Some great websites for personal improvement
The Blog of Tim Ferriss
Author of the 4-hour workweek. Tons of great info.
This program is an absolute must for anyone doing research. It stores all of your articles and allows you to create a bibliography in seconds. I cannot rave about this enough.
Some pretty cool stuff for maximizing your physical performance. I am always a little suspicious of supplements that promise the world, but their exercise gear is pretty cool.
Roy Nickerson's blog
Check out his thoughts on everything from fitness to business
The Personal MBA
An even more extensive reading list for business specific books than the one to the right.
Some of my top reads
This classic book on interacting with others still holds up nearly 80 years later. While some of the stuff in there sounds a little old-timey a majority of the suggestions can be applied today with only a little modification. My favorite section is one of the first: "six ways to make people like you." The last section "seven rules for making your home life happier" is a little bit...dated (sexist). But on the whole this book is worth your time.
This is probably a greater level of detail than most people would care to go to to learn more about goal setting. But, in case you are curious this book is a compilations of 600+ research studies over more than 50 years on the subject of goal setting. Chapters cover a variety of topics in the area, but the takeaway message: set specific, challenging, but attainable goals and you can expect to see greater levels of performance.
This book is a great introduction to the investing philosophy known as value investing. It is written to be pretty easily accessible with only a minimum business background. Not only does it provide you with a good understanding of how to identify a good investment, but it also provides a more fundamental understanding of how business and stock trading works.
Want some proof that the value investing technique works? Read this excellent biography of Warren Buffett, the worlds most successful investor, and strictest adherent to the value investing approach. Not only does this book outline Buffett's road to riches (which, contrary to what most think, was 95% hard work and 5% luck), but it also does an excellent job of humanizing this business icon.
For those of you who want to dive in deep in value investing this is the book for you. Originally written in the 1930's this book is still worth its weight in gold. I found that the way Ben Graham talks about business and stocks just makes so much sense and really helped me to understand how the boom and bust cycle of the global economy works. For you behaviorists out there Ben Graham is the B.F. Skinner of the investing world; brilliant but typically dismissed in favor of flavor of the month solutions. This one is much more technical, but well worth the time.
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