In this riveting book, Wall Street Journal reporter Robert Frank explores the lives and lifestyles of a new breed of millionaires and billionaires – many of them self-made and from blue-collar backgrounds – and how this new gilded age is affecting wider society. Profiles of ‘instapreneurs’, dot-com billionaires, and eccentrics from the lower and upper reaches of Richistan take us into the rarified world of people like Ed Bazinet, who became a multi-millionaire by selling miniature ceramic villages, and Tim Blixseth, who earned billions by trading remote stretches of timberland. The influence wielded by the newly wealthy goes far beyond their earning power, and Frank also explores the lifestyles developing around them (butler schools and a new type of service employee, self-help groups for people worth $10 million or more) as well as where their money is going (the commodification of the art world, the rise of ‘market-driven’ philanthropy). As wealth creation becomes more and more globalised, Richistan looks behind the glitz to find the real story of new money and its impact on the world.
Regardless of whether you’re rich , dreaming of being rich or simply just want to peek through the lives of the wealthy, Richistan has illustrated great insight into the inner workings of new money.
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It’s everywhere. Blogs about how to make money blogging. Programmes advertised for building wealth through trading, videos on how to save money to get rich and so on… Everyone is convinced that there’s a secret formula to success and wealth and a lot of people are good at convincing you to pay a ridiculous amount of money to learn it. Most people won’t tell you that the key to success is consistency and love for what you’re doing to create avenues for wealth. Sure, I don’t know everything about writing, but I know that I love it so much that doing it doesn’t feel like a job. It’s an art I created for free even before I decided to write and sell books. This is likely the same for anything that successful people do in life.
Mentors can preach about techniques to get you there but if you don’t have the love for something and are not willing to be consistent in learning and putting in the work, sacrifice time and energy and give it your all even after many disappointments then you are going to fail. Famous entertainers had to go on many auditions before they got their ‘big break’ and even had to endure long hours on set. Athletes train for hours on end before they win a race of a lifetime, traders put in hours of learning and studying trends and finding funds to invest before they hit large profits. YouTubers create content consistently for many months (sometimes years) to ensure the algorithms work in their favour. Everything takes time, consistency and love. Yes, it’s difficult, and yes, there are many sleepless nights, but as long as you’re focused on your bigger picture and working on what you love, your success will come to you. There is enough abundance for everyone. Trust in yourself, trust in divine timing.
Your relationship breaks down, and now your void is open, wounds from previous trauma bind into one so you decide to announce your broken heart and disappointments to the world. On forward, you’re determined to find every quote from philosophers and spiritual teachers that resonates with your pain. Perhaps even quotes that persuade your ex or ex-friend that you’re now growing above the drama because you’ve meditated read your natal astrology charts or shuffled a tarot deck amid your emotional crisis. Although, you haven’t actually taken the time to sit down and process your thoughts, what your feeling and your connection to spirit. In fact, you’re not even sure if you believe in spirituality. This is a typical affair in the age of social media.
We tend to lash out in public in a state of panic because we can’t see clearly during turbulence. We fear patting our way through the blurry path rather than sitting still and letting the waves settle. It’s okay to feel like you can’t breathe, like you want to lash out and punch a cushion or to simply sink in a bed of tears until your eyes get puffy. At least, this allows you to go within and to face yourself wholeheartedly. If you ever find yourself in this situation, remember to breathe focus on you and only you. Find a way to create space to understand yourself and let your emotions run through by creating positive images in your mind or throwing yourself in art. Even if you’re not an artist and even if you’re not in a crisis. Don’t get lost in the sea of chaos amongst social media and spiritual pressure. Stay connected to you.
With each breath, we live through an additional second of complex emotions. Anger engulfed in fire, gasoline of lust sprinkled on the naked flame. We find love in a bottle of Beaujolais and pour passion onto fabrics of hate. Nonetheless, we ride through the lies. Raw and honest, Virgo’s Carousel embodies all that we fear and see. The ride is unforgiving and pure. Plunge into this invigorating book of poetry and paddle in the infinite meaning of a Virgo’s cosmic visions.
It’s easier said than done when you’re convinced that the people who hurt and mess you around really do love you. You tell yourself that it’s the situation that’s complicated. Perhaps you live in a financial red zone every month because you’re convinced that you must keep up with your friends’ luxurious lunch dates and that you need a new pair of boots for every occasion. Maybe, you’re convinced that you deserve overseas holidays and city breaks a few times a year because you don’t want to face and live the life you have at home. Nobody is here to condemn your life choices as you are the captain of your own ship and have free will. Although, at some point, you have to question if it’s a healthy cycle or whether you’re just stuck romanticising it because you’re not in touch with who you are or are afraid of your true potential.
Let’s begin with the understanding that a toxic cycle isn’t necessarily confined within intimate relationships. It can sit in friendships, your relationship with everyday tasks, your employer, your relationship with nutrition, and money. Now that you know what it looks like, it’s time to identify if there are areas of your life that require some attention and care. This is where many people choose to give up because the prospect of identifying areas of their lives that require rectifying and setting healthy boundaries is a scary concept. And the ego itself doesn’t make it easy to handle self-criticism, which is why most choose to create a fantasy around bad habits to avoid the fact that it’s detrimental to some aspects of their health. From personal experience, it appears that our unexplored shadow self that contains our suppressed traumas play a role in how we perceive habits, situations and people in our lives. This is part of the process that we need to accept as we dig deeper into ourselves, one should expect to uncover some ancient emotional relics that will undoubtedly be painful to face. As much as we want to accelerate through our healing, though, it’s important to note that our minds, bodies, and souls require unrelenting patience. When you feel like you need to speak to a therapist, allow yourself the opportunity to do so. And when you have identified why you are in a toxic cycle, you can make substantial efforts to create boundaries and make healthier choices.
This post is a drop in a bucket on such a subject; however, I hope you manage to gain something from this to help you on your way. Keep working on yourself and stay tuned in to your own needs because a small improvement also creates a significant universal experience.
I took some time to write this little book of poems, perhaps it’s a book of quotes depending on who’s reading it. It’s dedicated to busy travellers. Something to look at while you avoid awkward glances on public transport. Don’t take it seriously, although you may choose to. You can enjoy it if it’s your kind of good read. Otherwise, I hope it helps to take your mind off that tricky situation you’re in or at the very least, give you something to look at until your phone works again. All the best.
Today, I’m taking the time to remind you that you are here for a higher calling. I can’t tell you what it is if you don’t already know your higher purpose, but I decided to write this short post hoping that it will help you ease into transition for the next cycle. There’s no doubt that you know it requires massive strength for those of you who have been on the journey. Indeed, not everyone has a conscious tribe to lean on for support, however, take comfort in understanding that as you grow further in alignment with your higher self, you will have a more profound sense of knowing how to find the answers to your questions.
Regardless of your spiritual stance, I have found that it’s important to set intentions every time you enter a new cycle of life. Think of setting intentions like a magical To-Do list. What do you want to manifest in your waking life? Think about the grandest life you want to create for yourself and write it down clearly on paper. This doesn’t have to be set for just materialistic desires. Perhaps you would like to make more empowered decisions, create more time for meditation or self-reflection, or commit to a personal project? Whatever you would like to do, take some time when you are operating on a high vibration and feel positive in your day, sit in a quiet space and write down your intention. The difference between this and a To-Do list is that you are writing your grand vision and focusing your energy on manifesting it with the knowledge and will of your highest self. You’re not disconnected and just writing things that need to be done today or tomorrow. As you write, you are placing yourself in this vision, therefore, rather than writing ‘I want to…’ you can write ‘I am…’ because in the law of attraction, you are what you attract. Your energy and vibration need to be aligned with what you want to achieve and receive. Once you have written your intentions, place it somewhere only you have access to and as you continue to live your life, take actions that will move you in the direction of your goals. When you feel stuck in a lower vibration, glance back and remind yourself what you are working towards.
I wish everyone the very best, and may you continue to learn and grow in the year to come.
Let the vibrations of the earth’s energy align with your own through the resonance of the poems penned in this book. Journey through the pages as the author learns to understand and release frustration, hope and finds security in the state of expansion. This book attempts to represent the beauty and darkness of consciousness ascension through rare and honest poetry. Assume your readiness and leap into an elevated state of perception in the contorted reality presented inside the pages of Ley Lines.