“The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life” By Alice Schroeder Review

Here is the book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as “The Oracle of Omaha.”

It is important o mention that this book cover topics as:  1) Trade offs of various forms of success. 2) Value Investing. 3) Importance of Relationships. 4) Internal Values. 5)  Understanding your purpose and priorities. 

This book is a little bit long, but the value which you get from this book is really worth the time you’ll spend reading this book. However there are couple of parts of this book which really felt like a waist of paper because it was so uninteresting to me but that could be just me here.

The writing style here is okay for the most part but there are moments where the writing style turns into complete into a text book from high school which no one cared about and never read. 

And for me personally I was super disappointed because Ive heard so many good things about this book, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. For me this book feels more like a trivia of Warren Buffer personal life than his business life. 

This book is more about what Warren Buffet did before he got to the point where he is now. But it isn’t about what he did for business but it is more about where he bought a house, what he did when he was a kid, who he meet along the way, who he hang out with in the early stages of his career and so on. If the author would cut these things out then this book would be like 200 pages long with true value instead of over 900 pages with very little value and a lots of boring moments.

However if you consider this book a biography of Warren Buffet instead of a business book then this book is very good and I would give this book 4 stars but since it is ranked as business book means that I can’t give that rating to this book. However this book as a biography still isn’t the best biography I’ve read but it was good enough for me to give it 4 stars if it was ranked as biography

I need to give this book points for showing us that Warren Buffet is a complex character, and there is a lot to him which we don’t know about. And after reading this book I want even more to have a talk with Warren Buffet because it really shows how smart and how unique he really is. An I truly think after reading this book that I and Mr. Buffet would vibe if I ever get the chase to talk to the man. 

I give this book 3 /5

“The Millionaire Next Door” By Thomas J. Stanley Review

“The Millionaire Next Door” is a book that explains the intricacy of today’s millionaires, people you would be surprised to find wealthy, and the habits and decisions that got them to that wealth level. But, it’s more than just a book about wealth and tips to get there.

As someone who have read this book I can say that this book only teaches you 7 characteristics / common denominators among millionaires in USA. And these 7 things are

1) They live well below their means

2) They allocate their time, energy, and money efficiently, in ways conducive to building wealth

3) They believe that financial independence is more important than displaying high social status

4) Their parents did not provide economic outpatient care

5) Their adult children are economically self-sufficient

6) They are proficient in targeting market opportunities

7) They chose the right occupation

And that’s pretty much all you will get from this book. 

Gotta be honest with you and say that so far this book is one of two worst business book I’ve read so far. 

The writing style seemed like I was reading a long and boring essay for school home work. Which as you may expect isn’t great. 

This book was so very difficult to get through. And it took me 3 weeks to read it. Because it was so uninteresting and boring.

This book only shows that if you are saving 90% of your monthly income for 40 years and you will be rich. I’m not rich but I guess thats not the way on how to get rich.

I give this book 2 / 5

“Think and Grow Rich” By Napoleon Hill Review

This is the original 1937 version of Napoleon Hill’s Classic Book: Think and Grow Rich. To the greatest extent possible, the text and formatting have been kept exactly the same as in the original release with the exception of some minor formatting changes.

So this is a business and self-help book in one. I gotta say that no one should mixed these two genres into one book. 

This book makes success seem like it is just “read this book and you will be successful”. Which isn’t how success works as you can imagine. No book without action can make you successful overnight. 

The writing style was boring, however there were times when it was interesting for a moment.

This book had some good topics which everyone should no about. Like looking at yourself about what is stopping you to go forward in life. However for the most part this book is a little kooky.

When I bought this book and began reading it I was expecting some kind of practical guide to managing personal finance but it wasn’t that.

I picked up this book because almost everyone in the reading community on the Internet was recommending it. But Oh boy it wasn’t that good as people was claiming it was.  

It took me a lots of time and effort to go through this and finish it but eventually I did. 

I give this book 2 / 5

“Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil” by Hamish McKenzie Review

The award-winning Tesla Model 3, a premium mass-market electric car that went on sale in 2018, has reconfigured the popular perception of Tesla and continues to transform the public’s relationship with motor vehicles–much like Ford’s Model T did nearly a century ago. At the same time, company CEO Elon Musk courts controversy and spars with critics through his Twitter account, just as Tesla’s ever-increasing debt teeters on junk bond status.

I personally was pretty sceptic about this book when I first was starting to read it. But I need to admit that i really enjoyed it and I learned a bunch of things from this book. Even though I’m a huge Tesla geek it still had learned me a few things about Tesla and why people and the big car companies like BMW, Audi etc might be very skeptical about fully electrical cars. 

If you are someone who wants to learn about Tesla or electrical cars and the long and hard history to electrical cars take this book and really spend time with it.

Its important to say that this book might not be a page-turner for some people but give it a shot and go into it with an open mind and without thinking that electrical cars are completely bull shit. 

The writing style and the whole format of this book was amazing and incredible well executed. I really wish that more books like this one could have been written like this one.

This books starts with talking about Tesla and Elon Musk. And in general all the ups and downs which both Tesla and Elon Musk had from beginning. And the second part of this book are more about other fully electrical cars companies which Tesla and Elon Musk have inspired or influenced at some point. 

This book needs to get points for going into depth about the fact that an electric car is faster, lighter and cleaner than internal combustion engines.

However don’t get it wrong is not a Tesla or Elon Musk Biography book. Its the story of the electric car, and since Tesla together with Elon Musk and other people involved in the company where the first to actually make it through as survive as a fully electrical company a huge piece of this book is about them.

But I get the point why some people (especially the die hard fans of combustion engines) might think that this book is nothing but a very long article. However give it a shot, and don’t trash this book just because you don’t like electrical cars. 

I’m actually here under a big impression because i wasn’t expecting how good this book would turn out to be in the end. You can really learn a lot of things in this book if you just give it a shot.

I give this book 5 / 5

“The Intelligent Investor” By Benjamin Graham Review

Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s principles.

If you are starting you journey with investing in stocks, bonds and funds and you have been following the investing section on this blog you need also to read this book if you havent read so far. I’ve been recommending this book in the investing section couple of times and now it is the time to review this book.

This book is the must read book for anyone who is starting with investing, are investing or just want to know more about investing. And Warren Buffet says that this book is the best investing book so far, and if Warren Buffet says that you gotta read it if you are interested or are investing.

This book explains a lot about investing and you should look after while doing research for best investment companies and what not to do. But the author gives us also history lessons about makes stocks go up and down and how the stock markets was doing in the past so that we can take notes from them and learn from them so that we can avoide losing a lots of money.

There are many parts of this book which feels like it is way too hard to understand but be patient it will at some point make sense and you will be greatful that you have read this book.

If the stock markets going down scare you then you need to read this book because it explains that stock market which is going down isnt that scary as you may think it is.

This book goes much more in depth than my investing posts do so if there are some things that are unclear from the posts I’ve written about investing then read this book.

You will find this book to a big help with understanding the stock market and everything which I myself and other investing creators on the internet are talking about.

This book really shows why many people fail in investing and lose a lots of money. This book shows that investing is much more important than many people might think it is. And that there is much more in investing than just buying and selling stocks, bonds or funds.

I give this book 5 / 5

“The 4-hour work week” By Timothy Ferriss Review

This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches = How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week. How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want. How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs. How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist. How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”

If you are just starting out with bussiness books then this book is one of the first once to pick. Because it is easy to understand, and for you to enjoy this book you dont need to know anything about how to get from your full time job to just work couple of hours a week for around the same money.

However I need to point out that the effect of this book is like being trapped in a room with a manic-depressive during the manic part of his cycle. Because it goes from “I was so sad and bored of my life” to “I make more now in a month than I did in a year in the full time job”.

For the most part this book only covers that = 1. You’re a game changer and a rule breaker. 2. Quit checking your fucking email and get off the computer. 3. Outsource everything–even your soul. It’s all about you. 4. Retire, vacation, go mobile. 5. Tim Ferriss is an jerk.

There are parts where this book is super interesting and you will get much out of this book. But there are also parts of this book where you will be like “Wow, the author is a douche”. Because there are parts like “hire a assistent cuz you will not be able to do it at your own”.

Dont get me wrong here, because there are parts of this book which are good and will make you think. There are also pretty decent amount of knowledge. You will get a lots out of this book if you just starting your journey with bussiness books and the self development books. But if you have read a lots of business books you will not get much out of this book because this book involves a brief summary of the other business books which are much better than this one.

The challenges which are in this book, are okay. But pretty much a lots of them are lame or just not worth doing. Because one of these challenges are something like “for the x amount of days you cant read anything but fantasy books and my book. No news, no horror books. etc”.

This author makes some good points in this book, but he could have explained them better than he actually did. Because some people need more explainations than others.

Dont be confussed that this book wil teach you how to be a millionaire because it will not. This book will somehow teach you that wealth isn’t all about money, it’s about creating time to do the things you love.

I give this book 3 / 5

“Trump: The Art of the Deal” by Donald J. Trump Review

Trump in action aka how he runs his business and how he runs his life. He meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and changes the face of the New York City skyline. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated eleven guidelines for success. The Art of the Deal is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur and an unprecedented education in the practice of deal-making. It’s the most streetwise business book there is—and the ultimate read for anyone interested in achieving money and success, and knowing the man behind the spotlight.

I know that this guy seems drunk or high out of his mind most of the time based on the things he had said or done for the past 30 years. But this book is actually amazing and it shows how an amazing business man he is. 

This book is half autobiography and half bragging as you can expect from Donald Trump. But it is still 100% interesting, I personally dont Im a fan of his or fan of politics however I couldn’t stop reading this book.

This book will give you some good business lessons that are simple but people forget about them. So far this book is one of the best business books for beginner which you can read. 

No matter if you like this guy or not you will most likely learn something from it. Because it really shows that wealthy doesn’t happen overnight but rather throughout the years. 

This book is both very interesting and very engaging. Dont forget that Donald Trump is a showman and a very good business man. 

For the most part this book is a hands-on approach to your business mixed with very good advice, making your intentions known to the public and waiting until things fall into the right place for you to move with your plans.

However this book involves a lots of talk about Trump was dealing with licensing and zoning boards which gets boring after sometime. 

There are also many times in this book about him calling people up personally, and how these people were often happy to have that done. And there are also times in this book where he is choosing the marble for the floors or brass for railings, even taking an interest in air conditioning and piping.

For the most part this book is a good book even 30 ish years after it was written and published. 

If you are one of these people who wants to understand his early business background and influences better then this book is for you to read. 

In this book Trump discusses some of his early project in depth and concludes with a summary of which deals were successful, which ones were not, which ones he had to rework. 

This book is definitely a classic and a must read book in the business field. 

In this book Donald Trump is pretty honest about the early deals and business he has done. 

This book contains a lot of wisdom and knowledge that can be applied to in making various business deals but also in life in general. It will also give you knowledge about how to treat others and also about marketing yourself and your skills.

I give this book 4 / 5

“Rich dad, Poor dad” by Robert Kiyosaki Review

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his “rich dad” — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you

This is a business book, which more or less will give you an idea about how to get a better finical control over your life. This book may motivate you, but actually learn more about economy and how it works. 

There are some parts of this book where some people may think that Robert Kiyosaki is trashing highly educated people and the working class. But this isn’t the goal with this book, this book is written for people who wants to learn something but if you have negative attitude against this book or against learning something new possible then probably you misunderstand this book and think that the author is trashing highly educated people and the working class. 

This book may make you excited for learning more about about your financial future, which it needs to get a point for. 

This book also makes some points about how much the education system sucks now on days. Because students are learning about working for some else, and how to be the perfect lawyer, doctor, car mechanic etc. But the truth is that not ever student will be a lawyer, doctor or car mechanic.

However the investing advices in this book are pretty poor, because it the author makes it seem like investing in real estate and stocks like a very easy thing, but I can tell you (as someone who is for the moment learning about investing) that it is much more into investing than this book shows. 

But this book isn’t only about money, it is also about how we are taught to think; how we are programmed by schools, family, and friends to look at the rich as greedy no good bloodsuckers and opportunities as risks. 

This book makes us think about why we actually buy more clothes, jewelry etc than we actually need. But it also makes us think that the best way to actually make some cash is when we pay ourselves first. 

If you read this book close enough, you will notice that the best thing we can do is not giving up on our dreams and just find other ideas on how to achieve our goals.

The writing style is very simple, the whole book is about a very complicated topic but this book is written in a such way that everyone will understand almost everything. 

Many people will find this book hard to get into or something similar because you need to have some kind of motivation to read this book no matter if the motivation is about getting rich or simple just to learn something. 

This book have a lot of negative opinions but not think about them if you want to read this book, because every big idea or a popular person have these. Elon Musk have them, Jeff Bezos have them, Eminem have them, Kanye West have them, Barack Obama have them etc. I would give the advice to just read this book and make up your own mind. 

I give this book 5 / 5