Book Giveaway: Martin Hawes
I had a catch up with Martin Hawes recently when he came to my house for a coffee, a biscuit and a chat. He came for an hour and stayed for two and I could not have been more delighted. Having the opportunity to talk about money related topics is my kind of way to spend a Friday morning and to spend a bit of time with someone of his calibre was a highlight indeed... #alittlestarstruck
I went to work the following week and told my colleagues just whom I had had the pleasure of having a coffee with and I drew blank stares. “It’s MARTIN HAWES” I said a little louder (a bit like the English do when they are trying to order coffee in France; if they just speak louder, in English, then surely the French person they are speaking at will understand!) They still had no idea. My lovely boss at work is VERY into sports so I asked her who the top women’s hockey player is and she told me her name. Nope, I had no idea who she was. Still don’t.
I couldn’t believe the name Martin Hawes didn’t register with her and she was probably equally dumbfounded that the name XYZ didn’t register with me. Still doesn’t.
Many who read this blog will know his name but for those who don’t let me enlighten you.
Just like I have been known to say “I wish Mary Holm was my Aunty”, well I also wish that Martin Hawes had have been my uncle. His wise words would have had me financially sorted from day one and probably would have made me a better person to boot.
Martin has written a LOT of books on money, over twenty so far. And it was one of his books that I read called Twenty Good Summers that was a light bulb moment for me and it was definitely one of the very first books that I picked up on personal finance. It remains THE ONLY book that Jonny has ever read on PF. Later I read his book Letters To Aston - Lessons learned from a lifetime of investing, which he wrote for his grandson where this phrase stood out:
“Live like you might die tomorrow; invest like you will live forever”
His writing broke through all the “mumbo jumbo business speak” that always made me think I had stuff all chance of working out how to be better with my money and to learn to invest. I’d seen his face on the tellie for many years offering up intelligent commentary on the business news, often heard him on Radio NZ and I recall always stopping and listening because he just sounded like he knew what he was on about. When you listen to US podcasts they often reference Vicki Robin, well I think of Martin Hawes as the New Zealand equivalent offering sound, intelligent common sense information that makes you think not just about the dollars and cents, but the life you want to live and the legacy you want to leave.
He is a qualified AFA (but no longer takes on new clients), up until very recently he wrote articles for the Sunday Star Times, and is the current board chair of Summer KiwiSaver Scheme. He has had a long career of helping individuals and families make good financial decisions and has probably spoken at more seminars and lectures than he could count (although I suspect he is pretty nifty with a spreadsheet and probably COULD count if he wanted to). And during our coffee he could have eaten as many biscuits as he wanted because in his spare time he likes to mountain climb. Uh huh.
You don’t see him in the media so much these days which is possibly why his name may be a new one to many but if Martin felt so inclined today you WOULD find him all over FB, Twitter, podcasts and blogs but nope after selling well over 100,000 books, he’s chilling in Queenstown instead, still very active in finance and fitness but more on the down low.
You will find his books in the library, or you can buy them as ebooks and you can still buy some copies. I’ve picked up a couple of them second hand as well. Track some down and read them because in my experience I have arrived at where I am today because I read a lot and every time I read something I take a snippet out of it and it adds to my general understanding.
Martin kindly gave me some books to give away to six lucky subscribers. The BOOK GIVEAWAY was a great success and congratulations to our winners. Thank you to all my subscribers who entered.
Investment Guide - 7 Timeless Rules for Investment Success
From the back of the book…
It doesn’t matter what country you live in or which tax rules you follow, whether you are a big investor or a small one, the fundamental principles of investment remain the same. Despite what we are frequently told, this will never be different. Martin Hawes’ Investment Guide gives you 7 timeless rules for achieving investment success. Following these rules does not need to be difficult, you just need to be disciplined, have patience and think strategically. Ignore these rules at your peril!
The Money Map - Achieve financial freedom with your personal wealth plan
From the back of the book…
Money is important to all of us - it’s inextricably linked with life because it pays for the things we want to do. The better we manage our money, the more choices and opportunities are available to us. By taking charge, deciding where we want to be in 5, 10 or 20 years’ time and using the right map to get there, the odds are that we will achieve our goals. In mapping out our money we map out our future. With The Money Map, wealth planner and investment expert Martin Hawes shows you how to create a wealth plan - looking at savings, investments, banking, insurances, budgeting, real estate, student loans, and more - that will make the most of what you have, regardless of your age and financial stage.