"Not all successful people are happy, as not all happy people are successful. The book provides roadmap to both."
Thus spoke dzMM's "Radyo Negosyo" host turned author Dr. Carl Balita in describing his book titled Prosperity. The book was formally launched last Monday, December 20, at Bestsellers bookstore in Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City.
Carl's years of experience as a motivational speaker on wealth- building and entrepreneurship inspired him to share his insights on how to break free from the chains of poverty without losing one's life purpose.
"The book is one that will inspire to aspire, teach dreams to work and will enable actions to evolve for ultimate success and happiness," said Carl.
His "Balik Pinas Entrepinoy Program" in 1999 encouraged a number of Filipino overseas workers to return home permanently and start their own business.
Carl told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that the project, which took two years to finish, is a self-help book, .
He explained, "We'll not teach you how to make money, but it will teach you how to make meaningful money, which means that you're not working for it but it's with you. Hindi mo siya hinahanap pero dumarating siya sa 'yo at naniniwala ka that the universe is so abundant and there is so much for everybody and in the process you share. So you become blessed and you become a blessing to other people as well."
Prosperity features 26 interviews with different personalities who are all successful in their chosen fields.
Some who share their inspiring stories in the book and give tips for success are Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto, Hapee Toothpaste's Cecilio Pedro, House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Father Gerry Orbos, and many others.
Broadcast journalist Karen Davila generously wrote the book's foreword. National Bookstore Chair Socorro Ramos provided the epilogue.
The beautiful artwork that adorns the pages are adapted from the paintings exhibited at Obra ni Nanay Art Gallery, which is owned by Juicy host Cristy Fermin.
Carl's regular interaction with various individuals through his radio program gives him a clear picture of the traits that separate those who succeed from losers who wander aimlessly in life.
The author himself has experienced climbing his way to the top before achieving success and financial stability.
He further told PEP: "My objective is to communicate the principles na ginamit ko sa sarili kong buhay na na-validate ko through the story of another or several other successful people.
"Kasi for the past ten years naghu-host ako ng show at ang na-i-interview ko puro mga prosperous people. At the end of the day meron silang common denominator which I used in my life and it worked.
"So sabi ko sayang kung itatago ko lang sa sarili ko or ili-limit ko lang sa programa ko, so I documented it."
The 2009 KBP Best Public Service Program Host also shared his thoughts on the proliferation of money management and financial books written by Filipino authors.
"Pagod na ang maraming Pilipino maging mahirap, e. Pagod na tayo maging mahirap, pagod na tayong maging simple, pagod na tayong magtago sa shell.
"Ang analogy ko eagle, e. Pagod na 'yong Pilipino na umuulan magtatago sa ilalim ng puno. Ang agila lilipad 'yan sa ibabaw ng clouds. I think Filipinos are ready for it."