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If you were to tap a stranger on the shoulder and ask him or her to define their money attitude, chances are they might perceive you as being a little odd. After all, our hypothetical stranger might wonder, doesn't everyone know that having more money is pretty much always a good thing? Why do you even need to inquire about my attitude? However, if the stranger had read Suze Orman's pioneering work The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, you'd probably get an entirely different response.
Orman changed the way that many people conceive of their relationship to money by arguing that each individual carries within them powerful memories and family traditions that shape, control, and even warp their ability to deal effectively with financial matters. Perhaps, as in Orman's case, you inherited the message that you'd never have enough money, and so now you feel like a fraud whenever you achieve success; perhaps your parents often told you how irresponsible you were, leading you to think that you'd never really be able to deal with complex issues like investment or estate planning. Whatever the original problem, many readers found that The 9 Steps helped them move their lives forward by providing an enhanced awareness of their own sometimes self-defeating and hidden struggle with the legacies of the past. At the same time, some of Orman's readers asked her for practical advice to supplement her psychological insights. And so she created this book, which is filled with quizzes, worksheets, and exercises that will help people make the best possible choices as they consider their long-term financial objectives.
Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook is divided up into nine chapters, each one corresponding to one of Orman's celebrated nine steps. For example, Chapter 2 helps you face your fears and create new truths in your life. The chapter begins with a quiz that helps identify your present-day money fears and then continues with exercises that allow you to explore the connections between those fears and your formative childhood experiences. Orman shares her own story, which I found very inspiring, before teaching you how to develop new narratives about your life. Later chapters delve into the practical details of life insurance, credit card debt, and planning for a child's education. The publishers bill this book as the next-best thing to having Suze Orman as your personal adviser, and I think they're right: If you found Orman's earlier works helpful, this information-filled guidebook will prove to be another invaluable and accessible source of sound financial advice. (Sunil Sharma)