In a series of letters to his grandchildren, renowned financial advisor John D. Spooner provides essential life lessons on job searching, investing, planning one's financial future, and chasing one's dreams. He even offers insights on dealing with adversity in life or how to know if you've found the right spouse. This a book that should be read by every young person before they embark upon their own life's adventures.
This is the book that every grandparent (or parent) has always meant to write for their children.... but has never found the time to do so.
In short, John D. Spooner has been carefully crafted a series of essential life lessons that every young person just out of college or high school needs to read before they embark upon their own life's adventures.
Told in friendly and reassuring tones, Spooner relates wonderful stories to illustrate and gently guide the next generation of what they can expect when searching for a job, how to know if you've found the right spouse, insights on how to plan for one's financial future, how the internet has changed our lives, dealing with adversity in life, and much, more more.
NO ONE EVER TOLD US THAT condenses all of this key information into one volume - and it's presented in a clear-eyed way that only a loving grandparent can.
For decades, John D. Spooner has been one of America's leading financial advisors. Now, as his own grandchildren are on the frightening cusp of adulthood, Spooner has chosen to impart his wisdom to them -- and to readers everywhere -- in the form of old-fashioned letters.
John D. Spooner is a prominent investment advisor and veteran author, novelist, and columnist. Among his titles include: Do You Want to Make Money or Would You Rather Fool Around? and Smart People. He is, of course, a grandfather.
One of the nation's leading financial advisors, Spooner (Confession of a Stockbroker) holds forth in this advice-filled book comprising warm and straightforward letters written to his grandchildren, but with wisdom for anyone about to enter adulthood (and for those who are still shocked to find themselves in the midst of it). Each epistle covers a different topic--from writing personal notes to identifying stock market fads--, contains cogent tips, and ends with an easy-to-remember one-liner (e.g., "If you ever have clout in life, ask gently for more.") Some of Spooner's counsel is a bit rarefied, as when he suggests that instead of buying cheap stocks ("The conventional boring way" to make money), why not just "buy the companies themselves?" However, within these occasionally too-precious gems exist glimmers of universal insight; as with the previous example, Spooner maintains that in order to be successful, one must be creative. When he recommends ditching a loquacious lawyer for a plainspoken one, even those without a legal team waiting in the wings can appreciate his admonition to speak plainly. "Papa" Spooner's better half, Mimi, even pipes in to offer well-worn, though apropos, sartorial advice: "Classics last, and they are timeless." Indeed, while recent grads (of both high school and college) will likely get the most out of sagacious Spooner's timely words, like Mimi's classics, many of these lessons are timeless. (Apr. 3)2012 Reed Business Information
Having grandchildren has been one of the amazing, unexpected joys of my life. In this book, John Spooner does what all grandparents hope to do for their grandchildren. He takes the life and career experiences he has had and finds a beautiful way to share the lessons learned with his grandchildren so that their lives may be better. All grandparents would wish to do the same.
--Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University men's basketball coach and a grandfather
John Spooner is smarter about money and about life than almost anyone I know. As a blessing for all our grandchildren, he has written down what he has learned. Through charming storytelling, John shares his wisdom. Grandchildren and grandparents alike are the beneficiaries.
-- Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and a grandmother
Spooner is a phenomenon, as much a psychologist and futurist as an investment advisor.
-- Inc. Magazine
I began listening to John Spooner's life lessons in 1974 - the value of handwritten notes, being held accountable, the unexpected laugh, the importance of being uncomfortable in another country, not our own, and, above all, attempting to have a deep and bountiful heart. It's all here, just open to any page.
- - Lesley Visser, Hall of Fame Sportscaster
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