#2 BiG Book of Business Investing Strategies and Gurus

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If you Google the “top 50 people in business, management or leadership” you’ll get many lists such as:

In The Strange Nature of Lists, Chris Brogan (on the list) warns “try never to be swayed by lists of this nature … I’m still working hard and won’t stop until I’m on the list I most want to occupy: ‘People Who Equipped Me For Success,’ and only you can write that list.”

What is “success” and whose advice or methods you choose to follow (who’s your guru) is up to you.

Here are Steve Jobs’s insights on success from 3 perspectives  “Trust; Love and Loss; and Death”  Stanford Commencement Speech 2005  film-frame-play-icon

Guru Cops:

There are a lot of claims in these investment areas, so the following will help you check out some of them:

Australian Skeptics ”is a loose confederation of groups across Australia that investigate paranormal and pseudo-scientific claims from a responsible scientific viewpoint. Most people are familiar with the more popular subjects that we investigate such as astrology, fortune telling, UFOs and crop circles; But did you know that we also investigate topics like fundamentalism, Feng Shui, subluxations and vitamin supplements? … Test your sceptical knowledge and see how many of the topics on our list are familiar to you.”

The Checkout (ABC TV consumer affairs satirical show) has a list of resources for consumer complaints/organisations. If you have a bad consumer experience, you could always email your gripe or post a video there on F.U. Tube where you can post your own videos and complain about products!

Money Smart (Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

Scamwatch Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) (ACCC) has  useful tips and tricks to avoid:

At Guru Cops you’ll find more information on these and others such as:  Choice: Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS); plus various industry bodies and regulators ADPIA; AFA; AIA; API.

 The ‘About’ column simply quotes their marketing blurb – hence the “…. ” (so we don’t misrepresent or misquote their claims).

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Ben Angel   “is an author, business and lifestyle columnist and marketing specialist on personal branding. As a professional speaker he has delivered presentations for Toyota, Australia Post, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Action International and Energise Enterprise Business Festival. Ben grooms entrepreneurs, companies and authors in how to become more seductive to their target market, the media and their colleagues via networking … more » Lifestyle; Marketing; Personal branding
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