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Originals: How Non-Conformists Change The World By Adam Grant (Book Review)

Originals by Adam Grant. Review by Charelle Griffith

When it comes to choosing books I like to do my research. Time is precious and I am really not very good at not finishing a book I start. So when I decided to let the PropelHer community make suggestions for PropelHer’s Book of the Month I was nervous about what would be suggested and then eventually win the vote. Luckily for me the winning book was Originals: How Non-Conformists Change The World by Adam Grant. (If you are American your version of the book is called Originals: How Non-Conformists Change The World. I have no idea why they changes change to move, but I think the contents of the book is the same.

 

According to the dictionary original means A thing of singular or unique character; a person who is different from other people in an appealing or interesting way; a person of fresh initiative or inventive capacity”

Adam defines originality as originality involves introducing and advancing an idea that’s relatively unusual within a particular domain, and that has the potential to improve it”.

 

RISK

Adam states that “To be an original you need to take radical risks” and the book devotes a whole capture to risk

A statistic I loved was that “Entrepreneurs who kept their day jobs had 33 percent lower odds of failure than those who quit”. So often the image portrayed by society is to go hard, burn all bridges, leave yourself with only one option and give you 100%. However, Adam is suggesting the complete opposite. He then goes on to tell the stories how even the entrepreneurs who are famous for going all in, like Bill Gates, actually did mitigate their risk.

 

FOOLS RUSH IN

In the world of originality being the first is emphasised.  However, Adam states that “The advantages of acting quickly and being first are often outweighed by the disadvantages”. Part of this is due to the fact that “When you go first to market, you have to make all of the mistakes yourself”. Now this isn’t to say in some industries first advantage doesn’t work. However, I think his point is we should recognise by going later we can learn from the mistakes of others and for some this has major benefits.

 

In Fools Rush In Adam also talks about how we generally are negative about procrastination. As a society, we are obsessed with trying to overcome our procrastination. Adam believes that “Procrastination may be the enemy of productivity, but it can be a resource for creativity”. Part of the reason why it can increase creativity is because when a task isn’t finished your mind will continue to think of different ways you can finish it. Therefore, by not finishing a task in one go you are allowing your brain the time to think of a different way to complete the task. Furthermore, when you procrastinate it can mean you are left with not enough time to fully complete and you are forced to improvise. Adam backs up this idea by discussing how Martin Luther King didn’t actually finish writing his ‘I have a dream’ speech and in fact, the famous I have a dream section was improvised.

 

REBEL WITH A CAUSE

A chapter I found really interesting with Rebel With A Cause. This chapter explored how your birth order could play a role in your originality. Apparently, “Firstborns tend to defend the status quo; laterborns are inclined to challenge it.”. If you want to find out why you will have to read the book. However, as an only child a fact I loved was that predicting personality is more challenging with only children than with children who have siblings”. However, all of theories shouldn’t be taken as fact. Adam clearly states that “Birth order doesn’t determine who you are; it only affects the probability that you’ll develop in a particular way”.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 Overall, I really enjoyed Originals: How Non-Conformists Change The World. There were a number of sections of the book that definitely contradicted the lessons we are usually taught by society. Furthermore, Adam is an academic and this is can be seen in the writing style of the book. It is full of references to research and thoroughly annotated. Whilst this style isn’t for everyone, it is a style I very much enjoy.

Like what you read? Why not by a copy of Originals: How Non-Conformists Change The World for yourself?

This book was read as part of PropelHer’s Book Club. PropelHer’s Book Club is a non-fiction book club for ambitious with a focus on reading for personal development and professional success. Sound like your sort of thing? Head over to www.propelher.co.uk/bookclub/

 

Rather listen than read? Originals is also available on audible.

Launch by Jeff Walker (Book Review)

Launch by Jeff Walker - Review by Charelle Griffith

If you run an online marketer or entrepreneur you will have probably heard of Jeff Walker, Founder of the Product Launch Formula. Back in September Jeff opened the doors to Product Launch Formula and after being bombarded with emails and facebook adverts I decided I should finally check out his book Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life of Your Dreams.

Launch starts by sharing Jeff’s journey from “Stay-at-Home Dad to Six Figures”. This is a story I had heard before as Jeff often mentions it. However, what I hadn’t heard before was how to made the transition from his first business (trading) to his current business (online marketing/entrepreneurship).

There is no doubt that the internet has changed the way businesses operate and succeed. The reason Jeff is so positive about his formula is partially due to the formula taking advantage of those changes: speed of communication, cost of communication and interactivity.

Jeff’s launch formula is centred around the “Sideways Sale Letter”. Essentially, rather than creating one amazing sales letter he advises you create 3 pieces of content. This should be high-value content, which gets your potential customers engaged and discussing.

Jeff believes there are 10 mental triggers that play a role in selling online. Those 10 mental triggers are:

  • Authority
  • Reciprocity
  • Trust
  • Anticipation
  • Likeability
  • Events and Ritual
  • Community
  • Scarcity
  • Social Proof

The book then walks you through the launch stages: pre-prelaunch, prelaunch, launch and post-launch.

Now an issue many people face when starting a business is not having a list or not having a product and Jeff has an answer for that – The Seed Launch™. So if you are thinking the book is only for people who already have a book up and running that is not true. Even as a beginner Jeff will show you how you can use launches in your business.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Compared to the books I usually read I wrote down hardly any quotes, however, one sentence that did catch my attention was “The only true security is your ability to create value and get paid for that value”. When it comes to starting a business people often worry about leaving the security of a job, but times aren’t what they used to be. There is no security in a job and in fact, the best way you can ensure your ability to financially support yourself forever more is by working out how you, as an individual, can directly get paid.

Overall, I was a little disappointed by this book. This may partially be down to the fact I had watched Jeff Walker’s launch videos and therefore I wasn’t coming to the topic with new eyes. There were a few sections I found interesting and useful, but on the whole, I was underwhelmed and I felt there were too many rags-to-riches case studies. Also, the book is written in a very informal personal tone, which I didn’t resonate with.

I read this book in preparation for launching PropelHer’s Book Club for 2018. The doors are currently open so if you are an ambitious woman who enjoys reading for personal development and professional success check out www.propelher.co.uk/bookclub2018/

 

Like what you read? Why not buy a copy of Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life of Your Dreams for yourself?

Rather listen than read? Launch is also available on audible.

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Book Review)

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Book Review by Charelle Griffith

When I heard Sheryl Sandberg had written a new book (entitled Option B) I was so excited! I am a massive fan of Sheryl Sandberg’s first book Lean In. I first read the book back in 2015 and it really resonated for me. After reading the book I joined a Lean In Circle and I doubt my life would look like it was today if I hadn’t read that book (You can check out my post about how Lean In changed my life here.

So with all that enthusiasm, I was a little gutted when I found out it was about facing adversity. I knew all about Sheryl losing her husband, but I thought how will this book be relevant to me. However, Sheryl summed it up perfectly in the book when she wrote

We all deal with loss: jobs lost, loves lost, lives lost. The question is not whether these things will happen. They will, and we will have to face them.”

Option B is written by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, but written in the voice of Sheryl. Having lost her husband in 2015 her story is the main thread through the book. There is a chapter call KICKING THE ELEPHANT OUT OF THE ROOM. It explores how people deal with others who are experiencing grief. That feeling of not really knowing what to do or what to say. Reading the chapter made me think of the way I had behaved around other people who had suffered loss in their life and how it can be really awkward. As an individual, can be hard to know what is the best thing to do and Sheryl suggests the best thing you can possibly do is ask “How are you today?”

Whilst Sheryl’s story is about loss a major message of the book is about resilience, which everyone will need at some point in their life. In the book the work of psychologist Martin Seligman is mentioned. Martin found that when people have a setback there are three P’s that can stunt recovery – “(1) personalisation – the belief that we are at fault; (2) pervasiveness – the belief that an event will affect all areas of our life; and (3) permanence – the belief that the aftershocks of the event will last forever”.

I found this a really useful framework. I know personally when I have felt setbacks it is the feeling of permanence that can make the situation feel overwhelming. However, I can totally see how by knowing that one day the pain won’t be as bad and it won’t feel like it does right now you will be able to recover quicker.

Although the topic of the book is heavy it isn’t all doom and gloom. Part of the book is about how Sheryl tried to find joy and love again in her life. Sheryl writes “When we look for joy, we often focus on the big moments…But happiness is the frequency of positive experiences, not the intensity”. This is why you have a duty to yourself to fill your life with positive experiences often. Stop waiting for the weekend or the big holiday, but do something every day that makes you happy.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

It brings me great joy to say I really enjoyed this book. I admit that I was sceptical at the beginning, but it is written beautifully and in a way that everyone will find value in it.

 

Like what you read? Why not buy a copy of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, And Finding Joy for yourself?

Rather listen than read? Lean In is also available on audible.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Book Review

Book Review of The Power of Habit - Charelle Griffith Reads

When it comes to success, I am a big believer that your habits play a major role in how successful you become. With that in mind, I decided for October PropelHer’s Book Club would discuss The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. The Power of Habit claims to help you understand how habits work and with that knowledge you should be able to work out how you can change your habits for the better.

The Power of Habit is broken down into three sections: The Habits of Individuals, The Habits of Success Organizations and The Habits of Societies. My main interest was in The Habits of Individuals as I really wanted to understand how habits work.

According to the book, habits are formed in loops. There is a cue, a routine and a reward. The cue acts as a trigger so every time your body becomes aware of the cue you will automatically follow through with the routine and the reward. Once habits are formed it this process will happen virtually on autopilot. Charles states that “unless you deliberately fight a habit – unless you find new routines – the pattern will unfold automatically”. Now this has consequences good and bad, depending on the habit and a major problem is that “your brain can’t tell the difference between bad and good habits”. Therefore, it is your responsibility to make sure you form good habits.

All habits aren’t created the same. According to Charles, The habits that matter most are the ones that, when they start to shit, dislodge and remake other patterns”. These are called keystone habits and by changing one of those it can have a ripple effect and help you to change other habits. A common keystone habit is exercise. Charles adds that the most important keystone habit is willpower. Before reading the book I had never thought of willpower being a habit so found this point intriguing.

When it comes to changing a habit there is a golden rule – use the same cue, provide the same reward but change the routine in between. Therefore, to change any habit you first need to be aware of what the cue is and what the reward is. Only once you have established those two things will you be able to start changing your bad habits.

Through the book, the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) society was explored to see how it was able to help people change a very strong habit – drinking alcohol. One of the things researching the AA revealed was that “if you want to change a habit, you must find an alternative routine, and your odds of success go up dramatically when you commit to changing as part of a group”. This reinforces why programmes like Weight Watchers also works. It is another example of where you are changing a habit (eating or exercise), but using the power of committing to the group in order to help you stick to the new habits.

In The Habits of Societies Charles discusses how the Civil Rights movement happened through the lens of social habits. Apparently, change is created through peer pressure but whilst many people imagine that peer pressure is strongest between close friends that isn’t true. Weak ties are just as important as strong ties. This is partially because with close friends you feel you can let yourself down, embarrass yourself, be truthful etc. Whereas with a weak tie you are much more likely to want to be perceived a certain way.

For a movement to happen there needs to be a number of habits – “They rely on social patterns that begin as the habits of friendship, grow through the habits of communities, and are sustained by new habits the change participants sense of self”. This combination will help a movement to grow to a self-sustaining size where it is bigger than the person who initiated it in the beginning.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Understanding the science behind the habits was fascinating and helped me to understand how I could change my habits in the future. What surprised me was how much I enjoyed the chapters on successful organizations and societies. I was absolutely fascinated by Chapter 7: How Target Knows What You Want Before You Do and how they could identify from what a woman was buying whether she was pregnant. In one instance before a woman had even told her father. Scary stuff!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand how habits are formed, how we can change them and how you can use habits to make you more successful in life and business.

 

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I read The Power of Habit as part of PropelHer’s Book Club. PropelHer’s Book Club is a non-fiction book club, for ambitious women who are committed to reading to support their personal development and professional success. We meet monthly in Covent Garden, London and online. If you would like to join a community of ambitious to read and discuss great books with then come join PropelHer’s Book Club.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth – Book Review

Grit by Angela Duckworth. Reviewed by Charelle Griffith

As a book blogger and a book club leader it is inevitable that people will ask me “Have you read xxx?”. Now a book I had been asked a number of times about was Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth and I would have to sheepily respond saying I hadn’t. After reading Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo as part of PropelHer’s Book Club (read the review here) I decided it was time to read the book that had the same title as the Ted talk.

 

GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE is broken down into three parts: What grit is and why it matters, Growing grit from the inside out and Growing grit from the outside in.

 

In PART 1: WHAT GRIT IS AND WHY IT MATTERS Angela outlines her understanding of GRIT. She states that “GRIT has two components: passion and perseverance”. Angela goes on to explain her research into finding a predictor for success. It is a fact that “our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another”. Angel was driven to find out why some people end up being successful whilst others don’t.

There is the common belief that going well in school was the key to success, but Angela states that “Apparently, aptitude did not guarantee achievement”.

In fact, Angela believes that “the focus on talent distracts us from something that is at least as important, and that is effort”. 

For Angela, effort is key for making everything happen.

Without effort, your talent is nothing more than your unmet potential. With effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t. With effort, talent becomes skills and, at the very same time, effort makes skill productive”

 

In PART II: GROWING GRIT FROM THE INSIDE OUT Angela explores perseverance and that fact that some people will often say they got bored of something as a reason for changing their passion. Novelty is a basic drive. We are driven to desire to learn about new things. However, novelty doesn’t always have to mean running after the next new, shiny object. Angela explains that “novelty for the beginner comes in one form, and novelty for the expert in another… for the expert, novelty is nuance”.

Angela states that “the grittier an individual is, the few career changes they’re likely to make”. However, part of this is also influenced by how one sees their occupation – “just about any occupation can be a job, career or calling… How you see your work is more important than your job title”. If you believe your occupation is your calling then you are likely to preserve through harder times.

Then Angela looks at the relationship between grit and optimism, grit and mindset and grit and hope. With regards to hope she states, “Grit depends on a different kind of hope. It rests on the expectations that our own efforts can improve our future.”

I deeply resonated with this quote. I know a major reason for me preserving through my education, in work and in business is because deep down I believe I am in control of my future and the effort will pay off.

 

In PART III: GROWING GRIT FROM THE OUTSIDE IN Angela explores how to increase your grit from your environment. There is a section on how to parent to make your children grittier and then a section on creating a grittier working environment.

Environment plays a role in how gritty you are and Angela recommends “If you want to be grittier, find a gritty culture and join it.” The reason why this works is because “The drive to fit in – to conform to the group – is powerful indeed”. As many personal development books will tell you the role of the group of people around you is very important and this is no different when it comes to grit. We become like the people around us. As a result, if they are gritty you are likely to become grittier.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I absolutely loved Grit by Angela Duckworth and can absolutely understand why so many people recommend the book. Now I am sure I am slightly biased. At one point, you can take a quiz to find out how gritty you are and overall, I was fairly gritty, which came as no surprise. This obviously means I enjoy hearing that GRIT will win over natural talent in the end. Regardless, I think it is a great book because it comes down to science. Angela is a very smart woman and throughout the book, she hasn’t just looked at success from one angle. She has looked at the army, sports, spelling bees, education, business and more. It is a thoroughly researched topic, but delivered in a very manageable way.

 

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Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich by Lois P. Frankel, PhD – Book Review

Nice Girls Don't Get Rich by Lois P Frankel - Book Review by Charelle Griffith

Last year PropelHer’s Book Club read Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel, PhD. At the time I was obsessed with achieving success in my career and even though the idea of the “corner office” doesn’t really exist in the performing arts I thought it would be a perfect book to read. It turned out to be a good choice with many women resonating with at least some of the mistake mentioned in the book. So I decided in 2017 we would read Lois’ other book, which is Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make With Money.

Now if you have been following the blog you will know I have been reading a lot of money books this year. I have reviewed The Millionaire Fastlane, The Automatic Millionaire, You Are A Badass At Making MoneyThe Science of Getting Rich, I Will Teach You To Be Rich and Secrets of Six Figure Women.

Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich follows the same format as Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office. There is a self-assessment right at the beginning where you answer a number of questions and then are shown which areas you are strongest and weakest at. I really like the self-assessment idea as this means if you are short of time you can just read the chapters where you are the weakest. Great for busy, ambitious women like myself – although obviously, I read the whole thing. However, you can do the self-assessment and you will be pointed to read specific chapters.

 

The seven chapters are:

  • Getting into the money game
  • Taking charge of your financial life
  • Spending your money wisely
  • Learning money basics
  • Saving and investing for future wealth
  • Maximising your financial potential at work
  • Playing it smart with your money

Lois states that the book is “not just a book on financial planning. It’s also a book about financial thinking.” and there are a number of mistakes that specifically explore women’s thinking to finances. Some of these statements are sweeping generalised statements, which can be hard to accept, such as “A woman’s mind-set is all too often about doing for others at the expense of taking care of our own needs”.

However, there are lots of very practical tips. The book explores financial planning, becoming financially literate, controlling your spending, investing for future wealth, attitude to debt, home ownership, pensions and negotiating. The fact is that improving in just a few areas can make a drastic impact on your future.

Now it is likely if you read the whole book there will be some sections that really aren’t applicable to you. For example, I am a great planner and saver so some tips I didn’t need. However, it is also reassuring to realise you aren’t making all of the mistakes, which can make it easier to accept the ones you do make.

For me, I really resonated with the quote “It’s not the actual amount of money that you earn that determines whether or not you’ll be rich, it’s what you do with what you earn”. This is one of the reasons I really don’t like the coaching industry with its emphasis on creating 10k months. If you earn £10,000 and then spend it all then are you really rich?

The truth is what do you do with the money you earn? Are you spending it all? Are you saving it in a 0.01% bank account? Or are you investing it?

Anyone can be rich if you learn the rules and play to win!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, I think Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich has sound advice and that you can quickly action. It isn’t written in a particularly sexy way, which is why I believe it isn’t as popular as some of the other money books out there. However, it gives highly actionable points that I genuinely believe would help every different type of women out there to take control of their financial situation for today and the future.

I read Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich as part of PropelHer’s Book Club. PropelHer’s Book Club is a book club for ambitious women who want to work on themselves to further their personal development and professional success. If you are interested in joining you can find out more here.

 

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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight

Book Review of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight. Review by Charelle Griffith

I remember back in December 2015 buying The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I am a massive hoarder and decided in 2016 I was finally going to change that. So when I came across The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k I was very intrigued. At first, I thought it was by the same author, but then I realised it was actually by Sarah Knight and by no way approved, endorsed or authorised by Marie Kondo.

At the beginning, Sarah shares who the book is for. She states that “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k is for all of us who work too much, play too little, and never have enough time to devote to the people and things that truly make us happy”.

The subtitle of the books is “How to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do with people you don’t like” and that is exactly what Sarah addresses in the book. The fact is that lots of us care too much about what other people think (and I definitely do at times). That would be fine if there weren’t implications, but unfortunately, time and energy are limited and you can’t get back what you spend on pleasing others instead of yourself.

 

The book is broken down into four chapters:

  1. On giving, and not giving, a f*ck
  2. Deciding not to give a f*ck
  3. Not giving a f*ck
  4. The magic of not giving a f*ck dramatically transforms your life

 

In Chapter 1 Sarah recommends that you “stop saying yes right away to please others and, instead, take a moment to question not only whether you give a f*ck (i.e., care) about the matter at hand but whether it deserves a f*ck (i.e., your time, energy and/or money) given to it as a line on your F*ck Budget.”

 Stop saying yes straight away is sound advice. In the moment we can feel pressurised to say yes to something we don’t want to do. Therefore, putting some time, and possibly distance, will help you to go with how you honestly feel rather than feeling you are under pressure.

 

Sarah then defines what not giving a f*ck actually means:

Not giving a f*ck means taking care of yourself first”

“Not giving af*ck means allowing yourself to say no”

“Not giving a f*ck – crucially – means releasing yourself from the worry, anxiety, fear, and guilt associated with saying no”

“Not giving a f*ck means reducing mental clutter”.

 

Now that everyone is clear on what giving a f*ck actually means it is time to dig deeper and in Chapter 2 four categories are outlined:

  • Things
  • Work
  • Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers
  • Family

For each category, you are giving a number of examples and then a space to write your list of things. Now Sarah doesn’t shy away from the fact that just because you decide on what you don’t care about it means you will easily be able to say no in the future. Her recommendation is that you create a personal policy. She believes that  “Personal policies are an excellent way to conserve your f*cks swiftly, efficiently, and with an extremely low risk of hurt feelings”. 

Chapter 3 and 4 look what you gain by not giving a f*ck. The purpose of not giving a f*ck is not to be mean to other people, but so you are able to concentrate on what is important to you. By saying no to others you gain and Sarah says that “Time, energy, and money are the things you gain by ceasing to give a f*ck”.

 

The purpose is about having time to do what you want to do. Sarah writes about the idea of fitting and that she wrote the book for people who where tired of fitting in. Her actual words were that the book was “for people who are exhausted by presenting a façade of interest, enthusiasm, and conformity to the rest of the world. It is about empowering them (you) to feel free to be themselves (yourselves) and live their (your) best lives.

 

I love that point. Now the book might swear a bit more than I would like, but I love the ethos of what Sarah is trying to do. It is about you forgetting about conforming for your family, friends or society. It is about doing what you want to do, rather than what you feel you should do. This is exactly what I teach through PropelHer. Life is too short to live it for someone else, but that can be easier said than done. Through “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k Sarah provides some techniques to help you spend your time how you please.

  

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The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

The One Thing - Gary Keller - Jay Papasan - Book Review by Charelle Griffith

If you are familiar with my blog you will know I spend a lot of time reading books about personal development and success. I am obsessed with understanding how others achieve extraordinary results in their life and business. So when I came across The One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, I was instantly drawn to the subtitle The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results.

 

It doesn’t take long to find out what the one thing is. Very early on the one thing is revealed as a narrow focus – “extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow your can make your focus”.

In Chapter 2, the concept of THE DOMINO EFFECT is introduced. In short, a domino is able to knock down another domino that is 50% larger. Whilst one domino knocking over another bit not seem life-changing, it is when you put a row of dominos together. Starting with just a 2-inch domino, and increasing the size of a domino by 50% each time, the 23rd domino could be the height of the Eiffel Tower. This story is used to exemplify that “extraordinary success is sequential, not simultaneous”. All you have to do is to work out how to create “a domino effect in your life”.

The One Thing states “The problem is we tend to act on what we believe even when what we believe isn’t anything we should”. Our beliefs play a major role in our success. Unfortunately, many of us have beliefs that aren’t true, but believe them to be true. In order to embrace THE ONE THING you need to address the six lies that lie between you and success. Those lies are:

  1. Everything Matters Equally
  2. Multitasking
  3. A Disciplined Life
  4. Willpower Is Always on Will-Call
  5. A Balanced Life
  6. Big Is Bad

Once you have learnt that the above “truths” are in fact lies, then you can focus on the truth, which according to Gary Keller is “that success comes down to this: being appropriate in the moments of your life”.

Through the book, you learn that THE ONE THING is actually multiple things. For example, “Your big ONE Thing is your purpose and your small ONE Thing is the priority you take action on to achieve it”. Gary just uses the term THE ONE THING to mean your focus. Whilst having a big ONE Thing, having a purpose, is important it is also important to be able to prioritise.

It is common when doing a goal setting exercise to set a long-term goal and then work backwards and Gary encourages readers to do this exercise. He guides you from thinking about your ‘SOMEDAY GOAL’ and then work backwards. The purpose of this exercise is to ensure your goals are all connected – “Connect today to all of your tomorrows”. To achieve extraordinary results in your life you have to work out the sequential steps you need to take and you have to ensure that everything you are doing is helping to help your future goals.

“The most successful people are the most productive people”

There is a lot written about productivity and the steps you can take to ensure that you are maximising success. It can come across a little excessive, for example, Gary suggests that you spend “4 hours a day for your ONE Thing”. Now for the average person this may seem a lot, but this isn’t a book for those wanting to live an average life. This is about creating an extraordinary life.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy and there are many similarities around the ideas of focusing on continuous action and building momentum. However, the domino effect is a great picture to imagine in your head and ensure that you are focusing on taking the continuous steps that will build your strength and impact.

“Actions build on action. Habits build on habits. Success builds on success”.

Also, it is very achievable idea. Anyone can focus on ONE Thing. It makes success accessible to everyone if you just ask the right questions and they can stay focused.

I read The One Thing as part of PropelHer’s Book Club for Ambitious Women. PropelHer’s Book Club is a non-fiction book club that meet in Covent Garden, London, as well as meeting online. Want to join a community of ambitious women who read excellent books to support personal development and professional success? Come join PropelHer’s Book Club.

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You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero

You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero - Review by Charelle

 

Early on in my journey of researching money making books I came across You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero. I read Jen Sincero’s first book, You Are A Badass, on holiday in 2016 and was so disappointed. Lots of people had been raving about the book so I finally gave in and it just didn’t have the transformational effect it had on others. So I was hesitant, but when a friend said she would send me the audiobook for free I thought I had nothing to lose.

In You Are A Badass At Making Money: Master The Mindset of Wealth, Jen shares her money story from broke to wealth and believes she can help you to change yours too. The book focuses on your mindset towards money. Whilst Jen is honest about how she paid thousands of dollars for coaches and invested lots of money into building her profile, her brand and her company, for her the transformation was a result of her changing her mindset.

Early on in the book, she refers to reading Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich (you can read my review of The Science of Getting Rich here) and coming across the quote:

 “Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich”.

When she originally read that quote she was disgusted, shut the book and for years continued to make very little money. However, a few years later she re-opened it and it totally changed her life. She realised that Wallace was right and she needed to stop feeling pride around being broke, because honestly there was nothing to be proud about. Jen says

“One of the biggest obstacles to making lots of money is not a lack of good ideas or opportunities or time, or that we’re too slovenly or stupid, it’s that we refuse to give ourselves permission to become rich.” 

And why would you not give yourself permission to be rich? Because you are carrying round negative beliefs towards money. Some of the beliefs Jen had and no doubt many other people have to are:

  • Money doesn’t grow on trees
  • Money causes stress
  • There is never enough money
  • Always have a backup plan
  • It’s lonely at the top
  • You can’t make money doing x

 

I mean, why would anyone want to be rich if they believed all of those things? So Jen started to face those negative beliefs head on and began to apply lessons from the law of attraction into her life.

Jen is very honest that her journey for making money was uncomfortable. She believes that the real secret is you have to take huge, uncomfy risks. You have to do stuff you’ve never done before, to make yourself visible, to acknowledge your own awesomeness, to risk looking stupid”.

She pushed herself outside of her comfort zone to grow her company, gain big clients and make the money she had always dreamed off.

As with any mindset book, it wouldn’t be complete without some affirmations. At the end of each chapter there are suggested money mantras:

I love money and money loves me.

I love money because it is the root of so much awesome

I love money because money is always here for me

I love money because it comes when I call

I love money and I am grateful every day that it is surrounding me with its glorious goodness

I love money because I am a fearless, badass, money making machine.

I love money because it lets me be, the most be I can be

I love money and I will not give up until I am surrounded by all the wealth I desire.

Along with the money mantras, as any good success coach would, Jen sets you some tasks. Some of these are journalling tasks, whilst other require you to take action.

Although the focus is on Jen’s journey at the end of every chapter Jen shares a Success Story. This is a story of someone else who has been able to transform their money situation and make money!

 

Final Thoughts

What I loved about this book is that Jen is a fabulous storyteller. Whether it was the goats who had managed to get into a house and trash it, or the gauze around her injured toe, which she refused to pull off. Jen has a fabulous way of using every day stories and then relating it back to money.

You Are A Badass At Making Money was my first audiobook. If you haven’t already used Audible, you can access a free 30-day trial here. Now, I have been avoiding listening to audiobooks for a while. Whilst I appreciate you can get through more books by listening to the audio than by reading the physical book, I don’t believe you absorb the book in the same way. It is also more difficult from a reviewing perspective to not have a text to refer back too. However, I feel listening to the audio version of the book may have contributed to me enjoying this book more than Jen’s first book, if for nothing more than I loved her voice.

Overall, if you have read other money mindset books then Jen doesn’t bring a lot of new advice to the table. However, she writes in a very informal, friendly tone and by appearing ‘ordinary’ it helps to feel as if you could replicate her rise to riches for yourself.

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I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi - Book Review:Summary by Charelle

 

Would you like to be rich? If you are like most people then the answer will be YES. With that in mind I have been reading the most popular money focused, money-making and how to become a millionaire books and in this post, I will be sharing my thoughts on I Will Teach You To Be Rich: No guilt, no excuses – just a 6-week programme that works.

I can’t quite remember when I first came Ramit Sethi, but given that when you type into Google the words ‘ I want to be rich’ his website iwillteachyoutoberich.com appears on the first page it isn’t surprising I came across him. His book I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller so I definitely thought it was worth a read to see how good it really was.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich sets out to share with you a 6-Week Programme to get your finances in order.

 

 Week 1 – Optimize Your Credit Cards

Week 1 focuses on credit cards and Ramin states that “Credit is one of the most vital factors in getting rich”. The chapter explores credit source and credit report and provides some tips to help you improve your credit score. The purpose is to start acting today because “Rich people plan before they need to plan” and by working on improving your score now it will help you in the long run if you do need credit.

 

Week 2 – Beat The Banks

In Week 2 the focus is on your bank account. The advice is to not switch banks chasing great introductory rates, but instead to focus on a bank that charges no fee, has a reasonable interest rate and provides a good customer service. By the end of the week you should have a bank account and a savings account.

 

Week 3 – Get Ready To Invest

Week 3 is all about investing. The main focus is investing in your pension because if you aren’t investing in your pension and your company offers to match your contribution you are literally throwing free money away!

Ramit shares a great statistic in this chapter that “On average, millionaires invest 20% of their household income each year”. If you aren’t at that level yet, don’t panic! Most people are not investing 20% of their household income, but then again, most people aren’t a millionaire. I just thought that was a useful statistic to use as a benchmark.

 

Week 4 – Conscious Spending

Now when I saw the title of week 4 I was very intrigued. Ramit’s website iwillteachyoutoberich.com focuses on making more money rather than reducing your spending. In fact, he is known for never encouraging to cut your coffee (he is totally against The Latte Factor).

The aim of week 4 is to create a “Conscious Spending Plan”. This is where you make sure that you are “saving and investing enough money each money” so you have the freedom to spend the rest of your money on whatever you like and feel totally guilt-free.

Ramit spends some considerable time comparing the frugal to the cheap and states that “The mind-set of frugal people is key to being rich”. So what is being frugal? According to Ramit, frugality “is about choosing the things you love enough to spend extravagantly on – and then cutting costs mercilessly on things you don’t love.”   

 

Week 5 – Save While Sleeping

By Week 5 you should have a solid plan of how your income is being spent, saved and invested. Now it is time to automate everything so you can spend more time enjoying your money and minimal time managing it.

 

Week 6 – Investing Is Only For Reach People

The final week, week 6, is all about investing. Between week 5 and week 6 there is a chapter in the book called ‘The Myth of Financial Expertise’. In this chapter, Ramit explains you don’t need an expert and you can invest money yourself. In fact, he says that “the vast majority of twentysomethings can earn more than the so-called “experts” by investing on their own”. That chapter is meant to be preparing you to believe you can invest as week 6 is all about understanding investing more.

Week 6 covers lots of financial topics: stocks, portfolio volatility, shares, bonds, diversification, tracker funds, lifestyle funds and much more. It is a great way to start learning a bit more about key financial terms and products. By the end you should discover what type of investor you are and be able to begin investing.

 

That’s it the 6 weeks are done, but the book hasn’t ended. There is some extra information on how to manage your system now that it is all set up. Additionally, there are some discusses on big money topics, such as student loans, paying for your wedding and buying a house.

  

FINAL THOUGHTS

Early in the book, Ramit writes “The single most important factor for getting rich is getting started”. This is a belief I strongly agree with and as a result I am doing most of the things the book tells you to do. However, if you are someone who really isn’t in control of your finances this is a great book. It covers virtually all of the day-to-day areas of finance that you need to handle and if you follow the book in 6 weeks you would be in a better financial situation. Would you be rich? Probably not, but at least you would be on the way.

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