You can purchase the book at Smashwords with this link :
Book page to sample or purchase The Goal Book - 150 things to do in life:
My goal is
1. Have 15000 units sold.
2. This blog become a trusted place where you can find something
useful ( a post, a book, a thought... ) to lift your mood, solve your
Why did I set this goal ? Why did I write this book ? The true story could be long, please be with me.
It happened on 17th of July, 2012.
A seminar was held at a café, the speaker was a business man, a Buddhist
who is famous for his charity. I attended the seminar, but my mind was
somewhere out there. My soul was twisted with anger and worry.
A few days earlier, I'd had a scholarship paying half the fee for my
favorite course, which lasts for 2 years. My job could pay for the rest
of the fee, as well as the student debt.
Then I decided to quit the job, because the environment wasn't suitable,
too much beer, too much wine. It isn't the job I love, although the
salary is good, but I felt the burden inside my heart.
At first, it was a brilliant idea. But then, the fear hit me hard. What
should I do ? How could I pay all the debt and the fee ? What about my
Those questions twisted me, I found no answer. When the speaker, now I
call him "mentor", revealed the secret of the rich is to "give away", up
to 20% of their venue. That statement stroke me so hard that I felt
there was no air in this room anymore.
I decided to wait and ask him this question : "How can I give away ? How
can I help the poor when I can't even help myself and my family ?"
I was too scared to stay calm. The tears started to burst, I cried in
front of him. He said to me a lot ( I called him "mentor" since that
Now I can't remember what he said. But that night, I decided to "give
away". But, what I can give other than money ? I believe the best way to
help others is give them financial support when they need it most.
Now, the challenge is : "How can I earn enough money for my needs and
help the poor at the same time ?" The fee needs to be paid, it's urgent.
Honestly, I didn't know how I can afford 4500 USD for my need ( debt and fee ) and help the poor at the same time.
"Write a book and publish it" was my idea. I love writing, but I'm not
an author, I'm not used to writing something in English, and at that
time, I couln't find any interesting topic. And I still couldn't find it
for many days to come.
One night, while reading "Jack Canfield's key to living the law of attraction",
I stumbled on "goal list". It's an interesting idea from John Goddard.
You write down 100 ( or more) things you want to achieve before you
dead. Then, let the law of attraction takes care of the rest.
Of course, my first goal is to " donate 20% of my first book's monthly revenue for charity". But again, how ?
"Why don't you create your own Goal book ? Why do you have to buy a book just to get a list ? "
Now, it made sense. A "goal book" is a list of your goal, which you want
to achieve before you die. It should be small enough for you to bring
it along, so you can read, and remind yourself. Nothing else, just your
I wrote "The Goal book" in just one day. But what should it be ? Ebook or print ?
Print is the best choice, because you can write on it, hold it and feel
it. But I can't handle the fee for shipping and the proof at Amazon.com.
So, ebook. With the ebook reader like Kindle or iPad, I think you can
write on the ebook. Now these devices become so popular, so, it's a good
I chose Smashwords because of this article. I believe this was a good choice, too.
Then, the price. The minimum is 0.99 USD, it's too good. Because "The
Goal book" isn't a book, it's just a notebook to write down your idea.
Why I need 15000 units sold ?
If I remember it correctly, I got approximately 0.54 USD for each unit.
So, totally : 15000 x 0.54 = 8100 USD
My country doesn't have tax treaty with the US, so I have to subtract 30% of my revenue for tax.
The rest : 8100 x 0.7 = 5670 USD
20% is for charity , now I have : 5670 x 0.8 = 4536 USD
( I don't know if there's any fee for tranferring via PayPal, I'm new to this )
So, where is the money going to ?
My friends told me about : Kiva.org and Vittana.org is good to donate. I think I'm going to do that
What happened after I achieved my goal ?
I decided : 60% revenue of this book is for charity
About this blog ?
This blog is a kind of "give away". My mentor often tells me this
term. It's about attitude. Have no money ? Give away thoughts,
experience, viewpoint. Anything could make a life better.
What are the affiliate link and donation and ads doing here ?
I want to be completely honest with you. After publishing this blog, I
consulted my mentor for advices, he told me about the coolest thing of
the rich : With money, you can take care of your own family, have
quality time with them, donate to charity to help more and more people.
So, he encouraged me to share quality thoughts, monetise this blog, and
first of all, show respect to my readers by telling them the truth at
the beginning. So I did.
This was all my story . Thank you so much to be with me all that long.
Book page to sample or purchase The Goal Book - 150 things to do in life: http://smashwords.com/b/21195
Tom Nguyen's Smashwords Author Profile: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/tomnguyen