Color of Money: Author Willie Jolley tells how to face economic fears positively

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By Michelle Singletary
Sunday, September 5, 2010


By Willie Jolley


166 pages, $21.95

The financial fear in this country is palpable. I know I feel it. When someone asks me "How are you doing?" my answer is typically "I have a job."

I'm not without hope for a long-overdue economic recovery. But can I level with you? Some days it gets downright depressing. It's hard to stay optimistic when the economic figures swing from good to bad on any given week. It's hard to stay positive when every day I receive an e-mail or request from someone deep in debt desperately looking for help.

This summer, MetLife released results from its fourth annual survey of the American dream.

For many, the dream has been deferred, the survey showed.

Fifty-two percent of those polled said they felt more stress in performing their jobs, and 45 percent said that if they lost employment they would have enough money to meet financial obligations for about a month. A majority of respondents worried that they would lose their jobs.

But we have to keep the fear at bay. And I have just the book to help. For the Color of Money Book Club's September recommendation, I've selected "Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks: Seven Secrets for Going Up in Down Times" by Willie Jolley (Wiley, $21.95).

Jolley is a motivational speaker and host of "The Willie Jolley Weekend Show" on Sirius XM Radio. I know him personally, and if you are with him for even a minute, he will get you charged up about something in your life. He can't help it. Motivation just pours out of him. Jolley is a man on a mission to get all of us to see that our dreams might have been deferred but they don't have to die because of the recession.

"In changing and challenging times, I believe it is necessary to think differently," Jolley writes. "If you are willing to do different things and do some of the old things differently, you will be able to go beyond surviving and get to a place of thriving."

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