** Sorry for lenght of post. I'm quite passionate about wanting to get a better understanding of math ... I hope the readers of this forum will understand !

Question: Given what I wrote below about me and my goals, does anyone have any particular thoughts on what I can read to help my *approach* to solving math problems at the level I am currently at? I just find math really interesting but at same time headpounding difficult and boring as result. I think with the right approach and mindset it will make things much easier. I would like to work through some 1st and 2nd year Algebra and Calc books.

I would also note I work in the financial sector in a non-math position. But Math is always helpful in this career.

My objective: I don't want to take courses in Algebra or Calculus. My objective is simply to have the use it or lose it approach to math. I don't want to lose anything I already know so I would like to continue practicing.

I have a very good visual memory. I also have a very good concept of written language, science, scientific method, logic given my university studies.

I have a B.A. and BSc and during my degree I've taken mostly some basic statistics courses. I haven't taken anything in Algebra nor Calculus. I have a Linear Algebra book I'd like to work through it. I have a self-defeating notion of Calculus (had straight 'A's for first month of HS calculus then dropped out after I got lost and started making up my answers. I want to conquer my 'fears' and finally be able to work through an entire books' worth of Calculus.

I have a general scope of different fields of math (mostly wikipedia reading) of number theory etc. I suppose other than 1st/2nd year level understanding of Linear Algebra and Calculus and maybe some Stats I don't know where else I would venture. Maybe something relevant to Financial Mathematics.....? And somesort of Physics with Calculus. Physics has always been of interest to me.

The most "recent" math text I worked through was for a Stats class: Essential of Econometrics.

The books that I currently have and plan to work through, I bought largely on strength of reviews on-line and for the calculs book because it uses more concrete examples with physics.

Linear Algebra by Poole

Calculus: An intuitive and Physical Approach by Kline