Rating 3.5 / 5
You would be totally forgiven for thinking that I only ever read business books but fiction is one of my favourite things to read. I haven’t read a lot of fiction in the last two years because I was building my business up and definitely wanted to take advantage of all my free time to up my business knowledge.
I bought this book on kindle almost a year ago but wasn’t ensnared from the start so I stopped reading after the first chapter and had to restart reading it this time around.
I love Douglas Kennedy. He’s one of my favourite authors, however, this book is not one of his best. Firstly, because I hate simple love stories and the only thing propelling me through most of this book was the knowledge that this love story would get more complicated at some point. I love complex stories.
If anyone other than Douglas Kennedy had written this book I would not have finished it but I’m trying to maintain my record of having read every single one of his books – the majority of which are awesome.
Up until the 75-80% of the book I thought the simplicity of the love story very much mirrored a Mills and Boon. The only thing different was that it was well written and the vocabulary used was a few notches up. After that it did get very good and incorporated the kind of complication and drama that I like but I wish the ending was a bit different. I wish Richard had developed a pair of balls and that is all I am going to say to avoid the spoiling the story for you should you decide to read it.
Anyhow, despite my dissatisfaction with the end I have to agree that it was a better ending for a mature love story and anything else would have been too Mills & Boon.
Rating 4.5 / 5
My love affair with Grant Cardone continues. This is the second of his books that I have read and whilst it deserves a good rating, there needs to be at least a point differential between this book and Sell of Be Sold. But because he’s Grant, I gave him an extra 0.5 – just for being awesome!
The book was structured like a learning program with questions at the end to ensure you understood what had just been said and would implement the suggestions. I didn’t do the exercises as I was listening on the go but I took a few notes, as always:
Many people don’t finish things they start because:
A sure-fire way to ensure you never get to first place is to compare yourself to losers! That is, people that are less capable than you. You have to take massive action to succeed.
We’re socialized to be average, conformist and not to take grand actions. However, if you want above average success you need to:
Finally, the placebo effect pretty much proves that what goes on in your mind can have REAL effects and consequences. Thoughts and beliefs massively impact outcomes. So the stories you tell yourself CAN and in fact, DO, become self-fulfilling.
The book concluded by stating that your financial situation is the sum total of the action you took yesterday. Indeed, I have been a firm believer in this kind of thinking for decades: I honestly believe my results at A-level and indeed in university were the sum total of dedication and hard work that I had put in since I was 11.
After a certain point, when we compare ourselves to someone and want to replicate their success don’t look at what they are doing now, look at what they were doing 10 years ago (or even further back) and start doing all that stuff too. Current actions simply reflect the cumulative effect of previous actions: big and small.
Time allowing, I love to read. If I read anything interesting, I will blog about it here.