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Millionaire Mentors Share Their Wisdom
The process of creating and attracting money is actually a process of personal growth.
But, being a regular reader of the Rich Radiant Real blog, you already knew that, didn’t you?!
The million-dollar journey can be long and winding (if we choose it to be), but if we’re smart, we’ll follow the guidance of others who have gone before us. We’ll learn and apply some of their shortcuts, all while knowing that it’s OUR journey and we will still make ‘mistakes’.
I recently came across a phenomenal series of books called ‘The Millionaire Books’. These books follow the stories of ordinary Australians who have ‘created extraordinary lives for themselves and their families’.
I’ve loved reading this particular book (I’ve yet to try the others), because it chronicles the journey of each millionaire in their own words, giving us the ‘warts and all’ version of what they experienced along their journey, along with heaps of wisdom and guidance.
Do you know, a regular habit that cropped up frequently throughout the stories was that of people using vision boards and affirmations. See! They really work!
I think I’ll read the ‘Ms Millionaire’ book next – how about you? Do you spot any that pique your interest from The Millionaire Books’ series?
It’s so exciting to share finds like these with you. Hope you like this series!
A Mind-Expanding Lesson About Money
I recently purchased a phenomenal board game for my children, called Rich Dad Cashflow for Kids.
Created by Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! fame, it teaches children how to see the world of money in a way that’s quite different to the view many of us were raised with.
It encourages children to see the world as investors, as people who respect money but don’t necessarily have to trade most of their time and energy in order to have more of it. The mindset it provides is one of looking out for opportunities to create income-producing assets, rather than always purchasing ‘doodads’ that do nothing to create future income. Robert has two other board games, for adults, but many adults would probably find this children’s version a great starting point for re-wiring their financial brain.
After I purchased the board game, I dug into my success library and pulled out those two classics of Robert’s from the late 1990s – Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! and Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom. I’ve been re-reading their simple, classic, time-tested wisdom, and will be applying more of this wisdom in my own life from now on.
One particular quote stood out for me from Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom – and I’d like to share it with you here, with the hope that it gets you thinking differently about money.
Of his ‘rich dad’, Robert says:
He called money a drug because he had observed people who were happy when they had money, and upset or moody when they did not. Just as heroine addicts get high when they inject the drug, they also get moody and violent when they don’t have it.
‘Be careful of money’s additive power,’ he often said. ‘Once you get used to receiving it, that addiction keeps you attached to the way you got it.’
Put another way, if you receive money as an employee, then you tend to get accustomed to that way of acquiring it. If you get used to generating money by being self-employed, it is often difficult to break the attachment to earning money in that way. And if you get used to government handouts, that, too, is a hard pattern to break….
‘…its more than breaking a habit; it’s breaking an addition.’
That is why he stressed to me to never work for money. He insisted we learn to create our own systems as a way of acquiring money.
Are you open to new ways of creating and receiving money? If you’re intrigued, I really do suggest reading Robert’s books, and trying out the board games. We’re looking forward to ‘graduating’ our girls into the CASHFLOW 101 game, which provides the next level of complexity with regards to financial literacy.
From my point of view, we can use the law of attraction to begin manifesting our desires – AND we can be open to taking the real-world action that’s going to bring those manifested opportunities into our world.
Have you ever read any of Robert’s books? If not, are you curious about his approach? (Perhaps you’ll treat yourself or your family to one of his books or board games?) Let me know!
The Raw Food Traveler
What you may not know is just how profound raw food (and yoga, and meditation) can be. It can change your life. Seriously!
Just ask Jimmy Gilker. Jimmy is my web programmer, and he’s been a raw foodist for many years. Before raw food, he didn’t exactly follow the best of eating protocols and he was unhappy with certain aspects of his life. But he was always searching for answers.
When he heard about the raw food way of living, he gave it a try. In a pretty big way. And he combined his raw-food experiment with travel.
I’ve just finished reading Jimmy’s account of his raw food and travelling adventures, in his mighty tome called The Raw Food Traveler (I’ll forgive him the spelling error in ‘traveller’ – tee hee!).
At a whopping 580 pages, Jimmy’s book deeply explores his past, his feelings and his experiments. It reveals his journey of reflection and enlightenment in a frank, often humorous way. If you’ve ever been curious about what a raw food diet (including periods of fasting) can do for a person’s body and soul, you MUST read this book.
I love that Jimmy reveals how he became much more in tune with Spirit, and that his vibration raised higher and higher as his body offloaded years’ worth of toxins. As his vibration increased, he became more attractive to serendipitous events and opportunities, and to receiving and giving love. Life just flowed, and he felt almost indescribably blissful.
As Jimmy says on the back cover:
Ever certain that Peace could be found within, one person is driven to quest. Psychedelic voyages, human relationships, and spiritual and physical purification lead him to believe that it is, a Truth.
If you have some time over this upcoming Christmas break, I HIGHLY recommend spending a few days with Jimmy’s story, joining him on a songthaew ride to self-acceptance and one-ness.
Head here to find out more about this very personal, inspirational book. What a great Christmas gift for yourself (or for someone you love who’s curious about raw food, travel and enlightenment)…
However, be warned: if you’re at all squeamish about references to sex and drugs and rock’n'roll (and bowel movements), you may want to avoid this book, or at least brace yourself for a wild ride!
Making Peace with Your Money
One of the first books that heralded my spiritual awakening many years ago was Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach (see my review of this beautiful book here – that’s the lovely Sarah, in the photo above).
Sarah’s words of wisdom really spoke to my soul, and led me on an amazing journey.
She’s written several other books since then, and her most recent, Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity, which was published a couple of years ago, is perhaps her most poignant. In this book she reflects on the lessons she’s learned from having made a lot of money all at once (through the publication of the wildly successful Simple Abundance), and then having lost it all.
Money touches all of our lives, and I truly believe that it is a spiritual vehicle for us to learn some of the lessons we came to learn in this lifetime.
Today, I want to share a quote with you from Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity so that, if it resonates with you, you can learn from Sarah’s lesson. It’s a quote from her diary from a few years ago, when she began to meditate about creating this book.
“Well, if you love me so much, why do you keep giving me away?” Money said defensively. “Why don’t you hold on to me and love me, cherish me, look after me, and protect me in the same way that I want to love, cherish, and protect you? Stop letting me go! I don’t want to see you at risk, frightened, fragile, and vulnerable. My job is to take care of you, Sarah. But you are making my job impossible. We have to cooperate.”
It’s hard holding up your end of a conversation like this unless the answer is “Okay – my buck stops here.”
Then Money said to me: “Why don’t we discuss it every day? A real conversation – a heart to heart. Let’s work on bringing solvency back into our life, one choice, one decision, one dollar at a time – together.”
And I said, “Yes, my love, yes.”
Profound, and life-changing. Make money your friend, your ally, a member of the family. Treat it well, and let it look after you.
If you need help giving your money the love and respect it deserves, take a look at The Rich Radiant Real Money-Flow Tracker (especially the instructional ebooklet document), which is available for free from my Freebies page. Much love to you!
Simple Pleasures Are Often the Best!
I was recently looking for a particular book, when I instead stumbled across a book I’d purchased as a wee gift for myself just after Christmas, from the delightful Mary Ryan bookstore in Toowoomba.
This book, called A Book of Simple Pleasures (by author Leigh Crandall), is balm for a frazzled soul. Or even a not-so-frazzled soul.
The words are beautiful, but it’s the photography that makes me swoon.
Rich, luminous photos of glass bowls of flowers, close-ups of cosy soft furnishings, and panoramas of beautiful settings in nature. Many of the photos focus on the details of domestic pleasures, and invite us to relaaax and sink into sensory pleasure.
Have a look around your home. Is it set up, in a way that’s personal and true to you, to make you feel good?
Is there beauty in your midst?
Do you actively make time to connect with yourself and with others, to create rich experiences?
If you haven’t already read this book, I’d highly recommend it. It’s full of pithy quotes, ideas for easy entertaining or for lifting your mood, and personal anecdotes from contributors.
The ethos of this beautiful book is summed up by one of its contributor’s quotes (Amelia Barr):
It is always the simple that produces the marvellous.
So pare back, and focus on what matters to you and what brings you joy!
Letters to Mothers
That special day is coming up very soon.
The day in which we honour mothers around the world! (I’m looking forward to my special breakfast in bed, and lots of cuddles and handmade-with-love gifts and cards.)
If you’re a mum (or mom), or you have a mum, or you know a mum, you’ll want to check out a very, very special book called Mother Letters: Sharing the Mess and Glory.
It’s a compilation of letters from mothers, to other mothers.
I’m one of the contributors, so if you’re curious to see what I’ve written, you’ll need to grab yourself a copy! It’s an ebook, so you can instantly download it and start reading… and laughing, and crying.
And the story behind the book is also beautiful – check out ’Our Story’ over at the information page.
This book truly is a work of art, as is motherhood. Just look at this beautiful trailer:
So, if you know someone who would love this ebook, why not gift it as a gift this Mother’s Day? I know I will be. You can also download a gift card to add to a copy of a confirmation email. (And for a limited time, this amazing book is only US$6.99!)
Get Your Green On!
Mmm, looks good, doesn’t it?
This smoothie from a new book by a former client of mine, Kristine Miles. And I’d love to share the recipe with you!
(If you’re a subscriber to my ezine, you would have received this recipe in the March ezine – these are the sorts of goodies you receive as a subscriber! Simply leave your name and primary email in the box on the top right of this page.)
Here it is. It tastes as good as it looks:
- 1 mango
- greens (any dark leafy greens such as Swiss chard/silverbeet or spinach)
- 2 oranges
- 1 cup water
- passion fruit pulp, to top the finished smoothie
- Peel and cube the mango , and place the flesh in a blender.
- Add the greens (if you’re new to greens, just use 1 cup’s worth – the smoothie in the photo uses 2 cups), and then the oranges (chopped) and water.
- Blend until smooth, and serve in a glass with the passion fruit pulp on top.
Kris has over 300 more green smoothies for you to try in The Green Smoothie Bible: 300 Delicious Recipes.
There is a HEAP of super-clear, easy-to-read explanatory information, as well 300 recipes divided up by season or for particular health concerns. Kris is a physiotherapist on Victoria’s beautiful Phillip Island, and has been involved in the raw food and health movement for years.
She knows the health-giving powers of green smoothies, and she’s packed this highly accessible and inspirational book with ideas and wisdom to help you really enjoy these super-nutritious drinks.
Now, try the recipe and let me know what you think – leave a comment below!
Sugar, What is It Good For?
Guess what I’ve been reading lately? My latest bedside reading is this bold book – Sweet Poison, by Australian David Gillespie. It’s been out since 2008, but I heard about it on my recent summer holidays, through some friends who live in Queensland.
It’s been a riveting read. The author lost 40 kilos simply by cutting sugar (well, the fructose type of sugar) out of his diet.
In the world of ‘law of attraction’, it’s often said that if you believe something will or won’t harm you, then your belief will play itself out. So, if you don’t believe that sugar will make you fat, then you won’t get fat.
However, I beg to differ with this view. I believe that certain chemical reactions take place in the human body when we imbibe or ingest certain drinks or foods. Individual reactions will vary based upon a person’s biochemistry, but there are prevailing trends. We’re all human, after all, and are bound to react in similar ways to an oversupply of a certain toxin.
And so, with sugar, we now know that an oversupply of sugar does harm to the human body. You know it, and I know it!
This book, written by a layperson (ie, someone not in the medical or nutrition fields), explains WHY sugar is so bad for us, looking at trends in health over the past few hundred years (and with detail about the last 100 years).
David explains concepts in a clear and humorous way, although it may still take a bit of brainpower to get your head around some of the terminology.
If you know of someone who is carrying extra body weight, then tell them about this book. I’ve loved reading it because it reinforces much of what I believe about health, but I’ve also learned a few things! While my diet is pretty good, I know there are still a few areas for improvement.
Life can be all the sweeter when we look after ourselves!
PS Yep, fruit contains fructose, but its high fibre content prevents most people from overindulging in it. Soft drinks, however…
Reveal Your Naked Beauty for Good Vibrations!
I have a passion for personal development, and I usually have several books on the go at once (see this post for pic of just a few books that have appeared on my bedside table in recent times).
I just HAVE to tell you about this one – it’s a life-changer. The luscious e-book called Naked Beauty, by Shakaya Leone of Earth Empress, is an absolute gem.
Shakaya was my special teleseminar guest last month, and on the call we spoke about this book, and a program she’s created called The Beauty Cleanse.
We spoke about how important it is to look after yourself; in fact, to treat yourself as an empress. Doing so not only honours the Source that created you, but it FEELS GOOD, and while the latter is good enough reason on its own, the act of feeling good helps you attract the good things of life! The law of attraction responds to high-vibrational beings.
There are heaps of mindset approaches you can take to attract whatever it is that you want, but if your physical being isn’t honoured, you won’t attract as easily, and you won’t enjoy it as much anyway! Can you imagine really enjoying the riches of life if you’re feeling sick, tired, run-down, ugly, overwhelmed and run dry? What would be the point?
I can’t stop flicking through this book (I printed it out and put in a binder). The design is beautiful, the words speak to your soul, and the advice – if you apply it – really works! Shakaya speaks of really loving and honouring our body-temples and our souls, and includes heaps of natural beauty recipes that you can make at home – I love the Aphrodite Opal Emulsion (a beautiful moisturiser for cold weather) and the Priestess Peppermint Foot Treatment. Don’t you just love the delicious-sounding names?
Listen fellow Sistar, do yourself a huge favour and invest in Shakaya’s book. It’s only US$29.98 and is available for instant download, so you can start applying its heartfelt and transformational wisdom straight away. Are you ready for that? (In other words, are you ready to say ’yes’ to life?)
PS I’m an affiliate of Shakaya’s, so if you purchase her exceptional Naked Beauty e-book, I will receive a commission – but I only ever recommend products and services that I truly believe in, so you can be assured that the quality of this product is, quite simply, top-notch!
Win This Book!
A little while ago, I ordered a copy of this book from Amazon, but I accidentally (or was it divine intervention?) ordered two copies.
Which means that I can now share the love with one lucky blog reader. Below is my review of the book – if you like the sound of it, I’d love for you to enter the competition to win a copy. To enter, simply leave a comment in the comments section below, letting me know why you’d like to win a copy of the book. I will choose the winner next week! (Entries close Friday 8 April at 5pm Australian EST/8am UK/3am US EDT.) Good luck!
I love it when medical doctors go rogue.
Dr Weil is such a doctor. Conventionally trained, he later researched alternative therapies, and is now known as one of the world’s pre-eminent medical authorities on natural medicine and healing.
This fantastic book, called Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Enhance Your Body’s Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself, shows you that your body really does have the capacity to maintain and heal itself – you just need to let it do its work, and to give it help when it needs it.
Filled with stories of seeming miracles, whereby people have cured themselves of illnesses using the power of their thoughts (ignoring the pessimistic statements they may have received from doctors) or by listening to their instincts and applying natural remedies to their conditions, this book will definitely give hope to those who feel doomed to a life of illness and pain.
Dr Weil discusses the nature of a healing diet, the importance of reducing toxins in your environment, the use of tonics, the need for the right types of activity and rest, and how important it is to include mind and spirit in the cure of physical ailments. I believe there’s certainly a place for modern conventional medicine (such as in cases of trauma or emergency – Lord knows I was grateful for my back operation in 2007), but Dr Weil proves that a natural approach has tremendous results for treating chronic illness and disease.
Although some of the book’s food recommendations are a little out of date (it was originally written in 1995), there is no disputing that this is an authoritative, inspiring text written from the heart.
If you’re currently unwell – or just feel in less than optimum health – I’d highly recommend that you grab yourself a copy of this enlightening book.
(If you’re the lucky winner, I’ll notify you by email.)