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

A recipe you will not like

Book Review: The Flinch by Julien Smith

Julien expressed an interesting theory, that is, human behavior can be altered by a ‘flinch.’ A flinch being the right negative force that drives a person to go in the direction intended. If a person know and understand the negative consequences, s/he will be compelled by instinct to change. When the subconscious know that it will be hurt by an action, it will resist that action.

He teaches that a person who wants to quit a bad habit can associate the habit with the negative hurting consequences. In this was the person will be compelled not to do it. In the say way a good habit can be formed by informing the mind of the negative hurting consequences of not taking the good actions.

The book is a good read, but I would not advise a person to follow all the teachings blindly. It sounds like a violent method of bringing change.

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Evolution (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

With false ideologies

Our generation will march

With no clear destination

We shall travel

Our victim we spare not

Out of victimisation a revolution springs forth

Run by a system, raised in a system

We break the walls of Jericho

Cry out mother earth

For we shall conquer

Today you will stop all violence

Yet with violence we aim to progress

Your offspring rebels within thy womb

Men so desperate are after you

Show us the way and we will follow

Yet your will we despise

Show us your character

And nature will defy you

Born with transgressions

We outrageously kill all forms of wisdom

Love my neighbour I will

For tomorrow he buries me

The Fallen (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

To my predecessor

This is diaspora indeed

To my heirs hearts are torn

Inherit my struggle and foolishness

Sound judgement and wisdom I lack

Die in the land ye were born

For it’s the same in foreign dwellings

Blessed with all seasons we are

Why question the creator?

Is not righteousness his nature?

Why besieged yourself with thoughts

The enemy is within you

All is vanity once a king said

Into heavenly dwelling,

We try to bribe our way through

With a stubborn heart

We bow at the alter

We killed the messenger for prophecy

Was against us

Haunted we are by his message

Protect us from ourselves

For all consciousness we have lost

Book Review: The Best Advice I Ever Got On Marriage by Jim Daly

Compiled by Jim Daly, this is indeed the ‘collection of the best advice I ever got on marriage.’

The contributors are reputable Christian leaders from different organisations. They range from church leaders, a musician, management gurus and even the disabled. Each of them brings in new ideas to make a Christian marriage work. This made the chapters to be unique and independent.

We read a chapter of this book with my wife in the evenings. The common threat with each contributor is serving and putting God at the center.

I recommend this book for any one and for any stage in marriage.

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