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Overworked, Overwhelmed, and Underpaid: Simple Steps to Go From Stress to Success

Overworked, Overwhelmed, and Underpaid: Simple Steps to Go From Stress to Success

We have always been told that the harder we work the happier and more successful we will be. So why aren’t we living the life we say we want? Why do we feel so overwhelmed and stressed? Welcome to twenty-first-century America — the land of the trapped and home of the stressed.

The simple answers to these and other questions can be found within the pages of Overworked, Overwhelmed and Underpaid (Thomas Nelson; September 2008; softcover/$15.99; ISBN: 1595551255),an easy-to-read, step-by-step guide to building financial security and finding real purpose by award-winning columnist, speaker, and Certified Financial Planner™ Louis Barajas. Louis shows readers how to develop strategies that take you from stress to success, and achieve the ultimate goal…to have a life of happiness, self esteem, success, and fulfillment right now. Overworked, Overwhelmed and Underpaid will literally change the way people think about money.

When we feel overworked, overwhelmed, and underpaid, it is as if we are in a small box with walls composed of fear, complexity, confusion, and frustration. But the truth is we are in a box of our own making. Louis Barajas and Overworked, Overwhelmed and Underpaid teaches readers how to climb out of that box of fear and anxiety and stay out of it.

According to Louis you are overworked if:
- You always work more than 40 hours per week
- You haven’t taken a vacation in the past year and if you do you can’t relax
because you are on call or feel guilty for not calling to check in with the office
- Your work doesn’t utilize your talents and abilities to the fullest extent
- Because of work, you have missed more than one important family event (sports, church, recital, etc.)
- You’ve thought about quitting your job at least once in the past month

You are overwhelmed if:
- It seems that the more you accomplish, the more work there is
- You’ve missed at least one major deadline in the past 6 months
- You don’t have enough time to spend with your family and friends
- Your stress level has affected your health, you put off visits to the doctor because you don’t have the time or money to go
- You are always putting out fires and never fully preparing for anything

You are underpaid if:
- You put in significant amount of unpaid overtime
- You feel more stressed about finances than you did 5 years ago
- You are doing more work today and getting paid less for it, or you don’t feel you are compensated well enough for the level of work you provide
- No matter how much you make, you can’t get ahead financially

Louis believes that no matter what our income or work situation, whether we are a single parent, dual earners, or a retired couple, far too many of us are struggling. Feelings of unhappiness, anxiety and stress can exist in any neighborhood in the United States.

“Is money a component of success and a better life?” Louis asks. “Absolutely, but I strongly believe that success has more to do with who you become in the process of achieving it and how you feel about yourself. You will know you are successful when you can feel a profound peace of mind, happiness, joy, abundance, and confidence. As a financial planner, this is the essence of what I seek to accomplish with my clients and what I hope readers of my book will attain.”

“As authors of great books have told us for hundreds of years…success is not about what we achieve as much as how we achieve it. I believe that when we give back to others in gratitude for what we have, whether it is money or time or our talents, we tell our subconscious mind that we have more than enough for our own needs and we can share our wealth. These are the hallmarks of true success.”

Overworked, Overwhelmed and Underpaid is the must-have book for anyone navigating their way through the uncharted waters of today’s economy and wanting to live a rich, full life.

For more information on Louis Barajas visit www.LouisBarajas.com.

About The Author

Louis Barajas is a best-selling author; speaker and financial planner with a passionate commitment to educate and enlighten people on the kind of relationship one needs to have with money in order to create greatness in their life and community. Prior to writing “Overworked, Overwhelmed and Underpaid,” Barajas penned “The Latino Journey to Financial Greatness” and “Small Business, Big Life.”

He has been profiled, appeared as a guest, or quoted in local and national television, radio, and press, such as, The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN’s - Your Money, Univision’s - Aqui y Ahora, Vista L.A., CNBC, Univision News, CNN en Español, ABC NEWS, Despierta America, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The Houston Chronicle, The Journal of Financial Planning, and Financial Planning Magazine. Louis has also graced the covers of the following magazines: Mutual Funds, Senior Market Advisor, Hispanic Journal, and Hispanic Business.

Louis is routinely asked by several major U.S. corporations to give presentations as well as be a part of their marketing campaigns. These companies include Sears, Hyundai, Visa, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, McDonald’s, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, Citibank, Fed Ex, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Louis is clearly recognized as one of the national leading experts on financial education and small business for the working class. His purpose in life is to be the catalyst in helping people of all income levels, especially the underserved, to use money to reach their full potential and live their highest purpose. He and his wife Angie, and their three children, live in Irvine, CA.
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