Flow, Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi

FlowHow do you know when you are happy? That’s a big question and one that the author addresses in this seminal work on the subject. Flow is his detailed and substiantiated argument that we find happiness when we ‘lose ourselves’ in tasks that demand a degree of skill, but not so much that we are overwhelmed. Continue reading

Stairs for Breakfast, Patrick Souiljaert

Stairs for BreakfastA few months ago, I and several others in the property investment industry passed on the word about helping Patrick Souiljaert get his book published. I’m delighted that he has succeeded in his mission – as he has with so many other challenges he has set himself in life – and more than that, am both honoured and privileged to have been sent an advance copy to read. Continue reading

Property Investor Toolkit, Richard Brown

Property Investor ToolkitToday (5th March) is World Book Day and what better way to celebrate than by talking about a brand new property book. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a preview read and I have to say – it’s the property book I wish I’d written myself. It’s an essential addition to the bookshelf of any prospective or new investor, or any investor re-evaluating their strategy. Continue reading

Cold, Ranulph Fiennes

Cold by Ranulph FiennesHow on earth can this be relevant to property investing, or to the property industry? Well, you might be surprised. Although uncertain about how Cold might be relevant when I started reading, there are several parallels that we can draw from what it takes to mount an expedition to one of the Polar Regions, and apply to reaching our own goals. Continue reading

Low Cost High Life, Mark Homer

Low Cost High LifeThe latest title from the Progressive Property stable is by Mark Homer. A very interesting read indeed, it fulfils the not-always-achieved feat of living up to the promise of the cover blurb (or Amazon description, depending on what entices you to buy it). Continue reading

Property Tycoon, Ian Samuels

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, Robin Sharma

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, Nick Fox

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, Samantha Collett

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

Six Thinking Hats, Edward de Bono

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