How to Win Friends and Influence People Book by Dale Carnegie
You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!
Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie's first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay
Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us that the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are an extended adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. But thirty is not the new twenty. In this enlightening book, Dr. Meg Jay reveals how many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation that has trivialized what are actually the most defining years of adulthood. Drawing from more than ten years of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, Dr. Jay weaves the science of the twentysomething years with compelling, behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. She shares what psychologists, sociologists, neurologists, reproductive specialists, human resources executives, and economists know about the unique power of our twenties and how they change our lives. The result is a provocative and sometimes poignant read that shows us why our twenties do matter. Our twenties are a time when the things we do--and the things we don't do--will have an enormous effect across years and even generations to come. - Goodreads
Why Men Marry Bitches by Sherry Argov
You can tell how much someone respects you by how much he respects your opinion. If he doesn't respect your opinion, he won't respect you.”
― Sherry Argov, Why Men Marry Bitches: A Woman's Guide to Winning Her Man's Heart
Love and marriage, romance and intimacy...everybody wants it, but it seems only the select few get it. Never shy and always laugh-out-loud funny, Sherry Argov's Why Men Marry Bitches is a sharp-witted manifesto that shows women how to transform a casual relationship into a committed one.
With the grittiest of girlfriend-to-girlfriend confidence, Argov explains why being extra nice won't necessarily get you that wedding you've always dreamed of, and is more likely a sure path to disappointment. Going directly to the source in candid interviews, she shares an enlightening look into the psychology of the male mind. ~ Amazon
You Can Negotiate Anything: The Groundbreaking Original Guide to Negotiation by Herb Cohen
A nine-month New York Times bestseller with more than a million copies sold, You Can Negotiate Anything is the classic guide from Herb Cohen, who has been successfully negotiating everything from insurance claims to hostage releases, and hundreds of other matters, for over five decades. The man who coined the term “win-win,” he has taught people the world over how to get what they want in any situation.
In clear, accessible steps, he reveals how anyone can use the three crucial variables of Power, Time, and Information to always reach a win-win outcome. No matter who you’re dealing with, Cohen shows how every encounter is a negotiation that matters. With the tools and skill sets he has devised, honed, and perfected over countless negotiations, you can hone your intuition to effectively communicate and negotiate—and get the results you need.
“Flawlessly organized.” —Kirkus Reviews
Republic Book by Plato
Most interesting was Thrasymachus tribute to homers analogy of how most rulers are like shepherds that take care of their sheep with the aim of benefiting from them in some form or manner. They are only interested in what benefit they will derive from them. ~@jayaseto
Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: what is goodness?; what is reality?; and what is knowledge? The Republic also addresses the purpose of education and the role of both women and men as guardians of the people. With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by philosopher kings. ~Goodreads
The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner: A Powerful Plan to Finish Rich in Real Estate Book by David Bach
"David Bach reveals why buying a home and investment properties is not only possible, it is the surest way to reach your seven-figure dreams on an ordinary income.
He gives you a lifelong strategy for real estate based on timeless wisdom that is tried and true.
He includes everything you need to know so you can get started right away. As long as you're alive, you have to live somewhere. Why not let where you live make you rich? David Bach will show you how."--Jacket.
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy Book by Thomas J. Stanley
The incredible national bestseller that is changing people's lives -- and increasing their net worth!
CAN YOU SPOT THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR?
Who are the rich in this country?
What do they do?
Where do they shop?
What do they drive?
How do they invest?
Where did their ancestors come from?
How did they get rich?
Can I ever become one of them?
Get the answers in The Millionaire Next Door, the never-before-told story about wealth in America. You'll be surprised at what you find out.... ~ byThomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money Book by Joseph R. Dominguez, Monique Tilford, and Vicki Robin
In times like these, it's more important than ever to know the difference between making a living and making a life. Your Money or Your Life is even more relevant today than it was when the book first hit the stands, and a great publicity campaign will bring this already strong-selling book to a whole new audience.
I could and will read and re-read this book, not for its literary value but for its simple explanations of concrete ways to observe your own connection with the material world. Whether or not you fully practice its program, it is the sanest and most convincing account of the importance of financial savvy for those of us who proclaimed, "Money and fancy material things don't matter to me - so why should I try to manage my finances?" Its message from ten years ago rings truer today than it did now, and I think my own generation will even more appreciate its message. I’m not a big self-help book reader. Yet, just the act of seriously studying this book and hence becoming intentional with my finances has relieved me of debt, anxiety about money, made me more in touch with what is really valuable and joyful to me, and inspired me to look toward a career as a financial counselor. I would recommend this book to all my friends for it surely has lessons for everyone! ~ Emily R.
How Not to Be Wrong Book by Jordan Ellenberg
This is a wonderful book about mathematics and its application to everyday life. Jordan Ellenberg shows that the certainty that people associate with math is often misplaced; some areas of math are devoted to uncertainty, and that's where things get very interesting.
Ellenberg starts the book with a beautiful example of application of mathematics, logic, and thinking out of the box. During World War II, a group of mathematicians working for the Statistical Research Group were given a problem by some Air Force officers. Fighter planes returning from missions were analyzed for bullet holes. The number of bullet holes per square foot were counted. For example, there were 1.11 bullet holes per square foot in the vicinity of the engine, 1.73 in the fuselage, 1.55 in the fuel system, and 1.8 in the rest of the plane. The officers wanted to add some armor to the planes; the question was where? The planes could only support so much weight, and where would additional armor be most advantageous? The officers thought that since the fuselage had the greatest density of bullets, that would be the logical location for more armor. A mathematician named Abraham Wald said exactly the opposite; more armor is needed where the bullet holes aren't, namely, around the engines. Planes with lots of bullet holes in the engine did not return at all!
The book discusses the issue of statistical significance. Scientific experiment often use a 95% confidence threshold as an indicator of statistical significance. This means that if a truly random outcome were expected, a positive correlation would be seen only 5% of the time. Ellenberg includes an xkcd cartoon that shows how easy it would be to perform a set of experiments that could come up with statistically significant results like "Green jelly beans linked to acne! at the 95% confidence level.
Some of the section and chapter titles are hilarious. For example, in the chapter titled "Are you there, God? It's me, Bayesian Inference", Ellenberg brings up a scary example of the use of "big data". Based on a teen-age girl's purchases of unscented lotion, mineral supplements, and cotton balls, the retail store "Target" began sending her coupons for baby gear, because of the (correct) inference that she was pregnant. Another great section title is "One more thing about God, then I promise we're done."
Another interesting title is "The Cat in the Hat, the Cleanest man in school, and the creation of the universe", in which Ellenberg reviews some of the probabilistic arguments for and against the existence of god. And I love the famous quote by Richard Feynman:
You know, the most amazing thing happened to me tonight. I was coming here, on the way to the lecture, and I came in through the parking lot. And you won't believe what happened. I saw a car with the license plate ARW375. Can you imagine? Of all the millions of license plates in the state, what was the chance that I would see that particular one tonight? Amazing!
I also love the chapter title, "If Gambling is exciting, you're doing it wrong". Ellenberg describes how several groups capitalized on several state lotteries. Due to some strange lottery rules, it is (was?) possible to reliably make a profit, given enough investment of resources. No illegal shenanigans--the states make money no matter what you do. You could make a profit by taking advantage of the rules, and of the people who buy lottery tickets without a coherent strategy. And, I did not realize that Voltaire made his fortune by taking advantage of state lotteries!
Ellenberg brings up the phenomenon of Nate Silver predicting the outcome of the Obama-vs.-Romney election. Silver predicted the probability of both candidates winning state by state, along with the margin of error. By adding up the probable errors, he estimated that he would be wrong by 2.83 states. Critics seemed to have ignored the fact that he was not wrong by this many states--in fact he correctly predicted the outcome in all 50 states!
I highly recommend this book to all people who are even vaguely interested in math, probability, logic, and the application to everyday life. This is an excellent book! ~David
Bullshit Jobs Book by David Graeber
Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber made me realize why some moments at work have been preposterous. Also the power plays that keep so many frustrated. ~ @Mwangy
From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences.
Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.” It went viral. After a million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.
There are millions of people—HR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyers—whose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs.
Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln. Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation.