Writing This Book Changed My Life...
I Hope Reading It Will Change Yours


If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
That’s what we’re taught, isn’t it?

We keep striving for more and very often fall into the trap of “I’ll be happy when . . .” believing one more achievement or one more possession will finally make us happy.

But the research shows that even when we get these things, they don’t result in lasting happiness. And, unfortunately, this constant pursuit of money, success, and happiness has left millions of people frustrated, knee-deep in debt, or victims of foreclosure and bankruptcy. Just look around. The symptoms are everywhere.

How did we get so caught up?

What led so many hard-working people to believe more money, bigger houses, fancier cars, and more successful careers or businesses were the keys to happiness? In most cases it’s not about greed. We’re simply in search of security, love, and happiness, three of our basic human needs.

Sadly, we’ve been conditioned to live our lives striving for more, to compete, to win, so we can fulfill these needs. We’re surrounded by messages about being, doing, and having more. As a result, from the time we’re children we’re taught that’s the path to happiness.

Breaking the Spell

Breaking The Spell investigates the many ways we’re sold happiness in the form of money, achievement, and success.

It delves into the roles played by societal and cultural influences, our educational system, youth sports, and the personal development industry. It looks at how we’ve been influenced by social media, reality television, and advertising.

It considers the impact of the real estate and financial markets and even takes a look at generational trends, personality type, and addiction.

Breaking the Spell will open your eyes and help you understand why we’ve become so spellbound as a society, and individuals, to constantly chase more.

It’s time to step back and re-evaluate our constant pursuit of money, achievement, success, and happiness, so we can break the spell and finally experience the happiness we’re seeking.

Available in Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook* Format

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 Or, Download the First Chapter of Breaking the Spell Here

Maybe you can relate… for yourself or someone you know…
  • Are you tired of trying to live up to other people’s standards or expectations?
  • Have you been climbing the corporate ladder, only to discover there’s always another rung, and no matter how high you climb it never seems to be high enough?
  • Do you ever look in the mirror and wish you looked younger, thinner, more handsome or beautiful, and think life would be easier or you’d be happier if you did?
  • Are you tired of investing with success gurus and feeling like they’re the only ones getting richer?
  • Did you get caught up in the real estate boom and end up losing your home, or an investment property, when the market crashed?
  • Do you look around and feel like everyone else has it better than you?
  • Do you feel like no matter what you do, how much you spend, or how much you have, you’re still chasing an elusive level of money, success, or happiness?

We spend our lives doing what we think we’re supposed to be doing…

Seeking success, making more money, and buying all the things we think will make us happy. We’re often trying to live up to our parent’s expectations. Our teacher’s expectations. A mentor’s or coach’s expectations. Society’s expectations. Even our own expectations!

Everyday we’re surrounded by messages telling us that when we achieve these goals then we’ll have made itthen we’ll be happy.

And, if you look at the state of our financial world, the real estate market, the record number of foreclosures and bankruptcies, and the billions of dollars invested each year in personal development programs, it’s clear millions of people have been affected, AND…

  • Instead of becoming rich or financially free, many have lost everything and are deep in debt
  • People who thought they had finally achieved the American Dream have lost their homes and their good credit
  • Foreclosures have quadrupled since 2005
  • Bankruptcy filings have doubled since 2007
  • Kids don’t get to be kids anymore—they’re too busy trying to succeed in school, sports, and extracurricular activities
  • Teens are stressed out, and often become depressed, just trying to keep up, and get into college (Did you know suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among teens?)

It’s time to turn things around so we can stop spending all our time pursuing happiness and just be happy. 

It’s time to Break the Spell

Breaking the Spell

Download the First Chapter of Breaking the Spell Here

Praise for Breaking the Spell

“If you’ve ever gone to a seminar to learn to start a business that promises millions, bought a success book or program or hired a coach to help you make more money — this book is for you. It will be the sobering whack on the side of the head that you need to bring your priorities back in line. While Breaking the Spell is NOT written to dissuade you from participating in self-improvement programs or buying these products, it IS written to help you become a better consumer of these products.”  

~Business Insider

“I’ve been in the personal and professional development industry for more than thirty years, I can’t recommend Breaking the Spell highly enough. While success is an admirable goal, a variety of factors have led too many people on a virtual wild goose chase for success. In this excellent book, Debbie delves into the reasons why so many people have gotten so sidetracked, ending up bankrupt and unhappy instead of financially free and blissful. This book explains so much and enables us to recapture our personal power on our quest for happiness and success.”

~ Michael Angier, Founder, SuccessNet

“As a millionaire I’ll be the first to admit that money makes life easier. But Debbie LaChusa has struck gold with Breaking the Spell: most people are far too focused on making more money or achieving higher levels of success, believing when they get both, then suddenly, they’ll be happy. Breaking the Spell makes an unforgettable and eye-opening case that we’ve been falsely conditioned by society, gurus, and yes, even our parents and teachers to believe that MORE, in all aspects of life, is the key to personal fulfillment. This book tells an engaging story sure to crack fissures through anyone’s perspective.”

~ MJ DeMarco, Author of The Millionaire Fastlane

“Finally someone has the guts to come out of the closet with the truth about happiness, money and the ‘self help’ industry!”

~ Kimberly Englot, Author of The Now of Happiness

“In this quest for more, far too many people get caught in the web of exaggerated marketing messages and guru promises. They put the experts on pedestals only to later find out that their trust was misplaced and misused. Often finding themselves not richer or happier, but poorer, disillusioned, and frustrated. In Breaking the Spell, Debbie LaChusa exposes why so many people have gotten caught in this web and offers suggestions for breaking free and recapturing our lives.”

~ Connie Joy, Author of Tragedy in Sedona: My Life in James Arthur Ray’s Inner Circle

“Wow, finally someone is pulling back the curtain on the guru/coaching business.”

~ Monique Gallagher, Highest Potential Training

“This book will definitely open your eyes and force you to re-evaluate much of what’s considered ‘normal’ in our society.”

~ Christine Kloser, Author of Beyond Mindset: Everyday Inspiration to Help You Remember What Your Heart Already Knows

“A great read if you’ve ever questioned why many of the success models haven’t worked for you and your business. It’s the side of the story that many never discuss… in public.”

~ Tamara Gold, CEO Tamara Gold Enterprises, Inc.

Now Available in Paperback and Ebook Formats


 Or, Download the First Chapter of Breaking the Spell Here


About The Author

Despite becoming a vice president in her thirties, building three successful six-figure businesses in her forties, becoming a millionaire, speaking internationally, and sharing the stage with celebrity teachers from The Secret, Debbie LaChusa never felt satisfied.

After spending seven years and $200,000 constantly trying to achieve more, she realized she had become spellbound. She looked around and saw she wasn’t alone, prompting her to embark on a yearlong investigative journey to understand why, so she could heal herself and help others. Breaking The Spell is the result of that journey.

You can learn more about Debbie at www.DebbieLaChusa.com and read her musings about money, success, and happiness on her blog at www.MoneySuccessHappiness.com

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