The Real Life 101 Handbook by Mike Duralia
A Beginner's Guide to the World After High School

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"There are many people that believe our education system is in trouble.  As we compare test scores to other countries around the world, it appears we are not adequately preparing our children for the future.  But this in only part of the problem because a lot of what kids need to know about the ""real world"" is not even discussed in school.Most high school students that are fast approaching graduation are not aware yet of the challenges they will face.  They simply don’t know what they don’t know.  They have spent 12 years being “educated” but will soon find out that they do not have all the tools needed to succeed in life.  When they purchase their first car, they will not use Algebra but they will need to understand the Time Value of Money equation to calculate the payments.  Who teaches them that in school?The average American has around $8,500 in outstanding credit card debt.  The 2007-2008 sub-prime mortgage crisis demonstrated how much more we
all need to learn about home mortgages and our personal finances.  This is why this book is so important.The Real Life 101 Handbook is a beginners guide to the world of personal finance.  It explains everything from how a checking account works to how to purchase your first home.  It is for anyone and everyone who wants to learn how to make the best personal financial decisions in order to get the most out of the money they earn.  The book does not have any secret forumla for how you can quickly become rich, however, it gives you the information you need to develop your own plans to become financially secure.  I hope you enjoy it. "

About Mike Duralia

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Mike Duralia is the grandson of European immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island.  His father was the only one of four children to attend college.  As a result of his parents hard work, Mike was able to go to college as well earning a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Masters Degree in Business from Arizona State Univeristy.  Mike realized that in spite of all his education he had never really learned about the basics of personal finance.  In addition, he discovered many things that happen to us in life are unexpected and can create financial difficulties if we have not adequately prepared.For the last 10 years he has read various publications, researched financial topics of interest and used basic trial and error to developed an understanding of the proper ways to manage money and his financial life.  He has compiled his learnings into the Real Life 101 Handbook so other people will have a handy, single source of information to begin their personal finance education.
Published January 8, 2009 by AuthorHouse. 166 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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