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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 January 15, 2019

What Are Interpersonal Skills? Master Them for Better Relationships

What Are Interpersonal Skills? Master Them for Better Relationships

When I wrote my book Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget: A Strategy Guide, I was surprised at the various layers of review and editing necessary to get the book to publication. Before I ever submitted the manuscript, I enlisted a former colleague to read and copy edit my work. Then, I submitted my work to an editor at the publisher’s house, and once she approved it, she sent it to her colleagues and then her company’s editorial board.

Upon editorial board approval of my book, my editor sent my work to reviewers in my field, then a developmental editor, then a designer and layout team and, finally, another copy editor. There were a host of personalities with whom I needed to interact along the way.

It turns out that getting a publishing contract was just the beginning – a lot happens between developing a concept, writing the book, finding an agent and publisher, and getting the book on bookshelves or on Audible or Kindle. Through every milestone of the publishing process, my ability to interact with others was crucial. This underscored for me that no matter what or how much a person accomplishes, you never do it alone – everyone needs assistance from others.

While I conceived of the book and wrote the manuscript, there is no way my book could have hit booksellers’ shelves without the dozens of people who were involved in the publishing process. Further, interpersonal skills can propel or stonewall success.

Even as someone who has written hundreds of essays, press releases, pitch notes and other correspondence, writing itself is not a solitary endeavor. Sure, I may write in solitude, but the moment I am finished writing, there are always clients, colleagues, partners, peers and others who review my content.

What is more, even as a published author and contributor for this platform, I try to never submit final copy (content) that has not been copy edited. I send everything to my copy editor, whom I pay out of my own pocket, for her review, edits and approval. Once she has reviewed my work, caught unbeknownst-to-me errors, I am much more confident putting my work out in the world.

How Interpersonal Skills Affect Relationships

It is clearer to me now more than ever before that interpersonal skills are needed in every profession and every trade.

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People don’t elect leaders because the leaders are smart. Individuals are motivated to vote when they have a hero and when they feel they have something to lose. If they seriously dislike the other candidate, they are much more likely vote according to a 2000 Ohio State University study:

“A disliked candidate is seen as a threat, and that will be motivation to go to the polls. But a threat alone isn’t enough – people need to have a hero to vote for, too, in order to inspire them to turn out on Election Day.”

In a work setting, interpersonal skills impact every facet of your development and success. Trainers must collaborate with a design team or the company hiring them to facilitate the training. During the training itself, the facilitators must connect with the audience and establish a rapport that supports vulnerability and openness. If the trainers interact poorly with the trainees, they are unlikely to be invited back. If they are invited back, they may be unlikely to inspire cooperation or growth in their trainees.

Solopreneurs interactions with clients and subcontractors, and those interactions will, in part, support or adversely impact their business. If you enjoy a career as an acclaimed surgeon or respected lawyer, your interactions with patients, clients, health insurance agencies and a team of other practitioners – many of whom are shielded from public view – will improve or decimate your practice.

As a hiring manager, one of the things I consider when interviewing candidates is their interpersonal skills. I assess the interpersonal skills they display in their content and face-to-face presentation. I ask probing questions to learn how they interact with others, manage conflict and contribute to a team atmosphere.

When candidates say things like, “I prefer to work alone” or “I can hit the ground running without assistance,” I bristle. When candidates appear to know everything and everyone, I wonder if they will be receptive to learning or open to feedback. Could these statements be indications that these individuals lack interpersonal skills?

It stands to reason, then, that interpersonal skills are among the most valuable and the bedrock of all talents and skills.

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What are Interpersonal Skills?

Interpersonal skills range from emotional intelligence, empathy, oral and written communication to leadership to collaboration and teamwork.

In sum, interpersonal skills are skills that enable you to interact well with others. They include teachability and receptiveness to feedback, active or mindful listening, self-confidence and conflict resolution.

From a communications standpoint, interpersonal skills are about understanding how colleagues prefer to communicate and then using the appropriate mediums to meet respective needs. It is about understanding how to communicate in a way to get the most out of different people.

For instance, in my career as a public relations practitioner, part of what I am constantly evaluating is which colleagues, clients and members of the media prefer email, text or phone calls. I am assessing how much frill to use with each person depending on what has worked in the past and depending on what I know about the person with whom I am interacting.

Making these decisions and being disciplined enough to follow each person’s known preferences helps me better connect with the various individuals in my orbit. Is this tiring at times? Yes. Is it necessary? Absolutely.

How to Improve Interpersonal Skills

There are tons of resources to teach interpersonal skills. I love books such as Leadership Presence by Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar, and The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

There are also a host of books and articles on emotional intelligence, which is the ability to manage one’s emotions and perceive and adapt to others’ emotions. Emotional intelligence is likewise a critical component of positive interpersonal relations. You can learn more about it in this article: What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why It Is Important

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Active and mindful listening also support improved interpersonal skills. I recommend you take a look at this piece: Active Listening – A Skill That Everyone Should Master

I have further found that humility helps a ton with interpersonal skills. It takes humility to admit you have more to learn and that you can learn from the people around you. In fact, everyone with whom you interact has a lesson to teach you. And employers are increasingly looking for team members who are lifelong learners, meaning they believe there is always room for growth and professional and personal development.

Forbes contributor Kevin H. Johnson noted in a July 2018 article,

“That’s why, when anyone asks what the next ‘hot’ skill will be, I say it’s the same skill that will serve people today, tomorrow, and far into the future—the ability to learn.”

Don’t overlook introspection.

While interpersonal skills may seem simple enough, introspection is critical to learning where and in what ways you need to grow.

Through introspection and observation, I have learned that my interpersonal skills suffer when I am sleep deprived, because then I am short-tempered and irritable. I’ve observed this connection over a significant period in my life. Unsurprisingly, it is also true of others. Fellow LifeHack contributor, health coach and personal trainer Jamie Logie noted:

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When you are chronically sleep deprived, it really does a number on you. A lack of sleep can keep your body in a constant state of stress and over time this can get pretty ugly. Elevated stress hormones can be involved in creating a bunch of pretty nasty conditions including anxiety, headaches and dizziness, weight gain, depression, stroke, hypertension, digestive disorders, immune system dysfunction, irritability.

Additionally, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reported,

“Sleep deprivation can noticeably affect people’s performance, including their ability to think clearly, react quickly, and form memories. Sleep deprivation also affects mood, leading to irritability; problems with relationships, especially for children and teenagers; and depression. Sleep deprivation can also increase anxiety.”

The point is, even as you are identifying ways to improve interpersonal skills, think about what is getting in the way. While sleep deprivation is a trigger for me, your stumbling block may be different.

The Bottom Line

You cannot fix what you do not know is broken. Even as you work to understand and apply interpersonal skills, spend some time in mindful meditation to get clear on what is holding you back from developing solid relationships.

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