Positivity: How to be Happier, Healthier, Smarter, and More Prosperous

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Harry Edelson’s mother was an illiterate Russian immigrant and his father left the family when Harry was an infant. His book begins this way: I grew up in the poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, which was the poorest neighborhood in New York City, and I was the poorest of the poor.” But the author makes it clear he never lamented his early circumstances: I consider myself to be very lucky. I have been happy all my life even though I started out as poor as a child could be. . . . If you want to be happy, it is all in your mind. So take control of your senses, determine to be happy, and develop a frame of mind that will make you and all those around you happy.” In Positivity: How to Be Happier, Healthier, Smarter, and More Prosperous Mr. Edelson reveals his secrets and tips for success. As a person who enjoys excellent health and a wide range of knowledge, he established a successful Wall Street career in technology and investment banking and became the owner of a major business in capital investments.

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Harry Edelson is Managing Partner of Edelson Technology Partners (ETP), a pioneer in global Venture Capital. Mr. Edelson has 40 years experience in technology and investing. He has held positions with Unisys, AT&T, and Cities Service, and was a securities analyst on Wall Street with CS First Boston, Merrill Lynch, and Drexel Burnham Lambert. He served as President of the Analysts Club, the oldest club on Wall Street, founded in 1925, and current Chairman of the China Investment Group. He is also a member of the Juilliard Council, the Chinese Business Lawyers Association and a founder of the Chinese Cultural Foundation.

Mr. Edelson received his BS in Physics from Brooklyn College (1962), MBA in Management from NYU (1965), and together with Dame Margaret Thatcher received the Israel 50th Anniversary Award presented by the Israeli Knesset. Mr. Edelson has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in China, Hong Kong, Europe and the United States.

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“Reading Positivity is a game changer for every reader. The unique wisdom and philosophy of life that Harry Edelson shares proves that life can be easy and joyful for everyone.”

―Rober Reiss
 Host & CEO, The CEO Show

 

“I have enjoyed the book very much. Reading your words puts me in your energy field, which I so appreciate. You are such an inspiration!”

―Robert Gambee
 Author of Nantucket Island, Wall Street and eight other books

“Similar to entrepreneurship, happiness is a mindset―a way of thinking and acting―and Positivity is a uniquely valuable resource in understanding how it may be achieved.”

―Prof. Bruce Bachenheimer
 Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Lab, Pace University

  

“The interesting thing about Harry Edelson is that he is usually the smartest guy in the room, and what is amazing, the happiest guy in the room.”

―Elizabeth Kabler
 Trustee, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and
Founder, NY Center for Living

 

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If only life was as easy for us as it is for Harry Edelson. He says he is always happy and always has been, whether during his poor childhood growing up in Brooklyn or during his heydays as a successful Wall Streeter.

The good news is that Harry is sharing all his secrets with the rest of us in his new book “Positivity.”

“I have learned that material things do not provide happiness, but that the proper frame of mind does,” he writes. That’s why he was happy as he grew up in Brooklyn as the son of poor Russian immigrants, playing punchball with his friends on the street.

Although he attributes some of his propensity to stay positive to his genes, he says he learned to control his thoughts at an early age. He also advises us to get smarter, healthier, and wealthier, but staying positive is really the core message of the book: “Take control of your senses, determine to be happy, and develop a frame of mind that will make you and all those around you happy. It is within your control.”

So don’t complain about any kind of circumstances, but rather focus on positives and solutions to problems.

Educate Yourself

The other important factor in Edelson’s recipe for a successful and happy life is hard work and education. “I have found the harder you work, the luckier you seem to be.”

And hard work also means continuously educating yourself. A game changer in Harry’s life was when he got admitted to Brooklyn Technical High School which set him off on a path to earn degrees from Brooklyn College, New York University, as well as the Cornell Graduate School of Electrical Engineering.

But Edelson says it’s not enough to just learn what’s on the curriculum. His essential “bag of tricks” includes speed reading, special memory techniques or mnemonics, and speed math.

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“The lesson I learned was not only that I could read fast, but that my brain could be pushed to operate at a higher level.” Edelson now reads about 4000 words per minute if he has to and says he never has a backlog―and that despite having to review tons of legal and financial documents for this work as a venture capitalist.

The next basic talent of the human brain Edelson thinks needs to be developed is mental speed math. “Your brain can be as fast as any computer and can certainly operate faster than pencil and paper on a calculator.”

The benefit: Save the time to start up the calculator app and even do advanced calculations in your head.

The third essential is memory techniques, also called mnemonics. “Once you open your mind to learning new things you will be amazed at the expansion of your thought process.”

Edelson goes into some examples of each of the above mentioned techniques and recommends some further reading. The point of all of it though is an expanded use of the brain, a higher level of competitiveness, and an increased ability for continuous learning―all important factors of being happy.

Be Healthy and Prosperous

Of course, being happy is hard if you are ill. So Edelson gives us a few nuggets of wisdom on how to be healthy as well. Again, he thinks the key lies within the human mind.

“Quite simply, the main reason for my good fortune is positive thinking, since I am neither an exercise addict nor a health food devotee,” says Edelson, who at age 82 has never missed a day of school or work in his entire life because of illness.

He writes at length about the placebo effect or how just thinking of being cured by a drug actually cures you almost as much as the drug itself. “If you are smart, you will take advantage of the placebo effect every day of your life,” he writes but cautions that doctor’s orders should be followed after double-checking the diagnosis and he does recommend a healthy diet and moderate exercise.

Edelson argues that material wealth is not critical for achieving happiness, but not being poor certainly makes it easier. So Edelson rounds up his advice by telling readers how to be disciplined with their spending, improve their education to get better jobs, and also how to invest wisely.

At the end of the day, this exercise is not in order to become rich (Edelson himself returned millions in fees he charged investors) but to create value for others―and be happy.

“Do good deeds for others because not only will it make others happyit will also make you happier.” 

(Valentin Schmid Epoch Times)

Edelson shares knowledge gained through a lifetime of successful ventures in his first self-help book. He grew up in the poorest section of Brooklyn and worked his way up to starting a venture capital investment firm, so he has firsthand experience of self-improvement. The advice he gives is practical and timely, centering on lifelong learning and the premise that anyone, no matter their circumstances, can make improvements to their life. He gives tips on mnemonics and the art of memorization, speed-reading, solving math problems in one's head, public speaking, and overcoming stress. He identifies happiness as coming from "a certain state of mind," namely one that is purposefully optimistic and focused on the future. He also gives solid financial advice: not spending above one's means, and saving more using simple ideas and practices. Edelson has put together a thoughtful and concise resource, though his prose is sometimes clouded by a superior tone, and by utilizing Edelson's ideas, it seems entirely possible to enjoy a better life, starting now.

(Publishers Weekly)

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