Rich Habits

Rich Habits

I listened to a past episode of Money Peach (www.moneypeach.com), where Tom Corley, the author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, was interviewed.  If you’re interested, it is Episode 49 – Daily Rich Habits of Millionaires with Tom Corley.

I started the podcast not knowing what to expect.  I’d never heard of Corley nor his book.  This would later surprise me, because I thought of myself as a tuned-in reader, especially when it comes to personal finance books.  I know I haven’t read all of them related to the subject, but I think I’m at least aware of them.  Obviously, not.

The podcast blew me away.

Chris Peach interviewed Corley the way I would interview Sammy Hagar - with straight-up fanboy excitement.  The interview was fun and informative and when it was over, I immediately bought the book.

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Is it Time to Up Your Game?

Is it Time to Up Your Game?

I stumbled across Grant Cardone on YouTube.  Cardone is a motivational trainer and a real estate advisor.  I don’t remember what topic I was researching when I first discovered him but there was a video for Cardone, so I clicked it.  The guy was full of energy and charisma.  I liked his message and filed away the name.

Then another visit to YouTube for another topic and yet another Grant Cardone sighting.  I watched another video and another.  Who was this guy?

At the time, I didn’t jump to find more out about him until I realized a company in my industry had referred to something as TenX.  When I made the connection back to Grant Cardone’s The 10X Rule:  The Only Difference Between Success and Failure I thought I should take a deeper look and purchased the book

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Are You Living Now?

Are You Living Now?

My girlfriend gave me The Power of Now: a Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle a couple years ago.  At the time, I’d just read my first book on Stoicism and was intrigued by the idea of a philosophy that would help me find tranquility in life.  She’d read a review of Tolle’s book and thought it might be something I’d find interesting.

When I first picked up The Power of Now, I struggled with the author’s introduction and put it down.    It eventually made its way onto my bookshelf where it sat for the past two years until I rediscovered it.

Then on a beautiful sunny day a few weeks ago, I needed something to read and I didn’t feel like going to the library.  I went to my bookcase, saw The Power of Now and grabbed it.

I again struggled through the introduction, but pushed forward into the first chapter.  Then it happened.  Suddenly things started making sense.  Not all of it.  It’s still a very deep and challenging book, especially for a guy like me who isn’t spiritually inclined.  What I found though was a surprising sense of joy that came from several of the principals Tolle wrote about. 

While talking with a friend at work about the new book I was reading (I’ve become very discreet in who I share info with since the lessons learned the hard way with The 4 Hour Workweek), I mentioned this book.  He said he’d read it along with his wife.  We then discussed the book at length.  It surprised me that someone I knew had already read it.

Then I listened to a Money Peach podcast (#44) wherein Chris Peach interviewed entrepreneur Todd White.  Throughout the interview, I kept thinking that White sounded like he was espousing some of Tolle’s ideas.  I thought maybe I had tainted my view on life with the book I was reading.  Peach’s final question of the interview was “If you have somebody looking to get started in business as an entrepreneur, what would you recommend?”  White said, “It’s the same book for everybody.  It’s The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.” 

I was amazed to say the least.  A very successful entrepreneur was recommending the book just after my friend had said he and his wife had read it.  I shouldn’t let the opinions of others change how I think, but knowing someone had already read this book and loved it, felt like some encouragement for what I was feeling.

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The Purple Book That Opened My Eyes

The Purple Book That Opened My Eyes

I first read Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad about a decade ago.  I got fired up about the ideas that Kiyosaki presented, but my personal financial habits were a mess and the idea of getting into real estate investing seemed so far away.

I read the book a second time a couple years later after I cleaned up my finances. 

Then I bought the book on audio CD so I could listen to it while I drove.

All told I think I’ve read the book four times now and listened to the CD at least as many.  It’s one of my favorites and a classic for any real estate investor.

If you’ve never read the book, I’m going to quickly share with you my five big take-aways from Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

However, I suggest you take the time to read the book.  Some of Kiyosaki’s thoughts might challenge your way of thinking.  If that happens, then the book will be well worth the cost (or the time it takes to check it out from the library).

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Release Your Inner Badass to Make More Money

Release Your Inner Badass to Make More Money

My girlfriend recently came to me with a personal finance book she had just started reading.  “You’ve got to read this,” she said.  “I’m loving it.”

“Cool, I’ll check it out when you’re done.”

When she gets excited about a money book, I’m going to pay attention.  We are both avid readers, but our paths of interest don’t cross very often.  This was one of those times so I took notice of her excitement.

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Winning Through Intimidation

Winning Through Intimidation

I love that title.

It’s also the title to Robert Ringer’s 1973 classic about selling commercial real estate.  It’s the first book that I found to discuss the realities of being a commercial broker.  However, the book deals with much more than that subject. 

First, it can be applied to any product sold whether that’s residential real estate, cars or movie scripts.  Basically, if it’s a commission-based industry than this book applies.  People are essentially the same when a commission is involved, regardless of the side of the table they are on. 

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I'm Going to Tell You Some Things That Might Hurt Your Feelings...

I'm Going to Tell You Some Things That Might Hurt Your Feelings...

Previously, I worked for a national mall developer.  My job was to handle the local leasing (basically short term deals and kiosks) for three malls in my market.  Initially, it was a great job, but soon the excitement wore off.  I eventually ended up complaining about not getting promoted as others around me moved up in the company.

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