Stock Smarts is a good book for people who are starting out in the stock market. It teaches the fundamentals of investing in the stock market. I wouldStock Smarts is a good book for people who are starting out in the stock market. It teaches the fundamentals of investing in the stock market. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is clueless about the stock market. It has some useful tips and ideas. However I found that these ideas were a bit too basic for me. Some of the information here can easily be found online. Overall it was a good quick read. ...more
I am amazed at how Duhigg easily managed to set a simple framework for this book. He explains the power of habit through simple terms and diagrams. AlI am amazed at how Duhigg easily managed to set a simple framework for this book. He explains the power of habit through simple terms and diagrams. Although the last few pages became a bit more dragging and repetitive, its appendix made up for it. The stories that he cited from businesses to personal experiences were relevant to how he framed his topics. Some of the parts became too technical for me like when he explained the parts of the brain and how it worked. But gradually his ideas became clearer when he related it to relevant stories. I urge anyone who wants to understand how we form habits to read this book and reflect on their own habit patterns....more
Its one of the best personal finance books I have ever read. Kiyosaki gives a nonsensical approach to personal finance and wealth. What I liked is thaIts one of the best personal finance books I have ever read. Kiyosaki gives a nonsensical approach to personal finance and wealth. What I liked is that he has experience this stuff and seen the difference between his rich dad and poor dad. I have never been so enlightened by a book before. It inspires you to stop working for money and instead make money work for you. The only thing that stops people is fear as he said....more
I was very impressed that Mr. Gamboa was able to apply Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad in the Philippine context. However, I would have hoped he expandeI was very impressed that Mr. Gamboa was able to apply Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad in the Philippine context. However, I would have hoped he expanded to other topics other than real estate investing. His take on real estate investing is pragmatic and comprehensible in such a way that non-finance persons would be able to understand it. Overall, it was a simple, easy to read finance book....more
The Power of Positive Thinking is a classic book about how the right perspective can change your life. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about rThe Power of Positive Thinking is a classic book about how the right perspective can change your life. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about reading this book because it was a classic and it was a bit too esoteric for my taste. I was surprised to find out that this is actually a very religious book about the power of prayer and self-affirmation. Apart from self-development, this book can be easily be qualified as a Christian/Religious book. I really don't mind this being a Christian/Catholic myself I strongly relate to the situations in this book. There were times when strong and fervent prayer was the only thing I could do when facing adversity. However, there were times when I felt like rather than recommend practical solutions, it would have you go to 'cuckoo-land' where everything is alright. It was kind of a chore to read sometimes because of this. This is a not a book for everybody especially for non-Christians, but the change in perspective is an excellent suggestion. ...more
I have always admired Brian Tracy's works because of how direct and simple he delivers his message. He details his steps one by one as if you are readI have always admired Brian Tracy's works because of how direct and simple he delivers his message. He details his steps one by one as if you are reading a manual. Which is great in most instances but it does get annoying. But what's good about this book is that its a very easy read. It tells you cold hard facts that are black and white.
For Brian Tracy there is no middle ground, no excuse in discipline and success. This is something to be admired because most self development books usually sugarcoat the truth. But an interesting thing about this work by Tracy is that he points out that in every achievement there is a price to pay. This is a universal truth for success in all areas.
Reading this will not make you successful. But applying it will! Which is in reality really really hard. This is the truth that we all must face in life. Reading this book made me realize how diligent and focused you must be to succeed in life. If there is one idea that is most insightful in this book is the way Tracy defined discipline which is "...the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it whether you feel like it or not".
Overall it is a wonderful read with a lot of insightful ideas on how you can apply self-discipline in every aspect of your life....more
Influence is a highly insightful book that teaches the various factors of persuasion and influence. Its a great book that you will never regret readinInfluence is a highly insightful book that teaches the various factors of persuasion and influence. Its a great book that you will never regret reading. As someone who works in sales, it has changed my perspective on marketing and sales tactics. I can say that I am more aware now of how many use these strategies in selling their products. I can even say to an extent that I am a little bit paranoid of these strategies on me (lol). As a result when buying products I often question the utilitarian purpose of everything. I often ask myself do I really need this stuff? Or am I just conforming to the strategies of influence. Overall its a welcome read for any business person looking to get into sales, or to the average joe who just wants to be more aware of these influence tactics....more
I'm really not a fan of books that were specifically written for young adults especially because it has a reputation for being shallow. But this bookI'm really not a fan of books that were specifically written for young adults especially because it has a reputation for being shallow. But this book is an exception. The fault in our stars tells the story of star-crossed lovers who find themselves in difficult situations because of their affliction with cancer. We see their romance blossom amidst this predicament. But what I like about the story is that it does not focus too much on their diseases. Albeit it focuses on how they use their limited time to discover themselves and their love for each other. Its tragic romance novel without being too mellowdramatic. Which how I feel with real life romance vs how romance is portrayed in the media The only complaint I have is that it feels like I'm reading a script instead of a novel. The excessive use of dialogue feels very unnatural. But overall I would easily rank this book one of the best romantic novels I have ever read. I would recommend it not only for young adults or teenagers who want to die giggling, but to everyone....more
I read this book at darkest time in my life. I felt so lonely I fell into a deep depression. In addition, my grandmother was dying and eventually passI read this book at darkest time in my life. I felt so lonely I fell into a deep depression. In addition, my grandmother was dying and eventually passed away and I got fired from my job due to inappropriate behavior. I was so depressed that I was at a point where I was about to commit suicide.
It was fortunate that one of my coworkers noticed my depression so she gave me this book. She also referred me to a pastor at a local church.
I was brought up as a Catholic most of my life. I went to a Catholic school and I went to church often. But I didn't really establish a personal relationship with God. Most of the time I participated because it was a routine and I wanted to avoid the guilt of not participating in church.
This book brought me back to my roots as a Christian. It made me realize how lucky I was to receive to God's gifts. Although I can't say that I am and will be problem-free (no one ever is!), there is still a deep happiness within my heart because I know I am not alone. As I read through the book chapter by chapter it made me realize that God has a wonderful plan for my life. He is molding me to carry out his mission and his love on this earth. It made me start a relationship with my creator. That is why I consider this book as a treasure.
Some people might find this book to be too biased to Christian view. But that's why I like it! It takes a stand of faith in a time when secularization seems to be the trend. I have nothing against secularization and being at the "present moment" but all of that is nothing without faith. That's also the reason why it's missing a star. It's not a book for everybody. Those who would want to explore the Christian faith should not make this a book to start with because it some people might be culture-shocked by the one dimensional view. We all have the freedom to say what we want to say, believe what we want to believe. I commend the author for stepping forward and standing up for his convictions.
But overall this is a good devotional to read (my first devotional). It can be a bridge for God to dwell in one's life. It also has a cliched commercial side to it (almost every book does!) that some people might not like. Although it takes the Christian perspective of things heavily, it makes Christians like me go back to faith and delve deeper into a relationship with God.
Robert Greene's 48 Laws are a revelation to anyone who reads it. It takes you to the mind of the greatest generals, sociopaths, connivers and schemersRobert Greene's 48 Laws are a revelation to anyone who reads it. It takes you to the mind of the greatest generals, sociopaths, connivers and schemers the world has ever seen. Greene makes it exciting by weaving in historical events in his stories which helps him prove his laws. But I refuse to believe that these are fixed laws that cannot be broken. There are several things that he doesn't consider. I find some of his laws conflicting one another. I also find it appalling that this book somewhat lacks moral precedence. But like what Greene said, the game of power is amoral and should not be judged based on someones intentions rather the results of ones actions. This is a reality that everyone must face in the world of power where everyone sets aside his own moral principles, and do anything and everything for gaining power. The most important principle that I've learned from this book is that in the real world we are not judged by our good intentions, but by our actions. This is perfect for anyone who wants to move upward in the corporate ladder or in social status. Overall it is a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to set aside thinking about morality and wants to think about reality that there are some people, especially in business, who are ruthless and cunning and they would do anything to gain power and influence over you.
This book reminds me so much about my childhood for some reason. Its an incredible feeling that I always want to revisit. It makes me want to go backThis book reminds me so much about my childhood for some reason. Its an incredible feeling that I always want to revisit. It makes me want to go back to childhood. The 'magic' that's being talked about is what I interpret as selfless love. ...more