We all want to live a great life and to live a great life we need to master key skills to become happy and successful. We all want to be financially well off, not be lazy, be successful in work, life, personality, character and have a great set of negotiation skills. These are some of the skills you can gain with the books below. These are some of the best books ever written to help you with personal and financial success. They encompass life and are told through the eyes of those who achieved what they dreamed of. I can not recommend the books enough, they are the best books ever written and can help to achieve your dreams and goals.
These books will change your life!
1] 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
According to Steven R. Covey, to live with security and wisdom, and to have the power to take advantages of the opportunities that change creates, we need fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity. Quite a tall order when you consider that most of us live our lives in a permanent state of flux, questioning our ideals and values and fighting a daily battle with the lack of self-confidence that stops us from taking risks of any kind. But, in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey manages to make it sound as if changing the way we look at ourselves and the world around us so that we can become more successful both personally and professionally an absolute doddle. He defines the “habits” as “the intersection of knowledge, skill and desire” and states that the “Seven Habits” of the title are not mutually exclusive, but rather when developed together help to form a well-rounded, sensitive, confident and effective human being.
As with many self-help books, much of what you read here is based on basic common sense and can at times be irritatingly obvious. However, what Covey manages to do so successfully is to break down the barriers which prevent all of us from taking a long hard look at ourselves, and then gradually introduces new rules which allow us to move first from dependence to independence and then towards the ultimate goal of interdependence. But of course, the only real way to test the value of The Habits–be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think “win/win”, seek first to understand and then to be understood, synergise, sharpen the saw– is to work on them. This book is as good as any place to start on the road to self-awareness and self-improvement in the workplace and in the home without becoming too irritatingly smug and self-satisfied. —Susan Harrison
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2] The Intelligent Investor
Benjamin Graham’s objective was to provide an investment policy book for the ordinary investor. He succeeded in putting seemingly hard concepts into terms that could be understood and, more importantly, implemented by the average investor.
The typical investor has a tendency to “follow the market” and learns poor investment habits trying to beat the market. Instead, Graham gives us an alternative based on fundamental valuation.
The goal is to learn how to avoid the pitfalls of allowing our emotions to control our investment decisions. Rather, Graham provides the foundation for making businesslike decisions based on fundamental investing principles .
The Intelligent Investor puts special emphasis on teaching:
1. Risk management through asset allocation and diversification.
2. Maximizing probabilities through valuations analysis and margin of safety.
3. A disciplined approach that will prevent consequential errors to a portfolio.
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3] How to Win Friends and Influence People
“Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to “the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership and to arouse enthusiasm among people.” He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasises fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person’s point of view and “arousing in the other person an eager want.” You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offence or arousing resentment. For instance: “Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers” and “talk about your own mistakes before criticising the other person.” Carnegie illustrates his points with anecdotes of historical figures, leaders of the business world and everyday folks. —Joan Price –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.”
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4] The Alchemist
The Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sense a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalucian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.
Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself,” the alchemist replies. “And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
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5] Rich Dad Poor Dad
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad is the story of author Robert Kiyosaki’s upbringing in Hawaii and his two fathers – one rich father (not biological) and one poor father (biological). Kiyosaki was forced to choose between following in the footsteps of his poor father – a highly educated government worker – or his rich father – an entrepreneur who never graduated high school.
Ultimately, Kiyosaki decides to learn from his rich dad – who wouldn’t? The book focuses mostly on the education and financial advice Kiyosaki learned from his rich dad. His rich father was able to create a multi-million dollar empire from virtually nothing, using his financial acumen and the power of his imagination.
The book is organized into six main lessons that Kiyosaki presents to becoming successful:
- The rich don’t work for money
- Financial literacy is key
- Own businesses, rather than work at them
- Understand taxes and the power of corporations
- The rich invent money
- Work to learn rather than work for money
These lessons combine the teachings of Kiyosaki’s rich dad with experiences from his own life. They contain recurring themes, such as the importance of improving your financial IQ and financial literacy, a set of skills that Kiyosaki believes is absent from the current education system.
The book also shows how the rich don’t work for money, they force money to work for them. The rich acquire assets rather than liabilities. Kiyosaki stresses the importance of being able to differentiate between an asset and a liability. He states that in order to be truly wealthy, your asset column must be robust and able to offset your living expenses. He explains that most people believe a higher income will make them rich, but in reality, a strong asset column will. Higher incomes often lead to higher expenses, higher taxes, and more debt.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad explores the power of corporations and demonstrates how the rich use corporations to house their money. Corporations allow for expenses to be paid pre-tax, saving the business owner lots of money. Kiyosaki dispels the myth that taxes hurt the rich the most – instead he shows how many rich people avoid taxes and outsmart the system. Taxes actually hit the poor and middle class much harder.
Kiyosaki also explores the character traits and beliefs that hold people back from becoming rich. He claims these obstacles can be grouped into five different categories: fear, criticism, laziness, bad habits, and arrogance. The book explores how each one of these factors acts as an impasse to financial success and gives real-life examples.
Much of the book is devoted to self-reflection. He discusses at length the ways in which his rich dad and poor dad have influenced him. Although he ultimately chose to emulate his rich dad, he still retains some of the beliefs that his poor father held, such as the importance of social responsibility and empathy for what he terms as the “have-nots.”” hyperink.com
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6] No B.S Direct Marketing
Kennedy dares marketers to dramatically simplify their marketing, refocusing on what works. Updated to address the newest media and marketing methods, this marketing master plan — from marketing master Kennedy — delivers a short list of radically different, little-known, profit-proven direct mail strategies for ANY business. Strategies are illustrated by case history examples from an elite team of consultants — all phenomenally successful at borrowing direct marketing strategies from the world of mail-order, TV infomercials, etc., to use in ’ordinary’ businesses including retail stores, restaurants, and sales.
“Radical Secrets of Direct Marketing “Players”
Go behind the scenes and cash in on the undisclosed, off-the-record strategies of today’s top direct marketers. These high-profile techniques can be applied to your non-direct marketing business with amazing results and direct marketing guru Dan Kennedy can take you there.
Dan and his special guest contributors – all phenomenally successful at borrowing direct marketing strategies from the world of mail-order, TV infomercials, etc. to use in ‘ordinary’ businesses including retail stores, restaurants, sales careers – reveal their radically different, super profitable methods and share actual advertising and marketing examples from their businesses.
Discover customer-getting, sales-boosting tactics you never knew existed and master Dan’s 10 Rules to Transforming Your Business into an Infinitely More Powerful Direct Marketing Business:
Rule #1: There Will ALWAYS Be an Offer or Offers
Rule #2: There Will Be Reason To Respond Right Now
Rule #3: You Will Give Clear Instructions
Rule #4: There Will Be Tracking, Measurement, And Accountability
Rule #5: Only No-Cost Brand-Building
Rule #6: There Will Be Follow-Up
Rule #7: There Will Be Strong Copy
Rule #8: It Will Look Like Mail-Order Advertising
Rule #9: Results Rule. Period.
Rule #10: You Will Be A Tough-Minded Disciplinarian And Put Your Business On a Strict Direct Marketing Diet”
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