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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 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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