Chances are 200 : 1 that you become a millionaire

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The list author says: "10 exceptional books that can help sharpen your mind to beat the odds - fast. Not by saving dilligently for 10, 20 years... but by using your head intelligently. Taking risks skillfully. Absorbing worldy wisdom. Using high performance psychology. Game Theory. Negotiation skills etc.

No poetry. No romance. We're looking for books that propell our performance for one goal only; financial reward in the business world.

Remember, in Europe/USA, only about 0.50% are 'rich' (defined as liquid assets of USD 1m<). That's 200:1 chance !!!

One has to become extremely exceptional (and lucky). It's a game of skill & chance. We must improve our skills while we can do little with chance, except exposing ourselfs to Lady Luck ... and trying not to make fools of ourself.

The 10 books (in no particular order);"
The Theory of Poker:  A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One
1.  The Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One by David Sklansky
The list author says:
  "Obvious but often overlooked; in order to win you must take risk. Understand the difference beween betting and gambling, probability of outcomes vs magnitude of outcomes, size of individual bets (Kelly formula), consistency vs. home runs. To me, Texas Hold'em No Limit Poker resembles the art of risk taking as a game. Remember; you cannot play poker not to lose."
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Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger, 3rd Edition
2.  Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger, 3rd Edition by Peter Bevelin
The list author says:
  "One of the smartest books i've ever read. It covers 'what influences our thinking', 'the psycholgoy of misjudgements', 'the physics and mathematics of misjudgements' and 'guidelines  for better thinking. The worldy wisdom of Charles Munger & Warren Buffet combined."
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Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions
3.  Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions by Howard Raiffa
The list author says:
  "The ability ot make smart choices is a fundamental life skill and this is a fantastic and practical book on making decisions (incl. decision trees). Remember, one of the advantage of a fellow like Warren Buffet is that he automatically thinks in terms of decision trees."
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Overachievement: The New Science of Working Less to Accomplish More
4.  Overachievement: The New Science of Working Less to Accomplish More by John Eliot
The list author says:
  "Remember, by definition being exceptional puts you outside the team (2% or less). This book could also be called 'The Neurobiology of High Performance' which offers many techniques for exceptional performance which go often against conventional self-improvement and performance techniques. Exceptional book for exceptional performance !!!"
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Game Theory at Work: How to Use Game Theory to Outthink and Outmaneuver Your Competition
5.  Game Theory at Work: How to Use Game Theory to Outthink and Outmaneuver Your Competition by James D. Miller
The list author says:
  "Game Theory - the formalized study of strategy. The study of how competitors act, react, and interact in their strategic pursuit of their self interest. A crucial tool in a competitive world."
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Everything Is Negotiable: How to Get the Best Deal Every Time
6.  Everything Is Negotiable: How to Get the Best Deal Every Time by Gavin Kennedy
The list author says:
  "To be able to negotiate effectively is a fundamental life skill. If you can put a dollar value on what's to be negotiated, this is the very best book. Understand; first bid/offer 'philosophy', goodwill concessions, toughness in negotiation, most useful negotiation word etc."
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The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less
7.  The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch
The list author says:
  "In a scalable environment, there's no more important concept than Pareto's 80/20 principle. While deceptively simple it's not intuitive. Remember; out of 100 workers 20 stars produce 16x more than the rest (80 output/20 star workers)/(20 output/80 workers)=16x! Using this principle continuously can produce outstanding results."
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How to Master the Art of Selling
8.  How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins
The list author says:
  "It isn't failure that hurts us most - fear of failure does the greatest damage. A few things we can do in order to reduce our fear of failure; dating, extreme sports, trading, selling etc.  The most business relevant is certainly selling. A brilliant book on the art of selling."
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Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)
9.  Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The list author says:
  "Financial success is a game of both skill and chance - and infuriantingly, which of those things is most importants often changes without warning. Being able to take risks skillfully we need a profound understanding of risk vs. luck. Fooled by Randomness is all about risk vs. luck. This may very well be one of the smartest books ever written."
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The 33 Strategies of War (Joost Elffers Books)
10.  The 33 Strategies of War (Joost Elffers Books) by Robert Greene
The list author says:
  "Military collected more genuine intellects and risk thinkers than most if not all other profession. This is the one in all book on military geniuses incl. Alexander, Patton, Hannibal, Napoleon, Clausewitz ... studying those men can greatly help you in strategical & tactical thinking."
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