I always set aside time in my days to read because I know how much value there is in words.
Whether spoken or written on a page, words can leave a great impact on the way you live your life. But, finding the right words to help you develop the skills you need to succeed in life can be a challenge.
2020 brought a lot of changes to our lives, but I took advantage of some of the opportunities I was given to maintain my practice of mindful reading. All in all, I read a total of 24 books that year! I don’t always read the same topics over and over and frequently branch out in themes ranging from finance to self-help, as well as plenty of how-to books. I found a ton of helpful information and tips in the numerous books I read, but by far the absolute best book I read in 2020 was The Wealthy Gardener by John Soforic.
The Wealthy Gardener is a parable told from the perspective of a gardener who built a successful life for himself and is sharing his knowledge with four important people in his life. It explores what he did throughout his life to develop the skills he needed and how he utilized certain keys and principles in the creation of wealth for himself and his loved ones.
The author, Soforic, parallels this story with his own. He details his account of working as a chiropractor and confronting his desire for more. This push for growth led him on a journey of leaving his industry and paving his own path to success and a life he believed was worth living.
Soforic used this story to help his college-age son to grasp the important principles of wealth creation at a vital time in his life without being deterred by any misleading claims about building success. It is an engaging and insightful read that if you’re wanting to learn the tools you need for success, this book should definitely be on your bookshelf.
What makes it a good book?
There are a lot of things that go into making a good book good, and this book has several of these characteristics.
First and foremost, the book is very well written. Soforic does an incredible job at taking the important information and communicating it effectively and efficiently. He keeps things concise and clear without muddying up the text with an inconvenient vocabulary. If he does happen to use terms that aren’t common, he takes special care to explain their meanings in the context of the book. I think this is a key aspect of the book because it represents the importance of accessibility in acquiring knowledge and building up oneself. Everyone should be able to utilize these principles and tools in their own lives and build a better life for themselves, and by making the information transparent and easy to digest, Soforic includes everyone in the conversation of wealth generation practices.
One of my favorite aspects of the book is the one-liners. Soforic is awesome at writing and prose, which is exactly what makes this book so engaging and easy to follow. He has found the perfect way to convey his messages in simple, cut and dry, but tasteful ways that are optimized to be shared on social media! So many quotes in this book easily explain concepts and are so tweet-able, which makes this information even more accessible and appealing to people interested in self-growth.
The book and its messages are highly motivating for the reader. Soforic is a very personable writer and tells the story in a way that feels like he is speaking directly to you. It is very easy to visualize yourself in the thick of the story and hear exactly what he is speaking to you, which makes the content so much more impactful than other books on the same topic. However, if you’re looking for the magic book that will give you insight into the perfect get-rich-quick scheme, it’s best to stay away from this book. The Wealthy Gardener is all about the work and dedication it takes to make this journey of growth possible. With each section, I felt more and more motivated to take actionable steps towards success, and this inspiration can only encourage those who are willing and unafraid of doing hard work.
The teachings in this book are timeless and can be revisited over and over again. The thing about growth is that it never stops until you give up. Once you stop trying, your potential has been reached. This book is great for people that haven’t given up because it is filled with so many skills and fundamental components of success that even if your life situation has changed dramatically since the first time you read it, there are always going to be things in this book that you can learn from.
The teachings in this book are also very easy to understand. Soforic breaks down concepts so well that you can not only read and absorb all of the information with a minimal time commitment, but you can also easily communicate these teachings to your own children to give them the tools they need for their own success!
Who is this book for?
This book isn’t just for entrepreneurs or business leaders, although it is perfect for these types of people wanting to build their growth mindset and develop another stream of income. It also has teachings that are useful for anyone. Anyone interested in doing better and that want more in their life will find plenty of help within these pages. The Wealthy Gardener encourages anyone with even the slightest motivation to better themselves to take the next step. It’s also great for anyone curious about the legacy they will leave behind. Soforic does a great job of explaining the importance and nature of legacies, which can deeply impact the life you live.
What is this book really about?
The main messages in this book focus on what it takes to build success, both good and bad. Soforic describes the importance of wealth and money, which is an interesting topic that a lot of people tend to shy away from. There exists an idea in society that explicitly sharing how more wealth makes life more comfortable is taboo or conceited when the reality is that having more wealth means more freedom in life. For most people, there is no magic lottery that will grant guaranteed financial security. In this world, if you want to be successful, you have to work hard and make sacrifices. This is another important topic that Soforic brings up in this book. He really breaks down the concept of sacrifice, what it means, and what it looks like, which is not often done in settings like things because real sacrifice is hard for people to embrace in terms of growth. It is from these ideas that difficult topics like delayed gratification can be explained to reveal the best ways to make wealth accessible.
The Wealthy Gardener by John Soforic is a book filled with useful teachings and impactful messages that I recommend for everyone to read at least once in their lifetime. I’ve learned so much from these pages and continue to apply these things to my daily life and how I approach building my growth mindset for better success. If you are interested in hearing more about the things I’m reading, make sure to follow me on my social media channels where I share topics like this and more regularly! I would love to get more connected with you and hear other suggestions and ideas on how to build a better life through business and personal ventures, so if this interests you, don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with me!
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