You’re Broke Because You Want to Be. What a bold statement to make – and it doesn’t stop there! For those of you who have not seen his reality television show, Big Spender, Larry Winget is just as bold as that statement. He is the self-proclaimed Pitbull of Personal Development, and he is direct, in your face, and brutally honest. But he is also humorous and caring. He wants to help, and in many cases, his interaction with people is the wakeup call they need to make life altering financial changes.
What this book is
The full title of this book is You’re Broke Because you Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead. This is a self improvement book designed to make you take a hard look at your spending habits and your financial goals.
This is a book that you not only read, but use. There are several worksheets spread throughout the book to fill out as you read along. This is designed to make you think about your dreams, needs, expenses, feelings, goals, budget, etc. By the time you finish this book you should have a good idea of how much money you earn, what your expenses are, you should have defined your financial goals, and designed a plan to reach them.
What this book is not
This book is not a get rich quick book. This book will not solve all of your money problems and Larry tells you this upfront. This book will only serve to motivate and guide you, but it will not change your life. You must change your life.
In addition, Larry makes a clear distinction between being poor and being broke. He acknowledges there is a difference between the two, the main difference is that being poor is a sad, but inevitable part of society; being broke is controllable. This book is not designed to fix the world. It was written to help people who have the power to change their situation by changing their priorities.
Who should read this book?
If you are in debt and haven’t thought much about why you are in debt, this is a good book to read. If you constantly feel like you are struggling to make ends meet even though you make a decent income, this may be the book for you. If you are surrounded by expensive toys, wear expensive designer clothing, and drive around a huge car payment (yes, I wrote drive a huge car payment), this book is definitely for you. There are ways to improve your financial situation; you just need to recognize opportunities and change the way you think.
Buy or don’t buy?
You’re Broke Because You Want to Be was entertaining for me to read, but I do not feel like I am the target audience. But that is because my wife and I are not broke. We have done a good job at reigning in our expenses and we spend less than we earn. However, if you are just starting to think about getting rid of your debt and don’t know where to start, or you have been working on getting out of debt and need a different perspective, You’re Broke Because You Want to Be is a worthy book to buy.
If you don’t want to spend money because you are trying to get out of debt, then use the library (just use a separate piece of paper for the worksheets so others can use this resource!).
Want a free signed copy of this book?
Larry and his marketing team were kind enough to send me a signed copy of this book to review. Now that I have read it (no I didn’t fill out the worksheets!), I want to give it to one of my readers. The process is easy, all you have to do is subscribe to my website (it’s free!). In the footer of the subscription is a secret phrase that you need to send me via e-mail. Please note, I am sending this on my own dime, so I will only ship to the US, Canada, and the UK. Thanks, and good luck!
Note: The book has been given away! But all is not lost – I have monthly book giveaways, so stay tuned! The best way to do that is to subscribe to my site!