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"Books That Will Make Me Smarter"

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by dopey, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. Friedmett

    Friedmett Active Member

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    Makes me smarter?

    More making me more aware of who I am and what I can do.

    Some good books I can recommend:

    The science of getting rich by Wallace D Wattles

    You were born rich by Bob Proctor

    Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill

    Constant reading those 3 above books makes a ton of difference to your paradigm knowing what power you have inside to be creative to reach any goal you could possibly want.
     

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    Wow, very interesting list but I would add some my books: Desert Solitaire, Geek Love, Giovanni's Room and articles from http://paperity.org/ about knowledge, world, law etc.


     

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    The Viz Anual's usually pretty good.
     

  4. Lionel Hutz

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  5. dopey

    dopey Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    I am a Charlie fan and have that book. Maybe I will pass it on, as you suggest.
     

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    I keep telling myself I have to make it to one more annual meeting before he dies, I guess I should book this next one, it has been 10 years since I last went
     

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    The kid is in high school. There is nothing wrong with that list as a starting point. The task is NOT futile IMHO, neither is the list odd. Encourage him or her to press on and reevaluate the list from time to time. Also to learn a second language.



     

  8. dopey

    dopey Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Man . . .I am nothing if not consistent. I just gave my daughter a copy of The Black Swan (with the caveat, that Taleb is an ass, but it is still a good book). Good to see it was on also my list more than a year ago.
     

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    "How Not to Be Wrong" by Jordan Ellenberg.

    Great insight into how to apply mathematical thinking to everyday life. Note, thinking mathematically is a different skill than being good at replicating and using formulas. Feyman once complained that he had higher level students who were excellent at plugging and chugging formulas, but when he asked an exam question which required a student to think on their own, the number chuggers didn't do well.

    Because a lot of philosophy books have been suggested, I feel I should mention a book I wish I had read in parallel to the books already mentioned.

    "At The Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails" by Sarah Bakewell

    Great introduction to the development of existentialist philosophy. It will cover everything from Hegel onwards and provide important context to the character's ideas based upon the character's lives. Not only will you get a nice intro to different ways of seeing the world, you'll also learn about the less than ideal lives of "great thinkers" as well as the arbitrary (but sophisticated and logically rigorous) nature of philosophy. If I read this earlier, I wouldn't have taken myself so seriously when reading philosophy books. Philosophy is an excellent toy to play with and to sharpen your mind, but don't confuse it with lived reality.... is something I wish I had learned earlier.
     
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  10. Lionel Hutz

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    I think basics of personal finance are really important for a HS kid as are a historical study of behavioral finance (such as https://www.amazon.com/Devil-Take-Hindmost-Financial-Speculation/dp/0452281806)
     

  11. Lionel Hutz

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    I didn't enjoy The Art of War but I am currently reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and I'm blown away . . .

    next is Franklin's autobiography, Twain's autobiography and one other but it is escaping me right now (already read JJR's Confessions so that's not it)
     

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    Try "Barking Up the Wrong Tree" by Eric Barker. Funny AF, entertaining as hell and changed the ways I view the world.
     

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    lately I have become interested in time management and books that help manage time, advise what you helped, please
     

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    Not sure if it gets much better than that
     

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    Yup they can't get any better than this. I would add some few new books like Tim Grover's Relentless (Lifetime trainer of Michael Jordan) and T Harv Eker's Secrets To A Millionaire Mind. Also just read and watch stuff by Dan Pena. It will blow you away.
     

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