You're Broke Because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead

You're Broke Because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead

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by Larry Winget
     
 

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If this describes you, you are not alone. Over 40% of families are feeling the pressure, spending more than they earn, and risking retiring financially dependent on the government, family, or charity. Larry Winget knows—he's been where you are now. He grew up poor, then made and lost a fortune when a business in which he'd invested went bankrupt. But he

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If this describes you, you are not alone. Over 40% of families are feeling the pressure, spending more than they earn, and risking retiring financially dependent on the government, family, or charity. Larry Winget knows—he's been where you are now. He grew up poor, then made and lost a fortune when a business in which he'd invested went bankrupt. But he worked his way back from rock-bottom to become a multi-millionaire.

Now he gets paid to help people in financial crisis on A&E's reality series, Big Spender. On the show, he coaches people who have jobs, maybe even high-paying jobs, but are nevertheless in debt or living hand-to-mouth. His blunt take on their situations? They're broke because they want to be. They all say they want stability, savings, and financial freedom, but their actions too often contradict their words. Larry helps them to see the contradiction, get back on track, and out of debt, step-by-step. He can help you, too.

Whether your aim is to get out of debt, save for a house, or simply stop kidding yourself when it comes to savings (for retirement, for your kids' college, whatever your goal) this book encourages you, through easy-to-complete worksheets and Larry's bullying yet wise counsel, to make it happen. Larry's motivating message: If you want to be rich, you can. But first, you have to stop being broke, and start getting ahead. And he'll walk you through not only the necessary attitude adjustment, but the practical choices and actions that will get you there.

Editorial Reviews

If you're spending more than you're earning, you have good reason to feel bad, but not to feel lonely: Forty percent of American families are in the same floundering boat. Larry Winget, the author of It's Called Work for a Reason!, has punched out another no-nonsense tome on freeing yourself from debt. As in his Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life, Winget refuses to linger on extenuating circumstances or other excuses; he presses on with direct, caustic advice on setting your financial house in order.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143142928
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
12/27/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged, 3 CDs, 4 hours
Pages:
4
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.74(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet 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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You're Broke Because You Want to Be 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
alwayz-reading More than 1 year ago
Excellent book and a great motivator for all aspects of living (health, job, family, finances, etc). His "in your face" attitude is a welcome change from the political correctness seen everywhere. He tells it like it is and doesn't apologize for the bluntness. Even if you don't like $$ /numbers this is easy...his book contains all the worksheets and explanations you'll need to get out of debt or just get motivated to do better in other aspects of your life As stated in my headline - BUY the book then you can write in it and fill out all the exercises as you go through the book and not waste time finding paper and copying things down.
jbdylan More than 1 year ago
Read it first, and you'll admit you are in denial. Then read it as a student and learn. putting it to action now and its working Debt is going down, confidence going up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great motivator - tells you how it is in simple language. Even it you think you know how to save/deal with your money, this is a great reminder of basic things to do. We really liked the book, and it's helped us save money!
Von- More than 1 year ago
Great
Tamica Harris More than 1 year ago
Simple and right to the point. If you need a starting point and motivation to get yourself going, this will be a good start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such an eye opener. It was brutally honest about why you are in a financial pickle and gives clear cut solutions. I devoured this book in 2 hours.
Andi_the_Robot More than 1 year ago
Mr. Winget provides a kick in the pants for anyone who is in debt or who goes spending every last dime of their paycheck. If you're like most of us (I was), you NEED this kick in the pants. Winget provides solid ideas of how to overcome debt and earn more income. And while he doesn't coddle you, and there are no "easy" answers in here, he definitely changed my mind about what I was willing to do to get out of debt (e.g. I swallowed my pride and picked up an extra job). Thanks in part to Mr. Winget, my financial situation is much better than when I read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the saying goes, "If sense were common, everyone would have it". Larry Winget doesn't pull any punches, as well he shouldn't. Of course he's saying you cannot spend more money than you take in if you want to get ahead. Just as you can't take in more calories than you burn if you want to lose weight. But a lot of us happily keep our heads in the sand while we spend & try not to notice the "Should I really buy this?" blinker in the back of our brain. Larry hangs this attitude way out in the open for everyone to see and makes it impossible to ignore, and it gets very uncomfortable, because it's the truth. One or two pieces of advice may be extreme for some people, such as selling your furniture and sitting on the floor, but it is mostly practical advice we can actually use. He has countless ways of exposing and crushing the excuses we have for staying in the financial ruts we've made for ourselves. He also shows you all the things you can do to dig yourself out, no matter how deep your debt is. Including changing your way of thinking about spending & earning. This book may as well be called "You're Only Spiting Yourself", for if you ignore the very valuable information in this book, that is surely what you are doing.
ILoveBooksAndTapes More than 1 year ago
Straight talk and honest.. doesn't pull any punches.. An excellent, detailed discussion on being broke, and how to get out! I highly recommend it to anybody who does not want to be, or are sick and tired of being.. broke!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes a lot of sense. He tells it like it is. If you want to get out of debit,you will have to make some hard choices.
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J-E More than 1 year ago
I truly adore the direct, shoot-from-the-hip style that Larry offers in this book. Often there are statements that jump from the page and are very thought provoking. Rather like having a friend give us blunt feedback, which is really what I needed to hear. I took note of his principles and went to work at budgeting, which was not my strong point previously. Since then I have a much better awareness of my outgoings and have created an achieveable path on the road to reducing debt. A must read if you want to get ahold of your financial reins.
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Larry Wingett is tough and abrasive, and tells you what you don't want to hear -- but need to! I chose the book thinking I might glean a few little tidbits to help me on my journey to financial comfort, but thought I came under the heading of "not my fault." Wingett easily and painfully showed me that it WAS my fault - and then didn't even try to comfort me! He DID show me that I could correct my course and succeed, but that it is up to me. I think we all need to stop being coddled and have someone like Wingett to just kick us in the behind and tell us to stop whining!