Matt Ham is dedicated to guiding others toward rich living. His own experiences have led him to the understanding and freedom of a rich life, and through his RICH Principles, he helps folks uncover true richness, identifying real treasure and discovering true joy and contentment. His incredibly engrossing book, Redefine Rich,speaks volumes on these topics and officially releases on December 1.
As soon as the words emerged from my subconscious memory and onto the page, I knew they were supposed to be a book: “You make my life rich.” I could feel it within every part of my being.
As odd and inconvenient as it seemed, it just felt right. I feverishly searched Google to browse similar titles and found a market flooded with books containing the word rich.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
The Richest Man in Babylon
Think and Grow Rich
How to Be Rich
…and the list continues.
It paralyzed me.
How could I ever write a book? I was an insurance agent, for goodness sakes. Not to mention that I had never written before. More importantly, what in the world would I have to say and who would care to listen? I was frozen by these questions and the fear that menacingly lingered. I resolved to let someone else take the responsibility of sharing words that mattered.
That was until two weeks later…
I remember the dream as if it were a memory from yesterday. It was one of those dreams that on the surface makes no sense, but in places you rarely talk about, it was filled with eerie clarity. It was the kind of dream you wake up from and you recall finite details—details with purpose.
I knew then that I had to discern between the voices in my head. These words mattered, not because they were mine, but because I needed them. It was as if they had been given to me as a gift and I would be a terrible, greedy person to hoard them for myself.
I needed to write, if for no other reason than to make sense of all that was happening as these words took shape in my mind and began to make waves in my soul.
This journey has been one that will forever shape who I am. My pursuit of this feeling has allowed me to cross paths with individuals whose inspiration has given me hope in the richness of the human spirit. It has molded my thinking to allow for a richer perspective, and it has pushed me to unlock truths about myself that I had long since abandoned.
Here’s a few things I have learned. If you will, allow me to share with you. I don’t believe that I have answers, but I think this perspective may help illuminate the light inside of you.
Write. I don’t care if it’s inconvenient or uncomfortable—write. Start by asking questions. Start by telling a story. Simply, start.
Learn to write. Yes, your story matters. But what matters more is how you choose to share it. Learn to filter your words and thoughts through truth and let it purify them to yield sweet fruit.
Learn to listen to the right voices: the voices of hope, encouragement, and possibility. The voices of doubt, fear, and anxiety don’t belong in a heart destined for greatness. Of course, this isn’t limited to the voices within, but the voices outside as well.
Allow for grace. You’ll need it. You will make mistakes. Maybe you’ll hire someone that doesn’t work out, or maybe you’ll miss a deadline. Maybe you’ll become enthralled in your work, and it will leak over and affect some personal relationships. Choose grace.
Writing your book will be like traveling a great distance. You can board an airline and get there quickly, you can take an adventure and travel by car, or you can put on a backpack and embark upon something much different, a deep, spiritual walk that will challenge you in measurable ways, but leave you stronger, enriched, and blessed.
In turn, it will do the same for others as well.
An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 300 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.