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9781523088669

The Memo

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  • ISBN13:

    9781523088669

  • ISBN10:

    1523088664

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-03-31
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Pub

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Summary

True power in this world comes from economic independence, but too many people have too much month left at the end of their money. John Hope Bryant, founder and CEO of Operation HOPE, illuminates the path toward liberation that is hiding in plain sight. His message is simple: the supermajority of people who live in poverty, whom Bryant calls the invisible class, as well as millions in the struggling middle class, haven’t gotten “the memo”—until now.

Building on his personal experience of rising up from economically disadvantaged circumstances and his work with Operation HOPE, Bryant teaches readers five rules that lay the foundation for achieving financial freedom. He emphasizes the inseparable connection between “inner capital” (mindset, relationships, knowledge, and spirit) and “outer capital” (financial wealth and property). “If you have inner capital,” Bryant writes, “you can never be truly poor. If you lack inner capital, all the money in the world cannot set you free.”

Bryant gives readers tools for empowerment by covering everything from achieving basic financial literacy to investing in positive relationships and approaching wealth with a completely new attitude. He makes this bold and controversial claim: “Once you have satisfied your basic sustenance needs—food, water, health, and a roof over your head—poverty has more to do with your head than your wallet.”

Bryant wants to restore readers’ “silver rights,” giving them the ability to succeed and prosper no matter what very real roadblocks society puts in their way. We have more power than we realize, if only we can recognize and claim it. “We are our first capital,” Bryant writes. “We are the CEOs of our own lives.”

Author Biography

John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc.; CEO of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Home Company; and cofounder of Global Dignity. He has been recognized by the last five US presidents and served as an advisor for the last three. Bryant is the recipient of hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including American Banker’s 2016 "Innovator of the Year,” Inc.’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” (honorable mention), and Time’s “50 for the Future.” He is the author of two bestselling books: How the Poor Can Save Capitalism and Love Leadership.


Jim Clifton is the chairman and CEO of Gallup and the author of The Coming Jobs War.

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