The complete title is: If you want to be RICH & HAPPY don’t go to school. A work of love, this book presents Robert Kiyosaki’s view of the education system in which we grow up and get educated by. An eye opener for most, and a sad truth, the book explains how the system prepares you for failure in the future. It shows you how the harmful programming you received during your school years prevents and sabotages your success. Robert says it like it is, and doesn’t sugar coat it. He is also deeply concerned about the wrong programming that has been going on for many generations, and still continues. While reading these truths, I got chills, and couldn’t help but feel sad for our children; tears streamed down while recognizing some of the patterns, in myself. A must read for every parent, and teacher, but mostly, for every one of us, who has been educated in the system.
Writing with Heart
Writing a piece is more than telling a story. If you are passionate about writing, you write with your heart. You give something in you, to the story. Author Harlan Coben expressed in a Borders interview: “I like to write with heart, otherwise it is not going to work for me.” I agree with his comment; to make a piece that captures the readers, there has to be passion in it.
Author Wally Lamb expressed: “Write a book for yourself, and let the readers that have to find it, find it.”
Another author that follows the same rule is Jamie Lee Curtis. She told Borders: “I don’t do it for achievement; it is pure expression for me.” Another good example of this is best selling author John Grisham. He writes legal thrillers, mostly, but he says that he writes whatever he wants; he has fun with the genre. He says he does not know where he is going as far as sticking with a genre. Some of his books have been made into movies (The Firm, The Appeal). In his own words to Borders: “You can’t get too serious, the pages have to turn.”
And perhaps, the best example we have about a best selling author who writes with heart is Stephenie Meyer. Her first book, Twilight, she wrote for herself – at the kitchen table. The very successful series followed, and captured the heart of fans all over.
So, next time you pick up your pen (or your mouse), ask yourself this question: “Am I putting my heart to it?”