Break Free (a Book on Financial Freedom): A Review

People wanting to be their own boss is commonplace. This generation has seen many who would like to free themselves from the standard 9-5 to create their own empire. If you are one of those people, then Break Free, an almost pocket-sized book featuring the 8 principles on how to turn your life from employee to employer, is a must-read for you.

Written by entrepreneur Don Soriano, this book aims to teach more people on how to ‘break free’ by means of imparting financial literacy. I was extremely blessed to get my hands on this book as financial literacy is one of my budding advocacies right now.

This book came just in time as it gave me a different perspective on the struggles faced by entrepreneurs and how one particular man, the book’s author, somehow managed to overcome them.

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STRENGTHS

  • It is a one-stop book for everything you need to learn as an entrepreneur

Break Free is a compilation of the things Don Soriano learned in his journey as a bankrupt entrepreneur three years ago to a multi-million worth business owner today. Here, he shares the valuable insights he learned from his mentors T. Harv Eker, Jim Rohn, Bo Sanchez, Chinkee Tan, Francis Kong, and more.

By reading this book, you would be able to get a grasp of what the above big names did to achieve success in life. One very powerful insight that struck a chord on me was this:

“Know what you want and what you don’t. Discover within yourself what you want to do long term. Never do something just because you are after the money. That’s short-term thinking”- Break Free, p. 12

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know my life story: I am a nurse who broke free from the profession in pursuit of my happiness. I shifted careers and became a writer. And in all honesty, I’ve never been happier. However, I know for a fact that Nursing provides more financial stability as a career. I have an ongoing application to Germany as a nurse and I am seriously considering it.

Yes, I’m doing it for the money. So the above statement really got me thinking.

  • It is one book that sincerely aims to help

There is no question whatsoever on this book’s ultimate goal: teach Filipinos to be financially free. Don Soriano is after all a Personal Financial Coach, so instead of talking to people face to face, he wrote down his talks to reach a larger audience. I am not saying he doesn’t do live talks anymore, he still does, but the book is a more tangible and returnable medium.

On page 37, Don said that he wants to make his employees his business partners. He owns six franchises of Mr. Softy Ice Cream, by the way. When I read that line, I was like “Wow, this man is something”.

  • Break Free is fairly easy to understand

I appreciate that the book is written using very simple words. I was almost ready to put all the entrepreneurial terms I know (READ: NONE) into practice but I was glad that there was no need for that. This book is best for young or even not-so young entrepreneurs with little to no business background.

WEAKNESSES

  • It is a chore to read

The book is advertised as a one-hour read. However, to be honest, it took me three days to finish it. There were only 81 pages but my attention span was literally going off somewhere else as I struggle to finish the book.

It would greatly help if humor was injected in the book. More examples, personal experiences, comics, illustrations, and anything not text would also greatly help to make this book more compelling. I particularly like the Facebook screenshot on page 70, if there were more of that, my attention span could have held on longer.

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  • It is a book with a poor layout

Another reason why I find the book as a chore to read is because of the bad layout. Each page was filled with too much text which looks similar to each other. There were also statements that have been cut and continued on the next page and I find that even more distracting.

Nowadays, people have very short attention spans and a lot of white space would greatly help to keep the text easy to read. One paragraph is difficult to read on its own, but if divided into one to two sentences each, it becomes easier to read, at least for me.

Also, something must be done to make important points stand out. I feel bad that some great points weren’t stressed that well because they were placed as part of an entire paragraph of unattractive text. Quotations, a different set of fonts, or repetition will do the trick.

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NOTABLE FEATURES

My favorite chapters has got to be principle #3: Money Management and #7 Understanding Financial Freedom. I’ve been investing in stocks for the past three years and I take pride in my new-found ability to manage my finances well. Thus, I really enjoyed reading the above chapters. They were on point and were filled with easy to follow money techniques that anyone can take advantage of.

I love that the people’s sudden exposure to too much money that we weren’t ready for yet, was emphasized as the biggest recipe for financial failure. The book even pointed out how the same is happening over and over to our OFWs. Finally, someone has said it!

Here’s my favorite line:

If you find yourself thinking, “I’ll manage money when I have more. Right now, it’s not enough so I won’t bother managing it.” Forgive my French, but you’re in deep shit. – Break Free, p. 26

Overall, Break Free is an informative read. If you are someone who’d like to take entrepreneurship seriously, you’ll definitely learn a thing or two from this book. Available for only PHP 300, order your copy via Don Soriano’s Facebook page.

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Disclaimer: The book was complimentary but all opinions are mine.