How to Win Friends and Influence People
- Get you out of a mental rut, give you new thoughts, new visions, new ambitions.
- Enable you to make friends quickly and easily.
- Increase your popularity.
- Help you to win people to your way of thinking.
- Increase your influence, your prestige, your ability to get things done.
Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill, promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book. Hill writes that he was inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and later-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
The 13 "steps" listed in the book are:
- 1. Desire
- 2. Faith
- 3. Autosuggestion
- 4. Specialized Knowledge
- 5. Imagination
- 6. Organized Planning
- 7. Decision
- 8. Persistence
- 9. Power of the Master Mind
- 10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
- 11. The Subconscious Mind
- 12. The Brain
- 13. The Sixth Sense
Rich Dad Poor Dad
The book is largely based on Kiyosaki's childhood upbringing and education in Hawaii. It highlights the different attitudes to money, work, and life of two men (i.e. his titular "rich dad" and "poor dad"), and how they in turn influenced key decisions in Kiyosaki's life.
Among some of the book's topics are:
- Robert Kiyosaki's personal story, upbringing, and his business and investment ventures throughout his early adult life and into the late 1990s.
- Differentiation between assets and liabilities
- What the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not
- The idea that your primary residence is not an asset, but a liability
- The value of financial intelligence and financial literacy
- How stronger business and financial skills, aptitude, and experience play a role in one's financial success
- The vitality of entrepreneurial and investment skills are both necessary and useful traits to prosper in a capitalistic society
- The importance of investing and entrepreneurship in taking control of one's financial future