Thursday, June 19, 2014

How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen

How Will You Measure Your Life?How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like the message of this book. While it specifically deals with ethical and personal life decisions of business executives, it is really advocating for a specific approach to decision making. Take a well-founded, research based theory from the business world and apply it to your personal life. As with any type of extrapolation, there are bound to be errors in this, but it is such a better strategy than most people employ. I like the examples used by Christensen, both for their depth and readability.

From a critical standpoint, I do feel that the book took a little while to get going, and would have liked to see the introduction to the "theory of using theories" addressed more quickly so we could jump in the examples, but once I got past the first few chapters the pace was fine.

I recommend this book to anyone questioning what value they are giving and/or getting in their current career, as this book will help you focus in on the questions that might help you prioritize choices in your career and in your life.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

The Richest Man in BabylonThe Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a tremendous book because it does what few other authors are able to do: It communicates a clear message quickly and efficiently that can change your life. That's it. Most wisdom, at its core, is extremely simple, but we find ways to complicate until it isn't understandable. The message of this book is to live on less than you earn, pay yourself first, invest conservatively and work hard to reap the benefits of following those steps. I love the simplicity and directness, as well as its readability, thanks to its short story form.

I highly recommend you read and implement this book in some way in your personal finance strategy.