."
M.A., National Director of Children's Programs, Betty Ford Center
"This will be on my clients' 'must-read' list."
-Elizabeth Jetton CFP®,
Chairperson of The Financial Planning Association, 2005
“Merry Christmas, uncle.”
“Bah! Humbug! What right do you have to be
merry? You’re poor enough.”
“What right do you have to be so dismal?
You’re rich enough.”
“Bah!” said Scrooge again.“Humbug!”
—A Christmas Carol
Scrooge was a miser, to begin with. There is no doubt
whatever about that.
No one with even a vague familiarity with Charles Dickens’s
classic A Christmas Carol, the story of penny-pinching
Ebenezer Scrooge, could argue with such a statement about
the tale’s main character.
Scrooge was a miserable man who seemingly had enough
money to be more than comfortable. Still, he dipped his own
candles, kept his sparse apartment cold and dark, cared nothing
about the welfare of others and worried endlessly that
someone would take advantage of him and his wealth.
Dickens describes him as a man whose heart was so cold he
was even unaffected by the weather:
“No warmth could warm, nor wintry weather chill him.
No wind that blew was bitterer than he.”
Yet, before the tale is over, Scrooge experiences profound
changes in his outlook and behavior. By the final chapter, he
is transformed into a joyful, compassionate, generous man.
What happened? Scrooge became a new man because he
took a difficult journey. It wasn’t a journey he took willingly,
but as the night wore on, he became more eager to learn the
life-changing lessons the spirits had to teach.
Scrooge’s enlightenment begins with an intervention, a
visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley.
It continues with the wise guidance of the Ghost of Christmas
Past. Scrooge sees how past events from his childhood created
beliefs about money and attitudes that were destroying his
life and keeping him spiritually and emotionally poor in spite
of his great wealth. Next, the Ghost of Christmas Present
models the true abundance that is so lacking in Scrooge’s life
and shows Scrooge the reality of the world and how he fits
into it. Finally, the Ghost of Christmas Future shows Scrooge
what the consequences will be if he doesn’t change.
By visiting his past, clearly seeing the present and understanding
the consequences of the future, Scrooge brings his
life into balance.Most of all, he becomes happy, at peace with
himself and with the world.
The root of Scrooge’s miserly existence was an unhealthy
belief system about money. In spite of his wealth, Scrooge’s
beliefs about money—created, nurtured and anchored in his
long-forgotten past—kept him poor in spirit. His loyal
employee, Bob Cratchit, also had some unhealthy beliefs about
money that contributed to his poverty. Like Scrooge and
Cratchit, who represent two extremes, many people are trapped
by money beliefs they are unaware of. They irrationally continue
destructive behaviors, unable to break free and recognize
how they are sabotaging their own goals and dreams.
This classic tale of how one man finds his true course in
life provides a powerful model that we can still learn from
today. Not only was Dickens a master storyteller, he had
insights into human behavior—and how to change it—that
were far ahead of his time. To help Scrooge on his journey
from misery to enlightenment, the spirits skillfully use techniques
that are employed by modern psychologists and
As the story of A Christmas Carol unfolds, Scrooge learns
five principles that lead to financial wisdom. In this book we
share this wisdom. We have seen it transform careers, families
and lives. Don’t think that these principles work only for
the wealthy. You will soon come to understand that the
amount of money you have or make is irrelevant. It’s not
about the money. It’s the relationship you have with money
that is the key.
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Posted January 9, 2010
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