it’s time for some more reviews. Ready? Here we go:
Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles by Barbara Stanny
This is not your usual finance book. It doesn’t provide lots of tips and suggestions on how you can budget, manage, and invest your money. In fact, that stuff is barely mentioned in one brief chapter. That’s because, before you implement any money strategy, you need to do some groundwork and develop the right mindset. If your beliefs about money are wrong, they’ll get in the way of your financial success. And most women have the wrong idea about money. Wealth, and the power that comes with it, often scare women and put them off. We may all dream of being rich, but we all worry that, should we ever become wealthy, we’ll also become bitches, that no one will love us anymore, or that we won’t have enough time to spend with our loved ones, busy as we are with making money. These beliefs are wrong, but as long as we believe them, we won’t even try to learn how to manage or invest money properly, preferring to delegate these matters to the men in our lives. But what if they can’t be trusted or leave us?
Not taking charge of your finances leaves you vulnerable. Stanny knows this very well. For years, she delegated all her financial decisions for others, with disastrous consequences. Here, she shares her experience and her journey to becoming a wealthy, independent woman, and on her own terms too. Women don’t have to pursue the traditional, masculine route to financial success if that makes them uncomfortable. There is another, better way. It starts with being honest with yourself and developing a good relationship with yourself. You need to figure out what kind of person you are, what is important to you, and what you want to do with your life. Only when you live an authentic life you can develop a financial strategy that suits your needs, supports your values, and allows you to give back to your community and contribute to the causes that are close to your heart.
Stanny writes in a colloquial and straightforward way that’s both entertaining and eye-opening. She forces you to challenge your beliefs and shows you a better way, just like a friend does. Her psychological and spiritual insights, as well as practical tips, make this book a very interesting read for every woman who wants to take control of her finances.
Available at: Amazon
The Millionaire Wage Slave: How To Get Rich By Working For Somebody Else by Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston is a multi-talented man. When he’s not busy writing hilarious historical novellas set in ancient Rome, he likes to share useful financial advice to help employees become rich. What, that’s not possible you say? Actually it is. You just need two things: income and equity. How to build the latter is the focus of this book.
If you expect a long tome that explains a step-by-step process in excruciating detail, you’ll be disappointed (or, more likely, relieved). The Millionaire Wage Slave is a very short read that you can devour in an afternoon. In it, Johnston illustrates, in his informative and humorous trademark style, the fallacies in our traditional approach to personal finances and points out a better way to make your money work for you. His advice isn’t groundbreaking or new. Its strength, though, is in Johnston’s ability to explain complex financial matters in such a simple way that anyone, even those who know nothing about the topic, can easily grasp and implement straight away.
If you have no intention of starting your own business, but want to get rich and build financial security for yourself and your family, I highly recommend you pick up this book. You’ll regret not having done so sooner.
Available at: Amazon
Super Job Search IV by Peter K. Studner
Have you lost your job and are now looking for a new one? A dissatisfied employee who took up a job you hate to pay the bills but now wants to change career and do something you truly love and can be proud of? A college graduate who’s looking for your first job? Or a mom who quit her job to dedicate time to your children and, now they’re grown up, wants to reenter the job market? Whatever your reasons for looking for a job, your qualifications, and your experience are, Super Job Search IV can help.
After explaining why the traditional approach to looking for a job (go to college, reply to 1000 ads, send 1000 resumes, and wait to get hired) doesn’t work anymore, Studner points out a better way to find a job that both pays the bills and makes you happy. The catch? It can be time-consuming (although less than looking for a job the traditional way, waiting for months before you can even get an interview).
Studner’s strategy is not even new. It’s simple ol’ networking. But it is still something most of us get wrong, or don’t even try. Stubner explains how to find people to network with, how to leverage the power of social media to your advantage, how to use your contacts to get interviews and a lot more. He also provides useful tips on how to write a resume and cover letter that get you noticed, successfully manage phone, one-on-one, group, and competitive interviews, negotiate to get the salary and benefits you deserve, and a lot more. And if working for someone else isn’t your thing, there’s a whole chapter on how you can start your own business. Everything is explained clearly. No preaching or dry, hard-to-read sections here.
This fourth edition of the book is also interactive. Stubner points out online resources from SuperJobSearch.com and the app superjobsearch that make your job search even easier. These resources are more useful to those living, and thus looking for a job, in the US, whereas the strategies highlighted in the book can work for anyone, anywhere.
If you’re looking for a job, I highly recommend you pick up a copy and start implementing the tips as soon as possible. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll reach your goal.
Available at: Amazon
BrainScripts for Sales Success: 21 Hidden Principles of Consumer Psychology for Winning New Customers by Drew Eric Whitman
Drew Eric Whitman has wrote BrainScripts For Success to explain to businesses how to use the principles of consumer psychology to win new customers. I read it for the opposite reason: to find out the ways businesses use to trick us into buying their products. Either way, it is a very informative read.
Now, Whitman is no conman. He may use his knowledge of psychology to help businesses attract more clients and grow, but he also often states that these principles should be implemented only when you have a good service or product to sell. That way, you won’t be cheating your customers.
Whitman starts by explaining how people make decisions. Every person has 8 primary desires and it’s when you appeal to these that you convince people to buy what you have to sell. He then explains how to identify them, choose the right words and arguments to use, direct the conversation so that you’re always in control, and turn any setbacks to your advantage. Every technique is based on proven psychological principles, and explained clearly and simply, so that you’ll be able to implement it straight away. Of course, not all 21 techniques may apply to your business or situation, so just pick and choose those that best suit your needs.
This book is a must read for salespeople and businesspeople who wants to improve their performance, but also an eye-opener for their customers. Highly recommended.
Available at: Amazon
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