- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (11 April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440508339
- ISBN-13: 978-0440508335
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Seven Stages of Money Maturity: Understanding the Spirit and Value of Money in Your Life Paperback – 11 Apr 2000
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"A wonderfully clear and wise book of guidance."
--Jacob Needleman, author of Money and the Meaning of Life
"I love this book! It's what people really need to know about money, including practical advice on budgeting and investing. But it focuses on the real core of financial planning--goals and choices."
--Peg Downey, former president, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
"Reading The Seven Stages of Money Maturity is like holding the hand of a wise and loving father who calmly guides you down the path to the land of financial freedom."
--Cheryl Richardson, author of Take Time for Your Life
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Discover a powerful new way to look at your money and your life.
Where do our attitudes about money come from--and how do they influence our lives? How can we approach financial issues with honesty and without fear?
In this groundbreaking book, renowned Buddhist teacher George Kinder, a Harvard-trained certified financial planner, demonstrates how we can literally transform our lives emotionally and financially by achieving "money maturity"--a full understanding of the spiritual and psychological issues surrounding our money lives.
Drawing on ancient Buddhist wisdom and his years of financial practice, Kinder has created a revolutionary program that guides us through the Seven Stages of a revolutionary journey--one designed to help us uncover the roots of our attitudes about money, and attain true peace, freedom, and security in our financial lives. Learn how to:
Understand feelings that impact taking financial action
Develop understanding and knowledge about money
Eliminate stress and anxiety around money
Let go of old patterns and painful habits
Approach money tasks with energy and optimism
Design a money life that is fulfilling both financially and spiritually
Filled with practical information, market-tested, wealth-building skills, personal success stories, and spiritual guidance, The Seven Stages of Money Maturity is an invaluable guide to a rich--and richly lived--life.
1. Innocence--The childhood state we are born in, devoid of any concept of money
2. Pain--The discovery that we have more money than some and less than others, and that work is necessary to make a living
3. Knowledge--The intellectual task of learning financialtechniques such as saving, budgeting, and investing
4. Understanding--The emotional work done in coming to terms with feelings around money, such as greed, envy, and resentment (which are rooted in Pain)
5. Vigor--The energy (physical, emotional, and spiritual) that must be expended to reach financial goals
6. Vision--The direction of Vigor outward toward the health and welfare of communities, with or without profit motive
7. Aloha--The compassionate goodwill that allows one to use money to perform acts of kindness without expecting anything in return
Using THE SEVEN STAGES OF MONEY MATURITY, readers will understand each encounter with money as a step toward awakening; a lesson about the relationship they share with others as well as with the self. -->
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But what about your values, dreams, aspirations and goals? How many of them acutally show you how to encompass those into your savings plan? How many actually have you explore how your views of money and its use have been shaped from childhood on?
This book does all of that and by doing so allows readers to have a truly insightful approach to money management. After all, with self-understanding comes wisdom and the opportunity to make informed decisions.
Like any skill, those who are truly wise and powerful money managers are often intuitive and their wisdom comes from a very clear understanding of how and why to make decisions. Even more importantly, they make decisions that are right for THEM.
This book is great but if you are looking for detailed, "how to" info that doesn't take your personal values and spiritual side into account, you may not like this one. But I think it is an excellent supplement to all the other books out there, especially if you're pretty knowledgable about the basics (retirement planning, investing, home ownership, planning for kids, college, etc). There is a spiritual dimension to how we use and spend our money, well worth exploring!
What is so good about the book? It is truly a novel approach to integrate spirituality and meaning into money management. Just by considering some interesting questions posed to the reader in the book, insights are possible that one would not have thought about. I have training as a counsellor and have read extensively about money management, yet I have never been asked to think about issues in this book such as the role of early life exteriences in shaping out unconscious biases and assumptions about the role of money in our lives.
Try reading this book. And do the exercises in it.
Fortunately, I came across an ad for George Kinder's book in Harvard Magazine in 2002. As a Christian I can understand that some might be put off by Kinder's infusion of Buddhist philosophy throughout the book. I studied East Asian studies in college, so I wasn't that bothered by it. In fact, I think Kinder's metaphor of the seven chakras, or energy centers, correlated perfectly with the seven stages of money maturity.
The main problem with most popular approaches to teaching personal finance is that they start at level four or five. But you haven't addressed the fundamental issues of levels one through three. This gap helps explain why the average American household has a negative net worth. We are doping ourselves at the mall with our credit cards!
Four years after reading the Seven Stages we have paid off all of that old debt (no bankruptcy!), own our own home, and are closing in on six figures liquid net worth. Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad helped me to realize that The Matrix had me in its grasp; Kinder helped me see the code.