Thursday, October 9, 2014

Do You Read?

When we always do what we have always done, it’s because we didn’t know there is a better way.  Reading and applying new techniques are encouraging ways to improve our lives.  When you are learning how to manage money, there is so much to know.  Financial literacy programs encourage people to take control of their money.  Numerous books have been written on the subject. Whether it is basic money management or complex investing skills you want to learn, this new-found knowledge can change your life.

"When you give someone a book, you don't give him just paper, ink, and glue. You give him the possibility of a whole new life." – Christopher Morley.
I wasn’t always a reader. Picking up a book to read was not my idea of a fun time. The only books I read then were text books. This happened to be a requirement to pass the classes.  Then something profound happened.  I uncovered a love for learning. My perception changed and so did my behavior.  I became eager to see what authors were saying and what I could possibly learn from them.  Books suddenly became valuable assets.  I remember the first finance book I read, Success! The Glenn Bland Method.  This book has sold 600,000 copies since it was published in 1975.  Many books like it contain a wealth of information, knowledge, and wisdom intended to improve our lives.  If you are not a reader, I encourage you to become one.

Books breathe inspiration, motivate you, and encourage you to take action. 

  • In Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s book, Debt Free Forever, she doesn’t mince words.  “You want your budget to be so tight it squeaks.”   
  • Suze Orman’s book, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, uncovers fears you may unknowingly have about money. 

There are valid reasons for seeking wisdom from these experts. You e-x-p-a-n-d your knowledge in areas where you may feel intimidated.  Your new-found wisdom will build confidence within you so the possibility of a whole new life becomes a reality. For example:  Gail Vaz-Oxlade says in order to have a balanced budget, you need to implement savings in addition to paying down debt.  This well-known money authority teaches an action step you may not have understood or implemented.   

Occasionally people find their financial circumstances embarrassing so they are reluctant to speak to anyone about their financial problems.  Suze Orman writes, “In our culture it’s okay to talk about therapy we’ve gone through, marital problems we’ve had, our deepest intimate secrets – but telling the truth about money, confessing our worries to our children, our parents, our friends, just isn’t done.  Money is our secret both in private and in public.”   If you happen to be in this type of situation, seeking solutions from financial planning books may be the first step to addressing your money problems until you feel comfortable talking with a financial planner.  Another advantage of having advice in writing is you can repeatedly review the information.  It’s like following a recipe. You can review what the author said multiple times until it makes sense to you.       

Finding better ways to manage your finances can only mean one thing – “More Money For You!”    More money leads to new opportunities. You can improve the life of your family and just as important, you can improve the lives of others with your donations to worthy causes. If you are looking for even the slightest insight to money management, think about picking up a book on the subject.  Start with small baby steps. Find fifteen minutes in a day to read.  Small progress is better than no progress. Earl Nightingale said, “If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject.”



  1. One of my favourite finance books is "The Richest Man in Babylon". Written a long time ago in Allegory form it has some real nuggets of wisdom in there - like "What is good is a fat purse without a stream of gold coins flowing into it"

    1. I agree with you, Bill. -- A quick read with practical common money sense. Thank you for your comment.