Books were said to be man’s best friend but now the phones have become man’s best friend. Why? Because no one likes to read books. So, why not read books in this mobile phone era. Read books to learn from mistakes. The next best way is to make those mistakes yourself. So, I am going to tell you about some books which will teach you a lot.
1. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY
In less than 200 pages Morgan Housel succeeded through several short stories about money and business management to provide learned lessons. This book is for those who have had a lot of their skin in the game of stock market and thought of creating wealth from it. The book uses plain English, is easy to read and understand. He exposed many myths and fake assumptions in the business world, especially the dilemma of luck vs talent. It is fascinating to know for example that Bill Gates studied in the only high school in the US that by luck had a computer in 1968, one in a million chance.
Chapter 19 is like a summary of major ideas but there are some interesting ideas to think about and we may agree or disagree with it:
1. “You are one person in a game with 7 billion other people and infinite moving part.”
2. “Saving is income minus ego” so be careful with your ego spending!
3. “Happiness is resulting minus expectations”, so be careful with your expectations!
4. “Individual wealth is what you don’t see, hidden” so big houses, fancy cars, or Instagram photos are spends or debts of individuals, the visible part you see, not their wealth.
5. “Customer is always right” and “customers don’t know what they want”.
“Use money to gain control over your time, because not having control of your time is such a powerful and universal frag on happiness. The ability to do what you want, when you want, with who you want, for as log as you want to, pays the highest dividend that exists in finance.” – Morgan Housel, The Psychology Of Money.
2. THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
There’s nothing new presented to you in this book and it’s not some kind of a revelation but the way facts we are already familiar with (but refuse to accept) and simple situations we all regularly experience have been referenced and worded, make this book a wake-up call for all of us who whine and crib, compare ourselves with others, and set unrealistic goals for ourselves, all leading to our perpetual frustration. This is the story of all of our lives, and the book presents before us very straightforward and to-the-point approaches for tackling our daily woes – things each of us must hear sooner or later.
This is not a self-help guide to life with mantras or lists of affirmations to recite to ourselves every morning. It tells us that it’s normal, okay, and important to be insecure and face problems and feel frustrated, but there is always a way to change our approach and view problems as opportunities/challenges, not permanent blocks.
It changes your perspective on how you view yourself, deals with your insecurities, deal with difficult situations involving others, and how you control your temper and learn to let go of minor issues as well as deal with and move on from major inconveniences.
“Our crisis is no longer material; it’s existential, it’s spiritual. We have so much fucking stuff and so many opportunities that we don’t even know what to give a fuck about anymore”. – Mark Manson, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck
3. THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
The world you live in is largely dependent on what’s going on in your mind”.
A statement that describes what the book is all about. A must-read-for-all book written by Dr. Joseph Murphy.
The book very aptly describes that what you want to have, how you want the situation around you to be, or for that matter how you want your life to be, depends on how your conscious mind communicates with your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is a treasure house within you, which does not argue but accepts what your conscious mind decrees.
So, in short, if your conscious mind communicates positive thoughts with your subconscious mind, then the outcome will always be positive and vice versa.
Some key takeaways from the book are as follows;
- Your conscious mind is the “watchman at the gate”. Its chief function is to protect your subconscious mind from false impressions. Choose to believe that something good can happen and it’s happening now. Your greatest power is your capacity to choose.
- what you write on the inside, you will experience on the outside. You have two sides to your life, objective and subjective, visible and invisible, thought and its manifestation.
- Belief is a thought in your subconscious mind. It means to accept something as true.
- Your subconscious is the builder of your body and is on the job 24 hours a day. You interfere with its life-giving patterns by negative thinking.
It’s an interesting read and re-read for people who can understand and then practice to manifest the power of their subconscious mind.