Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All

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The visionary entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller Do You! delivers a powerful guide to spiritual enlightenment.

Being "super rich" has little to do with living in a mansion and everything to do with living in a state of consciousness where you are equally connected to the world and your highest self. While it can be easy to become sidetracked chasing material wealth, the only worthwhile pursuit in life should be to find ...

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Overview

The visionary entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller Do You! delivers a powerful guide to spiritual enlightenment.

Being "super rich" has little to do with living in a mansion and everything to do with living in a state of consciousness where you are equally connected to the world and your highest self. While it can be easy to become sidetracked chasing material wealth, the only worthwhile pursuit in life should be to find lasting, stable happiness.

Super Rich shares strategies on how to get past perceived obstacles to happiness and fill your life with friendship, compassion, laughter, love, a sense of fulfillment, and, yes, money. When you use your gifts and serve the world, the world will in return reward you. Through real-life examples, Russell provides the concepts and tools needed to transform your relationship with yourself and the world for the better. Super Rich offers a road map to lasting, stable abundance that is rooted in your consciousness. And once you tap into that consciousness and harness its power, then you're going to have access to the greatest stimulus package of all time: your higher self.

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With wealth estimated at a third of a billion dollars, rap impresario Russell Simmons knows that monetary security is only one aspect of true contentment. "Happy can make you money," he says, "but money can't make you happy." In this new book, the author of the Barnes & Noble Bestseller Do You! delineates the inner principles that have brought him focus and true success. Think of it as a consciousness-raising stimulus package. Now in paperback and NOOK Book.

Dan Charnas
…slim, succinct and sagacious…the philosophy is sound—articulated in simple prose with assistance from journalist Chris Morrow, but filled with anecdotes, humor and raw language that are unmistakably Simmons's…Hip-hop and spirituality might seem to have little in common. But like yogic philosophy, hip-hop is all about the power of vibration, the power of the word. In Super Rich, Simmons emerges as the first influential voice to make that connection for a new generation.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Simmons--rap impresario and founder of Def Jam Records, Phat Farm, and the Hip-Hop Summit, and with Morrow coauthor of Do You!--explores what it means to be truly rich and fulfilled through two tenets. The twin paths to enlightenment, according to Simmons, are, first, remaining fully conscious and connected to the world, and second, believing that the universe will then reward and flood you with gifts and opportunity--the second precept drawing heavily from the laws of attraction found in such books as The Secret. While these lofty ambitions may seem too fanciful, the steps are sensible and actionable. He encourages readers to re-evaluate what being prosperous means to them and incorporate giving back. Simmons urges readers to move to self-acceptance, live without regrets, and move past worry. With personal stories, he offers insight into his personal striving for peace and prosperity, and offers those willing to put in the effort an opportunity to achieve that same abundance. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews

The "godfather of Hip-Hop" shares the secrets to cultivating a bountiful, carefree life.

In an uneven but spirited follow-up to his 2007 self-help guide Do You!, the co-creator of Def Jam Records and a cavalcade of lucrative multimedia ventures extols the virtues of living a "super rich" life unencumbered by "toys" and their "clutter." Sure, extraneous physical objects are to be enjoyed, he writes, but never to become attached to; becoming spiritually "enlightened" will make those possessions immaterial. Simmons ascribes spirituality to personal wealth rather than monetary affluence and believes that true happiness is "actually a state of needing nothing" except "being conscious and connected to God." Recounting his own rocky road to success, the author notes that in order to be successful, the heart must be present in every endeavor, and talents should be given away for free in order to attract attention. Significantly influenced by yoga, Simmons lets the Buddhist quotations, mantras and parables flow freely. The author encourages significant time commitments to meditation and nurturing "stillness," while denouncing neediness and "uninspiring actions" like smoking cigarettes and meat consumption. Collaborating with journalist Morrow, Simmons employs many examples from his career and personal struggles to create a platform based on sensible guidance and responsible, timeless ethics. Still, despite the universal messages, and his insistence that he is not attempting to convert anyone, the author's endeavor to "write a book where yoga, philanthropy, and God played a major role" may alienate those of different affiliations. The author's at his most convincing when delivering jaunty, positive messages about achieving personal fulfillment through patience and hard work—e.g., "you should take great comfort in the knowledge that each sunrise presents another day to do things right."

If nondenominational readers can overlook the author's sometimes heavy-handed preaching, they will find lots of positive, heartfelt encouragement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592406180
  • Publisher: Gotham
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 132,166
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Simmons

Master entrepreneur and visionary Russell Simmons has influenced virtually all aspects of business and media: in music with the co-founding of the immensely successful original Def Jam Recordings; in the fashion industry with the trail-blazing Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Run Athletics, and Def Jam University clothing lines; in film with Simmons Lathan Media Group; in television with HBO’s “The Def Comedy Jam” and “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry”; on Broadway with the Tony Award winning stage production “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway”, and numerous other ventures in the financial services industry, mobile communications, and philanthropy. A native New Yorker, he is the proud father of two daughters.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    This Book Help me Organize my thoughts. Buy it now if your have issues in your life.

    My name is Rashad Glover from RashadGlover Dot com and my mind can sometimes be all over the place. Im a inventor from the south side of Chicago with a back ground in engineering and business and also a "Jack of all trade"s when it comes to CNC manufacturing and plastic rapid prototyping on my 3D Printer.I learned so much in college and grad-school to the point where I don't know what I want to do any more. It seems like the sky is the limit but I don't know what to do first. When someone has all this stuff running around in his or her mind, its very easy to jump from one thing to the next. Mr. Simmons book helped stop what I was doing and find that little bit of stillness through meditation that I need in my life. Thank you Mr.Simmons for showing a young brother something useful other "the norm". Im sure you started something positive in my life that I can give to my child and future children.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Great Book

    This is the first book I read since high school, 7 years ago. This book is not about getting rich quick. But about vision and hard work. How to achieve goals and give back. So excited to read the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Shelby

    Yea[^_^]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    dont like

    sell ur soul to the devil & u will be rich too..... Sell out.. dont like.... to each it on.. never like Rs.....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Great read

    As above, so below. The only way to seek success is to start from within.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    He got me! I saw the title, and of course assumed that much like

    He got me! I saw the title, and of course assumed that much like his first book "Do You," that "Super Rich" would be an outlined guide to career, business, and self-empowement. I thought there would be lists, and details, and specific steps that would lead readers one step closer to millions.

    But Russell Simmons is smarter than that. Smart enough to give his book an appealing title...but also rich enough to know that he's one of the best people to speak about what being "rich" really means.

    Released in January of 2011, "Super Rich" is Russell's account of how he achieves personal satisfaction--despite his financial success, and how he feels that "inner" wealth and progress is much more liberating than any monetary figure.

    Easy for the rich guy to say. In fact, he says that a few times in the book, knowing that any reader would also share the same sentiments. It's easy for the guy with millions to tell you that it's not important to have money. But at the same time...who better to tell you that than someone who has experienced it?

    Now, the book is a little big yoga-heavy. He emphasizes how important the practice of yoga is to his daily routine, and also the huge role it has placed in keeping him in a great mental space, and allowing him the energy and state of being to achieve his successes. At times it's almost like a sales pitch for the yoga lifestyle, for meditating, and for veganism and related practices.

    But given that this is Russell's personal guide to gettin' rich, he makes sure that his method is outlined loud and clear. It is because of yoga and the peace and clarity it brings him, that he has been able to achieve all that he has.

    Along with encouragement for meditation, he also did drop a few gems of knowledge:

    Dont chase the money. This was a key message throughout. While following your heart, and giving to others, by being true to yourself...the money will inevitably come, he believes. But he stressed that the money shouldn't BE the objective, but rather a product of your honest intentions.

    There was a great story he told about being in a dorm room at NYU with Rick Rubin, and the memories he had in the early stages of Def Jam...the FEELING he received from those successes and milestones NEVER compared to any cheque he's received or other type of compensation. Years later, and millions richer, he made it clear that the feeling of wealth was nothing in comparison to the feeling of pure joy, accomplishment, and exercising his true passions.

    The book was pretty spiritual, still. Again, quite unexpectedly, but definitely appreciated. He outlined the 8 steps of classical yoga, including DHARANA (concentration on one's purpose in life) and DHYANA (meditation and devotion on the Divine), and reminded his readers repeatedly to take joy in whatever you are doing and leave a great impression at whatever you are doing...which could inevitably lead to greater opportunities.

    It was an easy read, an inspiring page-turner, and while it didn't give me 101 tips to get dem dollars...it did remind me that with patience, the right frame of mind, a positive and healthy spirit, and the trust and faith that life will give you exactly what you need to succeed at the right time, when you are ready...we can all be just like Uncle Rush: motivated, progressive, and most importantly...genuinely filled with joy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Very plain

    Didnt really tell me much. Everything is fairly obvious. I dont fully believe the author is true to every word written throughout this book.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Super Rich!

    I enjoyed this book tremendously. I've read a number of books that have discussed similar principles. However, Russell delivers the message in a fashion that anyone, young or old can quickly grasp. He talks about the lessons he's learned along his journey in life and how the practice of yoga and meditation has helped give him more peace with the world, and ultimately more success.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Beautiful, Enlightened, Uplifting..BRAVO Russell!

    Russell Simmons shares his "gems" very selflessly in this wonderful book, relating the Law of Attraction to his experiences in the Music world, and his raise to success. If you are a Law of Attraction practitioner, you will immediatly see that this is the next step in the journey of creating and manifesting. An interesting and easy read, once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down and had to write a positive review, to get the word out there. Russell is another example of a person who "gets it" and realizes that sharing his insights not only lifts him up but also lifts up the collective consciousness. Buy this book and tell your friends about it, you will not only be giving a gift to yourself, but you will see how these principles do work in your own life.. Yhank You Russell.

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