Everything is Figureoutable

Everything is Figureoutable
Marie Forleo

If you want to make change in your life but you feel like you lack the confidence, time or money then this is the book for you.

I was initially attracted to this book as I listen to Marie's podcast on and off and I love her sass and can do attitude.  But it was the title that really drew me in and made it a yes when deciding to buy and read it.

Everything is figureoutable; if there was ever a time to embrace this concept, it is most certainly now.  So many people are experiencing fear and uncertainty in this current world climate.  We can't change the circumstances of the covid19 pandemic, it is happening.  But we can absolutely change and control the way we think about it and handle it.

Have to work from home- no problem everything is figureoutable.
Lost your job temporarily- no problem everything is figureoutable.
Can't get onions from the supermarket- no problem everything is figureoutable.

I don't think Marie had a pandemic in mind when she wrote this book but her message is very transferrable and this is why I selected it for this months book club as I think we could all benefit from a little belief and attitude that everything is figureoutable.

Marie is well known for helping entrepreneurs start or improve their businesses.  I certainly think this book is targeting this audience.  However, what surprised me is really, this is a mindset book and is applicable to anyone faced with a challenge or change they want to make.

She guides us step by step through the book with simple exercises.  First, how to identify what our dream is and second, how to create the belief we need to step into being the person who creates it.  She also dishes out some great advice on how to create more time to put these changes into place.

If you are unwilling to make change or are offended by the odd 'F' bomb, then I would give this one a miss.

If you want some actionable steps and a health dose of positivity and tough love, this is the book for you.

 

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Wonder Woman’s Guide to Money

Wonder Woman's Guide to Money
The Busy Woman's Guide to Money Management and Wealth Building
Natasha Janssens

Written by a working mum of two, the Wonder Woman's Guide to Money addresses the plight of the modern-day 'Wonder Woman' and helps her shift the way she feels about money forever by providing the tools, strategies and insight to take control of her financial future.

The growing pressure on today's woman to 'do it all' is immense.  She has a career, runs the household and is the primary caregiver of her children, while still being held to outdated standards about her appearance and role in society.  Moreover, despite being the primary household spenders, research has found that women tend to shy away from money matters and tend to have less financial confidence than men.  Despite increasing about gender equality and closing the gender pay gap, progress is slow, and in some respects, non-existent.  In fact, a recent UBS study found that millennial women- more than any other generation - are leaving investing and financial planning decisions to their husbands and partners.  A decision that can leave many women in very vulnerable positions when things don't go to plan.

This book is a stepping stone to getting your finances on track.  Written by a woman for women.

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Spenditude

Spenditude
A life-changing attitude to money
Paul Gordan & Janine Robertson

There are a lot of books out there in the personal finance world that give you actionable steps to start managing your money and looking after it, to make more and support yourself in retirement.  However, one very important aspect that is often left out of these books is our mindset and our attitude towards money.  For example if you are an emotional eater, it doesn't matter how much exercise you do, if you always turn to food for comfort, you are never going to get in shape.  You first have to address the mindset.  It's exactly the same with money.  You can put strategies in place to improve your finances but again unless you examine what's happening on the inside- in our mind and our attitude towards money, it is going to be very hard to sustain long term healthy money habits.  Here is where Spenditude comes in and why it is such an important book to read.  You are not going to learn any get rich quick strategies here but what you will learn is how to first identify what your attitude towards money is and then how you can go about making change to develop the 'spenditude' you desire.  This book is a slow burn that I encourage you to come back to for a second read.  Please do not underestimate the importance of your thoughts, beliefs, mindset or 'spenditude' towards money.  Becoming aware of your spenditude and learning how to change it is life changing!  Get this book in your eyeballs!

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GRIT

GRIT
Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success
Angela Duckworth

This is my favourite read for 2019. Psychologist Angela Duckworth presents in an engaging way, the fascinating reason why some people succeed and some don't, and it is not based on a fancy education or IQ, rather, it is based on what goes on in your mind when you fall down and a little attribute called GRIT.  Angela has done extensive study and research.  She presents her findings by sharing the engaging stories of those who have experienced a high level of success and what goes on their head when they meet adversity or road blocks to their goals.  The good news is grit can be learned!  Yes by reading this book, you too can learn how to develop traits that lead to success.  So good!  If you are working on trying something new and need some knowhow and inspiration to succeed, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this book.

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The $1000 Project

The $1000 Project
A easy guide to mindful saving, active earning and financial wellbeing
Canna Campbell

I have so much respect for this inspiring woman. I first discovered Canna’s You Tube channel about a year ago and admit I haven’t seen a lot of her channel as watching a You Tube is not something I can do while driving, which is the time when I do a lot of my financial study by listening to podcasts and audio books. So it wasn’t until more recently that I realised she had published a couple of books too. Well I’m yet to read her second book Mindful Money but after reading this one I will certainly be getting my hands on it as soon as possible. The $1000 Project is a fantastic and realistic challenge to create more money. Canna details how she came to creating it and her 12 month journey to reach her goal of making a passive income of $2000 per year by creating and investing 40 parcels of $1000. She fell just short of achieving her goal but so what! She achieved so much more by learning about herself and inspiring others. I absolutely love that she didn’t sugar coat how hard it was to do and that there were many times she had to dig deep to stay committed to her goal. To top it off this is a really easy read. I think it only took me a couple of nights to finish it. I highly recommend this book.

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The One Thing

The One Thing
The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results
Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

This is an excellent book. It is a New York Times bestseller and I understand why. I happened to be listening to the Amy Porterfield Online Marketing Made Easy podcast and Jay Papasan was her guest. Well I was captivated. He talked about the strategies covered in the book about staying on track, achieving better results in less time and how to build momentum towards your goal. If you want to improve your productivity, improve your focus and have a clear path outlined to achieve the results you want in life this is the book for you.

I got so much out of this book. Keller teaches us a lesson in constraint, how to channel our energy and attention to the top priority in our life ‘the one thing’. I particularly liked how he breaks down how to approach a long-term goal. Working out what needs to be done in 5 years to achieve a 10 year goal and then what needs to be done 3 years from now to be on track for 5 years, what needs to be done in 1 year to be on track for 3 years, what needs to be done in 6 months, 3 months, this month, this week and today. A great way to get clarity and perspective on how to get something done.

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Financial Secrets Revealed

Financial Secrets Revealed
Collective wisdom from business gurus, financial geniuses and everyday heroes
Amanda Cassar

Amanda Cassar is a financial adviser from the Gold Coast in Queensland. She is a qualifying member of the international group the Million Dollar Round Table, which is where it appears she has met many of the people she interviewed in this book.

It’s no secret that hearing about other peoples’ life journeys and how they manage their finances is of high interest to me. Hence, I found this book to offer a lot of value in that regard. She interviews a good spread of women and men, which I like and more importantly for us Aussies most of the interviewees are from Australia. No offence to other nations intended, I just find that many of the great personal finance books and personalities tend to be American which means some of the information presented is not relevant to our financial environment.

One interesting take away was David Batchelor’s ( The Wills & Trusts Group, UK) comments about learning early the benefit of personal development. He follows Jim Rohn’s advice from his book The Art of Exceptional Living. Live on 70 percent of what you earn. Break the other 30 percent into three pots: 10 percent for long-term savings, 10 percent for future financial independence and not to be touched. 5 percent to give to charity and finally the last 5 percent for spending on what ever you want.  Not a bad strategy.

No One Ever Told Us That

No One Ever Told Us That
Money and life lessons for young adults
John D. Spooner

I frequently go to the library with my kids to get a new stash of bedtime stories. Whilst they play I often wonder over to browse the 322 financial economics section of the library and pick up a book for myself. I was attracted to this one by the subtitle Money and life lessons for young adults. I was at the time keeping an eye out for money books for kids. This book was a real surprise. Each chapter is designed to give real world advice to young adults. The author is an American investment advisor and novelist and despite his target market being clearly for young American men, Spooner is witty and shares much wisdom relevant to all. It doesn’t cover specific financial advice per se but rather advice on how to conduct oneself to get ahead and succeed in life. An unexpected little gem well worth the read.

Mindful Money

Mindful Money
A real guide to building and managing financial independence in a busy world
Canna Campbell

I have so much respect for this inspiring woman. Her first book "The $1000 Project" is a fantastic and realistic challenge to create more money.

In this book Canna takes you to the next level by outlining how to create a passive income.  Like myself Canna is a mother of two and goes out of her way to help support other women with their finances.  She is an experienced financial planner and imparts her expert financial knowledge is this book in a practical and approachable way.  She takes you though a process to reach 'your number'- the amount of money you need to be financially independent.

Just like in her first book Canna covers money and wealth from a place of abundance.  It's not just the nuts and bolts of money management.  She also includes important information about having the right mindset around money.

"She shows you how to look at your finances with holistic and powerful mindfulness, easily incorporating her step-by-step advice into your daily habits and routines. From new banking rituals and money mindsets to growing passive income through shares and property, she will help you shed the excess and embrace what you really love, value, use and appreciate - including your necessary luxuries. Canna leads by example, sharing her personal tips and tricks for building, managing and protecting your money. No matter what you earn or what level of knowledge you have, Mindful Money will help you to see that financial independence is achievable."

I LOVE reading about money in books by Australian women. So good! Check it out.

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Mindset

Mindset
Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential
Dr Carol S. Dweck

This is such an important book. If you are human and interesting in learning and evolving as a person you need to read this book. Dweck is a Stanford University psychologist and leading researcher in the field of social psychology and developmental psychology.

She explains in the book that success is not achieved by our abilities and talent but by our mindset. Do you have a fix mindset or a growth mindset? Apparently we can have a combination of the two and may experience a different result depending on what mindset we approach our circumstances with. I love this book. Obviously as a teacher having an awareness of how to tap into my growth mindset and foster that in my students is very important to me but having this knowledge about how our brains work is relevant for everyone in every field if you want to grow and learn.

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