larry-wingetYou’re Broke Because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead. New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller author, Larry Winget, kicks it again with his money book.

Winget takes a no-nonsense approach to the money conversation, calling it like it is. He is blunt. If you are looking for a sugar-coated book full of platitudes and niceties, this is not your book. If you are ready to take a real look at how you got to where you are with your money and what to do to change it, you are in the right place. You might get your feelings hurt, but Larry’s pretty clear that is not his problem.

His main message is that the life and money situation you are in is your own fault because your past and current decisions, and that the opportunity to make it different is also in your control.

I like Winget’s approach to the topic and the clear, direct actions he suggests to take control of your money. Addressing what money is and what it isn’t, and knocking down all of the excuses you might come up with, Winget walks through ideas and exercises to cause you to see your reality and make choices to change it.

Winget has written several books about personal responsibility starting with his first best seller Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life. His message of taking responsibility for your own life rocks through this book.

“You don’t have a money problem…The fact that you don’t have money is a result of all of your other problems…Your biggest problem is not in your wallet or your bank account. Your biggest problem is between your ears.” (pg49)

He’s called the Pitbull of Personal Development ® for a reason!

I would have liked to see the budget piece earlier in the book. Winget introduces it as the last lesson in the book. If the reader had a clear idea of what life currently costs them earlier on in the book, they could use the myriad ideas Winget suggests to reduce expenses and increase income in the context of their current and changing situation. I do like the items on the budget though – much more comprehensive than most sample budgets presented in other books.

Overall this is a very a good read. I have read a lot of money books and this is one of the most practical, easy to implement books I have seen to get you on the road to waking up, cleaning up your money life and start getting ahead.

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Personal finance expert, Karen Collacutt is founder and CEO of Make Friends with Your Money.  Karen works with ambitious people who are making good money but are wondering where it all went at the end of the month. She helps her clients to get clear on their money life challenges and opportunities, matching their money to their goals.  They build a plan, confidence and peace of mind around their money. Certified Money Coach and Certified Financial Planner, Karen brings over 15 years of finance and business experience to her clients. Coach, speaker, author and change catalyst for those ready to create a positive and empowered money life, Karen delivers a fresh perspective on how to make friends with your money.  www.karencollacutt.com.

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