The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! This is by far not my first attempt at blogging. Most (but not all) of my previous blogs have ended due to lack of suitable content because the topics I chose were not broad enough in scope.

This blog is primarily about books and the concepts contained within them. Some books I will be reviewing in their entirety and others will be reviewed over multiple blog entries according to subject or chapter. This will provide me with a wider topical field than my previous blogs while keeping focused on a specific area of interest.

My primary focus will be towards self-improvement and wealth (not just financial) building. Throughout my life I have been progressively building a list of books which have helped me grow as an individual. I am now going back through those which have been of greatest help to me and will be adding some which are of more recent interest to me.

As my Christian faith is central to who I am, I make no apologies for any references to the Bible or highlighting of any parallels with Bible passages in my reviews. I fully intend to review books through the lens of my Christian faith. This blog will not be deliberately covering any controversial issues, however, I will be covering certain themes which have a strong potential to be misunderstood by people who have to a blame based approach to life.

There is a difference between accountability and blame. Accountability is about recognising the cause so that relevant change can be made to achieve a successful outcome. Blame is about accusation and punishment. Understanding this difference, will be key to understanding what I write.

It is my sincere hope that some part of what I write will resonate with you. I hope it will empower you to understand and activate whatever change is required for you to progress.  I am desperately hoping that the reviews I write will strengthen, empower and encourage you to turn your dreams into goals and your goals into reality.

Finally a bit about myself and my history. As a child I struggled in my education and due to shyness found building relationships very difficult. By the time I left school, I was severely depressed, convinced that I was not able to learn and believed that I was worthless (Even now, I sometimes struggle with these feelings, although, they are not as powerful as they once were).

Through a family friend, I found myself at a party which changed the course of my life. I ended up talking to a 2nd year University student who was talking about multidimensional mathematics in the context of 4 or 5 dimensional cubes (I can’t remember which). Anyway, I can’t remember what was said, but I do remember that I was able to visualise what he was saying and found a flaw in his hypothesis. I then made the ‘mistake’ of pointing it out to him. He immediately became heated and started to backtrack which caused his argument to unravel itself and he stormed off while his girlfriend was transitioning from a stifled chuckle to full on laughter (I doubt this helped matters). When I asked her what was funny, she replied that none of his peers could beat him in a debate and that he had just been beaten in a debate by someone who was uneducated!

As I reflected on this event, it dawned on me that I understood his argument! This meant that I had the capacity to understand the concepts behind university level learning. I was not the dunce that I thought I was! I had a functioning brain and therefore I must be able to learn.

This realisation set me on a quest that has caused me to question and re-affirm my Christian beliefs many times. It has caused me to face and overcome many of the self-limiting factors restricting my life and it has enabled me to expand into areas which were simply not imaginable when I left school.

Throughout it all, I have discovered that whatever my circumstances, the key to victory is first found by changing the false and negative things that I tell myself. Once that changes, the solution to changing my circumstances becomes visible or (as has happened on rare occasions) the circumstances suddenly change due to an outside and unexpected cause.

Once again, I hope this blog helps you in some practical and beneficial way.

Geoff

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