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41 of 55 people found the following review helpful
I had preordered the book after the impressive book "Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably in the World's Best Market" ( one of the books in perpetual classics list in my listmania) and Jim Rogers TV interviews.The book does a decent job of giving "Commonsense" advise and a lot of motivation addressed to the readers (disguised as addressed to his daughters). However we have to remember that Jim Rogers is an ordinary father who happens to be the "Warren Buffett" of Commodities. That's it.Everyone who buys the book is looking to tap into the genius in him and possibly get rich trading.Pure and simple!

The first line of the book starts like this " There are going to be moments in life when you must make very important decisions. You will find many people ready to offer you...." and goes on explaining the importance of Relying on your own intelligence .Unfortunately for most common mortals like me who is squeezed between driving to office and dropping kids at school and watching prime time reality shows, it is nothing more than a hunch or instinct or a radio news that often leads to loss making trades.If you can sterotype an investing genius as someone who is passionate, who reads a lot, who analysis financial numbers, travels to the factories, production zones, understands macro economic,political structure first hand. then this book has all the meat to solidify stereotypes.

Without revealing the plot(!) of the book,I am going to point the subtitles in first chapter,that would give ample evidence to other readers as to what you can expect from the book.

CHAPTER 1:
Swim Your own Races.
Subtitles in Chapter1:
1.Rely on your own intelligence
2.If anybody laughs at your idea, view it as a potential success
3. Be Original,be bold
4. Be ethical
5. Save.

Each has a page or few paragraphs of explanation. A good motivational/instructional book should generally have powerful examples and this book fails terribly in that regard. It is plain instructions page in and page out with bland examples of boring references to Apple, GM etc. The example that stands out are those where he gives his life as examples ( when he invested in IBM stock, when he traveled to China, why he avoided investing in Algeria because of blackmarket currency controls).

For a common man, in general has two modes of investing. Either they "buy and hold" (401k) or trade. There are plenty of better books out there for either modes of investing . Some of them are

Charles Schwab's New Guide to Financial Independence Completely Revised and Updated : Practical Solutions for Busy People
One up on Wall Street: How to Use What You Already Know To Make Money in the Market, Miniature Edition
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (Wiley Investment Classics)

Towards the end of the book, the advice on "Following your dreams" are downright insanity and borders on stupidity. He proudly claims driving in his motorcycle around the world chasing his dreams while he knew all along that his father will not be alive when he returns back. He also advises his daughters to do the same, ignore your "everyone" in pursuit of your dreams.

Well, what is wrong with that?. Had he mentioned that " I was young and bubbling with energy that my ambitions were more important than my father who gave everything for me. Looking back, I would advice that living a "fulfilled" life is more important than being "Successfull", that would have been a good dad's advice

A good "Dad or Mom" is an epitome of lot of internal and external compromises.He compromises his career, his hobbies, his desire ,puts up with nasty work environment, even occassionally swallows his pride in office place so that his family and kids have a good and prosperous future. It is lot easier to pursue your dreams , enjoying 18 hour work than playing with your kids and nurturing your family.Well, if you want to be a good dad,then read "The Road Less Travelled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" ( Another perpetual classic in my listmania)

This book is a "run of the mill" stuff! Still I rate it as 3 stars since the readers are hopefully mature enough to seperate the grain from chaff (ex :save,learn chinese).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is lacking but has a few useful tidbits. It could have been put into a brief blog post or magazine article rather than a book but then Mr. Rogers wouldn't have made as much, would he?
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on December 29, 2014
Good book I can introduce to a kid.i like most part as it can be adopted. But few like traveling the world for females even males is not always safe to experience. Definitely good point to read.
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on June 27, 2015
Lots of scratches on the disk unable to play it in the audio system however I was able to copy it in computer.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: break away now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity." -- Daniel 4:27

Let there be no mistake: Jim Rogers is a great investor and he's new to fatherhood. This book combines both perspectives in what is designed to be advice to his two young daughters based on his own mistakes and successes.

You won't find much in here beyond a material focus. Mr. Rogers has a lot of good values, but he doesn't tie them into a spiritual context for his daughters.

The book is brief and you will read it quite quickly.

If you want investment advice, you'll learn a lot more from his frequent comments during various television appearances on investing shows. If you want to be a better father to your children, you'll learn a lot more by listening to those with more experience.

If you want to get a better sense of Jim Rogers' values, this is the right book for you.

But if you want to read about God's values, you won't find that perspective here.
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10 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2009
The book is a nice read, interesting as have been all his books. But on his almost feverish, bubble-ish optimism for China, I think he's just wrong. I have friends and relatives there and think it's an ungodly mess. No clean water, no good land. Everything is toxic, corrupt, foul, overbuilt, unsafe. It's lawless in an awful way, as the legal and justice systems are nonexistent.
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