Archives for September 2008

100 Secret Strategies for Succesful Investing by Richard Farleigh

100 Secret Strategis for Successful Investing

Matt says -Interesting book. It starts off giving some background into Richard’s life and how he got to where he is today.  It doesn’t really give you any “how to’s” but more guidelines about the mentality of investing.  [Read more…]

Screw it, Let’s Do it

Screw it, Let’s Do It

Matt says -Fun, good read and has some great insight.  Certainly not a deep book but good fun all the same.

To sum up –Light-hearted but has some great information in it

Creating Your Own Destiny

Creating Your Own Destiny

Matt says -When you read a book from one of the slightly lesser known author (and I mean that with the greatest of respect) you often notice they have obviously read many books in this category (such as Carnegie, Hill, Stone etc) and wonder if they are just re typing all that they have learnt in these other books.  Well I can happily say that this is NOT the case with Patrick Snow’s book 0 Creating your Own Destiny.

Patrick has a great style of writing, it’s fluid, charming and engaging at the same time.  He focuses on helping people not be so fearful of losing their job.  He shows that it can be one of the best things that could happen and indeed uses his own personal example to show this can be true.

Personally I think it’s a great book and is certainly written “from the heart”.  The fact that he is trying to help people understand that they don’t have to be fearful of losing their wage is even more reason why this is a good book.

To sum up –Easy read, great message and very enjoyable.  Top book.

Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich

Matt says -I will have to be careful to give an honest and balanced view here.  Ok, that’s going to be impossible!  This is another one of those select books that everyone, and I do mean everyone, should get a chance to read in their lives.  Ideally before the age of twenty!  It is seriously that good.  Why is it so good?  Well firstly Napoleon Hill just has a great way of writing, his style is fluid and relaxed whilst being direct.  Secondly this book was many years in the making.  Hill spent years meeting highly successful people to discover what made them so successful. He met the key people of that time and really discovered what make them tick.

This book does not have any new age tips or tricks, it’s simply the facts about how people become successful.  I try and read this book once a year, it’s just that good.

To sum up –In the top five of “Must reads”

Psycho Cybernetics


Independent review -The original Psycho-Cybernetics had a massive impact on my life. From it, I learned that I could control my thoughts and substitute encouraging, strengthening, creativity-enhancing thinking habits (”programming”) for the less than optimal habits I’d picked up from family, friends, school, work, society etc. HOW you think makes ALL the difference and there has never been a book that clarifies the mechanisms of productive thinking better than Psycho-Cybernetics. This new edition is, amazingly enough, even better than the original. It’s clearer, easier to follow, and even more compelling. I’ll always be grateful to the person who recommended this to me when I was 20 years old. Twenty two years later, I’m living a life most people only dream of. I owe it all to my outlook and this book was where I began to make the connection between outlook and happiness and results in life. Essential reading.

To sum up –Life changing, considered by many as a MUST read

The Difference maker

Matt says -Love it love it. I really don’t know what it is about John Maxwell books but I always seem to get through them much quicker than I do almost any other book! He just has such a great style and it doesn’t feel like you are learnig whist reading. John Maxwell is a fluid writer and all of his books are incredible powerful. The Difference maker ( in my humble opinion) is one of the best he has done. The main focus of this book is impriving your attitude to situations. Maxwell says that we all have situations to deal with and it’s you attitude that makes the differnce between it being a problem or just a challnge to overcome. Is a great book for anyone in any situation!

To sum up –Fro one of the best authors in this field, highly recommended.

Twelve Pillars

Twelve Pillars

Matt says -Just a great little book. Jim Rohn and Chris Widener use the story of a guy who’s car breaks down on the side of the road and has a chance encounter with an older gentleman to to communicationate some very powerful lessons.

To sum up –Top book, good writing style and nice use of examples to help explain a point.

What Matters Most – The Power of living your values

Matt says -”What Matters Most” takes you on a journey to work out what really matters most in your life. Why? Well when you get that nailed then everything else falls into line. Hyrum Smith does an amazing job making this a process you actually want to do. A small word of warning…..if you really want to follow the process then you will be expected to do many exercises on paper (like making lists, statements etc) and for some this can be a little tedious. The effort is well worth it as you will know exactly what matters most to you and the end! Hyrum is Vice Chairman on the Franklin Covey board so he really does know his stuff!

To sum up – Top book which really gets down deep into the detail. You will need to have pen and paper handy!