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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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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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