×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Rich Minds, Rich Rewards: 52 Ways to Enhance, Enrich, and Empower Your Life
     

Rich Minds, Rich Rewards: 52 Ways to Enhance, Enrich, and Empower Your Life

by Valorie Burton
 

See All Formats & Editions

A rich mind nourished with positive thoughts, learning, and encouragement can indeed reap rich rewards, writes dynamic author Valorie Burton as she offers 52 simple but powerful ways to enrich your everyday life and do those things that will bring you the rewards you so richly deserve, such as:

• Count Your Blessings

• Change Your

Overview

A rich mind nourished with positive thoughts, learning, and encouragement can indeed reap rich rewards, writes dynamic author Valorie Burton as she offers 52 simple but powerful ways to enrich your everyday life and do those things that will bring you the rewards you so richly deserve, such as:

• Count Your Blessings

• Change Your Ways to Change Your Life

• Create a Vision Statement

• Mind Your Own Business

• Create Your Own Opportunities

• Listen to Your Inner Voice

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
The Barnes & Noble Review
Valorie Burton is clearly a wunderkind -- a former beauty queen (Miss Black Texas USA); a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy; CEO of her own PR agency, which she founded at age 24; selected as one of the "Top 30 Under 30" by PR Week magazine; and now a motivational speaker and author.

Judging by this motivational book, which was initially self-published, Burton well deserves her success, achieved through hard work, focused effort, and an avoidance of pettiness. "When you have a 'rich mind,' " she writes, "you discover your mission in life and live it on a daily basis. You enjoy what life has to offer. You don't stress over the little stuff in life that, in the grand scheme of things, really doesn't matter very much."

In the tradition of Iyanla Vanzant, Elaine St. James, and Richard Carlson, Burton uses mini-chapters to deliver her thoughts on living a life of fulfillment and joy, among the topics:

  • Change Your Ways to Change Your Life
  • Use Failure as a Learning Tool
  • Create Your Mission Statement
  • Get a Mentor
  • Save the Drama
  • To Do Your Best Work, Be Your Best Self
The book includes a discussion guide built around Rich Minds, Rich Rewards and suggested reading. Among the books Burton has read, enjoyed, and recommends are Karen Kingston's Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, Cheryl Richardson's Take Time for Your Life, Susan Taylor's In the Spirit, and Veronique Vienne's The Art of Doing Nothing. (Ginger Curwen)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375757105
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2001
Series:
Strivers Row Series
Edition description:
1ST STRIVE
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Read an Excerpt

Count Your Blessings

"The difference between ‘not enough’ and ‘more than enough’ is your attitude,” noted Bishop T. D. Jakes at a conference I attended in July 1999. As we live our lives from day to day, it can be easy to take so much of what we have for granted. For example, when we are unhappy in a job and we are looking for a new one, sometimes the last thing that we think to do is to thank God for the job that we dislike. When we want to purchase a new home, it is too rare that we stop to appreciate the roof we currently have over our heads. When we are working out to get a “new body,” we should not fail to be thankful that the one we have right now allows us to walk, talk, and breathe. We can get so wrapped up in trying to get what we don’t have that we don’t take time to appreciate what we do have.

I know these things may sound very basic, but it is the most “basic” aspects of our lives, those things that we often don’t even give a second thought to, that we should be most grateful for. It is these “basic” things—people, places, our well-being—that it would be most devastating for us to have to live without. When you come to understand what is most important to you, and make it a priority in your life to honor and take care of those aspects of your life, then you find your center. Your center is that place you discover when your life is healthy and balanced. It takes some true soul-searching to find it, and it takes practice to maintain it. But once you find that peaceful, joyful place called your center, you’ll always feel off balance when you leave it.

One way to stay centered is to count your blessings every day. Why every day? Because it can be too easy to fall into the habit of taking life for granted and feeling sorry for yourself when things don’t go the way you had hoped. By counting your blessings, you remember just how rich you are—in spirit, family, friendships, health, career, education, personality, and the list goes on.

Count your blessings in the mornings. It is a very uplifting way to begin the day. After all, a new day is one more blessing for which you have to be thankful. Try this exercise: Turn off all the noise around you and go to a place where you can find as much solitude as possible. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply and slowly. Now think about all that you have to be thankful for. Stay in this quiet state for at least five minutes. When you finish, write down everything that came to mind.

My Blessings:
 1.
 2.
 3.
 4.
 5.
 6.
 7.
 8.
 9.
10.

It’s a pretty good list, isn’t it? When you find yourself feeling down or sorry for yourself, take out your list. Read it and be thankful for what you do have instead of focusing on what you don’t have.

Meet the Author

Valorie Burton is CEO of the Burton Agency, a Dallas-based public-relations firm she founded in 1996, as well as a motivational speaker. She was selected in October 2000 by PR Week magazine as of the nation's "30 Under 30". She is a former Miss Black Texas USA, Miss Black USA Top Ten finalist, and third runner-up to Miss Texas. She lives in Dallas.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews