Book Reviews: Doable, Brave Girls, Always In Fashion, & Second Chance

Hello everyone,

here's what I've been reading lately. Enjoy!

Doable: The Girls' Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything by Deborah Reber
Every teenage girl has ambition, goals and dreams they'd like to achieve, but few know how. If you don't have a clue and think only a lucky few can make their dreams come true, check out Double: The Girls' Guide To Accomplishing Just About Anything. The book is a wonderful and practical how-to guide on how to accomplish all your personal and professional goals. "The Doable Way" features 8 steps, including defining your goals, then breaking them up into smaller, manageable chunks, creating a support system, dealing with setbacks, and actually doing the work. Each chapter also features exercises that will help you put the tips in practice and a small recap.
Although "The Doable Way" is just the same old advice to goal setting (and is therefore helpful for adults too), here it is explained in a way that really resonates with teens. Reber uses their language to communicate with them, and peppers each chapter with examples of what young girls have achieved when following these steps, allowing her readers to identify with and relate to them. That will give them one more incentive to practice what Reber suggests, and become empowered in the process.
Overall, this is the best book about goal setting and planning for teenagers that I've come across so far, and I highly recommend it to those who feel lost and don't know how to turn their dreams into reality.
Available at: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Become Powerful Leaders by Stacey Radin and Leslie Goldman
The middle school period is the most formative stage of life. Unfortunately, for most women, it's hell. Rather than learning how to advocate for themselves and others, find their voice, become autonomous, and make a difference in the world, girls learn to stay silent and not make a fuss. Dr Radin wants to change that, and give middle school girls the tools they need to become the powerful, passionate and confident leaders of the future. That's why she founded Unleashed, a charity that "empowers adolescent girls to recognize their power, learn to embrace it, and use it effectively by taking a stand against an injustice they are passionate about, and advocating for animal rights and welfare in the process."
Drawing extensively from her experience with Unleashed (so much so that at times the book feels as an ad for the charity, but an ad that will want to make your daughter enroll in it as soon as possible) and the latest research, Dr Robin teaches parents, teachers, and caretakers how they can empower young women. She explains the negative effects sexism and gender inequalities have on both a girl's healthy development and the society she lives in, and provides valuable tips on how to fix these problems. They include teaching young girls how to manage their emotions and conflicts, how to value differences, and how to communicate and say what they mean without fear of rejection. It's a very compelling and engaging read and one I highly recommend to anyone who wants to help create a more egalitarian world.
Available at: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

Always in Fashion: From Clerk to CEO -- Lessons for Success in Business and in Life by Mark Weber
Mark Weber started his career as a clerk in a clothing store, and quickly climbed up the career ladder, becoming first the CEO of Phillips-VanHeusen (PVH)/Calvin Klein and then CEO of LVMH Inc. (USA) (Louis Vuitton/ Moet Hennessy) and Chairman and CEO of Donna Karan International. In Always In Fashion, he explains how he did. Part memoir and part career guide, in each short chapter Mark shares one or more of his experiences in the industry and tells readers how they can implement what he learned so they too can work their way up. Lessons include how to select a career path, prepare for an interview, stand out from your co-workers, learn from your mistakes, figure out when to walk away from a deal, how to look for a new job after you've been let go by your old company, how to mentor talented people, and a lot more.
Although short, the book is packed with insights, tips, and advice that anyone, from any industry, can implement to succeed in their career. It is fast-paced, highly engaging, and very informative. Although you can easily finish it in a couple of days, you'll want to consult it again and again. Regardless of what problems you have in your career, or in which potion you are currently in, you'll find a pearl of wisdom to help you out in here. Highly recommended.
Available at: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

Second Chance: for Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki
How did we get into the current economic mess? And how can we get out of it? Robert T Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, tries to answer both questions in his new book, Second Chance: For Your Monet, Your Life, And Our World. The book is divided in three parts: Past, Present, and Future. In the first part, the author explains what he believes to be the causes of the present crisis. He mentions the laws passed in the United States that are having a disastrous effect on the economy, and explains how the banking and monetary systems are rigged against the working and middle classes, and, most important of all, how lack of financial education in school is keeping the vast majority of people poor by preventing them from making smart financial choices. He also warns us that there's gonna be another big crash in 2016, so, if you put your money in the stock market, be careful. I admit sometimes his theories are weak (the author relies too much on Wikipedia as a source), but his advice to invest a part of your money at least in the primary and secondary (real estate, primary resources, gold, and your own business) rather than tertiary (financial market) sources of wealth makes a lot of sense.
The second part is the shortest. It explains what is happening at the moment. Finally, the third and last part provides some solutions for the present crisis. These solutions are drawn from Kiyosaki's personal experience, the advice from his rich dad (some of which overlaps what he wrote in his first book) and R. Buckminster Fuller. Fuller believed that humanity is at a critical stage in the evolutionary process. To survive, we must choose generosity over greediness. "The Great Spirit wants all humans to be rich," he said. Some of the tips the author provides in this section can seem too risky and insane to some people, but they work. Kikoysaki explains how the right kind of debt can make you rich, how living below your means only keeps you poor (instead, you should look for ways to expand your income), and urges us, rather than look for a job, to look for problems that need solving and find ways to serve as many people as possible. He also believes we should stop asking God for help, and start looking for ways to help God help us. In other words, he's telling us how the rich are making their money. You know the saying. If you can't beat them, join them.
My only problem with the book is that it's too short. It just skims the surface of the problem and solution, rather than examining the topics in-depth. Kiyosaki has a knack for explaining complicated financial concepts in an easy to understand manner, but I think this time he oversimplified a bit too much. Having said, I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to improve his/her financial situation. It will help you change your mindset about money and find ways to make money work for you, rather than the other way around.
Available at: Amazon
Rating: 3.5/5

What do you think of these books?

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