Are you truly happy with where your life is at right now?
In your relationship? In your health and well-being? and in your financial positioning?
If your answer to all three questions is ‘Yes’, then great! I am sincerely pleased for you. But if the answer to any of those questions in ‘No’ then I ask you, “What are you doing to change it?” Because you can change it, and it’s down to you to make that change, not for someone else to do something for you, or for a situation/ environment to change, it’s completely down to you. I completely agree with Jim Rohn when he says,
The major key to your better future is you.
My suggestion to you, to start the process to make the changes needed, is to read books. Many of the most successful people in the world will tell you, you should read daily. Books give you information, ideas, motivation and inspiration.
If you are anything like me I can’t seem to keep my head out of books. Sometimes I’m reading three books at a time like right now I’m reading Influence by Robert B. Cialdini; How to Get Money for Anything Fast! by Stuart Lichtman and Joe Vitale; and You’re a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. (Seing a theme here?)
I’m not one to read novels, I just don’t have time for that. I crave knowledge and for me life is a continual education.
Speaking of education, I feel it’s really important for individuals to get financial education which isn’t taught in schools so I took my financial education into my own hands which moves nicely into my 3 most influential books. Probably not what your expecting but hear me out.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
“The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money. The result is that people learn to work for money… but never learn to have money work for them.”Robert T. Kiyosaki
A best seller, this was the first book I read which introduced me to how I could start making a change to my financial situation. An easy to read book with an interesting story, it educates you in the concept of assets and liabilities. A good introduction into financial security, I found it so powerful that I bought a copy for my daughter, niece and nephew.
Property Magic by Simon Zutshi
Having bought my first investment property and owning it for a number of years, I was baffled as to how other investors were able to grow their portfolios so quickly and sought to find the answer. I was watching the Property Network channel on TV and saw Simon Zutshi talking about his book, Property Magic so I immediately purchased a copy. I couldn’t put the book down, I read it in about 2 days. It was in that book that I learnt the secret to growing a portfolio.
This was the book that led me to financial freedom. It was the stepping stone in educating myself in property investments.
Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
A book in self-improvement and another best seller written in 1937 but still very relevant today. In it he talks about 13 ‘Steps to riches’, those being:
Desire; Faith; Auto-suggestion; specialized knowledge; imagination; organized planning; decision; persistence; power of the Mastermind; the mystery of sex transmutation; the sub conscious mind; the brain; and the sixth sense; a chapter dedicated to each one.
To write the book Hill interviewed some of the most successful men of his time including Henry Ford. To summarise the book, it outlines the main requirements for success, profoundly: desire, faith, plans and persistence.
These books opened up my eyes to make the changes in my life to a better future!
I now have more time to do the things I enjoy, I can choose what to do with my time and when to do it, I have the time to spend with the people I cherish. I no longer need an alarm clock to tell me what time to get up in the morning and I set my own schedule for the day. I am not dictated to by a job!
I made the decision to take back control of my life and started my Digital Business, because we still have to work, right? The difference being, though, I choose when, where and the number of hours I choose to work.
Self-development is also about making yourself more valuable in the world. I learnt that from Jim Rohn. Learning new skills in my 40s has brought new challenge and excitement into my life, making it all the more enjoyable.
So as I suggested at the beginning, if you’re ready to make changes in your life I recommend you start reading books to give you that inspiration and push that you might need.
And if you’re interested in what my Digital Business looks like: