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Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security

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In this extensively revised and expanded second edition of Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security, Uncle Eric introduces the concept of models. Models (or paradigms) are how people think; they are how we understand our world. Models help us recognize and use the information that is important and bypass that which is not.

To achieve success in our careers, investments, and every other part of our lives, we need sound models. In this book, Mr. Maybury introduces the models he has found most useful (Economics and Higher Law).

Using the epistolary style of writing (using letters to tell a story), Mr. Maybury plays the part of an economist (Uncle Eric) writing a series of letters to his niece or nephew (Chris). Using stories and examples, Mr. Maybury gives interesting and clear explanations of topics that are generally thought to be too difficult for anyone but experts.

Mr. Maybury warns, "beware of anyone who tells you a topic is above you or better left to experts. Many people are twice as smart as they think they are, but they've been intimidated into believing some topics are above them. You can understand almost anything if it is explained well."

This is the first book in the Uncle Eric series and, while designed to stand alone, it also provides an excellent foundation for Maybury's other books.


Paperback.  192 pages, quality paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches.

Reading level: Ages 14 through Adult.

Course Uses:  Can be used for courses in business, finance, economics and entrepreneurship.

Corresponding student study guide: A Bluestocking Guide: Building a Personal Model for Success

Series Information: Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security is part of the 11 book series: Uncle Eric's Model of How The World Works.
Though there is a recommended order of reading for the series, the books can be read in any order, and each have been written to stand alone.

Table of Contents for Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security
Uncle Eric's Model of How the World Works
Study Guide Availble
Author's Disclosure

Part One: How the Mind Works
1. How We Understand Our World
2. Building Mental Pictures
3. Sorting Data
4. Where is the Evidence?
5. How to Learn or Teach Models
6. Two Highly Important Models
7. History Without Models
8. A Model for Selecting Models
9. Does it Predict?
10. A Way to Test a Model You Are Not Qualified to Test
11. Beware of Tautology
12. How to Control People
13. Cognitive Dissonance
14. How to Stop Learning
15. Automatic Evil
16. Models Tend to Merge
17. How to Get Started Learning Models

Part Two: The Best Model for Success
18. What is Success?
19. A Short History of Models for Success
20. Another Mouth to Feed
21. A Model Born of Desperation
22. Making Your Model Work
23. How to Acquire a Business
24. What Kind of Millionaire Do You Want to Be?
25. Savings and Investments
26. Social Security
27. Real Estate and Debt
28. Investment Advisors
29. Negative Real Interest Rates
30. How to Keep What You Have Earned
31. Summary

Bibliography and Suggested Reading
About Richard J. Maybury