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No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Lessons for Young Adults

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The "new grownup" guide to managing your life and money in the modern economy

No One Ever Told Us That is a series of essential life and financial lessons that every adult needs to read before they embark upon their own life's adventures. You've completed your education, your couch surfing, and your internships—now it's time to grow up. You have a "real" job, maybe a family, and maybe a mortgage; but you've been launched into an uncertain world. This book is your much-needed guide to life as an adult, giving you the answers you need about becoming a professional, becoming financially secure, and becoming your own person. You see the world differently when you spend your days supporting yourself and your family, and money management quickly becomes an integral part of everything you do. This useful guide shows you how to do what you need to do, find the people you need on your side, and fulfill your obligations to those who matter most to you.

You may have been used to the idea of "independence" for a while by now, but when the reality of it hits, many new adults are thrown into a sudden state of panic. This book is your guide through the storm, your handbook for adulthood, and your personal companion for the journey ahead.

  • John D. Spooner has a dual life. He has been named by Barrons as one of the top 100 financial advisors in America. As an author, the great mystery writer Robert B. Parker has said, "John Spooner is, quite simply, one of the best writers in America."

  • Gain a fresh perspective on the world as a grownup

  • Meet financial challenges with smart money management

  • Assemble your personal, legal, medical, and financial support team

  • Learn essential lessons before you suffer their consequences

  • Written by the only full-time writer and money manager in America

  • Nothing in your experience has ever prepared you for the responsibility of responsibility. You've been thrown into the deep end, the undertow is strong, and the stakes are high—it's time to start swimming. No One Ever Told Us That gets you right on track to your brightest future.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Disclaimer
    5. Dedication
    6. Contents
    7. Acknowledgments
      1. CHAPTER 1: Take the Pro to Lunch
      2. CHAPTER 2: Beware of Experts
      3. CHAPTER 3: If Your Company Is Bought by Another
      4. CHAPTER 4: Entitlement
      5. CHAPTER 5: Don't Be a Wise Guy
      6. CHAPTER 6: A Little Bit of New Jersey or Brooklyn
      7. CHAPTER 7: Don't Be Afraid to Ask Stupid or Provocative Questions
      8. CHAPTER 8: Laughter Can Diffuse the Problems
      9. CHAPTER 9: You Never Know Anyone until You Deal with Their Money
      10. CHAPTER 10: Plan for the Worst Case, Not the Best, in Business and in Life
      11. CHAPTER 11: So You Want to Be in the Investment Business
      12. CHAPTER 12: Do Your Homework
      13. CHAPTER 13: How to Get Good Press and Publicity
      14. CHAPTER 14: Acts of Kindness
      15. CHAPTER 15: Tipping
      16. CHAPTER 16: Resumes Redux
      17. CHAPTER 17: Always Have a Fallback Plan
      18. CHAPTER 18: Blood and Water
      19. CHAPTER 19: Media Translations
      20. CHAPTER 20: So You Got Fired
      21. CHAPTER 21: Provocative Headings
      22. CHAPTER 22: Getting Rich: The Ups and Downs
      23. CHAPTER 23: Branding: Pulling the Wagon
      24. CHAPTER 24: Tribes
      25. CHAPTER 25: Weekends
      26. CHAPTER 26: Being an Entrepreneur: What It Takes
      1. CHAPTER 27: Interest Rates
      2. CHAPTER 28: Insider Trading
      3. CHAPTER 29: Do You Want to Make Money, or Would You Rather Fool Around?
      4. CHAPTER 30: Doing Stock Research
      5. CHAPTER 31: Make Long-Term Money with Simple Themes
      6. CHAPTER 32: Can You Do It Yourself?
      7. CHAPTER 33: Getting to Peace of Mind
      8. CHAPTER 34: Picking Someone to Watch over Your Money
      9. CHAPTER 35: When You're Frightened by the News
      1. CHAPTER 36: The Actor and the Actress
      2. CHAPTER 37: Having Something to Trade
      3. CHAPTER 38: The 110 Percent Rule
      4. CHAPTER 39: Life Lessons: Don't Look Back
      5. CHAPTER 40: Get Your Elders' Stories
      6. CHAPTER 41: Don't Be a Trustee or an Executor*
      7. CHAPTER 42: Buying and Selling Jewelry
      8. CHAPTER 43: Social or Country Clubs
      9. CHAPTER 44: The Incremental Pain in the Butt Theory
      10. CHAPTER 45: Every Family Is a Soap Opera
      11. CHAPTER 46: Fathers and Sons
      12. CHAPTER 47: When Family or Friends Are Afflicted
      13. CHAPTER 48: Go to the Source
      14. CHAPTER 49: Philanthropy
      15. CHAPTER 50: Keep the Markers out There
      16. CHAPTER 51: Raising Children
      17. CHAPTER 52: Marriage
      18. CHAPTER 53: Divorce
      19. CHAPTER 54: Someone to Love You
      20. CHAPTER 55: Medical Smarts
      21. CHAPTER 56: Taking Care of the People Who Take Care of You
      22. CHAPTER 57: Losing a Parent
      23. CHAPTER 58: Getting Smart Lawyers on Your Side
      24. CHAPTER 59: Last Chapter
    12. About the Author
    13. Other Books by John D. Spooner
    14. Index