Bet On Yourself: From Zero to Millions, By: Dr. Vernard Hodges. Ray Reads (Book Review)


My mama took me to the library each summer for the free summer reading program.

It was there that I started to appreciate reading. As a young girl who once had terrible eczema, I figured I’d find my friends in books. I enjoyed reading and falling into this world where who I was, and any problems I faced disappeared. I would read anywhere: the school bus, the laundry mat, and the grocery store. I was bumping into people and while my mama was fussed about me reading and walking at the same time. Or trying to read during after bed hours in a half-lit room.

In the midst of my now “busier life”, I decided that I should get back to doing the thing that I love so much something I used to walk around doing as a child. It’s also one of the reasons I think I am an OK writer. Reading.

My current focus is on reading about ways I can improve myself and my quality life. I love books that inspire me and help me to become the best version of myself possible. It’s just something that used to be a leisure but I need to make a priority again. I believe its super important to not only find people you can learn from but to also READ BOOKS and learn from those as well.

Libraries still exist, and the books are free to read. Although we have gotten so advanced that we can read on our phones and computers, I still prefer to order the hard copy of books. It’s something about holding it in your hand, flipping the pages, and feeling the cover. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me.

My most recent read is a book by a veterinarian by trade, Dr. Vernard L. Hodges.

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In this book, he discusses how he bought himself up from small beginnings and made so much out of so little.

Hetells his story so thoroughly that it almost reads as a movie script(I promise I haven’t read a book that fast since The Coldest Winter Ever).

Although the book is over 190 pages, It took me a total of 2 days to finish it!

Dr. Hodges’ voice and the visuals of his story makes it very comprehensible. He gives you not only life lessons but also tips to bet your self. I learned that no matter the situation you are placed in, still trust yourself and keep a positive outlook on every situation.

This book might be for you if:

  • You are needing a major dose of “get up and do something”

  • You are a millennial interested in leaving a legacy and thinking about your future.

  • If you feel like you are stuck in a decision-making process and need clarity about your ability to get it done.

  • If you want to learn about how stocks, bonds, and other financial aspects of the housing market works.

  • If you want to pass time in an amazing way.

Even though I read the book in less than 48 hours, I have since then gone back to the book several times as a reference for decisions I am currently making right now.

This book is simply an incredible source of knowledge and inspiration.

We can all learn something from this story. When purpose and your passion collide, you become a very contagious source of success. However, it first has to start with believing and betting on yourself.

Here are some places to start:

  • You can start that today by taking and posting a selfie telling the world how awesome you are and what you have done.

  • Start being the best version of you, as you continue to evolve into the person that you were meant to be. Accept nothing less than your personal best. Only you know what that is.

  • Keep the circle of people around you tight. Make sure they have your best interest at heart and are going to pull out the best parts of you. I’ve heard this before and never cared about the saying until I looked around and the people who I cling to are the ones that push me forward personally and professionally. My closest friends are very real and will tell me the TRUTH with a side of humor every phone conversation we have.

This is what this book is about; Dr.Hodges sharing his truth. His failures, successes, and the lessons learned along the way are all tied into this story.

This story is certainly worth reading!

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