Worth It

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Every woman wants to be financially successful. But how do you achieve that goal?

In Worth It, a revolutionary personal finance book geared specifically toward women, author Amanda Steinberg brings this dream within reach for millions of readers.

book-review_worth-itIn her book, Amanda candidly discusses her years of financial struggle. She talks about the poor money management skills she once had, describing the way she upgraded her lifestyle to a level she couldn’t possibly maintain. Amanda shares the way she felt when she hit rock bottom. At that point, she resolved to change her life from the inside out by revamping her entire attitude toward money.

In her book, Amanda draws on her own experience, and the “money stories” of dozens of other women, to empower readers to live a life of financial stability and comfort.

Amanda believes too many women are crippled by their own money habits and past mistakes, which weigh them down with guilt and shame. Her goal for the book is to show women how to break free from these negative thought patterns and develop a positive, constructive approach instead.

Worth It provides readers with a lot more than just anecdotal advice. The book takes readers on their own journey of self-discovery and triumph, showing them how to break down their own money story and its many facets.

The first step in this process is exploring the many layers of money stories. These stories are founded in childhood, formed by the way your family managed money and the unspoken attitudes you absorbed as a child. They are then built upon as you age and slowly achieve financial independence.

Next, Amanda asks readers to choose from an assortment of statements about money that best describe their own attitudes. This exercise shows women exactly which negative thought patterns are their biggest obstacles to a successful financial life. Once these barriers are identified, readers can begin to reshape their money mindset into a positive, goal-oriented approach.

Throughout the book, Amanda highlights practical strategies she herself used when rebuilding her own attitude about money. She also draws on the money stories of powerful, strong women she’s met through her work to encourage and advise readers on their own journeys. These women come from a wide range of backgrounds and financial classes, so every single reader will find a story they can relate to on some level – and learn from.

Critics of the book say it only offers amateur financial advice. If you’re an avid reader of personal finance books and you’re ready for a more complex conversation about investments, mortgages, and saving for your retirement, this book might not be for you. But if you just started thinking about the way you relate to money and manage your finances, you’ll love the candid, practical approach Worth It offers.

Your Turn: Do you have a “money story” that holds you back from financial success? We’d love to hear about it!

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