Sun, Aug 16, 2015
If there is one habit most super-successful people share, it is this: They read. A lot!
Your life is a product of your awareness
The majority of you are aware of the saying, “wealth is a mindset”. Well, I must say I’m one of the many, who are for that saying. The extent of your ideology output largely depends on the extent of what you are aware of. This sounds obvious and is more or less a truism. It’s important to note the life transforming secret that is embedded in this truism. The secret therein is that your life is a product of your awareness!
Today, I expose to you a multi-faceted foundation of seven great books, that you must read in your 20’s, to broaden your awareness which will in turn broaden your ideology which will in turn broaden your life in the aspect of riches and wealth. You ought to be a part of this domino effect of wealth. The books are:
101 Ways to mae Money in Africa by Harnet Bokrezion PhD and John-Paul Iwuoha
Investing or doing business in Africa can be tough, but it's not impossible. This book contains several inspiring success stories of entrepreneurs, investors and business people who have nailed it in Africa. Their experiences will teach, inspire and spark your imagination!
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
This is my personal favorite. It was written by T. Harv Eker, a man who made it to the top a few times and delves into the mind and beliefs of wealthy people.
The book has strategies that are simple to follow. Harv offers a free, live event to learn the tools in this book. He says the change of attitude is just as important as financial education and he shows you just how to do this.
How Successful People Think by John Maxwell
With a high sense of brevity, Maxwell clearly points out the traits of successful people. The difference between his ideology and Harv’s ideology (author of the book listed above) is that Maxwell gives a holistic insight to successful people. He not only looks at the money aspect like Harv, but also developing other aspects like established family.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This work of science fiction helped billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk through an existential crisis during his adolescence. In the book, a supercomputer deduces the answer to a meaningful life is the number 42, though it's not clear what the original question was.
"It highlighted an important point, which is that a lot of times the question is harder than the answer," Musk said in an interview. "And if you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part. So, to the degree that we can better understand the universe, then we can better know what questions to ask."
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
This book is a series of parables about money written in the 1920s by George Clason. They were written as individual essays of a few thousand words, but the theme throughout them is consistent — save 10% of your money, give 10% away, use 10% to reduce your debt load, and live on the remaining 70%. The book also insists that charitable giving is important, provided you don’t allow those two whom you give to become dependent upon your gifts.
Beyond Charity by Eric John Abrahamson
This book reveals the greatest and most elusive way of maintaining wealth. This way is by the way of philanthropy. It mainly refers to the greatest philanthropic works of the world’s richest money empire, the Rockefeller family. More still, it unfolds the wealth creating paradox and principle of “you get what you want by giving it to others”.
Winning With People by John Maxwell
If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together. Such a statement is the basis for writing this book. John Maxwell, profoundly articulates the relevance of team work in any aspect of life. So for the case of entrepreneurial mindsets, this book is a necessary guide to help you formulate teams, work in them and most importantly maximize the team potential so that the enterprise not only blossoms fast but also far.
A well-intended read of the above books will drown your consciousness in an infinite realm of wisdom for wealth and riches. What makes the books ideal for the Africans in the twenties is the spot on presentation of ideas by the respective authors. This ensures that the little minds of this group of people will grasp the principles at a terrific speed and hence yield enormously. I wish you a blissful success with the least effort.
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Edrine Habasa is an autodidact bridge engineer, dialectician and knowledge enthusiast. He's also a debunker of falsehoods as he champions the truth.
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