The Science of the Deal by Shravan Parsi is an informative book on commercial real estate investing. Based on Parsi’s personal experience it starts in chapter one about how Parsi got started in the industry. Chapter two discusses important industry knowledge, building underwriting models, and introduces fundamentals on what to look for in a city or neighborhood. This is then explored more in chapters four and five as Parsi teaches how to systemically evaluate them. Chapter three delves into teamwork, leadership, and hiring the right people. The focus of chapter six is on you, the individual, and how to build important qualities in yourself, such as discipline, motivation, determination, etc. Finally, chapter seven explores how to appreciate your life and how you can create wealth while receiving the most satisfaction by doing good to yourself and the people around you.
Parsi creates an entertaining narrative that is complete not only with abundant knowledge and personal experiences in investing and sales but also in passion and dedication to a particular career path. This turns The Science of the Deal from the typical informative but stale work to one that is inspirational and enlightening. Parsi’s personal anecdotes are only one example of this as he describes how he adopted his disciplined mindset from his father, how he was able to turn his side hustle to his main, and how he was able to advance above others ins commercial real estate investing.
Though not everyone might appreciate this as the typical business-style format usually goes right to the point. Whereas this book, although extremely educational, takes more effort to be entertaining and motivational. In fact, Parsi blends his stories and lessons so smoothly that at times you end up learning without conscious effort.
If you are interested in real estate investing, or perhaps want to learn more about investing in general, then The Science of the Deal will prove to be essential for you. It covers everything in the industry from choosing a building to creating a strong investing team and a commercial real estate firm. There is an executive summary at the end of each chapter, recapping the key information that was explored in the previous chapter.
Shravan Parsi expertly helps people interested in commercial real estate investing in his enlightening book, but he also includes elements of wisdom he has been taught by the people around him and what he has curated himself. This is a wonderful self-reflective, educational book. In terms of multi-family housing investing, I think that there is no other book better than this one.
Pages: 189 | ASIN: B081ZPFJLZ
Best Behaviour outlines a strategy to develop culturally competent leadership that is essential for business transformation. Why was this an important book for you to write?
Throughout my professional career, I’ve been fortunate to work with brilliant leaders and have grown to respect the influencing and inspiring characteristics and qualities of servient leaders who transform workplace cultures by providing purposeful future pathways. The current prevalence of self-directed, linear, transactional leaders, highlights the need to develop and promote the more sustainable behaviours of transformational leaders who lead from the heart and can empower and motivate employee value. Transformational leaders have the capability and know-how to deliver substantial productivity and prosperity.
What do you feel is a common misconception people have about the manager-employee relationship?
Like a parent, manager’s need to be accountable and responsible for coaching and empowering the potential of an employee. This includes challenging the employee to step outside their comfort zone and experiment with new behaviours. This helps the employee to develop important life skills, self-awareness and be more independent in their decision making. These adaptive qualities are extremely valuable to organisations in today’s ambiguous, fast paced environments.
You are an accredited Ei, behavioural and change practitioner. How has that helped you write this book?
My expertise in behavioural and emotional development arose from my personal struggles with social phobia. I had to learn the behavioural methods and social skills to overcome my fears and shyness to function as an effective business professional. My struggles defined who I am and influenced a career in performance improvement and my passion for behavioural development and experiential adaptive learning. Gaining professional accreditations helped to build my credibility and influenced the approaches in my book.
What is the next book that you would like to write?
I am humbled by the positive testimonials and book reviews from renowned coaching practitioners and leading industry publications. This has influenced my decision to work with a team of experts to release a second edition of my book to target a wider audience beyond HR Leadership. The book will include case studies and practical tips to appeal to general management.
A finalist in the Australian Business Book Awards and described as groundbreaking by Dr. John Demartini, this book provides a behavioural framework to develop employees and enable high performance.
Behaviours express how we act toward, interact with, react to, others, situations and events. Behaviours are how we learn. Historically, human behaviour has been dominated by left-brain (transactional) thinking. Standardisation, productivity, competitive advantage, compliance and incremental growth are products of a logical left brain. But we need to relegate this thinking and empower our workforces to develop their creative, collaborative, spatially aware, big-picture, right-brained (transformational) capability if we are to adopt the best behaviour that will succeed in a rapidly changing business environment. Backed by leading research, Best Behaviour examines how:
- emotional development is key to creating a responsive, innovative, open culture
- knowing our motivations and strengths builds a strong identity and a passionate workforce
- trusting our intuition builds emotional intelligence (Ei) and enables our critical reasoning
- learning Ei and addressing our weaknesses develops a powerful leadership cultural competence and enables proactive workplace cultures
- managers and HR professionals can champion and coach business transformation.
Coaches will need to be aware of employee vulnerabilities, show empathy, promote trust, and be supportive and accountable for developing Ei in their organisations. To assist them in their task, Tony has created an innovative Behavioural Development Framework. This book is not for the faint-hearted – be prepared for some thought-provoking arguments on why we have an imbalance of command-control ‘boss’ styles and their impact on our security. Tony introduces an Ei, cultural change and business transformation framework, and presents a strategy to develop culturally competent leadership, essential for business transformation and to secure our communities for employee wellbeing.
The workplace is ever-changing and there is a need to change how teams are lead and how training is conducted. Tom Holmwood suggests a system where leaders inspire instead of expecting pliancy. This book is an informative and educational road-map to better leadership in today’s environment.
Tony Holmwood speaks from a place of expertise and his command of the subject matter is evident. He provides evidence and sound arguments to support his approaches to the use of behavior to improve the workplace. His method does not disprove the traditional productivity centered approaches. He simply says that there is more to employees than the bottom line. Motivation is about more than just getting everyone in line. This approach to management shows a concern for the employee and their stance on issues. It shows recognition that the employee is not an asset to the company but rather a partner in success, thus, their opinion is of grave importance. This is a new perspective for me, but I found myself agreeing with many of the points put fourth.
Best Behaviour is an exceptionally well researched book, containing the appropriate tools required to implement the guidelines in your own company. Best Behaviour provides an actionable road-map that is thorough yet flexible enough to fit your unique position. Tony Holmwood has done an excellent job of using simple language to convey his ideas of managing people and their skills. This book left me with an appreciation for the employee as an individual, and a new perspective on how to manage that individual rather than the employee.
This type of leadership can be transformational for companies, organizations and even small teams that want to move away from an authoritarian type of leadership. Tony Holmwood allows readers to explore this concept with fresh eyes, unencumbered by a transactional culture deeply embedded in our society.
If you’re ready for a new approach to leadership, Tony Holmwood presents a brilliant alternative that allows one to see the benefits regardless of their position on the organizational food chain. This is not the first time transformational leadership has been tried, however the layered but simple way in which the idea is expressed in this book brings it to a new level.
Pages: 266 | ASIN: B07QZXTWVQ
Private Money Lending is a comprehensive book that details the different ways someone could make money from their investment in private money lending. What were some key ideas you wanted to pursue in this book?
Every investor should know that learning to generate a consistent, substantial, and predictable passive income stream sufficient to cover your total monthly expenses is the ultimate goal for anyone who wants to retire early. In fact, creating a safe and consistent passive income stream is considered the ” Holy Grail” of personal finance.
My objective in writing this book was to present to potential readers the existence of a little-known but crucial area of investing. This area of investing is private mortgage investing. What makes this investment vehicle safe is the fact that the investment is guaranteed by a tangible asset, brick, and mortar, such as a house or a commercial building.
Under a worth case scenario, a real estate tangible asset will always retain a certain amount of value, which it’s something that can’t be said for stock market correlated investments that can simply evaporate overnight based on bad news. Therefore, the important aspect of investing in private mortgages is that it is a non-correlated market investment that works under all market condition.
Private Money Lending is the only book on this topic that is based on a university-level qualitative research study. The study demonstrated the power that private mortgage investing has in generating a safe, substantial, and consistent passive cash flow under any market condition. This investment can generate a 9%-12% return on investment (ROI) safely in addition to providing all the legal protections a first mortgage provides banks.
Typically, investors learn about this investment vehicle by happenstance; that is, by knowing someone who is a private lender and understands all the nuances of this type of investment and who is willing to teach someone else the concept. Private mortgage investing is an especially useful investment vehicle in low-interest rate environments, such as the current market we have been experiencing for the past 12 years, where you can only receive 2%-2.5% for a 1-2 years CD and 3% for a 5-10 years CD. These low-interest rate environments are always devastating for the retired or soon to be retired individuals living on a fixed income. There needs to be a safe alternative, and private mortgage investing meets this requisite.
I believe that with the use of the book Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream as a guide any potential investor will no longer have to learn about this investment vehicle by happenstance.
What is your experience in this field and how has that helped you write this book?
I learned about private mortgage investing by happenstance like most people back in 1992. Thus, since 1992 (27 years) I’ve been safely investing in private mortgages, specifically in commercial and residential non-owner-occupied properties. As a result of learning about this investment vehicle, I no longer invest in the stock market because I can safely and consistently generate double-digit returns with a higher degree of safety.
There are many different investment opportunities out there, why did you want to write about private money lending?
I wanted to write about private money lending with an emphasis on private mortgages because I believe this is an investment vehicle that can generate the necessary cash flow to sustain a comfortable retirement with much less volatility and risk than with stock market correlated investments.
Yes, there are many different investment opportunities in the market, however, the majority carry too much risk. At least for my taste. The approach I use in this book was to first describe the advantages and disadvantages of the majority of available market investments before making the case of why I consider private mortgage lending a superior investment vehicle.
If you are an investor searching for a safer way to invest you should ask yourself three questions:
- Would you like to generate a passive and meaningful income stream in all market conditions?
- Would you like to generate this income stream consistently?
- Would you like an alternative with less risk than investments subjected to the volatility of the stock market?
If your answer to at least one of the three questions is “yes,” then reading this book will not be a waste of time or financial resources for you. In fact, learning about this investment strategy will change your financial life for the better.
What are some common mistakes investors make when they first start?
For investors entering this industry, the most common mistake is not possessing the necessary education to be safe.
It is important to learn how to perform the necessary due diligence regarding the loans that you will be considering.
It is also important to physically inspect the quality and location of the properties under-consideration to ensure a safe loan. Investors should never make any loan simply because of the high returns they can garner.
- This book is an important and timely research study that explores a little-known area of investing, which is that of private mortgage lending. The reason for undertaking the study was twofold; reason one is because, for the past 15 years, retirement portfolios had been devastated by stock market fluctuations, resulting from a greater prevalence of boom and bust economic cycles. It is quite possible that currently, another bust cycle might be unfolding, in spite of the Trump apparent bull market.
- The second reason is that of the adopted Federal Reserve policy of creating an artificially low-interest rate environment in an attempt to sustain the continued growth of the stock market and support of the current real estate recovery efforts.
- These two economic conditions primarily affect income investors because of the low yields being offered by the customary available fixed-income investments, such as bonds, CD’s, savings, and money market accounts (MMA). The combination of a reduced interest rate environment and increase stock market volatility has dramatically impacted the livelihood of the fixed income investor. Moreover, it has forced these investors to take greater levels of investment risk by incentivizing them to seek higher yields by investing in the stock market; in essence, the place that has created most of their financial problems.
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Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream by Gustavo J Gomez, Ph.D. and published by Halo Publishing International is a wonderfully comprehensive book that does well to cover all the various of areas of private money lending that one would need to know to successfully generate a passive income from their investments.
The author of this impressive work, Gustavo J Gomez, Ph.D., has gained notoriety in several fields including medical and business and has successfully brought all his years of experience to the table with Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream.
It becomes immediately clear as soon as you open the book that this is not a book meant to be casually read. Although the language used in its writing is accessible, the depth of knowledge within the chapters is nothing short of vast. It is also immediately clear that Gomez wants his reader to understand the entire picture, and not just one small corner of the world of investments. In fact, he gives enough information about the market to help almost anyone see how his unique investment strategy can be applied to almost any scenario.
Gomez begins with a wealth of information relating to investments of all kinds, both liquid and illiquid. He then goes on to both define and describe methods of investing in private mortgages before giving information about legalities surrounding the topic. Any reader of this book, no matter how much previous knowledge they have about the mortgage industry, will gain a comprehensive understanding of all that is involved with private money lending as it applies to the mortgage industry. Among the myriad lessons on the topic, the reader will also learn best practices for maintaining investments in a safe, secure, and legal way once they are set up.
Private Money Lending has won a laundry list of impressive awards due to its excellence, and it is easy to see why. For anyone looking into securing stable, passive income options that work, Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream by Gustavo J Gomez, Ph.D. is a must read.
Pages: 375 | ASIN: B00Z8U3FWM
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Life gets in the way–this is something we have all experienced. The people with whom we choose to surround ourselves, the chances we opt to take, and the goals we set for ourselves set the tone for our success and, in many cases, our failures. One of the most effective methods for being successful is recognizing that you don’t have to go it alone. From learning with others to staving off those who ooze negativity, realizing that we are not expected to find our niche alone is the key to reaching goals of all types–not just goals related to business and career.
Leo Bottary, author of What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth, sets forth some tidbits of advice regarding reaching goals and the realizations he has made along his journey. Interwoven with his own brief, high-interest anecdotes are words of wisdom from those he admires and from whom he has gleaned the most effective advice.
One of the most striking aspects of Bottary’s work is the stress he places on finding individuals who provide the appropriate amount of support but, at the same time, push us to reach our potential. Bottary effectively points out that the time in which we are currently living is an integral part of our ability to reach our potential. We essentially have everything we need at our fingertips, and our access to experts and the opinions and advice from others with similar interests and goals is ever-increasing. Bottary brings to light many points I had not considered as I am considering a career change myself and face my own negativity heading forward.
As an elementary teacher, I am stunned at the revelation Bottary makes regarding the time in which people tend to lose that feeling of invincibility. He points out that we are born believing we have no limits, but life tends to change that rather quickly. Specifically, he shares that by the age my own students are in third grade, they begin to second guess the fact that they can be anything they want and have what they desire. That was an eye-opening passage worth a second and third read to this teacher and mother.
Page after page, Bottary hits on one relevant topic after another related to the plans we make during our lives. I especially appreciated Bottary’s words on the changes we make related to career and business. My teenagers are about to graduate and set out on their own. Bottary emphasizes that the feelings my son is having about making a career choice and the pressure he feels to be sure about it now are validated by Bottary. I am more confident, after reading, in talking to him about the way in which we tend to change our minds about school and career paths.
What begins with the feel of a business-oriented self-help book turns quickly into an excellent source of inspiration for all readers.
Pages: 186 | ASIN: B07GRD9YPT
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George’s Pursuit Across the Perilous Ocean is a fantastic metaphor for entrepreneurs to grow their business. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I wanted to create a very easy to read book to help entrepreneurs.
The title of the book came from an idea I had of creating something that made people think ‘oh that looks interesting, I wonder what it’s about’. It’s short enough to be an enjoyable read with a lighthearted approach to a serious subject. It’s a thought-provoking sun-bed read!’
What is your experience with entrepreneurship and how did that help you write this book?
As a business owner myself I have extensive experience in buying, building and selling my own businesses, which means I understands the real challenges business owners face day-in, day-out.
I feel I understand the pressures felt by business owners from my own personal experiences of complex periods of change within my own organisations. As a coach I’ve seen lots of businesses struggle and not reach their full potential – I wanted to write a book that made it easy to see how changes could be made.
My main passion lies with family business owners, having been working with them for many years to resolve conflict, manage family employees and succession planning.
What do you think is one common misconception people have about starting a business and how can they overcome it?
The decision to start a business is often taken quite lightly and quickly – perhaps from a point of ‘I can do this just as well’ and often finds the business owner doing the same sort of thing as they did when they were an employee for someone else. However, that’s only the start of it. There is much more to being a successful business owner and at times we all need a prod to do ‘more’. That is what the book is designed to be – a gentle prod.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The next book in the pipeline will look at family businesses, specifically what it’s like to be a family member joining the family business. Is it a ‘poison chalice’ or an outstanding opportunity?
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