Now, onto something different yet similar to the first part. The following four authors are mainly focused on finances and what is standing in our way of achieving financial freedom and happiness. Of course, this is also closely tied to the spiritual and emotional approach we have towards everything in life, money included. To quote one of the authors that we are featuring in this segment, Napoleon Hill; “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
7. Kate Northrup – Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life you Really Want
If a person manages to turn her finances around from racking over $20,000 in credit card bills to being more than financially sound and now wealthy and she did that all by herself without paying debt with more debt, you would like to know her story, wouldn’t you? Well, that person is Kate Northrup, another young author whose need to spend, spend, spend left her almost bankrupt. With bankruptcy also came shame. She was ashamed of herself, she was ashamed of telling anyone how financially reckless she had been and she was ashamed that a smart, resourceful, hard working, Ivy-League educated girl would find herself in such situation.
How did Kate turn her financial life around? By going introspective! She asked herself a few crucial questions like:
- If I approached my financial awareness from the perspective of doing it as an act of self-love, as opposed to as an act of self-discipline, perhaps I would actually pay more attention to my money.
- My credit card and bank account balances, not to mention how I felt about myself, were indications that what I was currently doing was not working.
- What if I looked at my financial situation with compassion?
- What if I were kinder to myself?
- What if I forgave myself for previous financial infractions instead of diving into blame and shame every time I looked at my financial past?
This was a rather simple, but very deep change in her thinking which, along with some shrewd financial planning, eventually bore fruit. A year after this profound realization, Kate not only got out of the debt but also doubled her income. And she achieved all of this by the age of 28.
The first thing you will need to do when you start reading her book “Money, A Love Story” is to take the Money Love Quiz to see where on the spectrum your relationship with money stands—somewhere between “on the outs” and “it’s true love!” After that, you will find that the book is packed full of excellent advice for appreciating and cherishing your financial self. You will also learn about mental patterns that have been preventing you from earning what you know you are worth.
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8. Tony Robbins – Money – Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
Ask anyone who has been researching the world of life coaching and spiritual mindfulness, and in particular financial aspect of it, who is Tony Robbins and they will, without hesitation say “one of the best financial life coaches” in the world.
Tony is also one of those people whose personal difficulties propelled him to search for a more meaningful and wealthier life, both spiritually and financially. He grew up with a mother who had been married and divorced several times, and also abused both alcohol and prescription drugs. From early age, Tony became the primary caregiver and took care of his brothers and sisters. When he turned 17, his mother threw him out of the house while wielding a knife and he never went back. Soon after he took a job of a janitor in order to support himself.
His breakthrough moment came when he began promoting seminars for entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn during which he learned about neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and Ericksonian hypnosis. In the late 1980s, he started releasing infomercials about achieving peak personal performance with some of them featuring celebrities like actor Martin Sheen and NLF star Frank Tarkenton.
His book – “Money: Master the Game” – was published in 2014 and became No 1. on the New York Times Bestseller List. The book contains a plethora of advice collected from the interviews that Tony conducted with over 50 financial experts – from Carl Icahn and Warren Buffett, to Ray Dalio and Steve Forbes. This is a book that will resonate both with financial beginners and more experienced earners. One of the reviewers had the following to say about the book: “Tony Robbins is a human locksmith—he knows how to open your mind to larger possibilities. Using his unique insights into human nature, he’s found a way to simplify the strategies of the world’s greatest investors and create a simple 7-step system that anyone can use on the path to the financial freedom they deserve.”
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9. John C. Maxwell – Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success
If there is one common denominator among all of us, failure must be it. We have all experienced failure at least once in our lives and, after it, most of us have managed to pick ourselves up with more or less success. Are some people born to succeed in almost everything they touch and some are meant to struggle all their lives? Is there such thing as ‘lucky’ or ‘blessed’ people? What are the main characteristics of the people that do succeed? Does family background count? What about character? Morals? Carefree or difficult childhood?
If you have been troubling your mind to find the correct answers to the above questions, you can stop. And pick up a book called “Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success”. Although the book’s author, John C. Maxwell is a pastor with a PhD from the Fuller Theological Seminary, the advice he gives is universal and widely applicable. As he says: “In life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how are going to deal with them. Start failing forward instead of backward!”
Dr. Maxwell dwells more on how you handle your emotions when you hit a problem and identifies obstacles that delay progress. He also teaches you how to use failure as a lesson for the future and how to gain a valuable perspective from it. The book contains 15 chapters, with each chapter covering one of the 15 principles that will help you in implementing the advice in the book. Also, there are many accounts and true stories from people who have experienced huge failures in their life and turned them into great success.
Dr. Maxwell will also teach you not to look at setbacks as something negative and destructive but rather how to learn from those, embrace our failures and mistakes, and ultimately improve ourselves. And here is an interesting thought from the book to ponder over – “The less you venture out, the greater your risk of failure. Ironically the more you risk failure — and actually fail — the greater your chances of success.”
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10. Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich
Last, but certainly not least, we leave you with the man who started it all back in the 1930s – Napoleon Hill. He has been called “the father of the new thought movement” and “the first ever writer of modern personal success books”. Hill is a proof of the power that personal beliefs carry and the role they play in personal success.
Born in 1883 in the Appalachian Mountains, Napoleon started writing at the age of 13. He was a ‘mountain writer’ for a small local newspaper. The turning point in his life happened when, in 1908, he was commissioned to interview several incredibly successful men including one of the wealthiest and powerful men at that time, the industrialist Andrew Carnegie, so-called ‘king of steel industry’. What Carnegie disclosed in the interview, changed Napoleon’s life forever. Carnegie told him that the process of achieving success is contained within a very simple formula that anyone can understand and apply. In short, the formula was based on belief, freedom and harmony and destructive emotions like fear and selfishness had no part of it.
He wrote ‘Think and Grow Rich’ in 1937 and the book’s motto perfectly resonates to this day – positive mental attitude is the key. There are also several other crucial aspects to becoming wealthy (whatever your own definition of wealth is) – harnessing the power of the sub-conscious mind and ability to deal with adversity. The book covers a wide spectrum of wealth-generating process – from planning, decision making and persistence to advanced techniques like auto-suggestions, transmutation and conquering, as well as learning from fear. You will also learn that failing is an inevitable part of success.
After Andrew Carnegie, Hill went on to interview over 500 incredibly successful people including Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, William Wrigley Jr., Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison. The pearls of wisdom that he learned from these men later become an integral part of “Think and Grow Rich”. In the book, Hill explains in a rather funny, but wise and relevant way 13 steps to success. The book’s chapters cover all the most important segments in achieving success like Specialized Knowledge, Decision Making, Imagination and Organized Planning (in which he dwells on Leadership), as well as the principles for Teamwork, Creative Vision, Health, etc.
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