I originally heard Tim Sanders speaking during a leadership conference in October 2014. I then purchased his fourth book, ‘Today we are Rich’. Originally, I was put off by the title because I did not wish to read a get rich book but decided after some consideration, to give the author the benefit of the doubt and read the first 2-3 chapters to see if I could get value from the book. Throughout, there is a thread of how his grandmother, Billye, had raised him and imparted key lifelong lessons that have made Tim successful both in his personal life and his career with Yahoo as Chief Solutions Officer. After the third chapter I read the book in its entirety and learned many lessons, Feed your mind with good stuff, Improve your self-talk, show gratitude to others and, to be rich you should give of your time to a voluntary organization. I especially enjoyed Tim’s lessons of preparation for debates and other meetings. This is a hard lesson I have to learn for myself and my key take-away from the book. My life is in such a rush I rarely spend time preparing for meetings and tough conversations. This book challenged me to prepare and reminded me of the words of Abraham Lincoln, ‘I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about what he is going to say.’
This is a worthwhile book to read, there are better self-help and motivational books available but Tim’s personal style and stories of his grandmother make the book easy to read and enjoyable while still gaining some key life lessons.