Book Review: Fortune how I got started – The Editors of Fortune Magazine

The book is a compilation of stories of entrepreneurs giving highlights on how they started their businesses. The entrepreneurs are from a diverse background, operate different types businesses and they started in all sorts of ways.

The book groups the entrepreneurs into seven sections as follows;

  1. Eureka moment. These grew their businesses by a discovery.
  2. Friends and family. Grew the business with the help of friend and family members.
  3. Grow what you know. These grew their businesses using special know of the product or industry.
  4. Think like a customer. They grew the business with the help of customers.
  5. The power of your people. They expanded using franchising.
  6. Selling on a shoestring. They had to do some tricks to increase sales.
  7. These had businesses that took a long time to turn around.

If you are an entrepreneur, these inspirational stories will give you hope that you can make it. These are real stories from real people who made it.

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Nameless (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

In the face of destruction we smiled

When we had no joy we laughed

Incase you did not know we forgave you

And now we dwell in your ignorance

Show us hatred and we will accept

The result being your own desolation

We smile more when you conquer nobleness

And now our young one’s are in belwederment

For trust of you we got rid off

We walk like giants indeed

Talk like tyrants for sure

David and Goliath we observed

But faith of a mustard seed we have

In drought we fight the lack of moisture

And in the rain we withhold our struggle

Our tribe embrace races and originality

In our minds we take heed of culture

Innocent people will call us

Your dark secrets we shall laugh at

In the name of humanity we cast you out

By way of reason we accept you

Now watch and learn

For we have conquered you

The definition of innocence we are

For we defy all hatred

Book Review: How we bought a 24-unit apartment for (almost) no money down by Brandon Turner

In this small book Brandon tells his story on how he bought the 24 unit apartment for almost no money down.

It is an inspirational story for those who are interested in real estate or business. In the story one thing led to another and most of it is by coincidence. His story show some creativity in desperate situations.

I liked the book especially that you finish it in one read.

The down side of the book is that it looks like a marketing booklet for other products. However he did it very well.

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The Brethren (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

With a cold shoulder he stares

In my understanding he is game

A victim of oneself I am

Like a Jaguar I patiently watch him

A trap I set for his own good

And felony is the result am sure

Never yourself in a lifetime

Should you forgive your own sins

For one greater still accounts for them

Now let us feast to our own destruction

Our righteousness locked in a dark room

With our disturd minds we laugh

Fate is still watching us with sorrow

Wish me luck brethren I declare

For I have run out of it

Book Review: How to grow a multi-million dollar property portfolio in your spare time by Michael Yardney

Again Michael did not disappoint us.

This book gives all the details of how to become wealth through real estate investing. He started the first few chapters with the basics for beginners and gets deeper into details with each chapter. The topics are well organised to give a flow to the teachings.

With each chapter the information is thoroughly researched and easily presented in a simplified way.

Although the book is about ‘How to grow a multi-million dollar property portfolio in your spare time,’ it is not guaranteed that after reading it you will make millions. However the advice has been working in my real life.

I recommend this book to those who are planning to get into real estate and also those who want to get the knowledge on how to maximise profits from real estate.

Readers must note that the researches and principles are based on Australian economic environment.

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Silence (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

With a loud cry of joy

They celebrated my birth

With a loud cry of sorrow

They mourned my death

To no purpose was all undertaken

Only dead silence stares right at us

Why is man born in the first place?

At a lower price I was bought

At a higher price I am buried

What an investment I was

One that guarantees no profit

Six feet the dirt above me

Six plates of gold can do no better

I had no option but fate besides me

For I dine at the table of death

A luxury I could not afford

But came upon me like a last testament

Receive my soul oh Lord

Because I never meant to leave

Lucifer has won nothing as always

And Gabriel laughs at him

Compassion (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

For your sake I defied tradition

For your sake I have transgressed

For your sake I live an illusion

For your sake my heart is torn to pieces

Vengeance is never my goal

I recruit only the tender and good hearted

Ethics guide us through the mission

But for your sake we abandoned protocol

You a have a way to kill our minds

Captives in our own land we are

A happy family you have made us

Victims of a noble cause

The pain is sweet I swear

For joy we were used to

Wish us luck for we wish you none

Destiny has proven you wrong

A war in the making it is

One threatens with bow and arrow

We offer peace, unity and love

To conquer us is to unite us

Thank you Lord for the grace

Book Review: Fortune Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career

In this book Daniel Roberts (and other Fortune contributors) has compiled inspirational stories of the most successful under 40 entrepreneurs on how they shot to the top.

The profiles of the candidates are diverse and most of them had to take huge risks. The rewards from the risks propelled them forward.

The book ends with questions and advice from the 40 under 40s, and tracks how the previous Fortune’s 40 Under 40 are performing. You will not that it takes hard work to retain your position in the Fortune’s 40 Under 40.

I recommend this book to young entrepreneurs who want to be inspired and to get ideas on how to do things differently. The bottom line is think differently and risks rewards generously.

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Divine (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

Never in a million years

Centuries have passed and forgotten

So much ignorance I stand and witness

Lord I can’t take this no more

Faithful you have been to our lives

The answer we seek is within you

Yet you chose to forsake us

Man is but a virus

Claiming he will cleanse himself

Knowledge you have given unto thee

Yet with it we have chosen to rebel

You have the all seeing eye

To hell with all complexity

Now we know and laugh

A fortune meant for yourself

Thank us we grabbed it

Light is known in darkness

The opposite reveals the other

Keep patience to thyself

Lest we meet earlier than scheduled

It’s unfair you control time and seasons

Forever young we will be

For heaven and hell we aim to avoid

Thank you for the gift

For with it we misunderstand you

Loneliness (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

I seek but find none

I knock but only closed doors await

My soul detached from my spirit

Yet am guaranteed torment

That which was of value

I despise whole heartedly

Satisfaction I aim to achieve

Sorrow I have harvested

A man in agony I am

Yet none of you perceive

You do not need parables

For proverbs were given unto us

A days wage for a days labor

Yet it’s never enough

Look upon thy gifts and pleasures

The sun sets with todays hope

Curse I not for am the curse

Guard your character for I aim at it

Venom on my tongue worse than a viper’s

Expectations so high I walk in the air

Call me anything but evil

Yes! Be proud where you watch

An abomination you helped create

Leviathan my companion

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