With honesty, empathy, and a dazzling knowledge of how money works, Suze Orman invites us into a realm where our lives and finances can prosper in harmony. Practical, spiritual, and above all financially sound, The Courage to Be Rich takes us through the financial milestones of our lives and shows us how to:
* Clear away financial clutter
* Break debilitating patterns
* Protect finances when entering marriage or romantic partnerships
* Start over after divorce or death of a spouse
* Differentiate between good and bad debt
* Invest for the future
* Give generously, live richly
* Learn and teach the value of money
"Orman prods the fearful, the angry and the impoverished to dig deep into the pockets of their souls for spiritual and financial riches. [A] holistic approach...Orman offers sound advice on money market funds, IRAs, estate planning and financing big-ticket items such as homes and autos, but her most compelling advice hits us in the emotional pocketbook." (USA Today)
Author Biography: Suze Orman is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and The Courage to Be Rich and the national bestseller You've Earned It, Don't Lose It. The personal finance editor for CNBC and a financial contributor to NBC's "Today," she is also a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine. A sought-after speaker who has lectured widely throughout the United States and South Africa, Suze Orman has been featured in Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New Republic, USA Today, and other publications, and has appeared numerous times on "Larry King Live" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
|Publisher:||Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Abridged, 4 cassettes, 6 hrs.|
|Product dimensions:||4.08(w) x 7.05(h) x 1.16(d)|
About the Author
Suze Orman is the author of four consecutive New York Times bestsellers, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom; The Courage to Be Rich; The Road to Wealth; and The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life; and the national bestsellers, You've Earned It, Don't Lose It and Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook. The host of her own national award-winning CNBC-TV show, which airs every Saturday night, she is a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine and is the featured writer on Yahoo! Personal Finance with her bi-weekly Money Matters series. She has written, co-produced, and hosted four PBS specials based on her bestselling books, which are among the network's most successful fundraisers ever. The most recent, inspired by The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life, earned her an Emmy award.
A Certified Financial Planner Professional®, Suze Orman directed the Suze Orman Financial Group from 1987-1997, served as Vice President — Investments for Prudential Bache Securities from 1983-87, and from 1980-83, was an Account Executive at Merrill Lynch. In 2003 she was inducted into the Books for Better Life Awards' Hall of Fame in recognition of her ongoing contributions to self-improvement. A highly sought-after public speaker worldwide, she was profiled in Worth magazine's 100th issue as among those "who have revolutionized the way America thinks about money."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Advice based on spirituality. Another great spiritual book is A Guide to the Scriptures which has numerous prosperity scriptures in it.
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.
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
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.