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Wealth Virtues Book Review

images I’m a fan of Benjamin Franklin because of the impact he has had on this nation. Wealth Virtues has made me an even bigger fan (yea I know he had his problems, who doesn’t?).

The book goes through Ben’s 13 virtues and how they apply to personal finance. I really like how there are actions you can take now to get started in the book. Wealth Virtues goes into the financial crisis and show the lessons that can be learned from it so that we don’t repeat it. I also like how there are personal stories to provide examples so you can learn from other people’s experiences.

I will say that overall this is a pretty complete book when it comes to personal finance and taking the right steps towards financial freedom. I’d highly recommend it to anyone that wants to get their finances straight.

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I was given a copy of this book by the author but that had no effect on my opinion of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Should You Buy This Book? Review: The Accidental Entrepreneur

The-Accidental-EntrepreneurAre you an accidental entrepreneur? Want to be? Entrepreneurism is the way to go especially in this day in age. I’m working on that dream by building websites. I’ve taken a skill set and read a lot to expand that skill set. Find a skill you’re good at and start building it and then find a way to sell your skills.

This book covers a lot of things that you’ll need to know in a very readable format. The subtitle of the book is “50 things I wish someone had told me about starting a business”. It really does a good job of laying out how to start a business and gives a lot of good ideas to make your business succeed. It covers everything from getting an idea to hiring people and all of the in between.

Should You Buy This Book?

If you’re thinking about starting your own business then for sure. It’s not really towards the online business crowd so I wouldn’t recommend it for that. It’s always good to learn from other people who have already gone through it.

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Should You Buy This Book? Review: The Five Lessons

TheFiveLessons I’m changing up the title to be more about you and less about me. I think that’s a little easier to write about.

This weeks book is The Five Lessons A Millionaire Taught Me About Life And Wealth.

I found it to be okay. It really doesn’t stand out from most books. That’s what I thought until I got to lesson 4. That’s where I really found this book to shine. In the beginning it talks about earning extra income and then it goes into 4 mindsets of the millionaire mind. This section really impacted me because I believe anyone that has trouble saving money can have a big change if they adopt these mindsets. I’ll give you the 4 mindsets but you really get the impact by reading about them.

The 4 mindsets are:

  1. Carefully consider each expenditure
  2. Believe that freedom and power are better than momentary pleasure
  3. Don’t equate spending with happiness
  4. Protect the nest egg

Should You Buy It?

This is a great book if you’re having trouble or you know someone who is having trouble getting finances under control. The most likely culprit is your mindset and this book will for sure help you or them with that. If this book just had the mindset section I would still recommend it. That part really makes the book and it’s truly worth the book price.

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Should I Buy This Book? Review: Business Lessons For Entrepreneurs

Business Entrepreneurs The longer title for this book is Business Lessons for Entrepreneurs: 35 Things I Learned Before The Age of Thirty. Pretty long title but it’s a pretty good book. It has a lot of great lessons that the author has gone through so it’s a learn from his mistakes kind of book.

The Negative

It’s pretty general as far as the lessons are concerned. You can find them all on the internet if you look around so it’s not really any breakthrough lessons.

The Positive

A lot of lessons that you need to know about in one location. The lessons are grouped together into four sections so if you want to shoot straight to a certain group of lessons you can. I also like that the lessons were a couple of pages long so you can get through many of them without getting bored.

Would I Buy It?

Yea I’d recommend it if you’re just starting/thinking about starting out on your own entrepreneurial journey. They are definitely lessons you need to know.

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Should I Buy This Book? Review: Money Made Simple

I’m going to start off by saying this is a pretty good book for those just starting out learning about personal finance. It’s basically a question and answer book.

It goes over basic questions from budgeting to estate planning and breaks it up into 9 different chapters.

At the beginning of each chapter it goes over basic questions but as the chapter progresses so do the questions that it answers.

It does a great job of going into those advanced questions and answering them with simplistic answers so that it’s easy to understand.

The Negative

It’s really only a negative now because it’s 6 years old and some of the laws for a couple of things have changed. So some things are outdated. but 99% of the book is timeless information.

The Positive

It’s in question and answer format so it’s pretty straight forward and easy stopping points.It does a great job of covering all of the topics thoroughly without getting boring.

Would I Buy This Book?

I probably wouldn’t. However, if you’re not that well versed in the internet or would like a one stop spot that has a lot of your financial questions answered, then this book is for you. I say that because if you looked on sites like yahoo answers, but if you don’t know what questions to ask this book can help you.

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Money Made Simple : Easy Answers To Tough Money Questions

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