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Best loser wins : why normal thinking never wins the trading game / Hougaard, Tom
Best Loser Wins is an intimate insight into one of the most prolific high-stake retail traders in the world. Tom Hougaard is the winner of multiple trading competitions and on one occasion traded the equivalent of $30,000 into more than $1.3 million over the course of a year.

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Brand it like Serhant : stand out from the crowd, build your following, and earn more money / Serhant, Ryan
"Brand is everything. Whether you're a real estate broker, a hair stylist, or a contractor, your end goal is the same: get leads and generate new business. You want people to think of you the split second they consider looking for a new apartment, getting highlights, or finally redoing that guest bathroom. And while building a brand from scratch sounds daunting, the authentic you is already a brand-you just might not know it yet. Brand It Like Serhant guides readers through the exact same strategy that transformed Serhant from that-broker-above-Burger Heaven into the most recognized real estate brand in the world. Like the bestselling Sell it Like Serhant and Big Money Energy, Ryan's third book features actionable, easy-to-follow advice couched within the crazy stories that continue to make up his daily life as an entrepreneur, but also fresh and incisive interviews with the people behind some of the most popular brands today: Gary Vaynerchuck, Kenneth Cole, Rebecca Minkoff, Justina Blakeny, and Mark Manson, to name a few. Start to finish, this book empowers readers to build an authentic, enduring brand by becoming known for what they want to be known for-and skyrocket their career"--

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Cultures of growth : how the new science of mindset can transform individuals, teams, and organizations / Murphy, Mary C.
Social psychologist Mary Murphy offers a groundbreaking reconsideration of individual and team success -- showing how to create and sustain a growth mindset in any organization's culture. In Cultures of Growth, Dweck's protege, Mary Murphy, a social psychologist at both Stanford and Indiana University, shows that mindset transcends individuals. A growth mindset culture can transform any group, team, or classroom to reach breakthroughs while also helping each person achieve their potential. Murphy's original decade-long research reveals that organizations and teams more geared toward growth inspire deeper learning, spark collaboration, spur innovation, and build trust necessary for risk-taking and inclusion. They are also less likely to cheat, cut corners, or steal each other's ideas. And they're more likely to achieve top results.

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Die with zero : getting all you can from your money and your life / Perkins, Bill (William O.)
"A startling new philosophy and practical guide to getting the most out of your money-and out of life-for those who value memorable experiences as much as their earnings"--Provided by publisher.

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Doglapan : the hard truth about life and start-ups / Grover, Ashneer
This is the unfettered story of Ashneer Grover-the favourite and misunderstood poster boy of Start-up India. Raw, gut-wrenching in its honesty and completely from the heart, this is storytelling at its finest. A young boy with a 'refugee' tag growing up in Delhi's Malviya Nagar outpaces his circumstances by becoming a rank-holder at the pinnacle of academic excellence in India-IIT Delhi. He goes on to do an MBA from the hallowed halls of IIM Ahmedabad, builds a career as an investment banker at Kotak Investment Banking and AmEx, and is pivotal in the making of two unicorns-Grofers, as CFO, and BharatPe, as co-founder. As a judge on the popular TV show Shark Tank India, Ashneer becomes a household name even as his life turns upside down. Controversy, media spotlight, garrulous social media chatter descend, making it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction.

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Easy money : cryptocurrency, casino capitalism, and the golden age of fraud / Mckenzie, Benjamin
"At the height of the pandemic, TV star Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Gotham) was the perfect mark for cryptocurrency: a dad stuck at home with some cash in his pocket, worried about his family, armed with only the vague notion that people were making heaps of money on something he-despite a degree in economics-didn't entirely understand. Lured in by the promise of taking power from banks, possibly improving democracy, and sure, a touch of FOMO, McKenzie dove deep into blockchain, Bitcoin, and the various other coins and exchanges on which they are traded. But after scratching the surface, he had to ask, "Am I crazy, or is this all a total scam?" In Easy Money, McKenzie enlists the help of journalist Jacob Silverman for a caper and exposé that points in shock to the climactic final days of cryptocurrency now upon us. Weaving together stories of average traders and victims, colorful crypto "visionaries," Hollywood's biggest true believers, anti-crypto whistleblowers, and government agents searching for solutions at the precipice of a major crash, Easy Money is an on-the-ground look at a perfect storm of 2008 Housing Bubble-level irresponsibility and criminal fraud potentially ten times more devastating than Bernie Madoff"--

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Elon Musk / Isaacson, Walter
"From the author of Steve Jobs and other bestselling biographies, this is the astonishingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our era--a rule-breaking visionary who helped to lead the world into the era of electric vehicles, private space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Oh, and took over Twitter."

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Flip your life : how to find opportunity in distress-in real estate, business, and life / El Moussa, Tarek
"Tarek El Moussa is everywhere, with 1.3M engaged social media followers and stars on HGTV's hit show Flipping 101 w/ Tarek El Moussa as well as the new HGTV docu-series The Flipping El Moussas, where he combines his passions for real estate and family in every project. With over a decade of experience, flipping close to 1,000 properties, selling over 1,000 houses, owning multiple apartment buildings and self-storage facilities, El Moussa is a successful entrepreneur, real estate expert and investor. He has a personal rental portfolio of over 200 properties, a wholesale real estate company, a fix and flip real estate company called Tarek Buys Houses, a private equity investment firm called TEM Capital, a production company called Homemade Productions, a real estate education company called Homeschooled by Tarek, and a solar company called Solar Vision. It will surprise Tarek's fans to learn that it wasn't an easy road to the top. After seeing a promising baseball career end before it even began with a devastating shoulder injury, a young and aimless Tarek had no clue what he wanted to do with his life. So, he drank. Finally, one night, Tarek decided not to drink, and instead stepped outside to look at the night sky for the first time since he could remember. That was when he decided his life needed to change-a lot. And fast. In Flip Your Life, Tarek uses his story-that of a lost young man trying to find his way in the world-to take us through the steps of how we can achieve our own goals. Whether in real estate or life, Tarek reveals his proven four-step process: Evaluate Emulate Renovate Duplicate In chapters such as "Enlist Your Crew" and "Renovate Relentlessly," Tarek walks us through how to identify our goals, find the people to help us accomplish them, and then make those first steps with confidence. Along the way, he immerses us in personal and intimate moments that reveal the man behind the beloved HGTV persona, and sheds light for the first time on pivotal moments in his life. From the very early days of his real estate career, including tremendous financial highs followed by devastating lows, filming Flip or Flop with his ex-wife Christina, to his earth-shattering bouts with thyroid and testicular cancer, a crippling back injury, his subsequent addiction to steroids, and his long and hard-earned path to recovery. A natural coach and teacher, Tarek offers us a candid look behind the camera, making Flip Your Life a practical, easy-to-use guide to help readers everywhere learn how to turn their lives from desultory, unhappy "flops" into focused, meaningful, hugely fulfilling success stories"--

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Food, inc. 2 : inside the quest for a better future for food / Weber, Karl
Food, incorporated two
"America's food system is broken, harming family farmers, workers, the environment, and our health. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here, brilliant innovators, scientists, journalists and activists explain how we can create a hopeful new future for food, if we have the courage to seize the moment"--

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Mutual fund investing for Canadians for dummies / Bell, Andrew
Mutual fund investing for Canadians
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Own your money : practical strategies to budget better, earn more, and reach your 6-figure savings goals / Allocca, Michela
"In Your Budget Blueprint, Michela Allocca offers a new, empowering take on how to budget, spend, and invest -- for 20-somethings and beyond!"--

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Pain hustlers : crime and punishment at an opioid startup / Hughes, Evan
Crime and punishment at an opioid startup
"The blistering inside story of a startup that made millions pushing opioids--until its cutthroat tactics were exposed and its executives put behind bars. John Kapoor had amassed a small fortune in pharmaceuticals when he conceived of a new product. It was the 2000s, and opioids were big business. If Kapoor, an immigrant and the billionaire founder of Insys, could find a new way to administer the highly potent fentanyl, he could patent his invention and sell it to those in need--at a steep price. The only problem: There weren't enough people in need. Kapoor's drug was approved for breakthrough cancer pain. If Subsys was going to turn a profit, the company would need to persuade doctors to prescribe it 'off-label,' for other, lesser forms of pain. This is the story of how Insys turned a niche drug into big business. With executives leading the charge, Insys sales reps seduced doctors with charm, money, and sex. Its administrators lied to health care providers, claiming recipients had cancer when they did not. It pushed drugs onto patients that would have benefited from safer options, or no drugs at all. The strategy worked: When Insys went public, it notched the biggest IPO of its year. But several employees reached their limit and quietly blew the whistle, bringing the full force of the justice system upon the drug maker. In [Pain Hustlers], author and National Magazine Award-finalist Evan Hughes lays bare the pharma playbook. He shows how drug makers like Insys, fueled by greed and a hunger for market share, turn deception into profit. The book represents a stunning vindication, but also a cautionary tale. As Hughes shows, Insys didn't do anything its competitors weren't also doing. It was simply worse at covering its tracks."--

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PMP exam prep : accelerated learning to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam / Mulcahy, Rita
Project management professional exam prep
Project management -- Examinations, questions, etc.
Project management -- Examinations -- Study guides
Study guides.

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Prepare for impact : driving growth and serving others through the principles of human-centered leadership / Eber, Jim
When you separate yourself from the pack and become a top-producing salesperson, leadership opportunities happen. But when they do, are you prepared to lead? Ryan and Chad Estis weren’t. Prepare for Impact unpacks the playbook the Estis brothers used to succeed, first by using thirty simple steps to achieve ambitious sales goals and then by following nine tactics that answer the question of how leaders can show up for their teams, help them achieve their potential, and find fulfillment at work and in life. Today, Ryan is a globally recognized sales and leadership expert, founding partner of ImpactEleven, and keynote speaker helping many of the world’s best-known brands deliver growth. Chad leads business operations for the Dallas Cowboys, the most valuable sports franchise on the planet. Through drive and commitment, Ryan and Chad Estis know how to get results and foster deep connections. Prepare for Impact is their entertaining, actionable approach to making your own impact at any point in your career and in turn helping make the world of work a better place.

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Private equity : a memoir / Sun, Carrie
"When we meet Carrie Sun, she can't shake the feeling that she's wasting her life. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Carrie excelled in school, graduated early from MIT, and climbed up the corporate ladder, all in pursuit of the American dream. But at twenty-nine, she's left her analyst job, dropped out of an MBA program, and is trapped in an unhappy engagement. So when she gets the rare opportunity to work at one of the most prestigious hedge funds in the world, she knows she can't say no. Carrie is the sole assistant to the firm's billionaire founder. Playing the game at the highest levels, amid the ultimate winners in our winner-take-all economy, Carrie soon finds her identity swallowed whole by work. With her physical and mental health deteriorating, she begins to rethink what it actually means to waste one's life"--

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Read write own : building the next era of the Internet / Dixon, Chris
"The Internet of today is a far cry from its early promise of a decentralized, democratic network of creativity and innovation. In the past decade, the Internet has fallen under the control of a tiny group of massive companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook. In Read Write Own, tech visionary Chris Dixon argues that the dream of an open network for fostering creativity and entrepreneurship doesn't have to die, and that in fact it can, and must, be saved with blockchain networks, which he vitally separates from the currency-based speculation that it is unfortunately lumped together with-a distinction he calls "The Computer vs The Casino". With lucid and compelling prose-and drawing from his first-hand observations, mental models, and experiences over a 25-year career in the Internet industry-Dixon shows how the Internet has undergone three distinct eras, bringing us to the critical moment we're in today. The first act was the "read era," lasting from 1990 to 2005, in which early Internet networks democratized information. In the "read-write era," 2006-2020, corporate networks democratized publishing. And we are now entering the "read-write-own era," sometimes called web3, in which blockchain networks have begun to democratize ownership, granting power and economic benefits to the participants in the network-not just to massive corporations"--

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Red helicopter : a parable for our times : lead change with kindness (plus a little math) / Rhee, James
"A true story of triumph by award-winning business leader, impact investor, and educator James Rhee about finding success and happiness with the simple yet powerful combination of kindness and math"--

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Rich dad poor dad : with updates for today's world--and 9 study session sections / Kiyosaki, Robert T.
April of 2022 marks a 25-year milestone for the personal finance classic Rich Dad Poor Dad that still ranks as the #1 Personal Finance book of all time. And although 25 years have passed since Rich Dad Poor Dad was first published, readers will find that very little in the book itself has changed -- and for good reason. While so much in our world is changing a high speed, the lessons about money and the principles of Rich Dad Poor Dad haven't changed. Today, as money continues to play a key role in our daily lives, the messages in Robert Kiyosaki's international bestseller are more timely and more important than ever. --

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Slow productivity : the lost art of accomplishment without burnout / Newport, Cal
"The author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work offers a philosophy for pursuing meaningful accomplishment while avoiding overload. History's most creative and impactful philosophers, scientists, artists, and writers mastered the art of producing valuable work with staying power. In this book, Cal Newport harnesses the wisdom of these traditional knowledge workers to transform modern jobs. Drawing from research on the habits and mindsets of a varied cast of thinkers from Galileo and Isaac Newton to Jane Austen and Georgia O'Keefe, Newport lays out the key principles of "slow productivity" and provides step-by-step advice for workers to replace the standard notion of productivity with a slower, more humane alternative"--

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Smoke and ashes : opium's hidden histories / Ghosh, Amitav
When Amitav Ghosh began the research for his monumental cycle of novels the Ibis Trilogy, he was startled to learn how the lives of the nineteenth-century sailors and soldiers he wrote about were dictated not only by the currents of the Indian Ocean but also by the precious commodity carried in enormous quantities on those currents: opium. Most surprising of all, however, was the discovery that his own identity and family history were swept up in the story. 'Smoke and Ashes' is at once a travelogue, a memoir, and an essay in history, drawing on decades of archival research. In it, Ghosh traces the transformative effect the opium trade had on Britain, India, and China, as well as the world at large. Moving deftly between horticultural history, the mythologies of capitalism, and the social and cultural repercussions of colonialism, in 'Smoke and Ashes' Ghosh reveals the role that one small plant has had in making our world, now teetering on the edge of catastrophe.

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