When it comes to money issues, women have unique problems and perspectives that are often not addressed in many books on financial well-being. That’s why it’s good to see a book like Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich, which focuses on 75 avoidable mistakes many women make when dealing with their “dollars and sense.”
Written by Lois P. Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office and president of Corporate Coaching International, this how-to guide is like having your own personal financial coach helping you identify your weaknesses when it comes to making, keeping and investing money. Frankel covers all the financial concerns of women, from making their own money to knowing what to do with it, with plenty of expert coaching tips following each chapter, providing all the necessary tools for giving any women a financial tune-up.
Some of the money mistakes women tend to make include spending money as an emotional crutch, letting spouses take care of money affairs, being too polite and fair to a fault, being hesitant to invest money, not facing up to financial crises, not having investments in your own name, not budgeting, and a host of other mistakes that keep women from facing their financial future with courage, intelligence and common sense. Many of the mistakes occur on a subconscious level because of our conditioning as women, but all can be addressed and changed with the right strategies and the right attitude.
The author at no time encourages women to be “not-nice” and go after things in a cut-throat, testosterone-driven way. Instead, she teaches women to take control of their financial destinies by becoming aware of the problems in the first place, then having the proper tools and knowledge they need to move forward and take action rather than waiting for some “prince” or knight in shining armor to save them. This is an empowering book for women of all ages, from those just starting out in life to those struggling with divorce, widowhood or the end of a career.
Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich is really not a truthful title, because once you read this educational and enlightening book, you realize that nice girls can get rich, but only if they have all their ducks lined in a row. Consider this book a guide to getting those ducks in order, in shape, and in line.