I have been meaning to post for days, and time just flew by. It is certain that time ticks faster and days, weeks, and months just seem to disappear as we get older. Especially when we have children. There is so much multi tasking and loads more to think about. Yesterday was Halloween. It is impossible to slow down time leading up to this theatrical, sugary special. Therefore, I am doubling up today on Robbins and Godin.
- Tony Robbins – “Money: Master the Game”
Definitely worth the read. In fact, please read it. You might find what Tony does for a living very helpful, or a waste. That does not matter, so remove your personal bias. It is only a stylistic difference in conveying a message. If you dislike drama and excitement, you might initially feel like staying away from his work. Hey, this is who he is. I happen to love his drama and excitement, and thoroughly enjoyed the handful of exclamation marks that are usually not found in a book about finance. I love that energy he brings on, even through writing.
The truth is this. It does not matter whether your style of communication gels with his, the gold nuggets in his book are true gold. The general public is ridiculously under educated in finance. Even people who work in finance may often be unaware of some of the very insightful thinking process and information, because it is too easy to become accustomed to what the corporation, or the head office, will steer the worker’s mind to a certain direction of thinking. Even when opportunities are readily available, personal finance has become one of those important matters that people neglect and prefer not think about it. It is almost like a taboo, and the tough part is that the less you think about it, the more you will dig yourself into a hole. More often, people feel that they have complete control over it, that they are safe, and find out years down the road that they are so far from what they imagined. Also, building net worth and managing finance takes a lot of effort and time. It does not happen overnight. Therefore, especially the new generation, gets bored of it. We want immediate gratification, in every aspect, which is impossible. That is like playing lottery to become financially independent. Trade stocks and strike rich. Not having a real strategy and broad scope of understanding, but wanting to make it. If you are following the wrong map, no matter how hard you try, you won’t reach your destination. You are lost. Those are Tony’s words. Thank you.
Tony’s specialty is in life coaching, and guiding people to serious personal breakthroughs in milliseconds. I happen to love that stuff, so perhaps, I am not a hard audience for him to convince. However… I cannot think of any other finance books where the world’s biggest financial superpowers are interviewed, and asked to share their tactics. Not to mention, Tony is worth billions. He has maintained his wealth over decades. If there is any credibility built into this book, it would be the fact that he has access to crème de la crème advising service for his personal finances. It is relatively easier to make a load of money than to maintain, manage, and grow the assets over three decades.
So the verdict is: PLEASE read it. Even if you don’t finish it, dig out the gold in it.
2. Seth Godin
While I was reading Tony’s book, of course, being the Millennial that I am, as usual, I was stretching myself thin and dipping my toes into all sorts of things. I started reading another book. This is Seth Godin’s book, “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?” My first answer to this question: No. Then I thought about it, and my answer was “Yes.” I don’t doubt myself. The double negative of “Indispensable” and “no” confused me for a brief minute.
I am also not full of myself. I am extremely humble. Life, failures, mistakes did that to me. However, my grit, strength, and flexibility and my extraordinary survival power tells me that yes, I am indispensable. There is nobody like myself. I am an atypical millennial. I may have been born with a silver spoon, but I also had that experience of having that taken away. I learned that it is too easy to have that taken away, so do not count on it. Yet, the memory of having that silver spoon gives me a unique combination high standards of a Millennial who expects awesome, wants great, and wants to slay during this lifetime while making it on social media slathered by likes and hearts. A combination of silver spoon and crawling military bootcamp style psyche makes me indispensable.
If you have never read anything by Seth Godin, I highly recommend it. Especially if you want to slay.
If your attention span is so short, then at least read his blog: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/