These 4 books can help boost your finances and improve your economic worldview. They are timeless masterpieces that can be reread over and over again, repeatedly teaching you new things. As your perspective on life changes, you will continuously learn new things from these books. I would suggest highlighting and underlining the lessons that you learn, so that you can skim through them weeks, or years later. It is a great way to revisit the powerful messages found in these books and draw out the lessons you have learned.
A lot of studies recommend that you read a new book each week, but I believe in a different philosophy. I believe that is isnt the quantity of books you read, but the quality. It is also important to implement what you learn in these quality, in order to truly succeed. You have to take what you learn, and turn it into action.
Book 1: The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley
The Millionaire Mind is by far the greatest finance book of all time. I know that there are many great finance books out by authors such as Robert Kiyosaki or Dave Ramsey, but I don’t think anything compares to what you will learn from The Millionaire Mind.
The author of this book is a Professor from Georgia State University, who wrote the book based on his research on millionaires. Thomas J. Stanley interviewed hundreds of millionaires and created a system based on his results. I recommend you read this book and underline all of the lessons you learn, because you can go back to it years later and gain new insight.
Book 2: Getting Things Done by David Allen
If you have seen my YouTube videos, you have probably heard me mention Getting Things Done before. This is my secret weapon to getting so much done every day. People often wonder how successful individuals, can achieve so much in a day, all while still having time for a private life. I have four small children aged 9 months, 3, 5, and 7, so I know all about the struggle of balance of work and family. This book has taught me how to utilize my time in the most productive way so that I can make free videos, write blogs, mentor students, and still have time to go fishing, surfing, or spend time with my family.
David Allen has created a genius system for managing all of your responsibilities in a timely matter. He actually discovered this system by studying successful CEOS and Industry leaders, and finding that they get just as frazzled as everyone else. They have a large list of to-dos that they need to accomplish, and David invented a way to manage it all.
This book is almost as sacred as the Bible, because it is so full of powerful and useful information. I reread it multiple times every year, because I am continuously on a mission to master what David teaches. If you haven’t read this book I suggest you download or purchase the latest version and welcome a whole new insight to productivity. If you have read this book before, there is a newer version available with brand new lessons, that I suggest checking out.
Book 3: Boundaries by Henry Cloud
Most of you reading this list, have probably never heard of this book before. If Book 2 is to teach you HOW to get everything done, then Book 3 Boundaries will help you to set boundaries and prioritize what you get done.
After reading just the introduction of this book, I believe you will be hooked, because it will be describing your life and the craziness of trying to juggle everything. It a simply wonderful book and a necessary read to get full use out of the system in Getting Things Done.
Book 2 will not teach you what to do first, second or third. You need to read Boundaries in conjunction with Getting Things Done because they work together to help you become a more productive person.
Every single individual has the same 24 hours in each day. It is the great equalizer between both successful and unsuccessful people. The true difference between successful and unsuccessful people is how they spend those 24 hours. Successful people are constantly looking for ways to be as productive with their time. Getting Things Done and Boundaries will provide you with tools needed to be just as productive and efficient as the most successful individuals in the world. Learning to master the lessons and techniques in these two books will maximize your results.
Book 4: Re-Work by Jason Fried
When dealing with the basic idea of how to become a millionaire, this books will help you to put forth the best business approach. People spend way too much time on useless actions that produce little to no results. . Re-Work will provide you with the information needed to help decide what you do and do not need to do when starting a small business.
It is my personal belief that creative real estate investing is the best small business in America. But even if this is not the business you decide to go into, if you want to become a millionaire, you are most likely going to need to start some sort of business. This book will teach you what to focus on and most importantly, what not to focus on.
Many people worry about business details that will not vastly improve their business success rate. Worrying about business cards or flyers, because they think they need to do all of these small things in order to be successful. In truth, I have never had business cards, and I am extremely successful. The idea that you need to do a ton of stuff upfront in order to be prosperous in business, is ridiculous. This book will teach you how to understand what the most important business actions are, and how to do them correctly.
I personally believe that creative real estate investing and flipping houses is the greatest small business in America. But whether that is the business you are in or not, if you are going to become a millionaire, you are probably going to start a business at some point. This book teaches you what to focus on and more importantly what you should not focus on.
Rework is a great book that can be utilized to successfully start your own business. I wish it had been around when I first got started, because maybe then, I wouldn’t have ended up homeless. It is an amazing and powerful book that every future or current business owner should read.
I hope this list helps you to become more productive and efficient in business and personal finance. If you have any questions on the topic, feel free to leave me a message in the comment section below. I try to set aside time each week, just to answer your questions. If you would like to learn more about creative real estate investing, you can also watch my videos on Youtube or listen to my Podcast. I provide listeners with powerful information on many real estate investing topics.
If you are truly struggling to get start your own creative real estate endeavor, then I suggest you apply for my apprenticeship program. Real estate investing is not easy and having a mentor to teach you the ropes can truly save you time and money. My team and I provide our students with the knowledge and tools to become successful real estate investors and flippers. We guide them through the entire investing process and share techniques that no other organization has.