Harper, the author, autographing his best-selling book
As a guest of the Los Angeles Sentinel Book Club, Harper spent some quality time autographing his books and interacting with the community
“We shouldn’t allow money to be the excuse for why we can’t create our lives,” said celebrity writer Hill Harper Saturday December 17, while wrapping up a book signing at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza for his latest work, The Wealth Cure.
“Money is a resource and an important tool but it is not the reason you’re not living the life you want. So many of us use that as a scapegoat.”
A steady stream of Harper’s fans lined up from 12:00 to 2:00 to get a glimpse of the actor turned author and snag a copy of the book, which he hopes will give readers a different perspective on creating wealth.
“It’s all about redefining the idea of wealth,” Harper explained.
“We live in a world right now where we have all these ideas of what wealth is, the bling, the cars we drive, what we wear. That’s not what true wealth is. Wealth comes from inside.”
Among the fans was 2nd District County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, who also purchased Harper’s earlier book, Letters to a Young Brother.
“I’m hoping to learn something more about what it means to be financially literate,” Thomas said.
“It’s always important when a successful African American man seeks to communicate with young African American men who aspire to accomplish all that they can with their lives. The real deal is this: mostly what’s needed is the push of expectation and the pull of affirmation for African American men to achieve.”
Harper began the book in 2010, he said, as merely a practical guide to financial literacy, budgeting, savings, debt etc. However, an unexpected health crisis, thyroid cancer, changed the book’s premise. His physical challenges, he discovered “paralleled the challenges we all face when it comes to our financial health.”
He decided to apply his physical healing strategies to the wealth building instructions outlined in the book. The first step is diagnosis, assessing your financial situation. From there, a treatment plan, compliance to that treatment plan, maintenance and finally surviving and thriving.
Harper also hopes The Wealth Cure will spark conversations in the African American community about generational wealth.
“I wanted talk about why we aren’t transferring wealth to the next generation,” he said.
“In other words, you don’t transfer wealth when you waste money on a car. You’re not transferring wealth to the next generation. Why don’t we make it more valuable to build wealth? More importantly, why don’t we talk about what true happiness is?
We’re taught to chase money and then use the money we get to buy happiness. [It should be] to chase happiness and figure out how much money it will take to support that life that makes you happy…”
Los Angeles resident Deanna Dupri heard about the book signing via Twitter.
“I’m getting the Wealth Cure book because I believe in manifesting our destiny financially in the African American community,” she told the Sentinel.
“I think this is an opportunity for someone young to teach our community about wealth and finances. I’m hoping to learn [from the book] how to manage my business properly.
Dupri’s business involves training people to optimize their use of social media in order to market themselves, she said.
“I’m interested in Mr. Harper’s perspective,” said Shawn Grayson also an L.A. resident.
“I think that he has a good grasp of knowledge on what he chooses to write about. I think he writes with feeling and with purpose. What I’m hoping to get [is] a new perspective on how to deal with [my] own wealth management.”
Harper describes getting people to play more of an active role in their financial situation as a “challenge.”
“Some people don’t like to hear it but some like being able to say ‘it’s the money’ because then they don’t have to hold up the mirror to themselves…”
The Wealth Cure (ISBN 3: 9781592406500) is available on Amazon.com and wherever books are sold.