A straight-talking and constantly uplifting motivational manual.




A personal and professional guide to achieving financial success.

The goal of real estate investor Luxenberg’s (co-author: Unlocking the Secrets, 2011, etc.) book is to shift his reader’s relationship with money—specifically, from being resigned to low-income status to being ready to succeed: “The difference between making $50,000 a year and $1 million a year is awareness,” Luxenberg writes. “Your mindset is the key ingredient to becoming wealthy. It is also the only thing holding you back.” The author spent 47 years on “the corporate fast track” as a real estate agent, he says, before he turned to real estate investing, and he credits his subsequent success mostly to a change in attitude: “your thoughts should be supportive of the reality you’re trying to create.” A recurring piece of advice is to see potential obstacles as opportunities, and the author includes many anecdotes of friends and business partners who were limited only by excessive caution. Luxenberg also points out that “A lot of new millionaires aren’t any smarter than you, and many didn’t go to school.” Still, readers are warned to do their financial homework when entering the real estate investment world by, for instance, reading up on city and state tax regulations and how to structure contracts. Overall, the book is written with a clear and vigorous prose style that’s direct, unadorned, and consistently encouraging throughout. For the most part, the advice that Luxenberg imparts in this upbeat guide is straightforward and common-sensical: Set aside money for savings, surround yourself with positive people, network in person with like-minded people, be careful around greedy people, and so on. However, the author’s most basic insistence is one that he often repeats—that your mind is the most powerful tool you possess, and your attitude is the key to changing your financial future.

A straight-talking and constantly uplifting motivational manual.

Pub Date: April 29, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5445-0164-2

Page Count: 292

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Possibly inspired by the letters Cleary has received as a children's author, this begins with second-grader Leigh Botts' misspelled fan letter to Mr. Henshaw, whose fictitious book itself derives from the old take-off title Forty Ways W. Amuse a Dog. Soon Leigh is in sixth grade and bombarding his still-favorite author with a list of questions to be answered and returned by "next Friday," the day his author report is due. Leigh is disgruntled when Mr. Henshaw's answer comes late, and accompanied by a set of questions for Leigh to answer. He threatens not to, but as "Mom keeps nagging me about your dumb old questions" he finally gets the job done—and through his answers Mr. Henshaw and readers learn that Leigh considers himself "the mediumest boy in school," that his parents have split up, and that he dreams of his truck-driver dad driving him to school "hauling a forty-foot reefer, which would make his outfit add up to eighteen wheels altogether. . . . I guess I wouldn't seem so medium then." Soon Mr. Henshaw recommends keeping a diary (at least partly to get Leigh off his own back) and so the real letters to Mr. Henshaw taper off, with "pretend," unmailed letters (the diary) taking over. . . until Leigh can write "I don't have to pretend to write to Mr. Henshaw anymore. I have learned to say what I think on a piece of paper." Meanwhile Mr. Henshaw offers writing tips, and Leigh, struggling with a story for a school contest, concludes "I think you're right. Maybe I am not ready to write a story." Instead he writes a "true story" about a truck haul with his father in Leigh's real past, and this wins praise from "a real live author" Leigh meets through the school program. Mr. Henshaw has also advised that "a character in a story should solve a problem or change in some way," a standard juvenile-fiction dictum which Cleary herself applies modestly by having Leigh solve his disappearing lunch problem with a burglar-alarmed lunch box—and, more seriously, come to recognize and accept that his father can't be counted on. All of this, in Leigh's simple words, is capably and unobtrusively structured as well as valid and realistic. From the writing tips to the divorced-kid blues, however, it tends to substitute prevailing wisdom for the little jolts of recognition that made the Ramona books so rewarding.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 1983

ISBN: 143511096X

Page Count: 133

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 16, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1983

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