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How to Prosper in an Uncertain World
on October 3, 2011
I did not know what to expect. A book on prosperity is what Randy Garn had told me he had written.
I had come to know Randy as a co-founder of Prosper Inc., a coaching group, and I knew Randy's company had achieved a lot of success and that Randy had graduated from Harvard Business School. But, when it comes to writing books, smart people running very successful companies can write some very dull, boring books.
As someone who has read literally thousands of books on numerous subjects, I must admit, I possessed a lot of skepticism. Was this going to be another rah, rah book on "you can be wealthy too"?
When I received Randy's book called Prosper: Create the Life You Really Want, I noticed that his co-author was CEO and co-founder of Prosper Inc., Ethan Willis. I turned to read about Ethan and discovered he had co-written a #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Time's bestseller called "The One Minute Entrepreneur." Ethan also had been recognized as "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young.
O.K. Two smart guys.
When I started reading Prosper, I was immediately intrigued when I came to the fact that Randy and Ethan had founded Prosper in 1999 and had coached over 75,000 people of all ages in 80 countries to become more successful. 75,000 people is a lot of people!
As I kept reading, the book reminded me of a great European film that starts out with no rush to wow you; then, suddenly you find yourself hooked by its genius.
That's what the book Prosper does.
In today's crazy, frantic age with so many unknowns and great uncertainty, Prosper becomes the comforting voice that lays out a compelling blueprint for living a fulfilled life.
Prosperity is defined as money + happiness + sustainability:
"We see prosperity as multidimensional. When you are happy, when you have enough money and when you are at peace with earning that money, this leads to [a] sustainable state we describe as Prosperity. Balancing these three things - money plus happiness plus sustainability - leads to prosperity. The prosperity that we value depends on creating income consistent with our inner selves, our core selves, and without that, no amount of external compensation can fully make us happy...
"This book is not about happiness. It is about how money interacts with our lives and how we spend our days and efforts earning it...By money, we mean income sufficient to support your goals...
"How much money is enough to ensure sustainable prosperity? The answer is enough to support your financial dreams in a way that honors your deeply-held values and principles but not so much that your money distracts or alienates you from those very values or principles. The trick is to make your work feel more like an activity you enjoy than activity you dread."
When you read Prosper, you start to realize that prosperity comes from the inside out. Prosperity takes into account your entire being. You have to like who you are and be brutally honest about what you really want. What makes you excited to jump up out of bed and want to take another step in your journey called life?
To start or accelerate this prosperity journey, you need to ask yourself - or with the help of a partner - some questions such as:
1. What does my ideal lifestyle look like?
2. What can I do to improve the most important relationships in my life?
3. What makes me happiest? Why?
Prosperity is much more than financial success since financial success alone is often short-lived, inconsistent or anti-climactic.
The goal is "to create lives of breathtaking wealth, balance and, yes, grace...sustainable prosperity."
The incredible power of Prosper is that it teaches alignment. Think of a car that's out of alignment and not fine-tuned: It doesn't run on all cylinders; the drive is far from smooth and does not reach its full potential.
In Prosper, you suddenly realize that, for pennies, Randy and Ethan are walking you through the Prosper coaching method worth thousands of dollars.
The Prosper Method involves Six Practices:
1. Locate Your Polaris Point
* Your envisioned future; your guiding light or star; your unifying focal point.
2. Live In Your Prosperity Future
* Your envisioned future and earnings are in balance, creating sustainable prosperity.
3. Earn From Your Core
* Sustainability flows from your unique talents and abilities, energized and motivated by your passion.
4. Start With What You Already Have
* Focus upon your hidden assets - that which you possess - your abundance - not the abundance you feel you lack.
5. Commit to Your Prosperity Path
* Involve your entire being and make yourself accountable.
6. Take Profound Action
* Go for it and implement the step-by-step prosperity plan you develop.
You will enjoy the exercises and case studies in Prosper, such as when Ryan Bingham talks to Natalie, a young woman he is mentoring on finding her Polaris Point.
You'll enjoy writing your list to what you consider your 7 wonders of the world.
You'll be surprised at who prospers more: The Lawyer versus The Janitor.
You'll take money quizzes and your Prosperity Profile.
You'll love the story of how Dan Gazaway created an academy for those who want to become baseball pitchers.
In the end, prosperity comes down to you, your own words you tell yourself - your self-talk - and what you believe makes for a life fully lived.
As Eric Butterworth stated "Prosperity is not just having things, it's the consciousness that attracts the things. Prosperity is a way of living and thinking and not just having money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking and not just a lack of money or things."
You'll truly love the book Prosper!