Grit to Great – A Book Review

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I bought this book, because author’s last name is the same as mine.  Thaler is not a common name.  I have never met a Thaler that I am not directly related to.

This book teaches the importance of grit or perseverance in your life.  It filled with real life examples and advice on how to apply the principles to your life.

I really enjoyed the book and I give an A+

Everyone Communicates Few Connect

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This is an excellent book on how to truly connect and communicate with the people around you.

These are my favorites points made by the author.

  • It’s not enough just to work hard.  It’s not enough to do a great job.  To be successful, you need to learn how to really communicate with others.
  • Connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.
  • When you connect with others, you position yourself to make the most of your skills and talents.
  • Mutual concern creates connection between people.
  • Connection always begins with a commitment to someone else.
  • Connectors connect on common ground.  It is difficult to find common ground with others when the only person you’re focused on is yourself.
  • In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.
  • People will not always remember what you said or what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
  • When you make a commitment, you create hope.  When you keep a commitment, you create trust.

Make Extra Money

How can you make extra money?

  • Sell stuff on eBay
  • Donate plasma 
  • Have a yardsale 
  • Get paid to do surveys (swagbucks.com)
  • Write and sell eBooks on Amazon 
  • Deliver food for DoorDash
  • Clean houses 
  • Do yard work 
  • Become an Uber driver 
  • Walk dogs in your neighborhood 
  • Make and sell crafts on Etsy 
  • Create an on-line class
  • Babysit 
  • Petsit 
  • Find odd jobs on craigslist 
  • Work as a substitute teacher

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Fraud Alert

What are the most common types of fraud or scams?

  • Guarantee High Yield 
  • Ponzi or Pyramid 
  • Risky Oil and Gas Drilling  
  • Cryptocurrency 
  • IRS Scam
  • Jury Duty Scam
  • Catfish or Sweetheart Scam

How can you protect yourself? 

  • Find out if they are a licensed securities professional 
  • Check them out with the SEC 
  • Never verify information via e-mail
  • Seek help from people you trust 
  • Report fraud 
  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers 
  • Don’t interact with unknown callers, just hangup 
  • Don’t connect to free wi-fi
  • Don’t use the same password for everything 
  • Don’t create a document called “Passwords”
  • Don’t click on links that look strange 
  • Don’t allow strangers access to your devices

What are some red flags?

  • Guaranteed to double your money 
  • Limited time offer, must act fast
  • Little known loop hole 
  • Low risk and high reward

 

Source:  Nick Vonderau, Marketing Specialist, Alabama Securities Commission, Caregiver College Presentation, 21 June 2019

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Running a Business in the Zombie Apocalypse

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This is an interesting book.  It’s written from the perspective of a human resources director that must deal with the zombie apocalypse.

It gives advice on how to handle an  employee that has become a zombie and what paperwork the supervisor is required to complete.

It explains how business can remain profitable during the zombie apocalypse by changing its business model and developing innovative weapons for the living consumers.  There is also a section on how to get money from zombies, without risking self injury.

I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be humorous.