Much To My Surprise

Much To My Surprise


A few months ago I saw a book on the Internet, “The One Minute Millionaire”. The authors of this book were Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen. I knew of Mark Victor Hansen because of his involvement with the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I was curious about what type of book this would be with Mark Victor Hansen as one of the authors. So I ordered the book.

The Story Got My Attention
The weeks past and truly I had forgotten that I had ordered it. I arrived home from work and my husband said a package came for me. Upon opening the package I found the book, plus a CD. The book intrigued me. I started reading it and found it was unlike any book I had previously read. The book is actually two books in one. The left hand pages are theory and the right hand pages are a story. I started reading the book together, but the story got my attention.

The story is one where you think nothing else could go wrong, but it does!! Every free minute I had I found myself wanting to read the book. When I wasn’t reading the book I found myself thinking about the story and wondering how it would turn out. Well this morning I finished reading the book, the story part of the book. I read a lot of books, and I can honestly say this book is one that inspired me to write about it.

Full of Wisdom
The book is full of wisdom; not only teaching principles for becoming independent, but it truly teaches good values for life. It uses real life situations and analogies that really do make you think.

One analogy I especially like is:
“The wind might cause a kite to rise, but what keeps it up there is the fact that somebody on the ground has a steady hand. You have to hold steady to your values – your integrity. It’s your anchor. You let go of that. . . well, it isn’t long before your kite comes crashing down.”

Not About Money
The title of the book, “The One Minute Millionaire” is intriguing but after reading the book the second title, “The Enlightened Way to Wealth” now makes sense to me. Enlightened being the key word!

To sum it up I would say: It’s not all about money; it’s about helping yourself, helping others and giving back.

I should point out I paid very little for the book, and truly wondered about the quality of what I would receive. I am sure you have heard the quote, “you only get what you pay for!” Well, MUCH TO MY SURPRISE . . . what I got was worth far more than I paid for it. I highly recommend this book!

Insight Gained
There are other books that can help provide insight into the whole process of developing a better life but the whole point is that there are resources to consult when you feel you need a little help. These resources also do not have to be a book because they can also be people who know how to create a new and different life. Many of these people have walked the talk, which means they have lived through challenges and were able to overcome them. These are the kinds of people who may not have written a book or that appear on TV in talk shows or have their life account written about in magazines. These are the people instead, whom you may know right now from someone at work to your next-door neighbor or even the local storeowner.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And better yet, I hope it sparks an idea or makes you look at how you live your life.

“A small change can make a big difference.”

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
“Small changes often will result in a huge overall change eventually.” Clodagh Swanson

“They serve best who give most of themselves. Self is forgotten by the one who serves, for such a one rejoices to see success coming to others through his or her efforts.” James Cash Penney

“It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.” Henry Ward Beecher

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