Steve McKnight’s system for purchasing positive cash flow properties has been proven with the hundreds of properties he and his students have bought....moreSteve McKnight’s system for purchasing positive cash flow properties has been proven with the hundreds of properties he and his students have bought.
In his other books, such as From 0 to 130 Properties in 3.5 Years, he outlines a simple system so you can follow in his footsteps. Apart from their role as guide, those books have templates you can fill in for things such as evaluating properties.
This time round, he gets simple. He reduces what he knows into two steps. First, set your goals because without a vision you’ll drift aimlessly. Second, use his financial matrix to work out the best approach to reach your goals.
Investing is turning information into knowledge through action. McKnight makes this easy. He’s a likeable guy who uses humor and his information is organized well. He’s also honest. To follow his system, you’ll need capital and income from a non-investment source or you’ll hit limits in what you can do.
Even though he offers property investing apprenticeships, you won’t get any sense of him selling his program at the expense of information. He’s happy for you to go to other teachers if it helps you reach your goals.
If you meet the criteria you need to use his system – capital and income – you won’t find a better approach to property investing in Australia.(less)
With every Tweet or status update you make, you’re telling a story about yourself or your business. So think carefully.
To understand what this book’s...moreWith every Tweet or status update you make, you’re telling a story about yourself or your business. So think carefully.
To understand what this book’s about, the easiest way is to tell you what it’s not. It’s not a how-to manual that will teach you the insider secrets of social media.
What it aims to do, however, is move you from your being a socialfollower to a socialeader. This is important because conversation – not content – is king online. You’re going to be spoken about whether you do nothing or whether you lead the conversation. Shape the story about you.
Too many social media books promise quick-returns, with people positioning themselves as experts without real-world, replicable results to prove they can offer you anything more than a brass razoo. Oatway redefines the game.
Socialeadership starts with taking responsibility for presenting yourself online – with every thing people can Google about you or see – as professional and able to make your Momma proud. Your online presence should reflect your values and your goals as you pursue your purpose.
Even if you’ve never used a computer, people are talking about you online. Read this and master what’s being said.(less)
Many books on public speaking cover how to deliver your talk. This one fills a gap: how to prepare content.
Philip Collins structure his book around th...moreMany books on public speaking cover how to deliver your talk. This one fills a gap: how to prepare content.
Philip Collins structure his book around the mnemonic DETAIL: effective Delivery; setting Expectations; the central argument, known as the Topic; understanding the Audience; making the speech Individual to you; and minding the Language you use.
Preparation of effective content is more than collecting and arranging information. It’s considering who you’ll be talking to and where you’ll be delivering your talk. It’s writing a speech that is an authentic expression of your character. Your speech should only be able to be delivered by you.
Readers have two compelling reasons to listen to what Collins has to say. First, his thoughts on writing speeches are shaped by the Great Thinkers of Western civilization: Aristotle, Cicero, Aristophanes and Shakespeare. These are people whose ideas on speechwriting have endured through centuries.
Added to this foundation, Collins has put those ideas into action as a speechwriter for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. It’s his belief that well-prepared content can help remove many public speaking fears.
Entrepreneurs are called to speak in many situations: raising capital, selling, addressing staff. This book will help people remember your message.(less)
In Daniel H Pink’s mind, we’re all natural-born salespeople: each of us persuades other people to part with resources everyday.
While we’re all in sale...moreIn Daniel H Pink’s mind, we’re all natural-born salespeople: each of us persuades other people to part with resources everyday.
While we’re all in sales, the game has changed – in favor of the buyers. The internet brings information into the buyers’ hands and forces businesses to be transparent. Customers can see what your other customers have said about you before they ever speak with one of your staff.
With this new reality in mind, Pink suggests three ways of being: attunement (find the best way to start a conversation), buoyancy (maintaining positivity) and clarity (help buyers be clear about the problem they want solved).
Other writers such as Dan S. Kennedy have pointed out that in the new economy, trust is the foundation of successful selling. Pink goes into the deeper reasons why the sales landscape has changed and what it now looks like.
To Sell is Human will help you thrive in a marketplace where being is as important as doing. The book has enough practical tips to learn some new ways of doing, but the gold is in learning how to start conversations.
Entrepreneurs, you’re the best salesperson for your business. You want you to succeed. Use this book to sell more effectively.(less)
Online, people trust people they can talk to as another human being. Conversation is king. Content is how you start conversations.
Content Rules is div...moreOnline, people trust people they can talk to as another human being. Conversation is king. Content is how you start conversations.
Content Rules is divided into three parts. The first covers the rules of producing content. Part two provides the hammer-and-nails practical section. The third part is a collection of success stories: businesses who use content as a core element of their online strategy.
The section on rules asks you to consider who you want to attract with your content. Answering that question helps you decide what content to create and how to best reach your audience. Vague targets lead to vague results.
Producing content can be less time-consuming than you’re expecting. Once you have your audience in mind, create an editorial schedule – what you’ll publish, where and how often – and then stick to that calendar. Consistency is the key to content success. Because of this, while you can master multiple content platforms at once, you will want to choose a content production schedule you’re confident you can meet.
The book itself is an example of great content and should inspire you.
Entrepreneurs can use this book to learn how to publish engaging content to establish themselves as experts.(less)
What if we already knew what works to end the depression and return the world to a state of prosperity?
For Nobel Prize-winner in economics, Paul Krgum...moreWhat if we already knew what works to end the depression and return the world to a state of prosperity?
For Nobel Prize-winner in economics, Paul Krguman, the answer to our current economic problems lies in the works of economists who thought their way through the Great Depression. The economists he has in mind include John Maynard Keynes, Irving Fisher and Hyman Minsky.
Krugman starts with how bad things are now, considers the appropriate Depression Economics – his term for learning economists who have the requisite experience – and finishes with what it will take to fix the economy and restore prosperity.
This book is well-written and well-researched, and his premise makes sense: look to economists who succeeded in comparable economic circumstances with the aim of modelling what worked. But he believes in economic growth, as measured by GDP, for its own sake. Andrew Simms in Cancel the Apocalypse: The New Path to Prosperity argues persuasively that GDP is an inaccurate measure of economic growth, and that pursuit of growth without reason is dangerous for the economy and society. A sustainable return to prosperity lies elsewhere.
Despite this, anyone affected by the current economic situation should read this book to gain better understanding of the context. (less)
For many investors, economic growth for its own sake is a no-brainer. But Andrew Simms urges you to rethink.
In a book that touches on a lot of unexpec...moreFor many investors, economic growth for its own sake is a no-brainer. But Andrew Simms urges you to rethink.
In a book that touches on a lot of unexpected areas, Simms starts with looking at how historical announcements of the end of the world have failed to live up to the hype. He believes it’s the same for the doomsayers who think the global economy will never recover and climate change will destroy us.
Simms shows how cultural stories – myths – help us avoid mistakes. He challenges materialism as “a key to an empty room.” But he concludes with optimism.
Even prosperity authors like Joe Vitale teach that buying more than you can use is what Buddhists call “feeding hungry ghosts.” Materialism may boost company profits, but it’s based on poor personal financial habits.
And while the highest-paid copywriter Dan S. Kennedy would be appalled to find himself agreeing with anyone from the Left, the market is saturated with copycat products. Just how many car companies need to make four-door sedans? Instead, identify and fulfil unmet desires.
What investors will get out of this book is that purpose of economic growth is to make the world better.(less)
Matthew E May’s The Laws of Subtraction draws its inspiration from the well of design and exemplifies simplicty.
May defines simplicity like this: “Thi...moreMatthew E May’s The Laws of Subtraction draws its inspiration from the well of design and exemplifies simplicty.
May defines simplicity like this: “This is the art of subtraction: when you remove just the right thing in just the right way, something good usually happens.”
The structure of the book is the six laws he’s identified: 1) Empty space can be more powerful than what’s visible; 2) The simplest rules create the most effective experience; 3) Limiting information engages the imagination; 4) Place constraints on what you’re seeking to achieve to stimulate creativity; 5) “Break” away from the usual way of working on problems; 6) Replace frenetic activity with daydreaming.
His approach to the topic is refreshing and practical. Let me paint two pictures:
My housemate is exploring minimalism and his tiny room is free of clutter.
My Grandma, on the other hand, stopped cleaning her 4-bedroom, 2-storey house in the 1990s and stopped throwing things out in the 1960s.
I’m putting May’s laws into practice. Each room has a single purpose, such as the kitchen’s place for food preparation and eating light meals. Anything unrelated is removed.
If your life is full of clutter or complications, use the six laws of subtraction to get unstuck.(less)
Courage is a critical skill for entrepreneurs. If you want to change the world, or even just your personal wealth, you need to learn to learn to take the risks that will get you to where you want to be.
This book won’t make you courageous, but combine virtuous character and the skills it teaches, and you will take the risks that matter. (less)
Sarah Riegelhuth has written Get Rich Slow to dike against the tsunami of get rich fast books.
She starts by asking you to look at where you are now an...moreSarah Riegelhuth has written Get Rich Slow to dike against the tsunami of get rich fast books.
She starts by asking you to look at where you are now and to rethink your assumptions about wealth creation. She assumes that most of her readers are in debt. One assumption she challenges is the goal of becoming debt-free. All that means is you’ll have a net worth of zero. Aim, instead, for wealth.
Next she looks at three of the four investment options available to investors and finishes with a section on changing your bad money habits.
This is a beginner’s guide to investment. Riegelhuth is a cofounder of Wealth Enhancers. She wants to help women raise their potential financially and in other areas of their life. But this book isn’t a book for women that excludes men. As a male reader, I never got the sense that it was aimed at the other gender.
Even if you’ve started down the investment road, you may still get some benefit from the sections on correcting unhelpful money behaviours.
But it’s really the ultimate guide for those ashamed of their wealth creation history, who want a different financial destiny.(less)
Pat Mesiti’s message is clear: you’re responsible for the financial results you have in your life. If you’re unhappy, change.
From this starting point...morePat Mesiti’s message is clear: you’re responsible for the financial results you have in your life. If you’re unhappy, change.
From this starting point of 100% responsibility, Mesiti shows gives you an effective antiviral to kill the “mind viruses” that will keep you poor. Once they’re gone and you change the story you have about money, following a course of deliberate action will change your financial destiny.
In chapter six, Mesiti outlines 12 laws of money. Obey these laws and you will know what to think and you’ll have inspiration for your actions. Mesiti’s book is inspired by 12-step programs and especially The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley.
Simply reading this book will raise your prosperity consciousness. That sounds like wishy-washy New Age mumbo-jumbo that’s detached from reality. It’s not.
After reading Mesiti’s previous book, The $1 Million Reason to Change Your Mind, I experienced a jump in income, growth in my business, and an appreciation of wealth. The same thing has happened in the weeks since I read this book.
If your money has become unmanageable… If you’ve tried willpower and it’s failed… then use this book to put you on the pathway to prosperity.(less)
It’s rare that a book is so bad that I echo another reviewer, Majorie Cheng, who writes, “A total waste of time.”
It has promise to be a good book. It...moreIt’s rare that a book is so bad that I echo another reviewer, Majorie Cheng, who writes, “A total waste of time.”
It has promise to be a good book. It starts in a logical place: what motivates us to make deals like Warren Buffett? From there it moves into guidelines for making such deals, with chapters like “Deal Only with Dealmakers” and “Victory Favors the Ready.”
Tucked away in Appendix A is a list of “101 Warren Ways.” These also pop up as callouts through the book and this list is the only reason to buy this book.
The “101 Warren Ways” connect to one of two significant problems with How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett. First is that the book lacks an overarching organisational structure. This stops the author’s message from getting through and makes it challenging to learn anything.
The second problem is that the author touches on hundreds of subjects but goes into depth on none. These things combined mean you can’t grasp an earlier point before you’re shuttled onto the next one.
I may be wrong, but I can’t see how anyone gains from this book. It should never have been published.(less)
Sheryl Sandberg is in a unique place to write this “sort of feminist manifesto.” She’s the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook.
This book tells her sto...moreSheryl Sandberg is in a unique place to write this “sort of feminist manifesto.” She’s the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook.
This book tells her story of climbing the corporate ladder as a woman and the internal and external barriers she’s had to overcome.
One of her main points is that often women don’t get the recognition and promotions they’re qualified for – through their character and competence – because they fail to claim them.
An example she offers is when Mark Zuckerberg was hiring her. She planned to accept the large amount he offered. Her husband challenged her to negotiate.
Sandberg’s a high achiever who has kept her humanity. Instead of being a superwoman who manages to keep all the balls in the air, she’s tackled the issues any working woman faces: having children, keeping her relationship with her partner great, dealing with colleagues who are only used to men having power, and making time to recharge.
While she’s pushing women to succeed in top-level corporate positions, Sandberg believes women need to work with men to create gender equality.
Any woman committed to rising to the top levels in business must read this book. You’ll be inspired and challenged.(less)
To make the most profits in the 21st Century, your business needs to move from being ordinary to being exceptional.
Kerpen outlines a clear path to do...moreTo make the most profits in the 21st Century, your business needs to move from being ordinary to being exceptional.
Kerpen outlines a clear path to do this. Start with a foundation of listening, storytelling, passion and team playing. Build your wall higher with authenticity/transparency, adaptability, surprise and delight, responsiveness and simplicity. Then top your pyramid off with gratefulness.
He brings together leading ideas from contemporary business thinkers and creates an action-oriented plan you can follow for your business to become likeable. His writing is simple and clear, filled with references to stories you'll know and stories you'll be hearing for the first time.
If you want your business to attract more customers, online or offline, then this is the book for you.(less)
Karen Tyrrell knows what you need to do to stay well with bipolar disorder – she's prevented a relapse of her mania since 2006. But since her memoir M...moreKaren Tyrrell knows what you need to do to stay well with bipolar disorder – she's prevented a relapse of her mania since 2006. But since her memoir Me and Her: a Memoir Of Madness was published, she had two secrets revealed to her that unravelled her understanding of her mental health. She writes, "On a brilliant blue sky day, my husband Steve finally revealed the awful truth to me."
This second book is part self-help manual and part memoir, so in it Tyrrell gives you specific actions you can take to stay well. She shares these tips in chapters like "Recognise Your Early Warning Signs," "Know Your Triggers," "Sleep Better" and "Be Mindful with Mindfulness." Whether or not she's aware of it, she stumbles into a lot of practical tips supported by evidence-based research into what actually works to stay well with bipolar disorder.
After starting the book with the news that her husband had revealed some awful truth to her, she skilfully withholds that truth until we come to the memoir part of the book. She shares her story with painful honesty - I say painful because she talks openly about her flaws as much as other people's.
I'm in a unique position to critique this book: A month before I turned 21, I was hospitalized in a psych ward (now, "mental health inpatient units") and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Over the next five years I was hospitalized four times. On 1 May 2013, I'll be celebrating 12 years of using evidence-based bipolar treatments to stay well. I am also a writer. I bring both these perspectives to my review of this book.
If you followed Tyrrell's guidelines in the self-help part of the book, you would increase your chances of staying well. Research shows that someone with bipolar disorder has an average of eight relapses over 10 years. Follow her advice and you will reduce the number of relapses you have - if you have any at all.
In the memoir part of the book, Tyrrell's writing is at its best. She knows how to feed readers with a piece of information that makes you ask a question, and then she withholds the answer until much later in the book. By then, you're hooked. In the memoir section, she shares the challenges of being in a relationship with someone who has bipolar disorder. Part of the reason I avoided dating for a decade was that I thought no one could handle my irrational moodiness (I now have a wonderfully supportive partner who has the patience muscles of Schwarzenegger). It's not often you get insights into the challenges of being a partner to someone with a mental illness.
This book will be of most helpful to people who have bipolar disorder who want to stabilize their moods and prevent manic or depressive relapses. Another group who will find it useful are partners, families or carers of people with bipolar disorder. Finally it will help people without direct experience of mental illness who want to understand more. We're on Goodreads, so let me assure you that this is a good read.(less)
More than any other individual, Salman Khan is reshaping education. To paraphrase a certain Vulcan, "It's education, Jim, but not as we know it."
Khan...moreMore than any other individual, Salman Khan is reshaping education. To paraphrase a certain Vulcan, "It's education, Jim, but not as we know it."
Khan started the Khan Academy and its aim now is "A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere." The first part of the book "Learning to Teach" tells how through a serendipitous series of events he started the Academy. In "The Broken Model" he looks at the problems with conventional education. "Into the Real World" talks about how the Khan Academy is being used inside classrooms to achieve education's real aims. The last part, "The One World Schoolhouse" outlines what the future of education could be like.
I stumbled onto the Khan Academy after watching Salman Khan give a TED talk. My maths skills had vanished since I finished high school nearly 20 years ago and had never used them in the real world. I'm a writer, what use is maths to me? It took me a week to pass through all the primary school topics and get my maths skills up to a high school level. I like this book because I know Khan's approach to education works.
If you're a teacher of any sort or want the best education for your kids, or you are a student - either in school or as a lifelong learner - then you'll benefit from reading how Khan challenges the assumptions our education system is based on and has a solution that works in the virtual and the real worlds.(less)