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The Courage to be Rich

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,278 ratings  ·  66 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author and financial expert Suze Orman helped millions of Americans change the course of their financial destiny and prosper in every way with The Courage to Be Rich. Now, Suze has revised and updated this million-copy bestseller to further inspire readers to find the courage to start over in these changing times and realize their true potenti ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Riverhead Books (first published March 8th 1999)
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Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Be careful of.. What you THINK, it will be What you SAY, it will be What you DO, it will be your ACTIONS, it will be your HABITS and it will eventually be your DESTINY."
Aug 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people looking to recreate their financial lives
I adore Suze Orman. She's like the Dr. Phil of the financial world! She gives you tough-love straight up advice on how to create a whole new level of financial freedom for yourself.

I loved this book because the beginning talks a lot about *why* some people can't manage money. A lot of the way we handle money in our adulthood has to do with how we viewed it in our childhood, and more importantly how our parents exposed us to it when we were growing up. Once you understand why you act a certain w
Mar 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cindy by: Oprah and Jairus
This is a thick book, and I am not a big "self improvement" reader. But, I did get through it. It is more of a categorical book for me. I don't think I'd go through by chapter again. She is very insiteful, although I disagree about her views on paying debt versus paying tithing. I think if the Lord made all things he should be first to get his 10 percent and he will make a way for the debt to be paid off. It's called "faith".
Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-finance
This is a neat book about finance because Orman focuses specifically on our psychological (and emotional) relationship with money and all that it entails, i.e., shame, guilt, etc.
And, then she suggests ways to make that a more healthy relationship.

Orman made an interesting suggestion that stuck with me: treat your money like you would treat a friend. Honor it. Be nice to it. Don't lie and cheat with it. Make sure you guys are always in a productive, healthy relationship and you will see the hap
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently came across this book and enjoyed it as a financial wake up call. Love her law of money: "People first, then money." She weaves that into so many aspects of this book. Loved the section on doing a financial, and a material de-clutter as a way to get to the heart of the things that really matter to you and what you spend your money on. Liked the fact that she was not afraid to take a spiritual position and weave those elements into the financials. Highly recommend!
Concerns emotional spending. Attempts to convince people to prioritize and to come to terms with bad spending/saving habits. Good for someone who is curious about the world of personal finance but is just getting started with reading finance books, or, for example, someone who has had money problems and is looking for a light at the end of the tunnel.
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's not just about becoming financially wealthy, it's about how to shift mentality about money and deserving in general. It's very good.
This book has two very different parts. The first part is about the psychology (the author calls it the spirituality) of money -- facing and dealing with thoughts and feelings about earning, spending, and saving that get in the way of financial success. The second part is a practical and detailed guide to things like mortgages, investing in bonds, and retirement accounts.

At the same time I was reading this, I was also reading the current bestseller "You Are a Badass at Making Money" by Jen Since
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Suze's attitude about money is just spiritual enough for me to see how it can be integrated into my life, but not so bound up in positive thinking that it seems ridiculous. She explains her philosophy through simple rules like "People first, then money, then things," and she encourages the use of "rich thoughts" so that we think, speak, and act in an empowered way that allows us to flourish financially. For her, rich thoughts aren't just blind positivity; they involve taking responsibility for m ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
People first, money second, things last. This is the financial management Suze Orman preaches, and she is serious about it! She begins with forgiveness and continues through the energy as well as the nuts and bolts of money.

Suze Orman's purpose seems to be helping the lay person begin to fully understand the financial scene because people who understand and take care of their money are truly powerful people who can give wonderful and needful gifts back to the world in both actions, words, and mo
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Excellent book. Helps us understand our own finances by understanding our emotion towards money and encourages us to have a better perspective which will yield much more wealth through time. I wish Suze was more like her voice in these early books. Today Suze's show is more process oriented and instructive for callers albeit in a short quick minute. You can't change a persons financial situation on a short phone cal
Jennifer Jank
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I was hoping for a bit more of Suze's story when I chose this book. She does offer lots of good advice, but the book is long and probably a bit hard to slog through if you're not interested in finance. I don't believe everything she says - money is not sentient - but she does have a point about changing your mindset to change your finances.
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
The book has too many stories. It also speaks to the emotional and mental blocks around money. It did however cover topics other books of its kind don’t commonly cover, like death, divorce, buying a house, and specific invent find differences.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Some of the info is outdated, but the basic concepts are still sound.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At this point... a little bit dated, but the advice still stands as stellar!
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to everyone.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoyed her books. Now I have to revisit them and take action.
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
“I have come to believe that the way each of us thinks and feels about our money is the key factor in determining how much we ultimately have. The main underlying reason that some of us don’t have money is that our thoughts and feelings about money have become internal obstacles that prevent us from having and keeping what we want.” ~ Suze Orman, The Courage to be Rich

Listened to the audio version of this book while commuting. All kinds of advice about money is said on this program.

I am a Canad
Jayne Cravens
Dec 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone in debt or wanting to buy a house
Shelves: health, how-to
It's eerie to read this book in 2008, with so many people losing their homes and drowning in credit card debt - this book was a call by Orman at the time (2001) for Americans to live financially smarter, to focus on activities and people in your life rather than things, and to undertake activities to be in a position where such a global financial crisis wouldn't hurt you so severely. The people who followed her advice back then are no doubt patting themselves on the back now. The most practical ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think this is the book my friend loaned me and I read it from cover to cover. I had already learned from her appearance on Oprah about the more you cling to every penny, the less you will have. This helped expand my mind to the emotional baggage we attach to money and how we learned to treat it and what our fears are about it. It helped me learn to never lease a car, never buy a new car, "try on" payments before you buy, how to pay off my debt early (I surpassed my goal to be debt-free by 30), ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how to review this book. I started reading it at least 2-3 months ago and was really engaged at the beginning. For the first third or more of the book, I found the advice and perspective to be refreshing and pertinent. Once it got into specific situations like divorce and pre-nuptial agreements, mortgages, etc. I kind of zoned out. I skimmed over part of the section on bonds and other investment options and ended up skipping ahead. I picked it back up for the last couple of chapters ...more
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-finance
An important book to help focus one's thoughts about money - how you look at it, value it, what you let it do to and for you, or not. It suggests one confront every thought and emotion related to money and figure out from whence it came - and if those thoughts need changing, it offers some direction. The specifics are great, too - Suze goes over the details of mortgages, IRAs, bonds, annuities... She makes accessible some complicated or else overwhelming ideas, especially if you are new to them. ...more
Colleen Wainwright
An excellent, step-by-step introduction to getting in right relationship with money, both from a mindset and technical perspective. The first four or so chapters contain some excellent exercises designed to get at your root issues with money; the bulk of the book is devoted to all of the usual aspects of smart money management—debt, real estate, the magic of compound interest, etc. One member of my master mind group found the chapter on divvying up expenses between partners with different earnin ...more
Sydney Schoenhals
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
On one hand, I felt like I did learn some things that I didn't know about financial planning. I feel like I have greater confidence about my capacity for understanding financial jargon. On the other hand... this book took me three months to finish. I finished 20 books between the start of reading this book and the end. I felt like Suze's viewpoint was a little optimistic too. Just believing that you can be rich and deserve to be rich does not make you rich. And while she was trying to connect wi ...more
Jeff Adrian
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Helps us understand our own finances by understanding our emotion towards money and encourages us to have a better perspective which will yield much more wealth through time. I wish Suze was more like her voice in these early books. Today Suze's show is more process oriented and instructive for callers albeit in a short quick minute. You can't change a persons financial situation on a short phone call
Elizabeth Saunders
I skimmed this book, reading entire chapters and skipping some that don't apply (e.g. marriage finances and divorce) or that bogged me down. This is a good reference book, but it's severely outdated. When I read the list of what expenditures to cut out (before that expensive store-bought coffee became cliche), I realized — this was published before 9-11 (2001), back when people shopped for fun and house phones were the norm. I'd like to see her publish a revision.
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Men and Women 18 and older
Suze Orman really knows how to put things in a way that you can understand how to save and make better financial decisions. For me, some of it was common sense, but I know not everyone is good with money. I saw her speak in person and her book is a reflection of her presentations. She really gives good advice. Love a strong, smart woman and she is one of them!!!
Bob Quinlan
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Giving one's self permission to reap the benefits of one's work is based on true feelings that one is worth the rewards. Far too many people limit their value--whether financially or in love. Her philosophy also applies to have "the Courage to be Loved" as I point out in my book, "Earn It: Empower Yourself for Love". Demonstrate the necessary behaviors then enjoy the benefits you've earned.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and sound financial advice for women! Suze Orman doesn't pull any punches when she's giving you a dose of reality regarding love and finances. Yet her delivery is compassionate and straightforward; she uses terminology that the rest of us can easily understand. Her suggestions are do-able and will never be outdated.
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
I'm not actually sure WHY I read this book, but it was alright. An interesting perspective in the realm of personal finance/self-help. Might be a good book to start with if you haven't read anything in this genre before.
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Suze Orman (born Susan Lynn Orman) is an American financial advisor, writer, and television personality.

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