The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide Youll Ever Need by Scott PapeIve recently decided to become a millionaire. I figured reading a money guide was an essential first step. Scott outlines 9 other steps I will need to follow if I am to realise my goal. I feel like I can call the author Scott, because his personality, and indeed life details are included in every page. Did you know Scott lost his home in a bushfire? You will know it if you read this book because Scotty mentions it on every second page. Despite my snide remarks I enjoyed this book. I admire people with passion, and the authors passion for the topic comes through really strongly. The writing style is also quite good for a book on such a dry subject. The only objection I would make regarding the writing is the authors tendency to begin sentences with look. Look, if I am reading the words I am obviously already looking.
The thing I most liked about this book is that it didnt bugger about (too much) with vague motivational crap; it provided little concrete things to do to improve your financial situation - and thats really what I need when it comes to finance: someone to tell me what to do. It also rejected the futile notion that people call budgeting. Instead, it proposes another way to organise your income and expenditure, which I wont explain because I dont want to give away the plot. I will tell you that there are some useful cartoons that help explain the concepts, in case youre not too good with words and shit.
If, like me, you are only interested in get rich quick schemes I would recommend skipping the bit about how to grow your income - it essentially says you should work harder. Crazy! I would also recommend skipping the Barefoot testimonials - they make the Barefoot Investor sound like an obscure religious cult. If youre interested in cults please contact me as I am thinking of starting one.
On the whole, despite this being the only finance book I have ever read, it is certainly the best one Ive read. I would recommend it to all financial beginners. There are enough lame jokes to make the author likeable and enough practical advice to make even a lazy person like me take a few small steps to improve his or her financial situation. Some interesting psychological studies are also cited regarding what makes people happy and statistical data is used to good effect. Look, when it comes to money I can now say, Ive got this.
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Well, you won't be overwhelmed with a bunch of 'tips' … or a strict budget that you won't follow. You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest. You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here, and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand. This book will show you how to create an entire financial plan that is so simple you can sketch it on the back of a serviette … and you'll be able to manage your money in 10 minutes a week. This book is full of stories from everyday Aussies — single people, young families, empty nesters, retirees — who have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results.
Given all of the talk about many Australians being apathetic about their superannuation, it seems counter-initiative that one of the fastest-selling books ever in Australia is about how to improve your personal finances. Nielsen BookScan names The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape as a top three contender to become the overall best-selling book fiction and non-fiction in Australia for The Barefoot Investor was the overall best-selling book in Australia in and is the best-selling non-fiction book in Australia since Nielsen began surveying our market. The fact that an Australian personal finance book can beat the big-name international thrillers from the likes of John Grisham and Tom Clancy suggests that many of us really care about our personal finances. Pryor, as does Lester, emphasises the sheer popularity of The Barefoot Investor — selling well over a million copies and fast climbing in a country the size of Australia. The first edition was published two years ago.
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Roughly one in 20 households in Australia has a copy. Pape, 40, has just released a follow-up: The Barefoot Investor for Families, aimed at schoolchildren. It covers topics such as pocket money, chores around the house, setting up a savings scheme and giving back to charities. We have record household debt at a time when we have record low interest rates. Economically, things are really good here but why are people needing help saving money? Some of the principles set out in Barefoot Investor are curiously — almost depression-era — old-fashioned.
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