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On this page, I provide a quick overview and links to some books I recommended. Also, provide links to recommended resources for building a blog or tackling your finances. I hope you enjoy.
If you ask my wife, she’ll tell you I’m always on the go and so is my mind. Sitting down for hours with a book is something I just can’t get myself to do. Still, I truly believe the information contained in books can have a profound effect on our lives. So most of the books I consume are via audible books.
I subscribe to a monthly Audible Membership. It’s an excellent way to listen to audiobooks. With the membership, I get one credit a month that which can be used to get an audiobook of any value! That’s when I usually pick up those a $25 – $40 dollar books.
I really enjoy audiobooks. They allow me to listen while traveling, hiking, etc., giving me the superhuman ability to do two things at once. As an engineer, I can’t help but admire the efficiency. I mostly read non-fiction. I believe there is so much we can learn from those that came before us or from someone that has achieved something great in their lives. A book can be inspiring, emotional, educational, moving, etc.. If you catch me with earbuds in there is most likely an audiobook playing.
Below are some of my favorite books to-date. I’ll keep this up to date as I discover new books to recommend. If you’re interested in any of these books I made it easy for you, just click the book title and go right to Amazon and pick it up. Pretty easy yeah?
Full disclosure: Please note that this page does contain affiliate links so if you click one of the links and buy a book I may receive a small compensation.
Business & Life
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
I did not expect to enjoy this books as much as I did. The story of Nike is incredible. It was inspiring and even moving at times. It reinforced in my mind the power of the human will to succeed.
Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Finding Your Message, Building a Tribe, and Changing the World
I opened this book with hesitation since I knew it was a book written to help sell a software solution called ClickFunnels. However, if you are a marketer or salesperson, this book is packed with proven techniques for engaging and motivating potential customers. I think it’s a must-read for marketers.
The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
You can get tons of motivation from this book. It reminds us that we must keep moving forward toward our dreams. If you are looking for some motivation and strategies to tackle a project or improve your life in some way, pick up this book. You won’t regret it. It is read by the author so I think to listen to it via Audible really adds to the experience.
Evangelpreneur: How Biblical Free Enterprise Can Empower Your Faith, Family, and Freedom
What led me to this book is hearing individuals quote the bible stating that money is evil and that having the ambition to earn lots of money and become wealthy is morally corrupt or even worse a damnable sin. This book fleshes out some of those topics as well as many others. This book explains how money is just a tool and the idea that if we have more of it we can choose to use that blessing for good or evil. We can hold onto it and protect it or we can give it and help others. A good read for anyone that battles internal feelings of contradiction between money and faith.
Quit Your Job in 6 Months (series)
Quit Your Job in 6 Months: Book 1: Why You Should Quit Your Job & How You Can
Quit Your Job in 6 Months: Book 2: Internet Business Blueprint: Business Plan for Quick, Efficient Results
Quit Your Job in 6 Months: Book 3: Your First 10,000 Email Subscribers
These are the first books I read that made me realize just how many ways there are t help people and make money while doing it, all online. Admittedly these books are a few years old now and a few things have changed but I reread them after 3 years and they still provided tons of useful information! If you are interested in internet marketing, start with these.
Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition
Guy Kawasaki was a marketer at Apple in 1984. Since then he has made a fortune and spent much of his time in Silicon Valley. As part of the Venture Capital (VC) community, he has seen and heard pitches from thousands of thousands of hopeful startups. He knows the in’s and out’s of getting a business off the ground. This book is an excellent dive into what to do and what not to do when it comes to starting and eventually pitching a business. If you are interested in business or startup, this book will give you some pointers (and some laughs) to help you get started.
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
If you haven’t read anything by Simon Sinek this is a great place to start. He writes about leadership in life and in organizations. His material is references observations, research and is based the biological chemistry that make up our psychological and physiological existence. Don’t worry it’s not boring and it’s really interesting stuff. He also wrote a book called Start with Why. While it’s a great book, I do believe this book is better. Of course, you could just read them both like I did then decide for yourself! 🙂
Roadside MBA: Back Road Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business Owners
I received my MBA after two years of evening classes and what felt like endless study. I listened to this book after that study and I was surprised that this book covered numerous lessons from my coursework. If you are in business or leadership and are strapped for time I suggest this book. If you already have an MBA it is a nice refresher. If you don’t have an MBA, diving into this book will give you many of the talking points those B-School grads may reference in meetings and discussion. It’ll help increase your confidence.
The Universal Laws of Success and Achievement
This was the first content from Brian Tracy I consumed. I had heard about him but after reading many other self-help author’s books. I was surprised at how much new compelling information was shared in this book. I listened to this book on audible and it was not cheap. I purchased it with one of my monthly credits, so it only cost me 15 bucks but even at full price, it would have been well worth it. In fact, acting on some of the content of this book will quickly pay back in dividends.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that feels in a rut and looking for some motivation or anyone looking for that next idea that will take them to the next level.
I cannot say enough about this book. I’ve purchased it for multiple people and recommended it probably more than 100 times. I don’t know if I was just at a time in my life where this was exactly what I needed but this book is powerful. I find it amazing how the things we tell ourselves and the stories we play out in our minds affect our lives and happiness. I remember reading this one late one night I couldn’t put it down and eventually I had to get up and write a bunch of things down that I was thinking.
I suggest this book. Period. Whether you’re looking for help with something in life or just a good laugh (Jen Sinero is seriously funny in this book) you won’t regret the time you spend with this title.
The Road to Character
After reading a few biographies and considering the respect I have for individuals of impeccable integrity, I decided to pick up this book and dive into ‘the road to character’. This book reviews the lives and principles of several successful and notably developed character. Throughout the book, it challenges me to look inward at my own values and measures of success and consider living beyond the moment or the rat-race to find something deeper and more meaningful.
The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Twelve Keys to Successful Living
I heard about this book from a friend in sales. I decided to pick it up because it was short easy read. It did not disappoint. The book has a great storyline and walks through some principles which lead to success in life. Good book and certainly worth the few hours of your time. If you do dive into this one grab a highlighter too… I found myself marking pages for future review.
How to Win Friends & Influence People (Revised) by Dale Carnegie (1981-09-02)
Although this is an older book its teachings still hold true. This book should be read by anyone that wants to succeed in life. Regardless of how you define success this book and its lessons can help you accomplish the things you want in life.
Man’s Search for Meaning
We all feel like we have been through hell sometime in our life or maybe we feel we’re going through hell now… This book dives into one man’s experience living through the Holocaust and how he held on to hope through losing everything. This is an eye-opening story which puts life into perspective including the importance of hope, love, and gratitude.
The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
This is THE book on personal finance. Not only has it sold millions of copies the steps in this book can be deployed by ANYONE and will change your life for the better. Honestly, I didn’t subscribe to all the guidance in the book. I’m a numbers guy and felt like the advice in this book was too simplistic and adding little tweaks would improve the results… wrong. You must submit yourself to the process and follow through with intensity. It wasn’t until I did that, that I got amazing results!
I am on Baby Step X right now. Those of you that have read this one knows that means I’ve paid off all my debt, saved, an emergency fund, contribute 15% of the household income to investments … etc.. It’s great. I recommend this book to everyone regardless of income, profession, or net worth. Everyone can benefit from the principle in this title.
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns
After coupling this book with guidance and teachings from a finance professor which I deeply respected, I am even more convinced than ever that low-cost index funds are the best investment vehicle for 99.99% of investors. If you don’t know a heck of a lot about investing this book is a great place to start. If you have traded stocks with varied success, this is still a good book to read. So much effort is put into trying to optimize investments… and the efforts are wasted for 98% of investors. It’s not sexy and it’s not hard… but implementing the investment strategies in this book is, as Bogle puts it, the winners game.
MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
I felt I was proficient about money. This book introduced completely new concepts about financial independence, wealth, and investing. It’s a long book but the personal finance and investing tips alone are well worth your time.
The Automatic Millionaire, Expanded and Updated: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich
I am a BIG believer that information in this book can help you reach your financial savings goals. I am not a natural saver, however, I have found that when I put saving money on autopilot (or make it automatic) it can really pile up so a significant sum without even realizing it. Great book if you are looking for simple, practical, and easy to implement saving and investing strategies.
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
This one is a classic. Maybe in part because people had told me a lot about it I wasn’t excited to read this one, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Kiyosaki’s story is well told and relatable. Plus there are great nuggets of advice throughout the book. In fact, this book challenged the way I thought about assets and liabilities and introduced the idea of running your financial life like a balance statement. If you are determined to create wealth and abundance in your life you won’t want to miss this book.
Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money
It’s a statistical fact that people of Jewish faith have a propensity create financial wealth in their lives. I picked up this book by Rabbi Daniel Lapin because I was interested to see if it would shed any light on why that is the case. I was not disappointed. This book contains many principles which can lead to creating financial wealth. If you are not Jewish but have an open mind I highly recommend this book.
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
After watching “The Men That Built America” on the history channel I was inspired to read about John D. Rockefeller. He created Standard Oil which was originally for gas lamps in homes but as cars became popular Standard Oil became a giant in the gasoline business. It’s an interesting read on how one person was able to capitalize on changing market needs and evanutally amass a fortune which at one time was said to be worth the equal to 336 billion US dollars in 2007 dollars. It’s a long one but it’s interesting and recommended especially if you are into American history.
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
Buffett is legendary. He has been able to turn his love for numbers and reading into a conglomerate firm called Berkshire Hathaway which owns many companies fully and holds partial investments in many others. It’s interesting reading about an individual which was able to accomplish so much in a lifetime and acquire a personal wealth over 165 billion US dollars most of which he plans on giving away.
I wasn’t a huge apple fan when I picked up this book and I was worried it was just going to just be packed with more hype about Apple and Steve Jobs. However, by the first few pages, I was hooked. Frankly, I hadn’t realized the dramatic impact Steve Jobs had in our lives. Reading this one certainly grew my respect for Apple and Steve Jobs. This book is an excellent reminder of the impact one person can have on humanity.
While the topics of these books, well anything written by Ayn Rand, are controversial personally, I think Ayn Rand had a beautiful mind. I group these books together because I think they should be read in this order: First the fountainhead. Second Atlas Shrugged.
That’s because I think the storyline of Atlas Shrugged is better appreciated after being introduced to the concepts of the Fountainhead. These are long books, but the story can change the way you look at work, creation, ownership, pride, capitalism, and integrity. For me that’s enough reason to read them but … who is John Gault?
Ready Player One: A Novel
This book was recommended to me and it’s not one I would normally pick up but I’m glad I did. Once I got started I could not put it down. The plotline takes place in the future and while it’s supposed to be fiction I can see how something like this could play out sometime in our societies future. If you are into fiction or video games you’ll want to read this one.