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Books that made me
There are books and there are books. Some books are powerfully written and they make a lasting impact on the reader while some other ones can only be best described as just shoddy, only to be read just once, if you can, and then subsequently discarded forever!
The books I am going to mention in this article are the ones that can really change a man – after all that was what they did to me.
When I wanted to piece this hub together, I wanted to title it books that changed me but for two reasons, I decided against using the word ‘change’. First, change signifies a movement but the problem with such movements is that it could be perspective dependent which lends to it becoming a questionable movement of changing either from the good to the bad or vice versa and that is not what I wanted.
Secondly, in line with the things I have learnt in some of those books, I decided that the word ‘made’ will suit the situation because once your desire is to be made, you can be made and once you are made, you are made!
Now hold it there before you start thinking I am trying to replace 2pac by going lyrical, just so you know, a made man in this sense is actually someone who clearly knows where he is going…
There are some books that you will read and you will feel like regretting, crying and cursing yourself for the simple fact that you didn’t come across such books five or ten years earlier. Such books have the capacity of changing your whole way of thinking and thus make you to start seeing yourself and to some extent, every other thing in another light with their mind blowing expository.
After taking some closer observation in what has been going on with me in my life of lately, I have come to the realization that all the things which I can say now define me and actually help me in understanding this world and the people in it all boils down to the following books!
Are you interested to know the books that have really changed me, sorry, made me? Okay, here they are:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
I must admit that prior to reading this wonderful little book; I virtually knew nothing about money. I used to think money was just that specially and artistically designed note in my pocket or wallet which I give to a seller in exchange for his goods and/or services. End of story.
I put so much faith on those papers thinking they were money itself. I thought rich people were greedy and always conniving to steal from the poor and I was strongly convinced by the fact that it was written in the Bible that it will be easier for the camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God!
So I became less and less interested in understanding money. Where money came from or how to create money, what the rich know about money that the poor will never know, the simplest definition of money, how money works etc. all remained dark to me.
Until I read this book.
That was when it became obvious to me that so many people were just like me – we knew nothing or so little about money and it wasn’t so surprising then why we have always had so much little of it all these while.
But now all that is changing. I can beat my chest now and tell you that I am beginning to understand the power of money now. The book really broadened my horizon as it helped me in developing this ‘strange’ mentality that money can be found anywhere but that can only be done by someone who knows how, where and when to look. The book also introduced me to the ugly truth that most times the problem with money is not actually in getting it but it is always in handling it, which explains why so many people are still poor and even why those nouveau riche amongst us still go back to being poor after a brief period of coming into money!
Today, whenever you start mentioning things like corporations, cash flow, assets, liabilities, the rat race, financial intelligence, starting your own business, becoming your own boss and retiring early to me, you won’t find me yawning, pitifully looking at you and wondering why you wasted your years in the university or wherever you said you have been to to learn all those jargons, you will have my full undivided attention all thanks to Robert Kiyosaki and his Rich Dad, Poor Dad informative masterpiece!
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
The problem with learning about money for the curious minded person is that he will always want to learn or know more. After my rebirth with the Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I started searching for more information on the subject to increase my understanding of that very interesting and important topic.
That was when I stumbled upon the book – The Richest man in Babylon. The name Babylon almost lost me because I was not ready to learn anything about money with ideas that I thought will be associated with the Bible Babylonian tales.
But on a second thought, I decided not to judge the book by its name and it was a good thing I did because instead of reading about how the confused and language-handicapped people of Babylon started learning how to borrow, save and lend money, I was treated with a dose of the simplest steps towards acquiring wealth.
The thing with this powerful book is that it took on the simplest methods of explaining the acquisition of wealth in such an entertaining way such that anyone who really understands simple English and likes to read fiction will still get the gist because the book was written in form of a storybook.
But what an inspiring, informing and empowering storybook it turned out to be!
Why You Act the Way You Act by Tim LaHaye
I have always been fascinated by the thought and idea that human beings are complex and so, unlocking such complexities and truly understanding this thing called man has equally been among my greatest phantasies.
So you can imagine my happiness when I came upon this book that was trying to explain why we as people act the way they act.
I grabbed the book immediately and went to work. It was such a revelation to me as Tim LaHaye tried to group people into four major groups namely the choleric, the melancholic, the phlegmatic and the sanguine as he tried explained why people are what they are depending on which group in predominantly observed in their behaviors.
I must confess that although he tried to mention that no one person exclusively belongs to one of the four groups since other groups can also interfere in the background in most people’s behaviors, I found his style of explaining human behaviors much real than the daily astrology which I read occasionally but never fully believed in because of the generality which astrology encompasses.
That book made me in the sense that it gave me a lot of insight on my journey into self discovery. It also widened my horizon by making me to understand people a lot more. I started to understand why people are said to be complex but these complexities were explained in simplicity in the book!
I know you might be interested in finding out where you belonged in those groups because that was exactly my mission as I read through the book from cover to cover.
Oh, how I wish you will be able to find out where you belonged just like I did but that can only happen if and only if, you avail yourself the opportunity to read that well-informed book written by an equally well-informed author!
The Mafia Manager by Mister V.
Whoever Mr. V is, I am still and will always be grateful to him for penning that small book. His style of writing in a very direct, no word mincing manner is not so easy to come by and the way he was mixing Italian in the book also added some flavor and heightened my attraction to the book.
So many truths concerning our real world were revealed in that book. A lot of truth concerning the dirty workings of the corporate world was revealed together with some basic facts anybody who wishes to become self-employed should never neglect if he or she wants the business to succeed.
But he didn’t stop there as he gave out some very important lessons on how to manage one’s life and even relationships with friends, business associates and even lovers.
Some direct axioms were strewn here and there which made the book as more entertaining and at the same time, as much more powerfully didactic!
The Mafia Manager will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. It will help you to know how to run your business, how and when to form or end alliances, and it will also show you the simple but very deadly mistakes you should always watch out as well as avoid, most especially when you are climbing the corporate ladders of this world.
The lessons in the book are so direct suggesting that the book is designed towards making the reader to become actively conscious and also ready for anything that might come next.
If you think the Tim LaHaye did a very good job in trying to explain human behaviors with his Why You Act The Way You Act book, then you have to give even greater credits to Mister V. because he went further to point out in Mafia Manager that if only we as people will take out some time to study our fellow human beings, we will easily that the two greatest emotions which guides all men and completely determines our behaviors or where we stand in any given situation are so so simple to see which invariably means that people are so easy to understand. According to him, we all respond to greed and we all respond to fear!
Simply put, the book Mafia Manager teaches common sense and common sense is exactly what many of us are still lacking till today!
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
There are so many motivational books that have been written and will also be written in the time to come but one that will always stand out is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Similar to the Richest Man in Babylon, the small book is also aimed at helping anyone who is ready for it to acquire wealth but unlike the Richest Man in Babylon; this book uses real life characters who were studied by the author himself before he came up with the exact blueprint toward the creation and accumulation of wealth and nothing could be more inspiring than knowing that it really happened to real people in real life.
The steps that are involved with creating wealth and becoming rich in the process where all carefully examined and laid out in plain sight for anyone who cares to read and actualize it. This book makes a wonderful reading and it has a way of making you the reader feel like returning to read the book from page 1 to the end over and over again.
The Biggest Secret by David Icke
When I stumbled upon this great book by chance admittedly it was simply because of the words ‘biggest’ and ‘secret’. My thinking was that whoever wanted to sell that book really knew his onions on advertising and marketing but because I hate hype, I approached the book with so much apprehension.
And I wasn’t disappointed in anyway because David Icke stated in the beginning pages that many will dub him a ‘nut’ for what he has written in the book and that was exactly what I dubbed him after reading the first few pages prior to chapter one!
I only managed to read some few more pages but the more I read, the more I got pissed off. The only thing that kept me turning the pages over was the promise the ‘nut’ made that the book was going to challenge a lot of beliefs you previously had. Was he also exploiting my curiosity? In which case, as far as I am concerned, that his book was now a complete ballocks!
When the guy started trying to retell the story of creation and the events that occurred in the Biblical Garden of Eden, and mentioning strange names like Anunnaki and so many other strange names and events unheard of before, I knew I had to drop the book, fast - which was exactly what I did!
But something later happened. One day, during a very hot debate on religion, a very good and dear friend mentioned that many religions are so similar and that the doctrine of trinity was not strictly a Christian thing, I became quite quizzed and when I asked her where she got that information, her answer was “from The Biggest Secret of course…”
And so began my second attempt to read that very book, out of curiosity once more…
I was glad I did because I was to later find out that the information held in that book and also the predictions made by Icke are gradually becoming a reality in our world today as the book tried to show that the idea of a free world can be best described as an illusion, the idea of democracy championed all over the planet as the best system because it is the government of the majority was utterly laughable and that what we normally take and believe as news could be best described as [movie] scripts!
The book threw a lot of light on the things and events that is going on in the world and how catastrophic events like the financial crisis or global meltdown still being witnessed on the globe and also events like wars going on in certain places across the globe are all being manipulated to happen by the faceless secret hand which he dubbed the illuminati.
So many other startling, though questionable and mind-boggling revelations were made in the book that will definitely leave you in doubts when you start wondering where this guy is getting all this information from.
But that notwithstanding, one obvious thing the book did for me was to help me reinforce that well known belief that to be forewarned is to be forearmed and that all that glitters is not gold!
Now I know why David mentioned that the book will change the world because a world changed – my world, actually!