James Willis Makes a Million - Book Review.
Motivational stories of financial successes are a dime a dozen, but there is none I‘ve enjoyed reading more then the fictional tale of a young boy who begins his first successful business at the age of eight.
Aptly entitled, James Willis Makes a Million, by K. Wodke, the mantra, “I’ll play when I’m rich,” rings loud and clear on every page.
More than just a book about how to achieve financial success; James Willis Makes a Million is an endearing and motivational tale of what anyone of any age can do when they put their mind to it.
In addition, the ideal conveyed that a person can successfully change his or her not-so-favorable circumstances with the loving and sometimes reluctant support of family and community members is refreshing, considering the ‘me-first- out-for-myself’ attitude we find in this day and age.
Set in the early 1970’s, the young hero of this story, James Willis, experienced poverty first -hand as he lived in an old, rundown house with his loving father and his stern grandmother who insisted on being called “Mrs. Brown.”
Like most people of that era, James was surrounded by poverty. Not only were he and his small family poor; he lived in a neighborhood where people “barely had two nickels to rub together” and it seemed that no matter how hard his father tried, he could never improve on their lot in life.
Consequently, from a very young age, James Willis decided that he did not want to be poor all of his life. So at the tender age of seven; with a broom in hand and his first paying gig; James Willis’s career as a successful young businessman was born.
Young James was not afraid of hard work. On the contrary, while other kids played, he worked. Surprisingly enough, work felt like play for him. Never did he feel more financially secure then on the occasions he deposited money in his savings account. Half was to go in his savings account, and the other half would be spent just the way he wanted - just like his father wisely advised him.
Though achieving financial stability and freedom is the main theme of this book, the underlying message that money should be kept in its proper place is often conveyed through the many conversations James has with his always supportive father.
Ingeniously, James Willis Makes a Million is more than just a warm tale of a young boy who makes it rich. This book can be used as a guide of sorts for those who have financial dreams of their own.
Practical advice that include; creating a brand, advertising, seizing golden business opportunities, gaining and remaining loyal to repeat customers, getting and staying organized, putting at least half of your earnings safely away, and living below your budget are intricately woven into the story.
Geared toward middle to adult readers, this gem of a read is a great reminder that success can come at any age and that no one should allow their circumstances to define who they are and what they will do with their life.
A warm, motivational tale of how a very young man used his talents, hard work, determination, perseverance, and the support of his family and community to become a millionaire all before the age of eighteen; James Willis Makes a Million is well worth a read.
About the author: K.Wodke lives in the Midwest and has other works that can be viewed at the website http://wodke-hawkinson.com/.
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