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10 Short Books To Read If You Aim To Be The Next Bill Gates

10 Short Books To Read If You Aim To Be The Next Bill Gates

Being financially free is arguably one of the most important goals that most people today have. Just think about it for a minute — not having to worry about bills, being able to purchase things without having to use a credit card, or being able to take a trip on short notice, without worrying about saving for months beforehand. Nobody wants to worry about where the next meal is coming from or losing their home.

If you aren’t raking in the Benjamins yet, and you have no idea where to start or what to do to become wealthy, you should definitely take a look at these short books.

1. Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals by Thomas Corley

This book basically outlines the habits of rich people and those of people living in poverty. This book is great because you can easily compare things you do to the habits stated in this book, making it easy to pick out what you may need to change. It is available on Amazon where it has a respectable 4-star review. Reviewers enjoy how specific the points are and how the author uses real-life scenarios throughout.

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2. If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly by William Bernstein

This book talks about how young adults can get started with a 401k and retire with a million dollars. Readers express how easy this book is to follow and how it helps them to  understand the importance of investing in retirement. Even people who are in their 50’s have reviewed this book as a good read when it comes to saving for retirement, with over 90 per cent of the reviews being 4 and 5 stars.

3. The Psychology of Investing by John Nofsinger

If you are an investing student, or an aspiring investor, this book is a good resource. It talks about the behavioral traits of investors and how these traits affect their wealth. Reviews on Amazon state that it is a must-read for those starting out with investing, as it easily and quickly covers all of the bases.

4. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

As a bestseller, this is a must-read book. It talks about how to understand and solve your personal financial problems. Many of the Amazon reviewers love how this book actually improved their lives and changed their perspectives on their finances with 7 basic principles. To find out more about it, click here.

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5. You Got Screwed! Why Wall Street Tanked and How You Can Prosper by James J. Cramer

In this book, James Cramer explains the many pitfalls of Wall Street and helps investors to make well-informed decisions. Readers like how he explains how major companies used investors and what went wrong. His advice is quick, easy, and to the point. Find out more here.

6. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

This book talks about how the attraction to money is based on creation and not competition. It is all about positive thinking. Those who reviewed the book on Amazon described it as “thought provoking” and “life changing.” It just goes to show how much power you really have just through your way of thinking.

7. The Top 10 Distinctions Between Millionaires and the Middle Class by Keith Cameron Smith

This book is supposed to help you to think like a millionaire by following 10 principles. It’s a favorite among readers because it gets straight to the point. The 10 steps are just enough that you don’t have to go through too much trial and error. To read more on the 10 points and the book itself, click here.

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8. Debt is Slavery: and 9 other Things I Wish My Dad Taught Me About Money by Michael Mihalik

This book talks about how the author made a lot of personal financial mistakes and the steps that he used to get back on track. Reviewers state that points made in this book are very blunt and very informative, making it a favorite among readers. You can purchase it from Amazon here.

9. Money Anxiety: How financial uncertainty changes consumer behavior and the economy by Dan Geller

This book explains how financial uncertainty affects how we spend and save. Readers love how the author explains how he gathered and organized his info. Geller makes it easy for anybody to take interest in finances and understand it. For more about the book, click here.

10. Bag Lady Syndrome: A Strong Woman’s Guide to Financial Peace of Mind by Lance Drucker

This book offers practical advice to women, or anyone, and is said to be immediately applicable. Readers say it has some useful advice on money management. It’s the perfect fit for those wanting to take the first step into learning about their finances and how to have a secure financial future.

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7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

How it helps you:

If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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How it helps you:

Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

How it helps you:

This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

How it helps you:

One word: hierarchy.

All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

How it helps you:

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Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

6. What do you like about working here?

This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

How it helps you:

You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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How it helps you:

What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

Making Your Interview Work for You

Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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