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Why I Wrote This Book. Introduction. Prologue. Part One: YOU RE NOT ALONE. ONE: We All Start Somewhere. Don t Bank on It. Compound Interest Thriller or Killer. Everyone Has Their Own Wake-up Call. Every Little Bit Helps. The Moment of Success. TWO: Where the Trouble Begins. The Hidden Cost of Credit When to SayI Can t. The Simpler Life. Faster (Instant Gratification) Costs More. If You Don t Train Yourself,Advertisers Will. Is Being in Debt Really a Serious Situation? THREE: Would You Still Do It If . . . ? How Are You Supposed to Know? Too Much of a Good Thing? Have You Added Fuel to Your Own Fireof Debt? Go for Elimination of Annual Fees andLower Interest Rates. Businesses and Banks Have Their Own Agenda. FOUR: A Case Study Jane Debt. An Example to Help You Understand. After the First 90 Days. The Second 90 Days. Now the Excitement Starts. FIVE: Thinking Wealthy. Freedom Means Options. Real Possibilities to Prepare For. Rethinking What Wealth Is. How Else Could Wealth Affect Your Life? Wealth Means Control. If There Were Only One Question to Ask. Part Two: THE MULTIPLE ACCOUNT PRINCIPLES. SIX: Why Multiple Accounts? We Get What We Think About! How We Started. Why Not Just One Account on Paper? Where Does This Money Come From? Where Not to Put All Your Eggs. Money versus Finance. SEVEN: The Cash Flow Account. Does It Seem to Be Spent Before You Get It? Change Your Mind about Money. EIGHT: The Permanent Wealth Account. A New Feeling of Security. Why Is the Permanent Wealth AccountSo Powerful? The Fun of Finance. What Is Permanent Wealth? NINE: The Totally Fun Account. The Reward Should Equal theContribution. Did You Ever Diet? Setup. How to Double Your Fun. What You Think About Happens. TEN: The Future Growth Account. Will You Make Enough? You Need an Employee. Why Many Investments Don t Work. How Much Do You Need to Haveto Invest? A Powerful Money Rule. Worry-Free Investing. ELEVEN: The Income Security Account. Fact-of-Life Financing. A Real Paid Vacation. What About Along the Way? Follow Your Dream The MoneyWill Come. You Can Do It Sooner ThanYou Think. The Past Does Not Equal the Future. TWELVE: The Debt Elimination Account. Chains That Bind. Your Only Temporary Account. The Setup. Start Small. It Keeps Getting Better. Working with Finance. Don t You Need Credit Cards to Live Today? Let s Recycle. Part Three: POWERFUL CHANGES. THIRTEEN: Start Small. You Can t Get Rich without It. A Change with Change. Habits That Make You Grow. FOURTEEN: Creating Wealth. Digging for Wealth at Home. Use Your Imagination. Remember Before You Act. FIFTEEN: Speeding Up the Process. Can You Find Some Extra Money? Make Them Earn Your Business. Something You Should Subscribe To. What About Increasing Income? What Else Can You Do? One Last Option. Use Your Imagination. Part Four: PRACTICAL ADVICE. SIXTEEN: It Has to Be Fun. A Game or Another Job? Use Your Imagination. Three Ideas a Day. Focused Fun and the Refrigerator. SEVENTEEN: The Two-Year Rules. You Can t Just Try. Two-by-Two. Sell, Sell, Sell. Moving Investments. Part Five: THE MAP. EIGHTEEN: History. The Six Accounts. Paying Off Debts. This Is Worth It Because . . . What About the Kids. It Doesn t Stop Here. Sharing without Giving. Questions You Need. NINETEEN: Additional Tables and Support Items. Some Eye-Opening Examples. The Ultimate Goal. Freedom in Less Than a Third of the Time. Tools That You Can Use. Resources for the Future. Fifteen Minutes a Day. What I ve Read. Positive Changes. Materialism versus Capitalism. Afterword. Index. About the Author.

About the Author

JOHN FUHRMAN is an award-winning speaker and bestselling author who has reached more than 1,000,000 people over the last five years through his books, tapes, and speaking programs. His clients include Quixtar, Atlantic Savings Bank, Middlesex Mutual Insurance, and the nearly 400,000 independent business owners who have used his materials to help their businesses grow successfully. His books (five in all) have sold more than 500,000 copies over the past four years through his speaking programs and large corporate orders. Fuhrman has also appeared in such publications as Men's Health, Selling Magazine, Sales Mastermind, the Manchester Union Leader, and the Kansas City Star.


Like a bad case of food poisoning, corporate malfeasance just won'tgo away. Columnist Don Silver stirs the corporate scandal pot inhis parable about a chef who imparts the financial facts of life tohis college-bound son, Cookin' the Book$: Say Pasta La Vista toCorporate Accounting Tricks and Fraud. "We think this is going tobe a very big book, "says Adams-Hall marketing v-p Blair Randall."It's a topic that's here to stay." To get Cookin' cookin',the.15-year-old company is planning a $50,000 promotional budgetfor this January release. While Silver takes a humorous look at wrongdoing, politicalcommentator Arianna Huffington provides a more sobering approach inher indictment of big corporations, Pigs at the Trough: HowCorporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America(Crown, Jan.) There are light-hearted moments, however, includingHuffington's P.I.Q. Test, which includes multiple choice questionson such subjects as the name of Bernie Ebbers's 60-foot yacht(Aquasition) and George W. Bush's nickname for pal Kenneth Lay(Kenny Boy). In another Crown title out next month, Sweet Potato Boss Queen JillConner Browne provides plenty of food for thought on finance, andjust about everything else, in her third collection of words ofwisdom, The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and FinancialPlanner). Among the tips not to be found in, say, the Wall StreetJournal are: "Rich old people are generally more attractive thanpoor old people, so by all means, try to get rich before age setsin. Otherwise, you'll just be playing catch-up for the rest of yourlife and that will just wear you out." Intermingled with bon motsare recipes for comfort foods like Pig Candy (bacon, brown sugar,chopped pecans) and Fried Dill Pickles. For those whose finances could benefit from slenderizing, JohnFurhman offers a debt-loss plan, The Credit Diet: How to ShedUnwanted Debt and Achieve Fiscal Fitness (Wiley, Jan.), based onreal examples and personal experience. -- J.R. (Publishers Weekly,December 23, 2002)

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