Some time ago, I used to attend one of those highly successful evangelical churches in Nairobi. One day, the Pastor gave an example of how he had had a visit from a young man who wanted his help publishing a book. He had already written the book, "How to Make Money". Now, our pastor refused to fund the project. Why? This young man wanted the pastor to "give him money" to publish a book on "how to make money!" He simply told him to apply the principles he had written in his book to make the money he needed to publish the book.
And I agreed with him. There are several inspirational books in the stores, all showing people how to make money, how to be successful, how to be happy, how to achieve your dreams....and the what not. They are great books, by the way, and they may help you...but then you notice the writer is not enjoying what he wants you to enjoy himself!
Before reading a non-fiction book, I like looking at the background-the author- to see if the theme sits well with what he stands for. Real life experiences are the best ways to study. The author, Brian Koslow is the founder and president/CEO of Breakthrough Coaching, Inc., a company that provides business training to professionals who aspire to become top earners in their fields. He was a millionaire by the time he was thirty-one - I still have some way to go, so, I reckoned he could assist me.
When I came across this book- 365 Ways to become a Millionaire (Without Being Born One), the title resonated very well with me. I wasn't born a Millionaire and I don't expect to inherit millions, but I want to be one! And there are 365 ways to become one? Wow. I expected 365 ideas that could generate millions, and I was ready to try some. However, It won't show you how to trade in the Stock Exchange, start up the next Google, or be a great real estate investor. No! Far from it. Basically, the book's premise is that with your very positive, opportunity-seeking, desirable self you'll bump into enough to have that million rub off on you.
The keys to real success, says Koslow, can be found within. Factors such as mindset, attention to detail, and a strong sense of ethics, are among the most important elements. In 365 Ways to Become a Millionaire, Koslow uses a lighthearted style to divulge inspirational and practical advice -- the very strategies, tactics, and unique insights that made him a millionaire. The result is a serious, yet accessible guide for anyone who wants success in whichever field, whatever position.
Through 365 practical and philosophical tips, Koslow shows people how to build a mindset for success and turn their wealth-building aspirations into reality. These are in the main aspects of Integrity, Credibility, Leadership, Relationship, Reputation, Negotiation, Money, Entrepreneurialism, Productivity, Time, Listening & Confrontation.
Every Page has something to learn and quote! Actually, I would recommend one buying the book and reading a nugget every morning, reflect on it, and at the end of the day, you will realize you have gone some steps ahead.
In particular, among several others, I took home these points:
- Circumstances are not a valid excuse for lack of performance. If you cannot confront and overcome your circumstances, your performance will suffer.
- Be anchored to some ideal, philosophy, or cause that keeps you too excited to sleep
- Being highly committed to making more money will make you more money
- If you would not volunteer to do the job you have, you are probably doing the wrong job
- Always keep your word. If a change in circumstances means that keeping your word would be life threatening or otherwise devastating, renegotiate with the intent of maintaining your integrity
- Your integrity is at stake when your actions don't match your words, moreover, your reputation, credibility and relationships are at stake too.
If you want to learn practical ways of living a successful life, the normal way, by all means buy, read and enjoy the book.
If you want more focused advice, on how to Get Rich Fast, try something else!