Book Reviews

At iRefi, we’re always trying to upskill ourselves so we can push our business further and offer our customers an even better service. One of the ways we do this is to read a lot of books. We’ll be adding reviews of the books we read to this page, so keep an eye out and perhaps you’ll learn something new.

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

This book, as the title suggest, is extremely moving… its simple idea is to give. Don’t wait for the world to serve you because it owes you nothing. You must give to receive.

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Adversaries into Allies

Adversaries into Allies is a pragmatic look at choosing good words and influential behaviour. At first, you might think this is a book for people in sales/marketing (which is why I picked it up) but in reality, it is for people who want to improve their personal relationships whether that be with a partner, friend, client, boss, you name it.

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How Proust Can Change Your Life

This book is an original guide to living with charming anecdotes and amusing stories about how Proust went about his daily life and struggles. Proust really sucked at some aspects of life but excelled where it counts – making and keeping friends who loved him. Reading Alain’s deep dialogue (he’s a philosopher) on Proust really opened my eyes on how to be a better friend and person.

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New Zealand Real Estate Investors’ Secrets

This is a no BS interview style narrative from a range of different everyday kiwis who have decided to focus energy and resources on becoming property investors. Each was determined to grow their own portfolios to create passive income that buoyed their retirement.

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Winning –

By Jack Welch with Suzy Welch. Wall St Journal and New York Times Bestseller

“No other management book will ever be needed” Warren E. Buffett

Welch was CEO for 20 years… during his tenure the value rose 4,000% and his net worth grew to well over $500mn. Jack is a bit of a hero in management history after his 40yr stint at General Electric (GE). He led the company to year after year of success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition.

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Extreme Ownership. How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win

by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


In this Leadership book two combat hardened SEAL officers, who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq war, demonstrate how powerful SEAL leadership principles apply to business and life. Listen to the Tim Ferriss podcast for a taste of Jocko (so good because he trains MMA fighters and coaches Fortune 500 CEOs).

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