One of the most joyous things for me to experience is hearing someone articulate a thought or feeling I have been unable to find words to express. So as I combed through the pages of One Hour to Wealth, an encouraging and easy read on how to create family success, I was elated to read about the “invisible will”.
As the author, entrepreneur Christopher D. Burns, describes it: Typically a family that is impoverished has inherited poor financial skills from the previous generation. If a parent has lived paycheck to paycheck, then their children will live paycheck to paycheck and see this as the only way to live. Unless there is a drastic change in the thought process of the second generation, then there is an invisible will that is left behind. The will leaves to the offspring a history of struggle, with accompanying mental images of their parents sitting around a table trying to figure out how to make ends meet; it also bequeaths debt to the child.
He goes on to point out simple ways in which one can break this intergenerational binding, such as by changing the way you speak to your children. Instead of telling them you cannot afford something because your family is not rich and “money doesn’t grow on trees”, you tell them that you are working with a budget and their request is not planned for right now, and offer to do something less expensive instead. This helps the child learn to be organized about spending money and understand that there are alternate, more affordable ways to have fun. It also rids the child of mental images of struggle connected to money.
While my parent has not passed on any debt to me and taught me to live within my means, I have no want of mental images connected to a lack of money in our family, including poring over bills, trying to revive old cars that actually needed to be discarded and losing years of credit union savings in an instant when huge loans were suddenly needed. I admit that in spite of this will, my parent has propelled me towards wonderful educational and professional opportunities. Yet the mindset of regarding money as a barrier between me and my dreams is one I have to actively work to avoid. Before reading this book, I labelled this mindset “unhealthy thinking”, but I like much better the idea of an invisible, influential contract—one whose subliminal power I must recognize and overwrite.
It makes sense that One Hour to Wealth delves into destroying undesirable family carryovers. It is really a book about how to achieve business success, while raising a strong and health family. For the author, “wealth” is a happy family— this is not a stance I disagree with, but one that I think should be made clear to those considering purchasing the book. Nonetheless, there is enough advice on how to generate financial wealth that you don’t feel bamboozled by having purchased the book.
The main point of the book? Disciplining yourself to work for at least one hour each day on your passion is enough to allow you to generate additional income and develop strong family ties.
The book is focused on those who “started from the bottom,” and therefore provides novel financial advice for its audience, including how to work your way out of debt by simply picking up the phone and how to earn extra income from tasks as simple as alerting people in your building about when laundry machines are available. It also offers 25 Keys designed to help the reader launch their “great idea”. One of my favourite keys – because the way it is written amuses me – is how to identify and avoid Dream Deferrers, Dream Stealers, Shaky Dreamers and Dream Killers and surround yourself with Dream Builders.
A Dream Builder, which the author considers himself to be, comes up with ways to get things done. A good first step towards building your dream, according to this book and my own experience, is understanding your invisible will and getting rid of it.