A book by South African television host and entrepreneur Nicolette Mashile, reminds me of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. He says: “One dad would say: “The love for money is the root of all evil”. The other one, “The LACK of money is the root of all evil”. This quote from Mr. Kiyosaki’s book somehow relate to the first chapter of what’s Your Move?. Nicolette shares how her upbringing has shaped her perception of poverty. Her father would constantly remind her and her sister of labourers of dikompong in Mpumalanga, to emphasise his view on getting education.
In the book, Mashile narrates how failing a degree, not getting a qualification rather, does not always equates to working as a slave. She share that despite dropping out of tertiary, she was able to get a job which would enable her to cover the bare minimum like most graduates. The book gives invaluable financial lesson through the author’s personal experiences.
Mashile shares her personal journey to financial freedom in ways that resonate with readers of different financial backgrounds. Her point of view is that live below your means and increase the number of income streams, amongst others. Her experience, which comes from her humble beginnings proves that the “go to school, get a job, save money” advice parents usually give to their children is somewhat becoming obsolete.
With perspectives on money and financial education that often contradicts conventional wisdom, Nicolette shares her beliefs about how our everyday life situations and behaviours contributes to bungling our finances, and how we often disregard our financial knowledge when making certain financial decision.
What’s Your Move? encourage readers to take initiative to become financially educated and financially free. The book is relevant to anyone who wants to take ownership of their own finances, it speaks directly to black South Africans who have never had the privilege of developing a great relationship with money from a young age.
One of the takeaways from the book is that one should relentlessly focus on achieving total independence of their finances. What’s Your Move? is available in South African leading bookstores and also on www.whatsyourmove.co.za and retails at R280.