Looking for straight-talk on money and life? John Spooner has it!
In his book, No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Letters to My Grandchildren, investment advisor John D. Spooner offers advice on money and life!
John D. Spooner has had a very successful life. An investment advisor and writer, his best-selling nonfiction includes Confessions of a Stockbroker and Sex and Money, and his novels include Class and The Foursome. His articles have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Time, Esquire and The Boston Globe. He was a director of The Monthly Atlantic and David Godine Publishers, and served as a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Commission. Mr. Spooner is also a managing director for a major investment firm and has appeared on Wall Street Week, Fox News and NPR, and is currently a guest commentator on Bloomberg Nation Radio.
His latest book, No One Ever Told Us That, both follows the paths of his previous works and veers from it. It’s a series of letters written to his grandchildren about money and life, and the lessons he has learned.
No One Ever Told Us That is folksy (does anyone really write letters – with fully punctuated sentences, no less – these days?!), yet relevant. The lessons Spooner seeks to impart upon his grandchildren are not specific to a single generation or experience. Instead, they are universal, which is what makes them so important.
Spooner can be grumpy and impatient, but his advice makes sense. He draws quotes and inspiration from a wide variety of sources: from Winston Churchill to Antiques Road Show; from Katherine Hepburn to Shakespeare, and shares his own stories.
Some of the advice Spooner offers include the following:
• Never call a busy person first thing Monday morning
• Find people you trust and then verify their trustworthiness
• Always look as though you know where you’re going
• Everything you own will fluctuate in value
• Stay in touch with your past to build your network
The counsel Spooner offers is timeless. His success is evidence that he knows what he’s talking about. Of course, we can’t all have grandfathers like John D. Spooner to help guide us through life’s emotional and financial difficulties, but at least we have his book!