Monday, December 10, 2018

The Law of Financial Success 1907




Reviewed by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, December 8, 2018
Note: Words appearing in Blue and Underlined are links to their respective web sites




I discovered this book while reading another book written during the same period 1890 – 1915.

I have been fascinated by the books of this era like those written by Orison Swett Marden, Wallace C. Wattles and now Edward Beals.  What is amazing and disturbing is that like this book written in 1907, the information one would ever need to insure his or her success has been available and for the most part hidden for over 100 years.  Why?

It is my opinion that the natural progress of America, a general lack of time management taught and applied and a general ignorance that the very information people need to become successful has already been written and is readily available.  The smart phone can be both a distraction and a valuable source of information. Unfortunately it has become more of a distraction.  If you are like me and attended public schools in America NONE OF THE INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED IN THIS AND OTHER BOOKS OF THIS ERA WERE EVER TAUGHT, RECOMMENDED OR REFERRED TO – NONE!  It’s enough to make you angry.  This particular book was published decades BEFORE the book The Secret was published yet it contains a great of the content in The Secret; just better written in my opinion.

About this book.  It is NOT what the title implies.  It IS about developing the proper mindset that leads the reader to The Law of Financial Success.  It is NOT a HOW TO book.  It’s about putting the important personal mindsets in place to concentrate on the several personal traits that if done will NOT necessarily lead to financial success but will lead the reader to achieving any goal or dream desired INCLUDING FINANCIAL SUCCESS.

Here is the keeper.  The book costs only $1.50 on Amazon.com as a Kindle Version.  How could you go wrong spending just $1.50 on a book that is truly priceless?  You wouldn’t and you shouldn’t!  READ IT!  PASS IT ALONG!  GIVE IT TO YOUR KIDS – ESPECAILLY YOUR KIDS.

Who should read it?  Everyone who wants to achieve their dreams and that goes especially for teenagers who may not yet have even identified what their dreams are or could be.

Would I read it again?  Probably not but only because the information is more appropriate for someone much younger than I am. 

Would I give the book as a gift?  Absolutely but in all honesty, such gifts so typically do not receive their due diligence when they are “just gifts” unless of course the recipient values the opinion and direction of the person making the gift.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

DO/STORY/How to tell your story so the world listens





By Bobette Buster Twitter Address:  @Bobettebuster
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, December 8, 2018
Note: Words appearing in Blue and Underlined are links to their respective web sites




I was first attracted to this book when I saw the title but I don’t remember where I saw it.  I looked it up on Amazon.com and purchased the Kindle version and absolutely do not regret purchasing it.

Bobette Buster combines training with true life stories and explains what you just read and how people reacted to the stories told.  It is obvious as you read the book that the author is a teacher first.  She is teaching you how to tell your story so that people will actually listen and become emotionally involved in what you have to say and you leave them with wanting more.

I am old enough to remember the BTV Age of Man – Before Television.  That is when people actually talked to each other and as Buster suggests, one generation would tell spellbinding stories that would be repeated from one generation to another over hundreds and in some cases thousands of years.

Buster sets out exercises in the book to help you define your story so others will want more of what you have to say.  I wish I had read this book BEFORE I wrote a book for my four children, Things You Might Not Know About Your Father.  I didn’t pass on any deep secrets or incidents but rather what I thought were interesting stories from my first days I could recall to the present.  It made for a rather lengthy book.

My advice to everyone would be to do the same thing.  As time goes by you tend to forget faces, names, places, events and who knows what.  So while you CAN remember, take time to write down just words or phrases that you do recall as fast as you can think of them and then one-by-one go back and write the story that goes along with the words or phrases or events. 

It is almost impossible to leave a true legacy of your life if you haven’t told your life in story form.  Read this book!  Use it as a guide to write your story that someone like your children and their children and their children will have to remember you by.  If you do not write your story you will soon be forgotten and that is okay if that is your wish.  I prefer that my children and their children know who their father was and what he did during his life and what he stood for in the form of principles.

Important point.  I truly enjoyed reading the stories of people I know about and some I don’t know at all.  I particularly enjoyed reading Buster’s explanation of what made their stories great and so compelling.

Who should read this book?  Anyone and everyone interested in telling their story.  That would especially include people in sales for if you wish to be successful you must learn to tell a compelling short story about yourself to customers you have never known but who you want to do business with. 
Would I read the book again?  I would not read it entirely again but I will read the portions that outline the exercises the author recommends doing.
Would I give the book as a gift?  That’s a hard one because not everyone would be interested in reading a book if they have little value of developing “their story.”  Still it would make a great gift to someone you think would appreciate its value.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Why I Stand





From Freedom to the Killing Fields of Socialism
Book by Burgess Owens
Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, December 4, 2018
Note: Words appearing in Blue and Underlined are links to their respective web sites




For the record I was born in 1944 so I write this review with some knowledge and personal experience regarding the changes in race relations not only in areas where we lived but also across America.  Oftentimes those relations were not what you would call honorable or pretty.  I remember the U. S. National Guard killing four students at Kent State University during the turbulent 60s and 70s.

If ever America was desperate for a thorough discussion on race relations it is in 2018 when the country seems more divided than ever in my lifetime. 

If you read Burgess Owens’ book Why I Stand expecting a word, phrase, sentence, paragraph or even a chapter explaining why he chooses (and it is a choice) to stand for the National Anthem and the U. S. Flag, you will be disappointed.  He explains why throughout the 24 chapters of the book.

I was not surprised at some of the revelations contained in Owens’ book which is actually more like a history book.  A history of America YOU WON’T see in many if any history books or classes taught in our schools.  On the contrary, this is American history that has for the most part remained hidden from the public.  Just as I was NOT surprised by “some” of the revelations, I was totally surprised at others.

My biggest surprise was that a Black man wrote this wonderful book.  I can only imagine what other Blacks, men and women, would call him if they were aware of its contents.  But if they were aware, maybe they would begin to see the light.  Take any problem facing any two or more people and you would be fortunate to have a split decision, 50/50.  Yet in America today, over 90% of the Black community vote in block for Democratic Political Candidates and by extension the policies they represent.  This is the same Democratic Party that started the slave trade in America and kept it alive for over 100 years.  It’s the same Democratic Party that has used its political influence to maintain the American slave trade and to continue with horrific laws that never gave American Blacks a chance to share in the American Dream.  Therein lies the shocker.  Owens explains why this has happened and why it will continue to happen unless Black Communities become aware of just how Democratic Politicians and Democratic Policies have kept them on a modern day plantation by keeping them dependent upon the Government for their very existence. 

More shocking is how Owens singles out members of the Black communities who are elected to office and then legislate the very laws depriving other Blacks of their opportunity for succeeding.  Such laws keep everything in a status quo.  Owens explains the term The Talented Tenth that describes how some Black politicians and community leaders by their actions show that are the “elites” of the Black communities and they and only they know what is best for the remaining 90%.  To remain in power, they must maintain the types of legislation that has existed for decades that puts their collective thumbs on the scales of equality in favor of their legislative power instead of serving the people they are suppose to represent but don’t.  You will recognize their names.  Names such as Jackson, Waters, Conyers, Sharpton, Lee, and yes even Obama.

This is a shocking expose on race relations in America.  Who should read the book?  EVERYONE, WITHOUT EXCEPTION!  Would I read it again?  Probably.  Would I give it as a gift?  Already have!