Make a Fortune Friday
Welcome back to another Make a Fortune Friday. On the last day of each month, I share lessons from my favorite books. The idea for this theme day came from the Jim Rohn quote, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
Today I touch on three fiction books by Andy Andrews. These books are fun to read, inspirational, and perfect for any age.
These are three books I read by Andrews. I recommend reading them in this order.
The Traveler’s Gift
The Traveler’s Gift tells a tale of struggle that causes David Ponder to question if life is worth fighting for. As the story unfolds, Ponder is blessed with the gift to travel through time. On his journey, he meets great leaders like King Solomon, Anne Frank, and Abraham Lincoln. Each of these leaders delivers a message to Ponder. Together these messages change the trajectory of his life and provide hope for the future.
The Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
- The Buck Stops Here – Accept responsibility for your past and admit that you are solely responsible for where your life is today.
- Seek Wisdom – Only read and listen to positive and educational materials.
- Be a Person of Action – Create a new future by creating a new you.
- Be Decisive – “A committed heart does not wait for conditions to be exactly right.”
- Choose to be Happy – Happiness is a choice. Choose to believe in yourself and be happy.
- Greet Each Day With A Forgiving Spirit – In order to forgive others, you must first forgive yourself.
- Persist Without Exception – When you’re exhausted, keep pushing forward. Become a person of great faith. Reason has limits but faith does not.
The Noticer and The Noticer Returns tell the story of a sage named Jones who mysteriously disappears and reappears just when his wisdom is needed most. The Noticer is a short book that you won’t be able to put down. It’s hard to tell if parts of the story are fact or fiction. Here are a couple of my favorite lessons.
“Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you’ll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold. There is no growth on the top of mountains. Sure, the view is great, but what’s a view for? A view just gives us a glimpse of our next destination – our next target. But to hit that target, we must go through the valley and begin to climb the next slope. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.”
“Forty percent of the things you worry about will never occur anyway … Thirty percent of the things you worry about are things that have already happened … Twelve percent of all worries have to do with needless imaginings about our health … Ten percent would be petty-little-nothing worries about what other people think … Eight percent (are) for legitimate concerns. But it should be noted that these legitimate concerns are things that can actually be dealt with. Most people spend so much time fearing the things that are never going to happen or can’t be controlled that they have no energy to deal with the few things they can actually handle.”
The Noticer Returns
In The Noticer Returns, Jones makes another appearance in Gulf Shores, Alabama to spread wisdom and hope in life’s darkest moments. Jones’ advice on personal finance, careers, and parenting speak to a broad audience and offer practical advice. You can’t help but be filled with hope after reading this book. Here are a few of the highlights.
“How did Rome manage to collapse …? Historians have written books attempting to answer that question, but the truth? The truth is an uncomplicated story of good people who simply grew tired of promoting and defending what they knew to be right.”
“Most people live under the misconception that it takes a long time to change … This is not true. It can take a long time to prepare to change or to decide to change or event to want to change. Change itself, however, happens in a heartbeat.”
“If you see that your world is darkening… don’t blame the dark! Darkness is only doing what darkness does. If darkness is winning the battles, my friend, it is because the light is not doing its job. You are the light. So wake up!”
No matter how many books you have on your list this year, add these three. I guarantee you that you’ll be buying additional copies as gifts before you finish. Great stories and great messages that nourish our minds and souls.
Do you typically read fiction or nonfiction?
If you typically read nonfiction, what are your top fiction recommendations?
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