Tim Sanders, author of Love is the Killer App, The Likeability Factor, and Saving the World at Work, has a flair for humanizing and actioning some of life's great intangibles. Tim examined the concept of "Likeability" in The L-Factor, which is the quickness and depth with which people are pulled to you upon meeting you. His examples and activities are brief and precise, providing readers with a clear understanding of his message and a sense of accomplishment. They're excellent books with excellent lessons. Today We Are Rich, his most recent album, is something exceptional. It's more than that. Today, We Are Rich is Tim revealing himself to the world, sharing his strange and unusual background, as well as the experiences and teachings that formed him into the guy who would go on to become a senior executive at Yahoo! and eventually a world-renowned speaker and book.
Tim was reared in relative poverty by his grandmother, Billye, after being abandoned by his mother and orphaned by a slain father. Tim learned the principles that he offers in Today We Are Rich from Billye. Lessons in self-assurance. We can (and should) all learn from these lessons, regardless of our title, duties, or life station.
The self-confidence development lessons in Today We Are Rich focus on three main topics at a high level:
● Preparing Yourself
● Feeding Your Mind Good Stuff
● Exercising Your Gratitude Muscle
Sanders describes (and provides instances of) how these three disciplines can help us gain confidence in ourselves, others, and a greater power. And it's only by gaining more confidence in these three areas that we'll be able to live the life we want.
While the book contains tangible ideas, exercises, and thought-provoking questions for each of the three essential areas described above, one section in particular struck me as very important: the necessity of keeping promises.