Awaken the Giant Within

Awaken the Giant WithinAwaken the Giant Within has become one of the classics of both the self-help and success psychology genres. I’m no great fan of the hype surrounding Anthony Robbins, but you’d go a long way to argue with the principles in this book. Continue reading

Business Model Generation

Business Model GenerationRecommended by Steve Bolton of Platinum Property Partners in a video with Vanessa Warwick of Property Tribes about Creating a Property Business Plan, Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers is about disruptive new business models and embracing a different world and attitude in business. Continue reading

The Hungry Spirit

The Hungry Spirit by Charles HandyThis book is mentioned by Steve Bolton of Platinum Property Partners in a video on property business planning with Property Tribes. I have not read it myself (yet), but I have read Understanding Organizations, also by Charles Handy, so am pretty certain it will be worth it. Continue reading

Property Tycoon

Property Tycoon by Ian SamuelsThis is a property investment book for new investors, but one with a difference. Property Tycoon is for people who are prepared to start small and think big – it is about planning to build a multi-million portfolio from the very beginning of your property journey. Continue reading

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin SharmaIf you are new to idea of personal development, reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari may be one of the best places to start. If you have travelled this journey for some time but have not yet read it, you might find the book a handy distillation of what you have read and learned so far. Continue reading

HMO Property Success

HMO Property Success by Nick FoxThe Other Half and I have done quite a few things in property, but one of the things we do not have experience of (yet) is a professional House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). If/when that happens, I will be re-reading this book from cover to cover. Continue reading

Property Investment: The Essential Rules

Property Investment: The Essential Rules by Samantha CollettThis is Samantha Collett’s second book this year and the title says it all. This is about property investment and is an essential read for anyone who is new to investing, or even just thinking about it at the moment. Continue reading

Making Money from Property: Bristol Fashion

Making Money from Property, Bristol Fashion by Del BrownI found this book last year after the interview with Del for the “Monster Lets” article in the July 2013 issue of YPN. I had been inspired by what he had to say during the interview, his approach to business and property and by his story. Whether this is an unassuming approach that is typical of him or not, I don’t know, but he never mentioned the book – I found it purely by chance when looking for something else. Continue reading

Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats by Edward de BonoEdward de Bono is one of the great ‘thinkers’ of our time. (This term often amuses me – what exactly does a thinker do? Can I be one?) This review cannot speak for all who go by the title of thinker, but Edward de Bono is considered to be one of the leading authorities on thinking systems. In other words, through his work and publications, he has helped countless people in business, education and other fields throughout the world develop their thinking skills, harnessing the power of both the logical and creative mind to develop the cause (whatever your cause may be). Continue reading

Inside EA: A Behind the Scenes Look at How Estate Agents Operate

Inside EA by Steve LucasInside EA is all about what it takes – and what it is really like – to be an estate agent. If you have no experience in the game, then you might be in for a surprise. It’s probably tougher than you think. Continue reading