The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life : Keep What You Have And Create What You Deserve
USA Today has called Suze Orman "a force in the world of personal finance." For years, Suze has anticipated what you need to know and want to know about your money. Her books, radio and television shows, columns, and newsletter about personal finance have helped millions of people like you turn their financial lives around. The author of three consecutive runaway New York Times bestsellers, Suze is renowned for her unique brand of financial savvy, tell-it-like-it-is honesty, and dynamic motivational style, which propels her readers and audiences to change the course of their financial destiny. In this groundbreaking book, she continues to transform your relationship with money.
Never before has there been a money book and life guide like The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life. In a natural evolution of Suze's authoritative view of the world of money, and characterized by her straight talk, warmth, and humor, The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life reveals a revolutionary new paradigm of personal finance. The 5 Laws of Money are vital principles that you need to know whether you are old or young, male or female, with or without money, a novice or a veteran investor. These five laws operate without exception -- at all times, in every culture -- and apply to everyone, as Suze shows in the compassionate stories adapted from real-life situations that she recounts throughout the book. And the universal truths and lessons contained within each law help you learn how to keep what you have and create what you deserve. Anyone can -- and must -- put these laws to use today in order to survive and thrive in these times of constant upheaval and financial turmoil.
The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life provides an eminently sensible, highly effective process for gaining control over your life and your money. Through pointed questions about your attitudes toward money, with insightful financial exercises and personal guidance, Suze deciphers the false hopes and fears that keep you from making smart, confident decisions and choices about your money. Her take-charge optimism and realistic action plans will jolt you out of any financial confusion or paralysis, whether you're beginning your career or at a midpoint, planning for or already in retirement. You will learn to assess your current spending, savings, and investments, and acquire a sure sense of what you can do with the money you have and the money you want to have. A thorough guidebook is included that helps you put the laws into immediate action and see their lessons manifest in your own life.
Profound and practical, The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life will help you get out of debt, create what you want, and protect your money, your family, and your future. With these laws as your guide, you can avoid ever being a financial victim again.
Certified financial planner and prolific writer Orman (Financial Freedom) now focuses on providing a financial compass as a guide to making the right decisions about money. The core is structured on her five laws of money, including truth creates money, lies destroy it, invest in the known before the unknown, and always remember that money has no power of its own. Working from these principles, Orman again shares her rags to riches to rags back to riches story, which always connects with listeners, and covers key points of money management. The difference this time is the effort to base these sound ideas on fundamental principles of how money works, synthesized into the five laws. At the same time, she emphasizes the emotional aspects of money management and the difficult financial decisions that must be made to achieve financial success. The author's ubiquitous media presence, including her own infomercials, will certainly stimulate interest in this latest in her long line of similar titles, but her grating accent may annoy listeners enough that they run for the hard copy. Recommended for public libraries that have not yet acquired any of her other books.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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March 23, 2004
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Excerpt from The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life by Suze Orman
One day the news of an impending hurricane went sweeping through a seaside town. As the winds were picking up and the tide rising, the authorities rushed from door to door, instructing the residents to evacuate, to pack up their valuables and head inland. All of the townspeople -- except for one -- did as advised, acting as fast as they could, loading their cars with their family photographs, TVs, clothes, cash, and their most important records and documents. Most were well inland by the time the torrential rains began hitting their town. Only one man stayed behind, saying calmly to the authorities as they knocked on his door, "No, I'll be okay. God will take care of me."
As the town started to flood, with water swirling waist high, a boat with a rescue team made its way to the man's house, urging him to climb on board and get to safety. Again the man said confidently, "No, I'll be okay. God will take care of me."
Soon the rising waters submerged almost all the houses in the town and the man found himself stranded on his rooftop. A Coast Guard helicopter appeared, and lowered a ladder for the man to climb to safety. Again he refused, calling out, "No, I'll be okay. God will take care of me." It was his last chance. Within an hour the floodwaters engulfed the house, drowning the man.
Upon reaching heaven, the man, totally confused and feeling utterly betrayed, appeared in front of God and asked, "Why did you not take care of me and save me from the storm?" God replied, "I did try to take care of you. I sent you a messenger, a lifeboat, and a helicopter! What more did you want me to do?"
What more, indeed?
THE LAWS OF MONEY, THE LESSONS OF LIFE
Every day I talk to people who have been adversely affected by the abrupt end of the economic boom of the 1990s. Some worked hard all their lives and, just as the promise of retirement approached, found that much or all of the money they had so carefully saved for retirement had disappeared. Some are young people who had invested time and money in what they thought were no-lose propositions, but who did lose -- big-time; they may need years to recover their losses and years more to get ahead. Others, thanks in part to the aggressive lending practices of financial institutions, purchased homes or cars that they could not afford and have now lost their purchases and their money, along with the chance of obtaining further credit. And many people -- way too many -- are so overburdened with debt, credit card debt or student loans, that they don't see a way ever to get above water; their financial stance is, Why even try?
But personal financial storms can arrive in every season. A divorce, the illness or death of a parent, your own illness, a layoff, even buying a home or having a child -- these and other life events often create huge financial challenges. If you don't know what to do about them, they can result in a loss of financial stability, and in frayed relationships, debt, and increased emotional and financial insecurity.
Yet the fascinating -- and ultimately empowering -- truth is that you can, almost always, sense when financial trouble is coming. Like the man in the parable above, you often receive multiple warnings. You see the gathering clouds, perhaps in your shrinking mutual fund balances or in an announcement of future layoffs at your company. You hear alarming stock market reports on the nightly financial news. You have inklings that both your circumstances and your actions, or lack of action, are putting you in harm's way. When you ignore what the signs and your own senses are telling you, you are not a victim. In a sense, you are a volunteer.