Many self-help books will try to sell you their version of “the secret” to life or success. Anas Hamshari admits there is no secret and the only goal should be contentment. Being content does not mean settling for less or becoming stagnant, but rather understanding how to achieve more in life by living within your means.
In this short novel about Hamshari’s rise to both personal and financial success, he teaches the reader that not being handed things in life is not a curse, but a blessing. Overcoming physical or societal hardships hones a person’s ability to identify gaps in the marketplace as well as the strategies that work and those that don’t. Hamshari also explains essential components to business, such as networking, diversifying income, and employee-employer relationships, and offers suggestions on how to navigate the choppy waters as the tide comes in.
Hardship, trial and error, self-reflection and growth are all important keys to a person’s journey — not to success or wealth, but to the most important aspect of all: contentment.