Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence

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When you possess a confident outlook, you perform at your highest level. When you believe in yourself, the people you rely on, and something ultimately greater than yourself, you will be able to do what you once thought was impossible.

Confidence is a function of lifestyle, driven by a guiding set of principles. Listen to this audiobook and discover what Tim learned from his grandmother Billye — concepts handed down from the masters of ...

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Overview

When you possess a confident outlook, you perform at your highest level. When you believe in yourself, the people you rely on, and something ultimately greater than yourself, you will be able to do what you once thought was impossible.

Confidence is a function of lifestyle, driven by a guiding set of principles. Listen to this audiobook and discover what Tim learned from his grandmother Billye — concepts handed down from the masters of motivation. You’ll learn how to:

› Fill your mind with confidence-building thoughts
› Generate momentum with the words you use
› Prepare for any challenge
› Recover from tragedies or setbacks
› Become a person of your word

Today, Tim shares these principles with thousands of people each year. He’s seen them turn lives around, propel careers forward, and steady high-potential people during difficult times.

Living by these total-confidence principles helped Billye and Tim rise above personal and financial losses. They can change your life too.

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In this semiautobiographical book, Sanders (Love Is the Killer App: How To Win Business and Influence Friends) shares one of the most important motivational thoughts he gained from his grandmother—that one has to get back to basics to feel confident and move forward through life. His stories aim to put readers into the "good loop," where positive actions lead to positive thinking. Reading this is like sitting through a motivational seminar that has lasted way too long. Sanders's lessons and principles are valid, but the stream-of-consciousness narrative mixed with quotations by gurus such as Napoleon Hill and a sprinkling of philosophers add up to too much. Great intentions; weak delivery.
Kirkus Reviews

Business consultant,Today Showregular and former Yahoo! exec Sanders (The Likeability Factor, 2009, etc.) offers advice for building confidence through the prism of his grandmother's teachings.

Taking the title from a phrase the author's grandmother used after helping a man who was down on his luck, the author weaves between a mixture of sound advice and bits and pieces of his grandmother Billye's own story, which is by far the most interesting element of the book. Billye raised Sanders after the author was abandoned by his mother at a young age. Years later, when Sanders was depressed after the murder of his father, he began to reflect on the many teachings of Billye, whose confidence and spirit have served him as an inspiration throughout life. Divided into two sections, Part II of the book outlines seven principles for building confidence. Some of the jargon Sanders folds into his writing, like "Readers are Leaders," is typical self-help fare. But the book shines when Sanders incorporates Billye's sage witticisms and examples from her life—including the "Nut and Shell Exercise,"which can be usefully employed when dealing with criticism. A section on how to "Exercise Your Gratitude Muscle" uses Billye's strong faith and upbeat fight against cancer as a template for expressing appreciation.

An uneven effort that, despite its shortcomings, will motivate some readers.

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Meet the Author

Tim Sanders is a sought-after international speaker, a consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, and the author of the New York Times best seller Love Is the Killer App. He is also the author of The Likeability Factor and Saving the World at Work, which was rated one of the Top 30 Business Books of 2008 by Soundview Executive. Tim, a former executive at Yahoo!, where he served as chief solutions officer and also leadership coach, is the CEO of Deeper Media, an online advice-content company. Tim has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, Reader’s Digest, Fast Company, and Businessweek. Originally from New Mexico, Tim and his wife, Jacqueline, live in Los Angeles, California.
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TODAY WE ARE RICH

HARNESSING THE POWER OF TOTAL CONFIDENCE
By Tim Sanders

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 Tim Sanders
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-3911-5


Chapter One

SIDEWAYS YEARS

I first met Eric Goldhart in 1997. With his toned physique and strong, confident demeanor, he was known as a "rock star" at his company. As the top producer and de facto sales leader at his dot-com start-up in Dallas, Eric possessed a charismatic let-me-lead-you personality that could convince even the most conservative staffing professionals to spend money with his Internet company. Eternally optimistic, Eric had a ready answer for any prospect's objection. In fact, he loved skeptical clients or tough audiences because he saw them not as obstacles but as opportunities.

Eric and I met when I was asked to give a presentation at his company's annual sales-awards dinner. We hit it off immediately because we had a lot in common: We'd both been raised by our grandmothers. We liked to read the same types of books. We'd both been successful in our fields and had similar dreams of running our own companies someday.

In the months that followed, we spun it up over long lunches, exchanging tips and dreaming about when we would eventually make it big in the business world. And the next year I wasn't surprised to hear that Eric had been recruited by a Seattle-based leasing company as the western regional vice president of sales. As far as I knew, Eric was well on his way to running Microsoft someday.

I didn't hear from Eric again until early 2002, when an e-mail from him arrived, asking me for a few minutes on the phone. I could tell by the tone of his e-mail that something was very wrong. This was not the "rock star" I once knew. This was someone who had lost his way and needed help. I called him that weekend, and we talked for over an hour as he laid out his problem in detail.

Since 2001, the dot-com industry had been under fire from Wall Street, and Eric's region, which stretched from Silicon Valley to Seattle, had been the hardest hit. Each week start-ups of all types were running out of cash and shuttering their businesses, breaking leases, and selling cubicles and computers for pennies on the dollar.

The mood in the industry was darker than the weather, and just as depressing. As survivor companies implemented massive layoffs, Eric found himself pummeled from every side by messages of fear and insecurity. When he worked out at the gym, talking heads on cable television spelled out all the ways the coming recession would likely unfold. Newspapers ran headlines hysterically predicting the end of the Internet era. Even Eric's coworkers were growing increasingly concerned and wondering when the hammer would drop on them, too.

Even though Eric was a long-standing optimist, he couldn't resist the fear chatter. Against his better judgment, he read, listened to, and viewed these scare-lines like drivers who can't look away from a car-crash scene. Before long, his positive outlook evaporated. He began to question his ability and commitment and to wonder whether he had enough talent and drive to survive the impending economic storm. He even started to feel guilty for taking downtime or enjoying himself, attributing the root of the dot-com industry's failures to an overabundance of fun.

Suffering from a shortage of confidence, Eric became doubtful about his own company's chances of survival, even though senior management was holding to a more positive, wait-and-see attitude. Deciding to take on this fight himself, Eric hunkered down and told himself that it was up to him to come up with instant sales solutions.

He stopped going to the gym because he felt guilty when he wasn't working. Leaving work at six in the evening felt morally wrong—inasmuch as the ship was presumably sinking—so he stayed late at the office, missing dinner with his wife and two toddlers.

Even when he was at home, his mind stayed in overdrive mode. He snapped at his wife and kids, locked himself away in the den with his computer, and sat glued to the cable news channels for hours at a time. He stopped having morning devotions—they seemed insipid in the face of reality—and attending church with his family. The only thing that mattered was finding some way out of the mess in which he found himself.

Trapped in an emotional spin cycle and sleeping fitfully at best, Eric started chewing his fingernails and developed puffy circles under his eyes. At work, his productivity plummeted faster than the stock market. He wasted hours rereading the same set of bad numbers from a variety of sources. He pored over an endless supply of downward projections and combed the Internet for more bad news on the horizon.

For every minute Eric worked, he worried for ten. And his outlook was contagious. He badgered his salespeople to work harder because times were apocalyptic. In meetings, he filled his coworkers with personal doubts and fears, which led to a swift decline in personal productivity on their part. Customer sales calls often ended up with a gloom-and-doom session that left all parties worse off than when they started.

At the end of the year, Eric's boss gave him a lukewarm annual review and a warning: "Get your groove back, or I'll have to replace you." Eric had never been demoted or fired in his young career, and now he was on the brink of both.

At this point, Eric was running on empty. He was in a full-blown personal recession. He was shrinking as a person, drinking far too much, and chasing away everyone in his life. He knew things had to change, and on New Year's Eve he made a resolution: I'm going to get help, and I'm going to make a comeback.

That's when he wrote to me.

As I listened to Eric talk on the phone that afternoon, I had to admit that his story sounded eerily familiar. He described 2001 as a year he failed to move forward in any part of his life; in other words, he had experienced his first "sideways" year. At that point, I knew I could help him. He'd only had one of those years. I'd had fifteen of them in a row. My sideways years had stretched from my early twenties to my midthirties, and I was proof positive that you can fill your tank back up and come roaring back.

I knew that the way for me to help Eric was to share my story with him, one that I'd always been reluctant to tell.

* * *

It was late summer 1981, and I was out for a spin west of town in my candy-apple-red Pontiac Astre, rocking out to an eight- track tape of the band Yes on my new car stereo. The song "Close to the Edge" was playing, and I was singing along at the top of my lungs when I noticed flashing headlights in my rearview mirror. When I pulled over, I recognized my uncle Jim's black Monte Carlo rolling up behind me. We got out of our cars, and when he approached me, he put his hand on my shoulder and said with a heavy sigh, "I don't know how else to say this. Your father's been murdered, Tim. I'm so sorry."

I stood there on the side of the road in shock, mumbling the words back to him, "My father's been murdered...."

As I followed Jim back to the house, a slide show of times with Dad played in my mind. I could smell his aftershave—he always wore Brut—and feel his whiskers pressing against my cheek as he hugged me. Fighting tears, I tried to distract myself by changing tapes in the car, only to hear Diana Ross and the Supremes sing "Someday We'll Be Together." I had to keep my eyes glued to Jim's taillights for the rest of the way home to avoid driving off the road.

Even though I had spent only a week or so with my dad each summer when I was growing up, he had made a big impression on me. He had been forced to give me up twice: first to his wife (my mom) and then later to his own mother (Billye) when my mom decided she couldn't raise me. My dad had a jack-of-all-trades career and a big-city lifestyle, and he knew I would be better off with Billye. Even though we were apart, he called me often, mostly to tell me how much he loved me.

The week before his death, my father, Tom Sanders, had accepted a writing position with a television production company in Los Angeles, the same city where I was attending college. It was the first time we would be living in the same city, and I had been looking forward to getting to know him better. He was funny, smart, and sophisticated and had always been one of my biggest fans.

Now, it was all gone. Our reunion seemed to have been canceled by fate.

When I got home, Billye was there, surrounded by friends and family. She knew I would be a wreck, so when she saw me come through the front door, she stood up and extended her arms toward me. She was ready to comfort me, as she always did during my difficult moments. Billye had always been my rock. Her solid faith and serene confidence had inspired me to achieve so much during high school and my first two years in college.

For years Billye had taught me confidence lessons as I sat perched on the edge of the bathtub. While she shaped her beehive hairdo, she shared tips I could employ the next day. Her lessons had paid off in my life. I went from being labeled a "discipline problem" and being placed in the local special-education program in second grade to returning to public school and making the honor roll in sixth grade, in spite of being called "Short Bus Sanders" by the other kids. By my senior year of high school, I was on a roll: class president and state champion in debate. Just a few months before my dad's death, I had received a debate scholarship to finish college at a prestigious school on the West Coast, after winning several junior college national championships. Yes, Billye's hard-won life lessons on confidence had turned my life around.

Yet on that day, something inside me snapped. As Billye tried to get me to join her prayer circle of family and friends, I snarled, "Why would God do this to him? Why would he do this to me?" She was crestfallen and hurt. She didn't have the energy to pursue me. All she could do was bow her head and begin to pray.

Billye's words about a loving God didn't make sense to me anymore. In an instant my faith had been shattered. Suddenly, I no longer trusted anyone. Since all of Billye's principles were based, in some part, on her faith, her teachings no longer had the ring of truth to me.

When I left Clovis to move to California later that month, rejecting everything Billye had taught over the years about how to live life, I didn't take a single book from the family library with me, even though Billye offered them all. I didn't even bring my Bible.

As I went through the motions of my junior year in college at Loyola Marymount University, everything was different. I no longer cared about earning good grades or making something of myself. I skipped classes, took shortcuts in my research, and coasted along, just getting by with what little confidence I had leftover from the previous years.

My sideways years had begun.

When I moved to Tucson to attend graduate school, my attitude shifted from a simple lack of faith and trust to one of full-blown negativity. I decided that my championship years as a debater had been little more than dumb luck, and I figured I'd better take whatever I could get in terms of a job. When I landed a consulting position at Hughes Aircraft, I again assumed it was a fluke. Since I couldn't imagine ever being successful in business, I didn't take the position seriously.

Instead, pursuing my passion for music, I joined a local band and settled into a month-to-month lifestyle that eventually left me in a broken-down school bus in an RV park just east of Dallas, Texas.

A few years later, I met Jacqueline, who became the love of my life. I was a mess at the time, but she saw something beneath my black rocker clothes and penchant for pessimism. Her son, Anthony, was four years old at the time, and I fell in love with him, too. Still, I didn't have the confidence or ambition to strive for more than living paycheck to paycheck.

I found a sales job in the cable television business that leveraged my gift of gab. And even though I made good money, I always found a way to sabotage my path toward management. I was earning a solid income, but I still wasn't happy. I had no goals other than to be discovered one day by a record mogul and stop working for "the man."

By the spring of 1996, I was near the breaking point. I quit my job, cashed in my 401(k), and devoted my energy to getting a record deal—even though I knew deep down that it was a next-to-impossible feat. I took odd jobs to help with the rent, and we ate on the tips that Jacqueline made as a hairstylist. Each day I became more disappointed in myself, and one afternoon while driving home, I had a sudden impulse to jerk the car's steering wheel to the right and drive full speed into the concrete freeway barrier. The compulsion was so strong that I had to pull the car over and stop until I regained my composure. It wasn't the first time such a dark thought had crossed my mind that year. When I told Jacqueline about it that night, I cried uncontrollably, shaking in her arms as she tried to console me.

I was far away from the wide-eyed kid Billye had taught to love life and achieve great things. I knew I needed to find a way out of my sideways years, even if it meant going backward—back to a time and place where life made sense.

Chapter Two

THE AWAKENING

Eric and I had our second coaching phone call the week of Valentine's Day 2002. I began our conversation with a question: "What are you not doing today that you were doing when I first met you?"

"I'm not sure what you mean," Eric said, laughing nervously.

"What investments in yourself and others are you no longer making?" I asked. "What daily or weekly practices for a better you have fallen by the wayside?"

If Eric could answer these questions, I knew he could pull himself out of his negativity and get back on track. There was power in these words. How did I know? I was living proof. Billye had asked these exact questions of me in 1996, just months after I had nearly rammed my car into a concrete wall.

* * *

I had been emotionally disconnected from Billye ever since my dad's death. In my mind, I wasn't that little kid sitting on the edge of the bathtub anymore, listening to her spout life lessons. I'd gone off to college in Los Angeles and learned how to doubt. Now I was "worldly."

But when dark thoughts of worthlessness and suicide began to be part of my daily routine, I knew it was time for me to reconnect with my rock in life—Billye. During the Thanksgiving holiday, Jacqueline and I flew to Lubbock and rented a car to drive to Clovis. We bought a disposable camera at the local Walgreens, and I gave Jacqueline a tour of my hometown, taking pictures of places and things that had meant something to me when I was growing up: the wheat farm, the cemetery where my father was buried, the high school I attended. Billye encouraged me to take pictures of my debate trophy collection in my bedroom, which she had left proudly on display, but I refused.

"That was a hundred years ago," I snapped. I had little confidence of ever returning to the glory days of my earlier years. To me, those types of achievements would remain in the distant past forever.

Once we were back in Dallas, I turned in the camera for developing and got back twenty or so prints. As I flipped through the photos—snapshots of the farm, Billye sitting at the kitchen table, the cemetery where my dad was buried—the last picture in the stack nearly stopped my heart. It was a picture of the water tower in Sudan, Texas—the very spot where Billye took final delivery of me after my mom had abandoned me in a hotel. It wasn't the first time my hapless mom had misplaced me, but in Billye's eyes, it would be the last.

As I stared at that photo, it dawned on me that it couldn't have been a worse time for Billye to adopt a child. In addition to supporting me, she was also responsible for her eighty-five-year-old mother, Hattie. Billye's twenty-year marriage had just broken up, the bank accounts were dry, and her credit had been extended to the breaking point.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

PROLOGUE: Billye's Lesson I Never Forgot....................1
CHAPTER 1: Sideways Years....................15
CHAPTER 2: The Awakening....................27
CHAPTER 3: The Good Loop....................35
CHAPTER 4: Principle 1: Feed Your Mind Good Stuff....................45
CHAPTER 5: Principle 2: Move the Conversation Forward....................71
CHAPTER 6: Principle 3: Exercise Your Gratitude Muscle....................105
CHAPTER 7: Principle 4: Give to Be Rich....................137
CHAPTER 8: Principle 5: Prepare Yourself....................171
CHAPTER 9: Principle 6: Balance Your Confidence....................205
CHAPTER 10: Principle 7: Promise Made, Promise Kept....................243
EPILOGUE: A First Step into the Good Loop....................273
Notes....................279
Acknowledgments....................285
About the Author....................287
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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    The kind of book you can read over and over!

    Tim's take on what it takes to be successful is timeless and always relevant. What makes this book so powerful is Tim's willingness to share his own story in the process. I always thought Tim was this uber-successful guy. Hearing him talk about his "sideways years" after his father's death gave Tim a whole new depth. I've been a fan for quite a while and this latest effort made me even more so.

    The advice Tim's grandmother imparted on Tim is so simple and powerful -- kind of Forest Gump like (Momma always said...). I highlighted almost every piece of wisdom from her that he shared.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    You Need to Read This Book. Now.

    When I heard that Tim was releasing a new book that in his words was the prequel to "Love is the Killer App", I got pumped. Why?

    Because Tim's message of generosity, love and abundance is something we desperately need to hear right now. Drop what you're doing and get this book.

    Today We Are Rich takes its title from the hero of Tim's book, his grandmother Billye. It's one of her numerous mantras that pepper the book, giving it a feel of folksy wisdom without being cheesy. We hear the story of Tim's childhood with Billye and how she taught him the lessons that helped her survive and thrive in the midst of her own taxing and difficult journey. We learn those lessons with Tim, and he heaps stories and simple, practical suggestions to help us digest and internalize Billye's example.

    For Tim, life is about living with total confidence, which he defines as trust in yourself, other people and God. When you are totally confident, you can be generous. You can make the world a better place.

    Tim doesn't just rely on Billye. He draws on a wealth of thinkers from across the modern spectrum, from classics like Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale to contemporary gurus like Erwin McManus, Dave Ramsey and John Maxwell. Tim wraps this wealth of knowledge and wisdom into a very accessible package - his 7 Steps to Total Confidence.

    Today We Are Rich is not a self-help book; it is Tim's own story of pain and redemption, a story that Tim generously invites his readers to travel with him.

    If I hadn't been following Tim for the better part of a decade now, I would be tempted to write the book off as one more book about positive thinking. But I've seen Tim live out the principles he shares over and over again. Tim is one of the most generous and kind persons I know. I've never heard him say or seen him write an unkind word about anyone.

    He's also very clear about the advice he shares: this is not an easy task. The habits he recommends are a change from the way most of us live. But if we want to make a change, if we want to start living out of God's abundance rather than fear and scarcity, Today We Are Rich is a wonderful place to start.

    Tim's message is consistent: God has given us more than we could ever need. Our lives should reflect that with gratitude and generosity.

    I was pleasantly surprised by how clearly his faith came out in this book. Despite the fact he's clearly writing for a broad audience, Tim clearly and respectfully articulates his faith. His belief in God is the bedrock on which his 7 principles are built. His living faith is the atmosphere in which he lives out what he teaches.

    Ultimately, this book is about the power we have to shape our own lives. Will we use this power to live in God's image, to be loving, kind and generous? Or will we continue to buy into the scarcity mentality that causes so much disconnection, burn-out and disillusionment? The choice is ours to make. But if we're ready to step up and live the life we were created to, Tim is here to help guide us on our path. Think of him like your own personal Master Yoda.

    Bottom Line: Everybody should read and apply this book. But you don't have to take my word for it. Tim is giving away the first part of the book. Go get it at his website, see for yourself, and then go buy this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

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    Today We Are Rich This isn¿t normally I book I¿d purchase and r

    Today We Are Rich

    This isn’t normally I book I’d purchase and read, but I came across it at the airport when someone left it behind in the terminal. What an interesting life story! There are valuable principles in this book that are motivating and inspiring. I love how the author, Tim Saunders, credits his grandmother for being his greatest influence in life. I too can credit my grandmother with making a huge impact in my Christian walk, so I could relate with much of this book.

    I only wish I could’ve completed it, (but I’m happy to say it is back with it’s rightful owner.) I will be purchasing this book. It’s a keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    "Today we are rich" is what Tim Sanders heard his gran

    "Today we are rich" is what Tim Sanders heard his grandmother Billye say to him as a child - for indeed they had food, a roof over their heads, clothing, and enough to share with others. And those were not the only wise words she spoke to him. Throughout this book the author intersperses short stories from his childhood with truths either his grandmother taught or he has learned over the years on how to look on the bright side to gain the confidence to do well. In a clear, concise way he explains his 7 principles without forgetting to remind us that God is in control and we need to seek Him. I found this to be a power packed little book that I highly recommend.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Excellent Concepts, Very Useful. I found many useful insights he

    Excellent Concepts, Very Useful. I found many useful insights here, and I plan to be going over this again. I'm confident I will gain even more from this book whenever I do. Mr. Sanders wrote this from the perspective of a business speaker, to inspire others to succeed. He includes personal stories, and inserts many excellent quotes, always citing the source. The concepts make sense, and are well presented. He did not quote Bible verses as frequently as I expected, It seemed he was tailoring the advice mostly to a wide business audience and thus avoided offending some readers, by referring to a “higher power.” Even so, this book can help you to become rich in spirit.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    I thought this was a really well-written book. A short book so

    I thought this was a really well-written book. A short book so it was a quick read with seven principles of building confidence. I liked this book because Sanders identified the principle, for example "Exercise Your Gratitude Muscle", then gave real-life examples of the principle in action, and then gave examples of how to put it in practice in your own life.

    I think self-help books written in this format are very helpful because readers thoroughly understand the principle, the theory behind it, and how to implement it in their own lives. The seven principles that Sanders puts forth are not difficult complicated formulas that readers would have a hard time assimilating. They are basic, common sense approaches to how we should live and treat each other all the time.

    Despite the title, this is not a get-rich quick book or a financial guide book. The idea behind it is to experience success through implementing the principles and becoming a richer person through serving others. I LOVE Billye's philosophy of being rich in spirit by having everything you need and enough to share.

    This book would be helpful for employers, managers, pastors, leaders, employees, parents, students, and anyone who is interesting in taking simple steps to re-frame their thinking for success!

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    Tim Sanders is an author, company consultant and speaker. Using

    Tim Sanders is an author, company consultant and speaker. Using advice from his grandmother along with other information, he wrote this book to help people find confidence. This is an interesting book with many good ideas and helpful in different situations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Tim Sanders¿ life story is inspirational and transformative by i

    Tim Sanders’ life story is inspirational and transformative by itself, but he delivers that and much more in Today We Are Rich. Sanders declares just how necessary gratitude and connection to God are for happiness and fulfillment. Most of his inspirational wisdom is reminiscent of other self-help volumes, but it never hurts to hear good advice more than once. There were a few elements of the book that I was slightly uncomfortable about: while Sanders stresses the importance of a relationship with God, he nevertheless seems to downplay God’s role in directing and transforming lives, instead emphasizing less biblical modes like positive thinking. Similarly, while he stresses the significance of gratitude and of being charitable with one’s money, he nevertheless associated money with success and happiness far more than I was comfortable with. The life advice is mostly good, but isn’t new; if you buy this, buy it for the biography.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    a life lesson

    This book is very strong in helping to get people on the right track. So many of us have lost our way. Find your purpose and become rich in spirit.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Rich is a FULL Cup...

    Still waiting 4 someone's permission to go for your dreams? maybe not if you've read 'Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence'.
    Read it with a hiliter to capture every 'aha' moment. Then keep it at hand as the resource it will have become before you've closed the cover.

    Tim's journey back to his grandmother's common sense reveals how uncommon that sense is in today's culture. and just how much it is both missed and needed. where do we find the confidence required to accomplish the dreams, desires and design of the life for which we've been created? what beacons beckon us forward from a life that is 'less than'?

    Tim has answers and he's willing to share. How willing are we to break out of our rutted routines to receive these time tested truths?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2011

    Average

    Tim Sanders' book, Today We Are Rich, deals with the need for confidence in one' life to fuel your rise to a rich and influential life. I can see how he would be a popular motivational speaker. I, however, picked up this book thinking it would deal with the spiritual life and our riches in Christ Jesus. With that in mind, this book was not what I was looking for. Tim Sanders does give a logical approach to increase one's confidence and achieve one's goals in life and does mention the spiritual, but without giving it the main emphasis.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

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    Undecided

    Billye, the authors adopted parent, always knew what to say when it was needed, instilling confidence and seemed to make a difference in the authors young life. Reading more like the cross between autobiography of the author and a biography of Billye with a collection of quotes and passages from other writers and famous personalities thrown in, the book shifted back and forth between all of them. The author was able to put into practice the lessons and principles that was taught to him from Billye and others and he gives the reader ways to incorporate and apply them to their lives.

    The advice on a positive note I learned for example: How to ignore what is bringing you down, how to have a positive mindset. On the flipside for example: I found out how to alienate people and how to pump myself up so I can be better than others. To be honest I would pick this book up and put it down quite a bit not feeling satisfied that it was a good choice for the time spent. I felt that the book did not challenge my faith. I would have given the book 2.5 stars but gave it 3 for effort.

    I do believe in the power of positive thinking, but just not at the expense of others.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Today We Are Rich by 'Tim Sanders'-Book Review

    Today We Are Rich by Tim Sanders is an ace. In my opinion, this book is destined to become a modern classic. Tim strikes the chord in our hearts and minds through his swift message. It is a book for all seasons and all ages. Tim shares the lessons he learnt from his grandmother, Billye in this book. Throughout all the chapters, he conveys the matter with a beautiful personal stories and incidents.

    TWAR will encourage us and rekindle the dreams we have planted in our hearts. The tips from this book are pragmatic and easy to apply in our daily life. I will use this book as a reference tool from time to time to motivate myself.

    Tim talks about the "sideways journey" in his life and then offers us the wisdom of Billye through the following seven principles:
    1. Feed your mind good stuff.
    2. Move the conversation forward.
    3. Exercise your gratitude muscle.
    4. Give to be rich.
    5. Prepare yourself.
    6. Balance your confidence.
    7. Promise made, promise kept.

    I would give this one five out of five stars.

    Tim Sanders is an international speaker, a consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, the author of many books. He is a former executive at Yahoo!, where he served as chief solutions officer and also leadership coach. Today, he is the CEO of Deeper Media, an online advice-content company.

    Please note that I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers through CBD. Also be informed that the opinions I have expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Must read for all Leaders -

    When I saw Tim's newest book come out, I knew by all the preparation that it was going to be great. Clearly, he outlines very simple principles for having total confidence. Principles that struck me were: 1) feeding your mind good stuff, and 2) Exercising your gratitude muscle.

    However, what I liked MOST about the book was Tim sharing HIS story that led him to writing the book. It connected me to the book on a much deeper level as having seen Tim speak many times, I could visualize the challenges he has gone through to get where he is today.

    Great read - I highly recommend it and will be sharing it with others.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    FANTASTIC!!!!!

    This is one book that I will read and study often.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

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    Currently Free On Kindle 5/1/11

    Great book but totally free on amazon this week

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    Read this book if you're at all interested in growing and developing yourself!

    This new book from Tim Sanders is a great read. I've only gotten through the first several chapters and have already taken some of the lessons and made significant changes to my daily practices, which have made me more confident. Tim puts across simple, but very powerful ideas for readers to put into practice on a daily basis.

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    Posted May 26, 2011

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    Posted May 10, 2011

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