For the past four hundred years, virtually all practitioners of the dismal science we call economics have agreed on one basic premise: namely that a society's wealth is determined by its supply of physical resources--its land, labor, minerals, water, and so on. And underlying this premise has been another, even more profound, assumption--one supposedly so obvious that it is rarely mentioned: namely, that the entire world contains a limited amount of these physical resources.
This means, from an economic point of view, that life is what the mathematicians call a zero-sum game. After all, if there are only limited resources, one person's gain must be another person's loss; the richer one person is, the poorer his neighbors must be.
Over the centuries, this view of the world has been responsible for innumerable wars, revolutions, political movements, government policies, business strategies, and possibly a religion or two.
Once upon a time, it may even have been true. But not anymore.
Whether or not we ever did, today we do not live in a resource-scarce environment. That may seem hard to believe, but the businessperson and the
politician--as well as the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker--who
continue to behave as if they were operating in the old zero-sum world will soon find themselves eclipsed by those who recognize the new realities and
What are these new realities? To put it simply, we live today in a world of
effectively unlimited resources--a world of unlimited wealth. In short, we live in what one might call a new Alchemic world.
The ancient alchemists sought to discover the secret of turning base metals into gold; they tried to create great value where little existed before. But an analysis of their writings shows that they were on a spiritual as well as a monetary quest. They believed that by discovering how to make gold they could offer unlimited prosperity to all of God's children. And, although in our era the term alchemy is often equated with "false science" and fraud, the ancient alchemists were successful in their quest in a manner that they could not have anticipated.
Consider this: if the ancient alchemists had succeeded in fabricating gold,
gold would have become worthless and their efforts would have been for naught. Yet, through their attempts to make gold, they laid the foundation for modern science, which today has accomplished exactly what the alchemists hoped to achieve: the ability to create great value where little existed before. We have achieved this ability through the most common, the most powerful, and the most consistently underestimated force in our lives today--technology.
In the alchemic world in which we now live, a society's wealth is still a
function of its physical resources, as traditional economics has long maintained. But unlike the outdated economist, the alchemist of today recognizes that technology controls both the definition and the supply of
physical resources. In fact, for the past few decades, it has been the backlog
of unimplemented technological advances, rather than unused physical resources, that has been the determinant of real growth.
In Why We Want You To Be Rich — Two Men • One Message, Trump and Kiyosaki take an alternative approach by not writing a conventional how-to-book on investing money to secure one’s financial future. Instead, the book gives insight to the reader on how the authors think, why they win financially, and how they see the world of money, business and investing. Through the eyes and experiences of Trump and Kiyosaki, the reader gains knowledge on how to improve their financial future.
SET YOUR GOALS HIGH...THEN EXCEED THEM!
Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and -- most important of all -- find greater happiness and peace of mind.
The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don't need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction -- but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. This book gives you those secrets! Believe you can succeed and you will, Cure yourself of the fear of failure, Think and dream creatively, You are what you think you are, Make your attitudes your allies, Learn how to think positively, Turn defeat into victory, Use goals to help you grow, Think like a leader
The One Minute Millionaire is a revolutionary approach to building wealth and a powerful program for self-discovery as well. Here are two books in one, fiction and nonfiction, designed to address two kinds of learning so that you can fully integrate these life-changing lessons. On the right-hand pages, you will find the fictional story of a woman who has to make a million dollars in ninety days or lose her two children forever. The left-hand pages give the practical, step-by-step nonfiction strategies and techniques that actually work in the real world. You'll find more than one hundred nuts-and-bolts "Millionaire Minutes," each one a concise and invaluable lesson with specific techniques for creating wealth.
However, the lessons here are not just about becoming a millionaire -- they are about becoming an enlightened millionaire and how to ethically make, keep, and share your wealth. Whether your goal is less than a million dollars or that amount many times over, there's never been a better time to achieve abundance. Let The One Minute Millionaire show you the way.
Finally, a book that gets to the heart of one of the most vital of all skills — negotiating!Negotiating is one skill everyone needs to get more of what they want - to sell more, to keep costs down, to manage better, to strengthen relationships – to win! Whether or not you realize it, you're a negotiator, and to hone those skills Negotiate to Win is for you!
Negotiate to Win has one goal – to immediately and meaningfully improve readers’ negotiating skills. Jim Thomas, "America's Negotiating Coach," has helped tens of thousands negotiate their way to greater success. From the profusion of negotiation theories, strategies, ploys, and gambits, he's extracted the techniques that work, again and again, in the real world. He's packed them into this intense, irreverent, boisterously funny book.
Negotiate to Win is a powerful, "how-to" book that concentrates on results. It's full of dozens of proven, practical tips and techniques to help make you a better negotiator. You'll learn the strategies and tactics used by today's most effective negotiators, and how to defend against them. You'll discover how to overcome your natural reluctance to bargain and how to thoroughly prepare for your negotiations. You'll know when and how to make necessary concessions – and avoid making unnecessary ones. You'll learn how to deal with people who intimidate or harass you .... and much, much more!
Think and Grow Rich! (ISBN 1-59330-200-2) is a classic motivational book. Written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie, it was published in 1937 at the end of the Great Depression. In 1960, Hill published an abridged version of the book, which for years was the only one generally available. In 2004, Ross Cornwell published Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised, which restored the book to its original content, with slight revisions, and added the first comprehensive endnotes, index, and appendix the book had ever contained.
The text of Think and Grow Rich! is founded on Hill's earlier work, The Law of Success, the result of more than twenty years of research based on Hill's close association with a large number of individuals who managed to achieve great wealth during the course of their lifetimes.
At Carnegie's bidding, Hill studied the characteristics of these great achievers and developed fifteen "laws" intended to be applied by anybody to achieve success. Think and Grow Rich! itself condenses these laws further and provides the reader with 13 principles in the form of a philosophy of personal achievement.
Reflected in these principles is the importance of cultivating a burning desire, faith, autosuggestion and persistence in the attainment of one's goals. Hill also discusses the importance of overcoming many of the most common fears that can adversely affect one's thinking and potential.
Hill in his introduction to the book refers to the "Carnegie Secret", a conception which he reports is the foundation of all success and appears to be the premise of the book. Hill promises to indirectly describe this "secret" in every chapter, but never state it plainly, believing the use of the secret is only available to those who possess a "readiness" for it, a disposition Hill describes as essential to the concept itself.
Think and Grow Rich has sold consistently since its first publishing. According to one publisher, the book has now sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Think and Grow Rich is currently ranked #9 on the BusinessWeek Best-Seller List for paperback business books and has been on the aforementioned list for 22 months as of April 2007.
ARE YOU TIRED OF LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK?In the sequel to Rich Dad Poor Dad, learn how the role you play in the business world affects your ability to become financially free. There are four types of people who make up the world of business but it’s the business owners and the investors (not the employees and the self-employed) who can create great wealth by accelerating their cash flow through those assets. A Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant is perfect for employees or self-employed individuals interested in finding new ways to generate cash flow. If you’re already a business owner or real estate investor, this book delivers tools for even greater success.
The book takes the form of a story. It is largely based on Kiyosaki's own upbringing and education in Hawaii, although the degree of fictionalization is disputed. Because of the heavy use of allegory, some readers believe that Kiyosaki created Rich Dad as an author surrogate (a literary device), discussed further in the criticism section below.
The Poor Dad in the story is based on Kiyosaki's real father, a PhD holder and graduate of Stanford, Chicago, and Northwestern University, all on full scholarship, who was the head of the Education department of the state of Hawaii. In the book, he is greatly respected until he decides, late in his career, to take a stand on principle against the governor of Hawaii. This leads directly to Poor Dad losing his job, and his inability to find comparable work ever again. Because he has never learned to handle money, instead depending on the government (his employer) for support, he dies in severe debt.
In contrast to this character is Rich Dad, his best friend Michael's father. Rich Dad dropped out in 8th grade, but became a self-made multi-millionaire regardless. He teaches Kiyosaki and Michael a variety of financial lessons, and insists that the boys learn to make money work for them to avoid spending their whole lives working for money, like Rich Dad's employees, as well as Poor Dad, and indeed most of the people in the world.
Anthony Robbins holds a seminar called 'Wealth Mastery' and one of the keynote speakers is a gentleman called Keith Cunningham. During the seminar Cunningham claimed to be Kiyosaki's Rich Dad. This is highly unlikely not only because of the similarity in age between Cunningham and Kiyosaki, and Kiyosaki had stated in his books that Rich Dad had died in 1994. It is most likely that Rich Dad was a person named Richard Kimi, the deceased founder of Sand and Seaside Hawaiian Hotels.
The book highlights the different attitudes to money, work and life of these two men, and how they in turn influenced key decisions in Kiyosaki's life.