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Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

Our review for the [... And Landlord Podcast] recommended book to learn about property investing, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth - by T. Harv Eker. "Not rich? It's because of your thoughts and habits... Short of winning the lottery, you'll not get rich without changing these."

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Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

OK, this book can get a little hooky in regard to making declaration statements with your hand over your heart and touching your forehead while saying “I have a Millionaire Mind”. And I felt I might scream if he mentioned his “Millionaire Mind Intensive Training” one more time.

But those quirks aside, I’ve not encountered a book more on point than this one, as if it had been written specifically for me. So often when reading this book, I had to laugh at just how well his statements related to my personal experiences, thoughts, feelings, etc…

And like he says of those put off by the hooky declaration statements and such… “Your way has gotten you exactly where you are today, so why not try something different?” – to which I could not disagree. So I put my hand on my heart, said the declaration statements, and ended each with “I have a Millionaire Mind” – touching my forehead as directed… and you should also!


Written just for me (and you)…

In the opening chapter of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker talks about always being known for having “lots of potential”, but despite his best efforts up to that point, his potential had remained largely unrealized, as he had nothing to show for it. Well damn, if that was not my exact scenario also!

I’ve always been known for my intelligence and most people in my life have always expected me to be successful. But I was 43 when I bought my first rental property and became a Real Estate Investor in 2015. Now true, I’ve been self-employed since I was 30 (back in 2002), and I’ve made many millions in business since then – so by any measure, I’ve been immensely successful. But in my mind, I was supposed to have been on the cover of Fortune Magazine by something like 35, or certainly by 40… What was the problem!?

Well, this book speaks perfectly to what my problems were, and if you feel that you’ve yet to live up to your potential, it’s possible that you have the same problems. I was sitting with dropped jaw when he speaks about being programmed for a certain level of income, and that no matter what, you will always live up (or down) to your pre-programmed income level.

That programming comes largely from childhood and upbringing, but also comes from examples and experiences throughout life. For me, my father was a Black Man who earned 6 figures as a long-haul truck driver at a time when most Black People were doing well to earn 5 figures. In 1978 he used that income to buy land and build what remains to this day the family house (with a swimming pool) in Largo Florida, on a corner lot in what at the time was a 100% “White Neighborhood” – at a time when discriminatory practices like Redlining were rampant.


My money blueprint…

This and other examples from childhood programmed me to strive for a 6 figure income, which I had reached by age 28. What I did not understand was that while my mental programming (or blueprint) would allow me to reach $100K, $200K, $400K and even $600K annually, I was stuck at this level of income for years.

Despite my best efforts, I could never hit the 7 figure mark, apparently because I was pre-programmed from age 6 to equate success with reaching an income of 6 figures. I had not realized it, but I also apparently had lots of money and wealth baggage and negative thoughts towards the so called “rich”.

Thankfully, my father had inspired within me a desire to be my own business owner, as he owned his truck (and later multiple). But as a child, whenever someone asked me (in his presence) what I wanted to be when I grow up, he would always respond first… “he’s not going to be a truck driver!”


Religion versus “The love of money…”

In addition to business interests, I was pursuing religious studies that often placed negative connotations on money and the pursuit of wealth. My entire belief structure as a Christian appeared to be in conflict with my identity as an Entrepreneur.

So it was like a weight being lifted from my chess upon reading in Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, how money is not evil, nor is the pursuit of money. In fact, having money makes it possible for me to do good to and for a greater number of people both in business and in my personal life.

Hearing that I could be both a Spiritual Person AND RICH was the beginning of reconciling for myself what had previously seemed like a contradiction in terms. Now this book did not totally resolve this dilemma for me, but it lead me down a path of questions, study and discovery that eventually allowed to me reprogram this subconscious belief in my mind that I could not be both.


Becoming an aid to many…

In part, I now have this Podcast and I’m writing these personal details of my life – because I’m resetting my programming from being someone who can aid only tens or hundreds of people, to someone who can aid thousands, or even tens to hundreds of thousands – and why not millions?

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind speaks very effectively on all the limiting beliefs and negative mindset traps that most people suffer from. We can’t help it, because these examples are all around us. We have reinforcing experiences and hear negative speech daily. But once you are aware of it and know that an alternative exists, you can protect yourself and start to fight back. You can reprogram your mind to think differently.

And by thinking differently, you can become the best possible version of yourself, who then becomes an asset and aid to all who engage with you from that day forward. Thus I highly recommend this book… Even the hooky stuff, because it true that “your way has gotten you exactly where you are today, so why not try something different?”

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