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I recently finished reading “A Happy Pocket Full of Money: Infinite Wealth and Abundance in the Here and Now” by David Cameron Gikandi. I first saw this book while browsing through the books section at my local Salvation Army store. (Always a great place to find excellent reads for just a few dollars.) I had never heard of it before and the title certainly caught my eye. I am amazed at just how much I enjoyed it. Reading so many new books has had such a positive impact on my journey to defeat normal. (See post “How Reading Can Impact Your Finances“)


“In A Happy Pocket Full of Money, Gikandi explains that true wealth is not about having buckets of cash, but rather understanding the value within. True wealth flows out of developing “wealth consciousness,” that incorporates gratitude, a belief in abundance, and an ability to experience joy in life. He explores how recent discoveries in theoretical physics are relevant for the creation of personal wealth and shows readers how to create abundance by saving, giving, offering charity, and building happy relationships.”

Throughout this book, Gikandi continually repeats his mantra “I am wealth. I am abundance. I am joy.” At first seeing these words in bold print every other paragraph seemed a bit much. However the more I read, the more I understood why he does this. The overall theme of this book is the fact that everything you want, you already have. As individuals, we just need to understand it better and look within ourselves to bring out the best. We need to use our skills, knowledge and desire to learn so that we can make the best of our lives and not worry about things.

The way that Gikandi put it, everything that we need and desire has already been given to us. We need to spend more time following our hearts and passions and less time doing what we think other people of the world want us to do. If we set out to find happiness, true happiness, we will end up with a rich life. The universe provides to us what we give it, except that we get back 10+ times more. This is the way the universe is designed to work.

In the book, Gikandi discusses how it seems that the rich continue to get richer while the poor continue to get poorer. He continues on stating that this is absolutely correct due to the mindset. Everything happens for a reason. The rich get richer because they have the rich mindset. The do things in their lives that cause the universe to provide for them. On the other hand, the poor get poorer again due to their mindset. They continue to do things that keep them poor. Sure, there are exceptions to this. There are the wonderful success stories of people who have gone from rags to riches. But again, these are the exceptions and happen very rarely.

Another important part in creating wealth consciousness is to set goals, act on your beliefs and overcome challenges. Living in a world of now, many people are left dissatisfied when their ideas and work do not become an instant success. Wealth is not something that happens overnight. It is something that comes with much hard work and with time. If the goal is to make money, chances are that the road to get there may end up being a dead end. However if you tell yourself and believe that the work you are doing will lead to wealth, you will be well on your way.

My biggest takeaway from this book is that your wealth and success has nothing to do about what you are able to take from this world, but it has everything to do with what you give to it. But it does not stop there, we need to give to the world without the expectation of getting something in return. We need to give to the world out of care and love and desire that our gift will make the world a better place. When this happens, the universe will provide in the best way fit.

I do highly recommend this book to anyone. This is a work that can change the way you see the world and your life. Once you do read this, please come back here and leave a comment to let me know what you think and what takeaways you had. I would love to discuss it with you. This is certainly a title that will be on my bookshelf, waiting for me to read again.

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3 thoughts on “Review: “A Happy Pocket Full of Money””

  1. Congratulations for your review! It is so helpful to write reviews of books, not only for other readers but also for yourself, it helps fixing clearly the main ideas. Regarding this book, it really seems interesting. And also I can identify the main ideas as close to the ones presented in “The Richest Man in Babylon”by George Clason. Your attitude about money, work and luck is part of financial independence mindset and, of course, part of success. Understanding that financial success is part of our personal development is key. Moreover, it is necessary to use the gifts and talents given to us by God through work and achieve in this way financial success. Saving money, putting it to work in your favour, investing gives you satisfaction and freedom for you and your family. I am talking about this because I recently finished reading this book and I’ve just had a breakthrough. I highly recommend it! Keep up your great work, your efforts will be paid off!

    1. Thanks for checking out the review. The book is certainly interesting and I am glad I found it. “The Richest Man in Babylon” is on my reading list too. Looking forward to that one. Attitude certainly a key to success.

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