On Wealth

In this article I recommend three books that approach wealth from different perspectives and have different goals but whose subtle message is the same: the world as we know it is ending and, if we don’t change, first within us and then out there, taking responsibility for our life and the society we live in, we’ll succumb with it.

I would like to mention that The Vertical Thought was not created as a mere reviews column but would like to push people to look inward, question themselves, open their eyes and hearts and taking responsibility for their life. Just look around on Social Media and you’ll see that most people indiscriminately dump their anger, discontent and frustration on others: as soon as they spot someone who thinks differently, someone who chose a different path in life or – heaven forbid – someone successful, and there they go insulting, complaining and, above all, pinning the responsibility on “the others”. Everywhere we read: “Someone should do something!”, “They should help them!” But who’s this “someone”? How come it never is the one who writes? Plus, when it comes to wealth, centuries of wrong and limiting beliefs and education have lobotomized people, who want wealth but at the same time eschew it because it’s “morally wrong”, “dirty”, and so on.

I therefore hope that you’ll use The Way to Richness di Salvatore Brizzi; On Wealth by Flavio Briatore; and Money. Master the game by Anthony Robbins as tools to investigate and question yourself, discovering your wounds and limiting beliefs that make you mechanically react to all circumstances, so that you can finally take charge of your own life, beginning with a sensitive issue such as wealth ad money because, consciously or subconsciously (the latter especially), it clearly affects the way we feel about ourselves and life.


Flavio Briatore
On Wealth
English edition not available

A bitter book about the current situation of Italy, mired in bureaucracy and immobility, but above all in its inability to innovate and bias against wealth. Briatore, an entrepreneur who stirs things up every time he says something even though – we must admit – it’ the truth (which we don’t want to see), slaps in our face the troubled situation of an Italy that has a lot more resources than many other nations combined but is unable (or doesn’t want to) use them because it’s not willing to face reality, to throw its hat in the ring, and to innovate. Luckily there are quite a few solutions to this problem, as Briatore describes in this book, but until we keep putting the brakes on their realization  we’ll be caught up in the swamp we created.


Salvatore Brizzi
The Way to Richness
English edition not available

A book for the brave only because it compels us to let go of our attachments, our beliefs, and all our ego is latched onto to maintain us in the status quo, marked by complaining and running away from responsibility. Unlike what we’ve always been taught (perfectly summarized in the above-mentioned Briatore’s book), wealth is presented as a duty, a service to humanity, rather than a right, a treat, or a way to escape one’s own unhappiness. In accordance with the “work on the self”, at the heart of which is the awareness that the world is our reflection, wealth begins within us and then manifests outside, not necessarily as our ego imagines or wants but rather in the way Life knows it’s better for us, for our evolution. Read this book only if you’re honestly interested in making changes within yourself and in your life.


Anthony Robbins
Money. Master the game
Simon & Schuster (2014), 688pp – £9,99

The penultimate book by Tony Robbins contains numerous interviews to the world’s best investors that reveal us their secrets but, typical of Tony, it also offers many tips and practical advice to improve ourselves and our attitude towards money, which – as described above – is essential to bring positive changes in our lives. As usual, Tony Robbins is able to explain even complex concepts in a simple and captivating way, and to push his readers or audience to give their best. In the Foreword are presented 5 essential questions that everyone should ask themselves to understand what they really want and to act accordingly:

  1. What do I really want?
  2. What is important about it?
  3. How will I get it?
  4. What is preventing me from having it?
  5. How will I know I am successful?

And now it’s up to you…