Genre: Personal Success

Book Review: Get Rich Lucky Bitch Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Posted August 29, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9781478181491
Book Review: Get Rich Lucky Bitch Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Duffield-ThomasGet Rich, Lucky Bitch! by Denise Duffield-Thomas
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 19th 2013
Genres: Business & Economics, Personal Success
Pages: 283
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four-stars

Are you ready to break through your money blocks and finally make the money you deserve? In Get Rich, Lucky Bitch, you'll unlock your hidden potential for abundance and upgrade your life forever. Why do most women settle for pennies instead of embracing true wealth? It's not because you're not smart or ambitious enough. You've just been programmed to block your Universal right to wealth with guilt, shame, or embarrassment. Even if you're unaware of these blocks and fears, you're probably not earning what you're really worth. Join Lucky Bitch author Denise Duffield-Thomas on a journey of self-discovery so you can smash through your abundance blocks and join a posse of women all around the world who are learning to live large and become truly lucky bitches. Are you ready to get rich, you lucky bitch?

I have heard of Denise Duffield Thomas in my business groups. I have to admit I wasn’t very into what I call the woo woo stuff before. I was firmly logic centered but this year I have shifted into believing that it may hold the answers for a happier and better life. I saw this on Kindle Unlimited so I downloaded it and read it.

To be clear she is not a financial advisor. She is a mindset coach so don’t go into it thinking you are gonna get financial advice on how to get rich, that is not what this book is. Rather this book is about changing your mindset relating to money.

And after reading this I realized that I DO need to change my mindset. Growing up in Central Appalachia all the financial education I got is “there is never enough money”. Even when the mines were open and some dude was making 400,000 dollars a year as a foreman or whatever they always claimed poverty. I grew up with no matter HOW MUCH money there was in reality in my head I was always barely scraping by.  It didn’t help that no one in the mountains ever taught financial literacy to kids so we were all stuck in what is called the poverty mentality.

I am about to get all woo woo here so if you are against that just skip this part. The truth of the matter is you attract what you think about and put out. So if you act and think like a poor person then you will be a poor person. I read Ask and it is Given awhile a go and I wonder why that shit never seemed to work for me. After reading Get Rich Lucky Bitch I had my aha moments and I took a long hard look at WHAT I was thinking and guess what? I was stuck in the never enough mentality, and guess what? Most times it seemed like there was never enough of anything.

Denise Duffield Thomas suggests that if you find yourself in the never enough mentality to try and make small upgrades and when you are ready to make another small upgrade. you keep on going until you reach YOUR version of a fulfilled life.

I decided that I was going to try making tiny upgrades. The first one was my cleaning stuff. I knew that Grove had a good deal on organic cleaning supplies but yet most of my stuff came from the Dollar Store. I am conducting an experiment with doing UnFuck Your Habitat and I told myself that was going to get my stuff on the Grove website. I ordered them and you know what I actually kinda liked cleaning with these supplies. I am writing a whole blog post with this experience so check back for that post. Yes, It was just a tiny upgrade and at times it was even the same price or cheaper than the Dollar Store but you know what? I felt good using them and my whole mentality to cleaning changed.

If you are used to shopping at Wal-Mart don’t go and start buying out Macy’s. If you shop at Walmart then next go to Target and when that feels like comfy then you shop at the next level and I don’t even know what that is so I can’t help you there.

Denise Duffield Thomas also talks about manifesting what you want. She has had lots o success in this so she knows what she is talking about. I honestly LOVED reading her back story and how she manifested stuff.  I was all like I want to try all of this and you best believe that I took lots of notes.  My favorite part of the book was the end where she explains how to manifest money for a trip or a conference. The ebook on my kindle is all yellow cause I highlighted and took so many notes. I decided there is something I want to manifest so I started the process and she warned that problems would pop up when you stated you desire to the Universe. And you know what I put down on paper what I wanted, made a list of how I could pay for it and did all the things to start the manifestation process and the next day there were  the  family crisis, friend crisis, personal crisis. It got to where I was wondering if what I wanted to manifest was worth it but you know what? I am standing my ground till the Universe gives me what I ask for.

This is NOT  a get rich quick kind of book. I have read some reviews that people thought this was a get rich quick book and was disappointed when it wasn’t. This is all about aligning yourself to the life that you want. The important thing is the LIFE YOU WANT part. Don’t do something cause it is another person’s vision of success. That won’t make you happy.

One more thing. To attract the life you want you to have to be happy with what you HAVE NOW. If you are thinking shit I don’t have any money then soon you will subconsciously defeat yourself and you really won’t have money. You have to imagine how it would feel to live the life you want and to get in that mindset so that is what you attract. So many people stay trapped in the ” I don’t have enough” and soon they are really scraping by. You do not want that to happen to you RIGHT?!? So imagine how you would feel in the South of France making money with your writing and blog. Feel the tropical breeze and really imagine walking along the palm studded street on your way to the gym to have a killer workout. How do you FEEL and HOLD ON TO THAT FEELING EVEN WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN and the universe will find a way to make it happen for you!

 

 

four-stars
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Overall: four-stars

Review:Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Posted November 3, 2015 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

ISBN: 9780804137386
Review:Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeownEssentialism by Greg McKeown
Published by Crown Publishing Group on 2014
Genres: Business & Economics, Decision-Making & Problem Solving, Time Management, Personal Success, Self-Help, Personal Growth, Success
Pages: 260
Format: ebook
Source: library
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three-half-stars

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER 
Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?   Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?   Are you often busy but not productive?   Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people's agendas?   If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.   The Way of the Essentialist isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting only the right things done.  It is not  a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. 
By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.
Essentialism is not one more thing - it's a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn who to do less, but better, in every area of their lives, Essentialism  is a movement whose time has come.

my reviewSo I am all about paring down to the basics these days. I had heard about this book and thought now I can learn how to pare down to the bare bones of survival. I know, I know it is a good dream but not feasible. However, this book did have some good points about boundaries and stuff. Like if your boss wants you to work on Sunday but you reserve that day for the Lord then you tell your boss to suck it and stick to your guns, and somehow you gain respect and your time back.

There is my biggest problem with this book. Supposed you work at Mickey D’s. If you tell you boss off there then basically you are SOL and jobless. While this book had some good advice, it is only applicable if you are in the upper economic classes. I mean in the freelancing community the hot topic is, should one take weekends and time off to recharge? I love my job, and I love to write, so I haven’t yet reached that crisis point when I tell everyone to fuck off that it is the weekend and not to bother me until Monday. But alas I know some who have. More power to ya. But if my cousin who is a road cleaner (I know there is an official name, but I cant think of it at the moment) tells HIS boss that he is not going to clear the road of snow in the wintertime on weekends cause that is family time, well again he would be SOL.

Again this book is an excellent book if you are upper middle class or richer. It seems that the American consumerism had gotten so big that it busted and now instead of McMansions we all want to go live in tiny houses with a tiny yard and a tiny friends list and a tiny…you get the picture.  But what if one doesn’t have the money or the means to get a tiny house custom built. What if you are really poor, and you do that extreme couponing thing and you need the room to store all that stuff. I feel that not everyone would have the ability to put this book into practice. I know that is more of a comment on our social classes than the book itself but still.

I would recommend this book, though. It DOES have some good valid ideas. We say yes to so many things when we need to be saying no.

three-half-stars

Book Review: Kiss That Frog by Brian Tracy

Posted April 3, 2015 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9781609942809
Book Review: Kiss That Frog by Brian TracyKiss That Frog! by Brian TracyChristina Tracy Stein
Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers on 2012
Genres: Business & Economics, Motivational, Personal Growth, Personal Success, Self-Help, Success
Pages: 145
Format: ebook
Source: library
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three-half-stars

Just like the lonely princess in the fairy tale who was reluctant to lock lips with a warty frog and transform him into a handsome prince, something stops many of us short of attaining our dreams. Our negative thoughts, emotions, and attitudes can threaten to keep us from achieving all that we’re capable of. Here bestselling author and speaker Brian Tracy and his daughter, therapist Christina Tracy Stein, provide a set of practical, proven strategies anyone can use to turn those negative frogs into positive princes.

Tracy and Stein present a step-by-step plan that addresses the root causes of negativity, helps you uncover blocks that have become mental obstacles, and shows how you can transform them into stepping-stones to achieve your fullest potential. The book distills, in an accessible and immediately useful form, what Tracy has presented in more than 5,000 talks and seminars with more than five million people in fifty-eight countries and what Stein has learned through thousands of hours of counseling people from all walks of life.

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” the authors quote Shakespeare. The many powerful techniques and exercises in this book will help you change your mindset so that you discover something worthwhile in every person and experience, however difficult and challenging they might seem at first. You’ll learn how to develop unshakable self-confidence, become your best self, and begin living an extraordinary life.

why I read this book

I THOUGHT I was re-reading Eat That Frog. I started reading got confused then found out it was the wrong book. I kept reading to see what this one was about.

my review

What is it about self-help books that tell you to just let it go? I know I need to let some shit go but HOW?!

This book had the same good advice as other books like this but I find my self becoming increasingly frustrated with this genre. They all say the same thing and yet…they never seem to tell yu HOW to let that ex go? How to let the anger of how your life has turned out go. Yes I have issues. Yes I am in therapy. Been there for years and I am starting to think I am a hopeless case.

I want to be fair. I think someone with out the serious issue of shizoeffective disorder, someone who just has minor issues could get a lot out of this book. Someone who is not homebound because of anxiety and all that jazz will find info on how to look a bad situation in the eye and move on. The author gives 7 ways you can do this. All is good sound advice. I have heard it before from my therpist who even has a PH.D. As for me I think I need to lay off the self-help books for a while. A post on THAT coming soon.

three-half-stars