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text 2016-03-27 07:27
The Richest Man In Babylon
The Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason

Very frequently my dad gives me books, not the books that I want, the ones that he wants me to read.
This was one of them.


I found it on my cleaning day.

When my dad gave it to me I didn't find anything interesting so I just store it, like many others.But that day it looked like the most awesome treasure!

 

Suddenly I had in my hand some answers to one of my problems, money.
Specifically how to acquire and maintain it; explained in one of the best ways, with parables and stories!


Stories about Babylon!
Babylon for my has always been such a magical city.


So full of intrigue I start reading it, just to find the most simple rules or lessons in a clear and encouraging language.

With so much important information I can hardly say which is my favorite part...

 

I guess some books are destined to meet us just when we need them.

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text 2016-03-25 17:01
The Business Of The 21st Century
The Business of the 21st Century - Robert T. Kiyosaki

Somebody told me to read books that really teach me something, he did not want me to read fantasy book, which I replied was that all the books has something to teach us even if that is only grammar and orthography.


Truly some books teach us more than others...

and thats why I decided to start reading one book of this every month.


My curiosity took me to this awesome book, which I finished in two days, I couldn't put it down!
I'm in love in the way how Robert Kiyosaki writes about economy.

It is so clear, and makes me want to read more and know more about finances... a topic that I never thought to be interested.


He objectively critical the business of network marketing, but more than that, he offers a lot of good information; Its the perfect book for making a decision or better understand the "Business Of The 21st Century".

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text 2016-01-24 03:47
Beginning January 25th: The Poor Man's Budget - 5 Week Course, Just $5 per session!
The Poor Man's Budget (Or Anyone For That Matter) Instructor's Manual: A 5 week course learning to live within your means - Ms Marilynn Dawson
The Poor Man's Budget (or Anyone For That Matter) Student Workbook: A 5 week course learning to live within your means - Ms Marilynn Dawson
The Poor Man's Budget: Three Month Journal: Identifying Income and Expenses - Ms. Marilynn Dawson

Are you concerned about the Canadian economy? Does your income seem to be disappearing faster than anticipated? Would you be interested in spending just $5 each day for 5 weeks to learn tips and tricks to better manage your household finances?

Then you'll want to sign up to take this course, "The Poor Man's Budget (or anyone for that matter): A Five Week Course - Learning to live within your means.


 

At just $5 per day, this course is aimed at those who are struggling with their finances. Anyone of any income bracket can take this course, because anyone regardless of income can find themselves struggling to make ends meet and occasionally feeling financially poor.

Those wishing to attend in person, can pay the entire course amount up front if you wish. $125 is the total cost of attending this course.

If you don't have that much free right off the bat, don't worry! $5 per day will be just fine as well. Students attending via the online webinar will not have the option to pay up front and will pay the $5 fee each time they access the day's webinar.

For those who might miss a day's session, the online webinars will be recorded and require the $5 fee to view.

Each student is encouraged to pick up a copy of the Student Workbook. This will cost you $6.50 + $7 S&H. Order it direct through me, the author. and you will pick up your book in class shortly after it arrives. Online students will have your book drop-shipped to you directly.

For those who like to be organized before taking a class, the Three Month Journal is also available for purchase: for $10 plus $7 S&H. If you order this book and sign up to take the course, you will be notified when the next intake is closer to the end of your three month time frame.

The sign-up form contains several choices: Your choice of what time of day would suit you best to take the course - how you wish to take the course, whether in person or online - which sum of funds you wish to pay - how you wish to remit payment. So pay careful attention to the form as you fill it out. A digital version is available here: http://songdove.fa-ct.com/wordpress-mu/songdovemusings/the-poor-mans-budget-5-week-webinar/. Your email address will be added to a mailing list just for this course, so that information requiring quick updates to students can happen efficiently. After the course is over, you may unsubscribe, or your email will be moved to an alumni list for infrequent contact from me.

So pass this course announcement around to all your friends!

NOTE: I only have room for an in-person class of up to 14 people at any given time! You have four time slots to choose from, and three of them will be worked into any given intake session. (if the 11am slot is full, the 1pm slot won't be used but if the 11am slot is empty, the 1pm slot will be used, so I can eat lunch!)

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review 2016-01-05 18:39
If you've ever wondered what goes on in investment banking, you must read this.
Graveyards of the Banks - I did it for the money: Seven Seasons of Midnights at the Most Successful Bank in the Universe - Nyla Nox

I am reviewing this book as part of the Lit World Interviews review team and was offered a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Nyla, the protagonist of this novel-cum-memoir (the author is also called Nyla and in the description of the book she explains the narration is born of her personal experience working for a bank, which although it remains nameless, it’s ‘the Most Successful Bank in the Universe’) works for the department preparing the publications that seemingly are the only visible output the bank produces. These always show predictions of growth for their clients, although as she discovers, such predictions are based on no real data. It’s a con but it must look good.

We only know the basics about the protagonist, who is an anthropology graduate and after years of trying to make a living out of her vocation is close to destitution (in fact at the beginning of the novel, when she’s going to undertake the selection test to get the job that will occupy the rest of the book, she only has £3 in her pocket). We know she lives in a bedsit, but nothing about her personal life, family or relationships. She talks about her love of studying, books, Philosophy, and the first person narration puts the reader inside her head, and we suffer with her the claustrophobia, the harassment, the bullying, and the minor joys (very minimal) she experiences. It does not make for easy reading, let me tell you.

Nyla is very insightful, both about the world and society around her (and she offers great anthropological, sociological and political insights, including how this bank’s behaviour towards his employees is only different in style rather to historical fascist regimes, even if they prefer to see it as social Darwinism) and about herself. She observes others, she tries to study ways of surviving (she’s doing it for the money, she keeps telling herself, to try and get to ‘a better place’), and she knows she is no better than others. Her comments about becoming the witch bitch reminded me of an article I read years back by Barbara Creed about Alien and what she called ‘the monstrous feminine’. Oh yes, she can be scary, but she’s strong.

There are lighter moments, like her songs dedicated to the sweets machine (and although she doesn’t name them, we know them) but these get swallowed up by the soul-destroying routine of working at the bank.

The bank (and the author’s descriptions of the place and the situation brought to my mind not only Kafka and Orwell but also the movie Brazil) is next door to an old graveyard where the protagonist spends some of her waiting time and this London graveyard is the perfect backdrop to the action and a mirror image of the institution, only the graveyard doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t (and seems more welcoming). Like the air conditioning system, filled with nobody knows what, and a nest of corruption and sickness, the whole empire seems to be a bomb ticking. Like Nyla, who fantasises about being sacked, but worries about how she’d manage, we want to see the place collapse but don’t want Nyla to go under. The ending of this first book in the series is a cliffhanger for what might come when Monsters Arise.

This is a fascinating book, a very subjective experience for the reader, but not a novel with a plot full of action. We get to know the inside of the character’s mind but not her life. I don’t think it’s a book for everybody but it’s a scary look into a world some might have suspected existed, but not quite like this. If you want to know more about investment banking from a totally unique perspective, and you dare, go for it.

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