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15 books to help you understand more about money, life and yourself

 

 

Are you on a journey to revolutionize your life and take charge of you finances, career and relationships?

 

Check out this list with 15 books that will change your mind and perspectives on life, money and even about yourself!

 

 

 

1 - Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker

 

Managing Oneself  identifies the probing questions you need to ask to gain the insights essential for taking charge of your career by teaching how to:

 

-Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself by identifying your most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses

-Articulate how you learn and work with others and what your most deeply held values are

-Helps readers understand that only when you operate with a combination of your strengths and self-knowledge can you achieve true and lasting excellence. 

 

 

 

2 - How to win and influence people by Dale Carnegie

 

Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you: 

 

-Six ways to make people like you 

-Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking 

-Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment and much more!

 

 

 

 

3 - The selfish gene by Richard Dawkings

 

The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication.

 

This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.

 

 

4 - The H Factor of personality: Why some people are manipulative and exploitative and why it matters for everyone by Kibeom Lee & Michael C Ashton

 

The “H” in the H factor stands for “Honesty-Humility,” one of the six basic dimensions of the human personality. People who have high levels of H are sincere and modest; people who have low levels are deceitful and pretentious.  

 

This book, written by the discoverers of the H factor, explores the scientific findings that show the importance of this personality dimension in various aspects of people’s lives: their approaches to money, power, and sex; their inclination to commit crimes or obey the law; their attitudes about society, politics, and religion; and their choice of friends and spouse.

 

Finally, the book provides ways of identifying people who are low in the H factor, as well as advice on how to raise one’s own level of H.

 

 

 

5 - The One Thing by Gary Keller

 

In The ONE Thing, you'll learn to: 

 

- Cut through the clutter 

- Achieve better results in less time 

- Build momentum toward your goal* dial down the stress 

- Overcome that overwhelmed feeling 

- Revive your energy 

- Stay on track 

- Master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life; work, personal, family, and spiritual. 

 

 

 

 

6 - Made in America by Sam Walton


In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton, found of Wal-Mart chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.

 

 

 

7 - Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit & Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Peter Kaufman

 

Poor Charlie's Almanack contains the wit and wisdom of Charlie Munger: his talks, lectures and public commentary. And, it has been written and compiled with both Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett's encouragement and cooperation.

 

 

 

8 - A few lessons for investors and managers by Warren Buffett

 

This book is about how managers and investors can increase their chance of success and reduce the chance of harm if managers think more like investors and investors more like businessmen.

 

This is a selection of useful and timeless wisdom where Warren Buffett in his own words tells us how to think about business valuation, what is a good and bad business, acquisitions and their traps, yardsticks, compensation issues, how to reduce risk, corporate governance, the importance of trust and the right culture, learning from mistakes, and more.

 

 

 

9 - The Happiness hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

 

The Happiness Hypothesis is a book about ten Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations .The author shows how a deeper understanding of the world's philosophical wisdom and its enduring maxims -- like "do unto others as you would have others do unto you," or "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" -- can enrich and even transform our lives.

 

 

 

10 - Salt Sugar Fat: How the food giants hooked us by Michael Moss

 

In Salt Sugar Fat, investigative reporter Michael Moss shows how we ended up here. Featuring examples from Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Frito-Lay, Nestlé, Oreos, Capri Sun, and many more, Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, eye-opening research.

 

He takes us into labs where scientists calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages, unearths marketing techniques taken straight from tobacco company playbooks, and talks to concerned insiders who make startling confessions. Just as millions of “heavy users” are addicted to salt, sugar, and fat, so too are the companies that peddle them. You will never look at a nutrition label the same way again

 

 

 

11 - Awaken the giant within by Anthony Robbins

 

 Anthony Robbins shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life.

The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.

 

 

 

12 - Social: Why our brains are wired to connect by Matthew D. Lieberman

 

In Social, renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter.

 

 

13 - Contagious: Why things catch on by Jonah Berger

In Contagious, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheesesteak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the most seemingly boring products there is: a blender.

Contagious provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—for designing messages, advertisements, and content that people will share. Whether you’re a manager at a big company, a small business owner trying to boost awareness, a politician running for office, or a health official trying to get the word out, Contagious will show you how to make your product or idea catch on.

 

 

 

14 - Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Chip & Dan Heath

In Switch, the Heaths show how everyday people—employees and managers, parents and nurses—have united both minds and, as a result, achieved dramatic results.
            
In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline

 

 

 

15 -  The millionaire next door by Thomas J. Stanley

 

The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don't live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door.

 

 

Want to see more book recommendations? Check out my book list on amazon.

 

 

 

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