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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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Published on April 7, 2021

6 Signs Of A Controlling Person To Be Aware Of

6 Signs Of A Controlling Person To Be Aware Of

Some of the most manipulative people are so good at what they do that their words and actions can convince you into thinking they truly care about what’s best for you when in reality, it’s quite the opposite. The most common signs of a controlling person are rarely obvious to outside observers. And for someone enmeshed in a controlling relationship or friendship, it can be incredibly challenging to stay away from this toxic person, even if you’re aware of their emotionally abusive tendencies.

While it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether to preserve or leave a lopsided, unfulfilling relationship, it’s nevertheless critical to understand the following six signs of controlling people so you can better advocate for yourself and mitigate the influence of their manipulative tendencies in your own life.

1. They Push Their Own Personal Agenda

Do you know someone who always tries to micromanage the words, behaviors, and attitudes of people around them? Does this person act like they have the right to know anything they want about you, including your location, what you’re doing in a given moment, who you’re talking to online, or any other private information about you? And when planning events and special occasions, does this person dominate conversations, steer plans in their own preferred directions, disparage others’ suggestions, and refuse to collaborate with anyone who might disagree with them?

If you answered “yes” to some of the above questions, then those are clear signs of a controlling person whom you absolutely need to be cautious around. Controlling people are reluctant to even consider alternative ideas, let alone enthusiastically work with people who have differing views. They prefer to be the captain of every ship—regardless of how much or how little an issue personally impacts them—and they have an arsenal of manipulative tactics to deploy if someone stands in the way of them achieving their own personal agendas.

In long-term relationships with controlling people, you may feel constantly pressured to meet their demands, follow their schedule, and focus on whatever they feel is most important. It’s not an exaggeration to say that these people act like the universe revolves around them, which can be exhausting to deal with for their family members, friends, and colleagues.

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2. They Make Everything Transactional

Controlling people aren’t always self-centered, but they’re not too empathetic either. Empathy for them tends to appear in the form of strategic concessions they use as a means to get what they want. They typically view interpersonal relationships as transactional opportunities to extract more value from people surrounding them, which can have a draining effect on those they interact with.

For example, one sign of a controlling person may be their insistence on “keeping score.” This can involve doing nice things for you with the ulterior motive of demanding something from you at a later date in exchange for what you thought was just an act of kindness or a friendly support.

Perhaps they shower you in praise (also known as “love-bombing”) or gifts then blow up at you if you don’t intuitively know they’re expecting something back from you. None of us are mind-readers, but controlling people behave as though everyone else should think and act like they want others to and those who fall out of line are punished for failing to meet their impossible expectations.

A controlling person may also threaten to withhold support if you don’t adhere to their demands, but they do so in such subtle ways that the guilt they impose blinds you from the unreasonable nature of their behaviors.

Some statements to be wary of include:

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  • “I did ___________ for you. What do you mean you can’t do ___________ for me?”
  • “Remember how I helped you with ___________? That took a lot of time and energy from me, but I guess you didn’t appreciate my help.”
  • “I always give you ___________. Don’t you care about my needs too?”
  • “You’re so selfish!” or “You don’t care about me at all!” (gaslighting if you respond with hesitation or politely decline their request for help for perfectly valid reasons, such as not having enough time or resources to assist them)

3. They Criticize Everything

One of the most common telltale signs of a controlling person is their capacity to criticize anything and everything, even small things that seemingly don’t matter. As with many toxic traits in relationships, these problems typically start out so small that you may not even notice. At first, you may even agree with their criticism or at least be able to understand their perspective when they bring up an issue.

However, the criticism tends to get more intense, more constant, and more perplexing for people who maintain relationships with controlling people. You’ll likely notice how they rarely seem to criticize something they do. It’s almost always other-oriented and these types of people are so manipulative that any rationale they offer can seem plausibly legitimate.

Some warning signs of a controlling person who’s overly critical to the point of abusiveness include:

  • Criticizing things about you that you have little to no control over (e.g., appearance, disability, family)
  • Criticizing your personal choices and interests, such as educational pursuits, career, clothing, favorite music, time spent on your hobbies, etc.
  • Punishing you for expressing vulnerability by invalidating thoughts and feelings you share with them
  • Attacking you whenever you express an opinion counter to theirs

4. They Balk When Someone Criticizes Them

We all know the adage, “what goes around, comes around.” But this statement doesn’t apply as much to toxic, controlling people. They’d much prefer to dish out criticism without ever having to take it in return.

For instance, if your friend constantly talks about your appearance with little regard for your emotions but flips out if you make just a single comment about their appearance, there’s a possibility that they could have some hidden controlling tendencies left unchecked. Remember, these people aren’t just controlling in their behaviors towards others. They’re also actively trying to stay in complete control over every aspect of their lives, which includes how others view them.

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This seemingly insatiable desire for control can prompt them to lash out against even the smallest bits of criticism, leaving people around them too weary or scared to speak up again in the future. While it’s possible they may suffer from something called rejection sensitivity dysphoria, this does not excuse them from the consequences of their words and actions. They should seek professional help to better manage their reactions to criticism.

5. They Socially Isolate You

Not all controlling people do this, but for manipulative narcissists, socially isolating victims is a go-to strategy for maintaining control because it’s effective at preventing people from truly understanding how toxic their partner, family member, or friend is treating them. Think of it this way—if you don’t talk to many other people in your life, there’s less of a risk that you’ll damage their reputation by revealing their abusive tendencies.

Socially isolating others also gives the person more control over you and your life as it becomes more difficult to break away from them if you don’t have other healthier channels of communication and interpersonal support to turn to.

This process doesn’t happen overnight, nor is it something you can readily recognize as abusive. At first, it may seem reasonable, such as asking you to stop engaging so often with family members with whom both of you disagree on major social or political issues. As the social isolation progresses, they may suggest cutting people out of your life—especially if they don’t like that person, regardless of how you personally feel—or even conjure up high-stakes problems like “it’s me or them” under the guise of saving you from people in your life whom they don’t like for whatever reason.

In a controlling person’s life narrative, they’re always the protagonist who’s incapable of any wrongdoing. The blame is always redirected at someone else, whether that’s you or other people in your life. The more they isolate you from other supportive people in your life, the more susceptible you’ll be to falsely believing that they’re right and you “don’t need” your other friends and family when you have someone as perfect as this person.

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6. They’re Emotionally Abusive

It’s hard enough to be in control of your own emotions but when someone else is constantly belittling you and your interests or leveraging guilt and shame to manipulate you into saying or doing what they want, this can make it even more challenging to stay in control of your own life and emotional well-being.

Emotional abuse is another sign of a controlling person that is often overlooked in relationships. After all, human personalities vary widely in terms of passivity, and it’s not uncommon for one person in a relationship to be significantly more passive than the other. This becomes an issue when the controlling partner or friend exudes signs of emotional abuse, which can start subtly and become much more pronounced over time.

Concerning signs of emotionally abusive language or behavior to watch out for include:

  • Dismissing your needs and/or belittling your interests in counterproductive ways
  • Privately or publicly shaming or humiliating you
  • Making you feel as though you can never live up to their expectations or do anything right (according to their own vague, subjective standards)
  • Gaslighting you into thinking they said or did something that never actually happened (making you question your own reality)

Final Thoughts

It’s sometimes hard to see the negative things about someone with whom we have a relationship. We may sometimes unconsciously overlook the signs of a controlling person, especially if that person is someone we have known for a long time or are close to us. However, cutting them off your life is the best thing you can do for yourself. Just watch out for these six signs of a controlling person and take immediate action when you spot them.

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