Top critical review
great motivational read, not so great on making that much needed money for very very many of us.
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2021
We Should All Be Millionaires, A Woman’s Guide to Earning More, Building Wealth, and Gaining Economic Power, Rachel Rodgers
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Nonfiction (Adult), Business & Investing, Self Help.
Well, Rachel's enthusiasm really shines through here. I wouldn't call it a book about investing though, its more a self help, self confidence, make more money read.
The main part of the book, maybe 70% or so, focuses on people who've made money, not advice on how to do it. That's fine, it was really empowering reading about people who have succeeded, despite so often being in the minority groups.
I so agree when she says right from the start money and making it is always seen to be the province of males, especially white males. I'd go further, here in UK its not just white males, but those from the right background, who went to the right schools.
When we're told from very young that a route to a certain career, ambition, whatever isn't for us it knocks our confidence, makes us think that person is right. What we should be doing is encouraging all kids to be their best, to have ambition, to succeed at whatever they want to do. If that's be a factory worker, a cleaner, a shop assistant, that's fine. They're valuable jobs, ones I and my family have done at periods in our lives. If the want to be a barrister though, want to fun a fashion empire, have a string of rental properties, that should be explored too, not discouraged. The difference is in choosing that work, or being trapped in a job one dislikes, wanting more out of life, more money, but feeling that money and ambition is only for others. Rachel's book is very motivational that way, with stories of people who have succeeded.
Oddly I'd only recently read the story of Sarah Breedlove, daughter of slaves in late 1800s, who became a very wealthy woman back in the early 1900s, under her married name of Madame CJ Walker. Its a fascinating example, and well worth reading her story. https://www.biography.com/news/madam-cj-walker-invent-hair-care-products
I love the positivity here, the enthusiasm, the stories of real people who have made it, who've taken her $10,000 in ten days challenge and succeeded, vastly so in some cases. However...looking at my own situation – I would LOVE to make that kind of money. I have the enthusiasm for it, but practicalities: I don't have stuff in the attic to sell, I don't have strong skills I can sell, I am an artist but at a very low level, if I sold every item I've made over the past year in the ten days it wouldn't amount to that. I could offer ( if it wasn't for Covid) some one to one art lessons, but that's not going to bring in the $10,000 even if I did it 24 hours a day.....so where do people like me, the vast majority of us I expect, fit it? I'm not criticising the book, just being practical. How do people like me make that kind of money?
Despite loving this book for its message of positivity and grand ambitions I still can't see how it applies to many of the people who will be reading it.
If enthusiasm and ambition were all that was needed many of us would have been millionaires many years ago. I'm glad it worked for Rachel, I'm glad its worked for so many others, but for those of us who it doesn't fit, don't feel a failure. Some things just don't work for all, there is still much to be gained from this read as a self help, motivational book.
Stars: Three, as a motivational book its five stars, superb, as a guide to becoming a millionaire – well, I don't think it works for the vast majority of folk reading it.
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