I was going to have a budget up for everyone today, but it needs a bit more work…..and I got sucked into a good book. Now, I read lots of blogs and online content, but I am not much of an analog book reader (read: physical books).
When I do read, I love motivational, financial and entrepreneurship oriented books. I guess I’m a bit of an idea guy, part-time dreamer and someone who is always looking for how to better help people. So I end up reading non-fiction books.
They improve my life in so many ways and sometimes are the spark the lights an idea in my brain to make some significant, impactful changes. So I wanted to share with you my current reading wish list, including books I have read and am reading. Most of these will be affiliate links, so if you decide to join me in my reading ventures, I do receive a small commission. I thank you for the support, and I know these books will change your life like they have mine
Books I’ve Read
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey: This book was the spark that ignited in me a passion for personal finance and budgeting. You could say that Dave Ramsey started this website Great read for those getting started AND for those who just need a kick in the pants to start taking control of their finances in a real way.
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley: This book was given to me as a Christmas gift a few years back. I LOVE NUMBERS, so this was an awesome case study of who REAL millionaires actually are. Hint: They don’t lease fancy cars and buy crap they can’t afford to impress people they don’t even like.
Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallman: This book caused me to completely cancel my Edward Jones Roth IRA and transfer it to a Roth IRA at Vanguard.com. You can check out my review of the book here. Essentially, it showed me, in simple terms, why investing in index funds is SO MUCH SMARTER than paying ridiculous fees to people who TRY to beat the market….and mostly fail.
Books I’m Currently Reading
The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt: My wife read this book in college and kept telling me to read it. Finally, I sat down last week and opened it up. Last night, I read 100 pages and almost fell asleep on the couch, book in hand (hence the reason for no budget post today). It’s a very easy read, with a compelling story, but is teaching VERY IMPORTANT business principles that can apply to ALL entrepreneurs and people who want to lead. Also, Average Joe from Stacking Benjamins recommended it, so I have to trust someone more ‘famous’ than me on this one. Great read so far, will have many actions items after setting this book down.
Books On My Wish List
E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber: Every “Top 5 small business owner must read” lists include this book, and usually near the very top. This has been on my “read soon” list for about a year, definitely picking this one up next. Or maybe for Christmas….(WIFE?!)
The Four Pillars Of Investing by William Bernstein: I don’t know about you, but investing is kind of scary. I feel like it’s gambling sometimes, and it’s really hard to know how to build a good portfolio that maximizes potential upside and minimizes risk of losing it ALL. This book is a classic in the ways of passive investing and investing for people who don’t want to waste money on fees.
A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel: In the same vein as The Four Pillars Of Investing, this book has been known as “the first book to purchase when starting a portfolio.” The latest edition also addresses the recent Recession that scared MANY investors out of the stock market.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki: A few of you have suggested this book, and I have heard good things. I was hesitant knowing how much he suggests leveraging yourself, but I know that it isn’t all bad, and could learn a thing or two from this book. Adding to my list.
Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin: The book that has motivated MANY of the finance bloggers out there, as well as many who have gone on to become Financially Independent WAY before traditional retirement age. I want to read this AND get my wife to read it as well
And that’s my awesome reading list. WHAT’S YOURS?