Reading – Essential to how we learn

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Books that I have been reading lately to guide me on my path of learning.

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The rat race is a race where you have to work hard to catch up with bills and taxes. We need to gain power over this and educate ourselves for financial freedom

Why are so many people stuck in the rate race?

Are you working for yourself or others? Many people in our society are trapped in a race against themselves. A race where we constantly have to work hard to catch up with bills and taxes. You do all the work, and your employer, the government and your bills take the rewards leaving you with little or nothing to save. Sadly a lot of us are aware of this rat race and we hate to be part of it, however we are scared of the backlash from society so we keep racing anyway.

The conventional advice we have all heard is: \”Go to school, study hard, get a good job and all will be well.\” The truth is that this advice is a clear indication of how the poor and the middle class see financial security. The rich don\’t see it this way. This is no longer the recipe for a life free of financial struggles. Getting a good education and making good grades no longer ensures success.

We can go to college, graduate, get a good job and never have financial growth. Once we are in the rat race, our bosses, not us, will get rich from our hard work. Money is a form of power. However what is more powerful is financial education. Money comes and goes, but if we have the education about how money works, we can gain the power over it and we can begin building wealth.

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A word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better.

What is The Now and what has Power got to do with it?

Did you ever read in the Bible \’Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.\’ Now is today, Now is this second as you read these words. Now is not our past, Now is not our future, Now is NOW, right Now this second.

Test it – right now as you read these words how do you feel. You may be calm, relaxed, in a rush, frustrated, starting to think unconsciously about 101 other things you think you need to do. That is the Now. It is about finding peace and calm in ourselves to embrace that Power of being in control of what we can control, Now. We have no power over the past, we cannot control what happens in the future however we can control what is happening Now that is the Power. A great book that you can put into immediate practice.

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Teachings from 1912 that are still relevant today and updated for our Digital Age

What can we learn today from a book originally written over 100 years ago?

Dale Carnegie original \’How to win friends and influence people\’ has got an upgrade to the digital age. However even so it is even more relevant today with the ease of our new communication methods. I remember my father having a copy of the original book, I never read it and here I am now reading this one, I should go back to my father\’s library and rob a few books.

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David Marquet draws on a wide range of examples and shows us exactly how the words we use (and don\’t use) have an impact on how our people contribute

What can we learn when \’Our words matter more than we think\’

As a submarine captain, Marquet used his counter-intuitive model of leadership to turn the worst-performing submarine crew into the best performing one in his fleet, a story he recounted in his bestselling book Turn the Ship Around!

Most of us use the language we inherited from a time when workers worked with their hands and managers worked with their heads. Today, we do much more than simply follow orders. We contribute to performance and solve problems, and it\’s time we update our language to reflect that.

In this book, former US Navy captain L. David Marquet offers a radical playbook to empower us and put our teams on a path to continuous improvement. The framework will help us achieve the right balance between deliberation and action, and take bold risks without endangering our mission.

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Think and Grow Rich has been called the \”Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.\” It was the first book to boldly ask, \”What makes a winner?\” The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world\’s winners himself.

What can a book first published in 1937 teach us in this day and age?

The most famous of all teachers of success spent \”a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort\” to produce the \”Law of Success\” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one.

In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill\’s thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

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