Why Didn’t Anyone Teach Me This reads like one of those long form landing pages trying to sell you something, except what he’s selling isn’t plainly obvious until you get deeper into the book (if you ignore the “FREE! 7 free bonuses included with book purchase! Over $3,197 value, Details Inside stamp on the cover). The problem with books that are really selling other services, in this case he’s essentially trying to get you to give up your information for what probably is a mailing list, is that you lose credibility. I’ve never heard of David Newby before, he only has one other book listed on Amazon, it’s a large print copy of this book, and his name is too common for a Google search, which doesn’t help. I think what he writes in this book has value to a lot of people, but the whole the whole “free bonuses” thing reminds me of the online lead generation business and it puts me off a little.
Anyway, onto the book itself, it’s not a deep personal finance book on the level of some other classics, but it certainly is one worth flipping through if you’re the average American with the average amount of credit card debt trying to catch the average Joneses. For those who read personal finance blogs, it probably will introduce nothing new to you. But for everyone else, it just might teach you a little something something. It’s no more than 120 pages and it’s filled with sidebar quotes that are both impactful and simple in message; the bottom line is that there are a few important financial concepts you must understand and here they are in simple language, large print, ready to smack you in the face.
Here are a few of the sidebar quotes to give you an idea of what I mean:
- Making more money will NEVER solve financial problems.
- There’s a three in five chance you’ll be sued in the next ten years if you live in the good ol’ US of A (unsubstantiated, but the idea about it is important)
- Job security is a thing of the past. The days where you worked for a company for 30-45 years and then retired with a pension are over.
See? Impactful and simple, and the book uses the word blueprint, financial, and prosperity many many times… so it can’t be that far off right? Again, put everything through your own filter and make your own judgments, the whole “sign up to get these bonuses” turned me off but that shouldn’t stop the message from coming through.
One word of advice, I think that you should not give this book to someone who hasn’t yet started working yet. Some of the ideas in here are valuable, but chapter 4 can be dangerous for someone who hasn’t yet found their place in the world and wasn’t all that set on working the 9-5 in the first place. Chapter four is about building your own job security through small business, which, while admirable, isn’t something everyone can do. It’s like professional sports, everyone wants to be Lebron James but only 0.000001% of ballers ever make it to the league.
Anyone heard of this guy or have read this book and would like to share their take?