“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” ~ Helen Keller
“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.” ~ Vince Lombardi
“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.” ~ George Burton Adams
“Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
“It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of the one you don’t.” ~ Stephen Kellogg
“Nothing really worth having is easy to get. The hard-fought battles, the goals won with sacrifice, are the ones that matter.” ~ Aisha Tyler
“The ladder of success isn’t a ladder. It’s a series of steps with leaps interspersed along the way.” ~ Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception
“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill
I think more than anything else this book served as a firm reminder that the more time you spend on your education and, in this case, your financial education, the more financially independent you’ll be able to be. In other words, you become what you study.
One of the major topics in the book is that too many people get stuck in a rat race where they go to school to find a safe, reliable job, with a lot of benefits and promotional structure, take that type of job, save their money little by little, pay their bills and expenses first, and then spend what they have left over last, only to repeat the same cycle for the rest of their working lives… ultimately never allowing them to get ahead or become financially independent.