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What I Know For Sure

In just a day I concluded this awesome book by the one and only Oprah. She lets a reader through her life but take note this is no memoir but aligning her life to some things she knows in a most captivating eye opener mode. She fuses in joy, power, connection, possibility, gratitude, awe, clarity and resilience to compile one short motivational book.  And from that, this is

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What Eva knows for sure
  • Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and step out and dance-to live free of regret and filled as much joy, fun and laughter as you can stand.
  • Pleasure is energy reciprocated. What you put out comes back. Your base level of pleasure is determined by how you view your whole life.
  • Life is full of delightful treasures. If we take a moment to appreciate them, these moments are powerful. They can be your recharge, your breathing space, your chance to reconnect with you.
  • A meal that brings you real joy will do you more good in the long and short term than a lot of filler food.
  • I don’t want to live a shutdown life-desensitized to feeling and seeing. I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible.
  • Reading opens you up. It exposes you and gives you access to anything your mind can hold.
  • Healing the wounds of the past is one of the biggest and most worthwhile challenges of life. It’s important to know when and how you are programmed, so you can change the program. And doing so is your responsible, no one’s else.
  • When you have nothing to be ashamed of, when you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.
  • Lack of intimacy is not distance from someone else; it is disregard for yourself.
  • Life is better when you share it. It even gets sweeter when you expand the circle.
  • Pets represent our lives: a connection to caring that’s unconditional. And reciprocal.
  • Appreciating whatever comes up for you in life changes your whole world. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots. If you make time for a little gratitude every day, you’ll be amazed by the results.
  • Whatever you fear most has no power-its fear that has the power. The thing itself cannot touch you but your fear can rob you of your life. Each time you give in to it, you lose strength, while your fear gains it. That’s why you must decide that no matter how difficult the path ahead seems, you will push past your anxiety and keep on stepping.
  • If you can get paid for doing what you love, every paycheck is a bonus. Give yourself the bonus of a lifetime: pursue your passion. Discover what you love. Then do it.
  • The big miracles we’re waiting on are happening right in front of us, at every moment, with every breath. Open your eyes and hear and you will begin to see them.
  • Having the best things is no substitute for having the best life. When you can let go of the desire to acquire, you know you are really on your way.
  • Always do your best. That is the most fulfilling path to personal freedom
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We need New Names

“Look at them leaving in droves, the children of the land, just look at them leaving in droves. Those with nothing are crossing borders. Those with strength are crossing borders. Those with ambitions are crossing borders. Those with hopes are crossing borders. Those with loss are crossing borders.  Those in pain are crossing borders…”

The characters, the names oooh my . Who comes up with such names? Bastard (naughtiest of all), Sbho, Stina, Godknows (always asking ques), Chipo (if you in my country this is fries/ female got laid and in the book she got laid by her grandfather?!), Mother of Love, Mother of Bones, Prophet Revelations Bitchington Mborro, Bonfree…man i could go on with the names but someone take me back. Take me back yas-yass-yaaasss. I think i need to see more creativity of names in the books i read next. Any who, Darling the main chic used to live a normal life where food, clothes, luxuries were not an issue until all that went away and her family relocated to the shacks. Her father ran to South Africa since tough economic times in Zimbabwe needed one to man up only for him to come back with AIDS! Life at the tins was not bad at all as tree climbing and stealing of guavas survived her and her pals. The gifts they got from the NGO peeps made them even more happier. And then all that changed for cabbage ears as her aunt took her in, in America and adjusting was not easy but she managed although missed her home terribly.
What happened on the last chapter of the book is that i lost concentration dance. I got bored by the ending (a jealous Chipo blaming D from running away from home, D reminiscing or did i miss something in between?) and just winded it for the sake of winding it. However, what captivated me the most is that Bulawayo deviated from the norm. The norm where authors come up with sweet names, the ideology where one leaves for the States and all this racism occurs;didn’t dwell on that just a sneak peak. The belief that living in shacks is hell nope-gif but the life these buddies had i would die for-Paradise is where the fun is. The humor, way of expression i mean you have to read it to know what am talking about. But all this misery boiled down to: poor governance, inflation, dictatorship, corruption, colonialism and a cry for change.

“……they flee their own wretched land so their hunger may be pacified in foreign lands, their tears wiped away in strange lands, the wounds of their despair bandaged in faraway lands, their blistered prayers muttered in the darkness of queer lands…”

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UNBOWED

“Democracy does not solve problems. It does not automatically combat poverty or stop deforestation. However, without it, the ability for people to solve problems or become less poor or respect their environment is, I believe, impossible.”

 Corruption, public land grabbing, deforestation, environmental degradation, gender inequality, human rights abuse, divorce, mass protests, religion influence into politics, dictatorship, ethnic clashes I could go on and on but all this did not start yesterday. A woman faced it all, stood rooted to the ground and never gave up. Maybe this was the reason she continued to appear before courts and making jail her second home: No matter how dark the cloud, there is always a thin, silver lining, and that is what we must look for. The silver lining will come, if not to us then to next generation or the generation after that. And maybe with that generation the lining will no longer be thin. She knew that her effortless works in ensuring that Karura forest was not grabbed by greedy individuals the government had given parcels of land to would not build mansions into it. Uhuru gardens a park was not left out as a skyscraper building would replace it but not when she was still alive. Deforestation at the Mau forest was slowly wiping it away and Wangari was not pleased. A cry of the people made her run for the parliamentarian seat where the government made sure to see her fall by spreading malice. However, she won. The government considered her mad, disrespectful towards the president but they could yap day and night, throw all kinds of shade to her and she would not give a damn about it.

Looking at today’s society logging still deforests forests, women have become empowered so inequality now becomes an issue to the male child, corruption is the air we breathe, public land grabbing happens under our watch, violence due to politics burns like hell, cancer is now deadly than ever, we rarely plant trees thus people confuse hailstorms for snow-climate change and we so done with dictatorship. It is during her time that she joined hands with famous politicians to outdo the retired President’s Moi regime. That was the first uniting of a kind where tribe did not matter and together change happened (why can’t we be this united?) Change where one’s voice mattered. Her memoir is one to be borrowed into society and we can learn a thing or two. No a lot! She shall forever be remembered and more so for been the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

In her words I will conclude her summary in this intriguing words of wisdom that I captured in between pages:

“Trees are living symbols of peace and hope. A tree has roots in the soil yet reaches to the sky. It tells us that in order to aspire we need to be grounded, and that no matter how high we go it is from our roots that we draw sustenance. It is a reminder to all of us who have had success that we cannot forget where we came from. It signifies that no matter how powerful we become in government or how many awards we receive, our power and strength and our ability to reach our goals depend on the people, those whose work remains unseen, who are the soil out of which we grow, the shoulders on which we stand.”

 

 

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Rich dad, poor dad: Book review 3) …go

Here is 1👉On your mark and 2👉Get set now to my final summary👏

4) Work To Learn- don’ t work for money
Workers work hard enough not to be fired and owners pay just enough so that workers won’t quit. Job is an acronym for Just Over Broke. If you want to be rich and happy, don’t go to school😏😏. I didn’t say that! Questions to ask oneself are “where does this daily activity take me?” What does the future hold?
Management skills for success that you need to equip yourself are:

  • Management of cashflow
  • Management of people
  • Management of systems

5) The Rich Invent Money
Inside each one of us is brevity, brilliance and daring character. Grasp the idea that money is not real. The idea in anything is to use your technical knowledge, wisdom and love of the game to cut the odds down to lower the risk. Skills of financial intelligence you need are:

  • Find an opportunity that everyone has missed
  • How to raise money
  • How to organize smart people. They should be more intelligent than you.

6) Know the History of Taxes and Power of Corporations
The idea of taxes was made popular and accepted by the majority by telling the poor and middle class that taxes were created to punish the rich. Masses voted for the law but in reality it wound up punishing the very people who voted it; poor and middle class. The Robin Hood deal make poor and middle class get taxed more.
People say you got to find your way through the corporate ladder. Why not own the ladder? Financial IQ is made up of 4 broad areas of expertise:

  • Accounting- ability to read and understand financial statements
  • Investing- science of money making money. Strategies and formulas
  • Understanding markets- supply and demand
  • Law- knowledge of tax advantages and protection of corporation.
    Hurray🙌 we are done reviewing the book. Take notes and buy the book if you can.

PS: Am watching CNN and house just passed bill to replace Obama care! Trump is happy for this first achievement. Well Americans what are your thoughts on this?

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Rich dad poor dad: Book review 2) …get set

Yesterday we did 1 in case you missed it 👉On your mark. Today we explore more. 

Most people live their lives chasing pay checks, pay raises and job security because of the emotions of desire and fear, not really questioning where those emotion driven thoughts are leading them. To spend your life living in fear, never exploring your dreams is cruel. To work hard for money thinking that money will buy you things that will make you happy, is also cruel. To wake up in the middle of the night terrified about paying bills is a horrible way to live. To live a life dictated by the size of a paycheck is not really a life! Thinking that a job will make you feel secure is lying to yourself.
Majority of us are in rat race. This is where you work for the government paying taxes, work for owners of companies, work for banks paying off mortgages and credit cards. You offered more money but continue the cycle by increasing your spending. Well my most valuable lessons learnt from Kiyosaki are here….get set….
1) The Rich Don’t Work for Money
If you want to be rich, you have to learn to make money. The poor and middle class work for money while the rich have money work for them. If you’re the kind of person who has no guts, you just give up every time life pushes you then you live all your life playing it safe, doing the right things, saving yourself for some event that never happens. So you die a boring old man, have a lot of buddies who really like you because you were such a nice hardworking guy. You spent life playing it safe, doing the right things but truth is you let life push you into submission.
Learn to use your emotions to think not think with your emotions. Use your emotions and mind in your favor not against yourself. Example: when you say I need a job it’s most likely an emotion doing the thinking. Fear of not having money generates that thought. Life is the best teacher of all. Most of the time, life does not talk to you. It just sort of pushes you around. Each push is life saying “wake up. There’s something I want you to learn.”
Poor dad said: I’ll never be rich, money doesn’t matter. Rich dad said: am rich, money is power, I don’t work for money, money works for me.
2) Keep It Simple Stupid(KISS)
People have been getting richer and richer, but in the long run it’s not how much you make; it’s how much you keep and how many generations you keep it. Students work harder but don’t get ahead. What is missing from their education is not how to make money but how to spend money- financial aptitude ( what you do with the money once you make it, how to keep people from taking it from you, how long you keep it and how hard that money works for you.)
Know the difference between an asset and a liability and buy assets. In short invest in more assets that generate income than expenses that take away from you. Have those Japanese powers that are most valued: sword(weapons), jewel(money) and mirror( self knowledge). Fear of being different prevents people from seeking new ways to solve their problems. Financial problems are caused by going along with the crowd and trying to keep up with what everyone is doing. There is need to look into the mirror and be true to our inner wisdom.
3) Mind Your Own Business
What is your business? I call it side hustle. Do not confuse profession with business. Hmmm how frequent we mismatch the two. The mistake in becoming what you study is that too many people forget to mind their own business.
You can mind this business by investing in real assets those that do not require your presence, anything that has value, produces income or appreciates and has a ready market. Examples of assets can be stocks, bonds, mutual funds, income generating and real estate, royalties, notes(IOUs) etcetera. Buy luxuries last not first. Did your hear me? Last!

3 more lessons to go. Yippee. Next we gonna look at our financial IQ. Yes we all got that genius factor. Keep it right here for that👐