The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition
Book PrefaceThe Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition
Read the stories of the lives changed by this book! As a matter of fact, I recommend you skip through the book reading all the stories first. They will inspire you to read all the way through and actually do the Proven Plan to Financial Fitness.
Many years ago I was given a calling: to show people the truth about debt and money and to give them the hope and tools necessary to set themselves free financially. First, I did that with a few speaking engagements and a small self-published book titled Financial Peace. Later Financial Peace was published by a New York publisher and became our first New York Times bestseller. I began doing a small local radio show that has now grown to more than 450 stations and millions of listeners that tune in weekly. We started teaching a thirteen-week class called Financial Peace University, which has had over 1 million families attend. Then came The Total Money Makeover.
I am positive that personal finance is 80 percent behavior and only 20 percent head knowledge. Our concentration on behavior—realizing that most folks have a good idea of what to do with money but not how to do it—has led us to a different view of personal finance. Most financial people make the mistake of trying to show you the numbers, thinking that you just don’t get the math. I am sure that the problem with my money is the guy in my mirror. If he will behave, he can make the money thing work. The math of wealth building is not rocket science; it is simple—but you have to DO IT!
So the proven Total Money Makeover plan I teach has become very successful not because I have found the secrets of the rich. Not because I had some revelation that no one else has ever had about credit cards. Not because I am the only one with a “Debt Snowball” plan. Instead, this proven plan is having a national impact because I have realized that to change your money thing, you have to change. You have to change your life. When you change your life, you will get out of debt, give, and invest at an unbelievable rate. When you read the stories in this book, you will read not about mathematics, or magic systems, but about changed lives. You will read about transformed marriages and relationships. Because when you change your life, you really change your life.
So when Mike Hyatt, the president and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, brought me the concept for a Total Money Makeover book, I became very excited. I became excited because I knew this book would inspire readers to take immediate action through a simple, step-by-step process that could only lead to life-changing results. Hope—the light at the end of the tunnel, that is, not an oncoming train—is a very powerful force. The Total Money Makeover has given HOPE to hundreds of thousands of families. This book has given them hope to win, and that hope has caused them to take action and claim ultimate victory over their financial struggles and worries—and to actually win! The number of people that I meet across this nation who tell me this is the first book of any kind they have read in ten years is staggering. The Total Money Makeover is a book for everyone. It is for high-income earners, as I am. And it is for someone beginning at the bottom, which is where I once was.
You are about to read about a process, a proven plan, to win. You will find the plan to be very simple yet very inspiring. The principles are not mine. I stole them all from God and your grandmother. The principles are common sense, which isn’t so common anymore. The plan is mine—and I’m no genius—created by simply observing literally millions of lives with whom I have interacted through radio, TV, books, classes, the Internet, e-mail, podcasts, and our Live Events. I have successfully bottled common sense about money into a plan that anyone can do. And millions are!
A couple of decades ago, when I first started talking about these principles, I knew they had helped my wife, Sharon, and me survive going broke and begin to prosper. The first hundred times I spoke on money, I wasn’t as confident of the principles as I am now. Nowadays I look into the eyes of a gazillion people who have followed this plan and experienced, as we did, excitement, hope, and gratitude. I am so thankful that I have not only given them a proven plan but have also inspired them to change their family tree.
I am so confident in The Total Money Makeover principles and this process that I cannot stand it when someone doesn’t get it. Because I am so convinced my plan will work for everyone, my answers to the same questions will never change. By recognizing and identifying some basic truths and everyday common sense, I have convinced millions of people to change their lives—to have a Total Money Makeover. Are you next?
What This Book Is NOT
Flying Turkeys and Skinny Dipping
1. The Total Money Makeover Challenge
I’m Not That Out of Shape
3. Debt Myths:
Debt Is (Not) a Tool
4. Money Myths:
The (Non) Secrets of the Rich
5. Two More Hurdles:
Ignorance and Keeping Up with the Joneses
6. Save $1,000 Fast:
Walk Before You Run
7. The Debt Snowball:
Lose Weight Fast, Really
8. Finish the Emergency Fund:
Kick Murphy Out
9. Maximize Retirement Investing:
Be Financially Healthy for Life
10. College Funding:
Make Sure the Kids Are Fit Too
11. Pay Off the Home Mortgage:
12. Build Wealth Like Crazy:
Arnold Schwarzedollar, Mr. Universe of Money
13. Live Like No One Else
Meet The Winners of
The Total Money Makeover Challenge
About the Author
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