I love reading.
From the looks of it you do too. I mean, why else would you be reading a list of books?
But finding good personal development books can be ridiculously hard to find.
So I vetted dozen of books to bring you the best financial books to read this fall.
The Man Who Quit Money- Mark Sundeen
I really enjoyed this book, however, I have recommended it to others and they had less than stellar raves. If you are the type of person who sometimes daydreams about quitting life, living in the middle of no where off the land, you’ll love this book. It’s a super interesting idea, and Daniel (main character) is one of the most fascinating people I’ve read about in a long time.
The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
This fictional book, had me so enthralled into what was going on. I really love reading how an alchemist, a fictional person who can turn lead into gold, goes through a journey of trying to find happiness. It’s beautifully written, has a great life message, and ultimately shows you how you can be an alchemist in your own life.
The Power of Habit- Charles Duhigg
If I had one book to recommend, it would be this one. I freaking loooooved this book! Charles did such a great job with storytelling and bringing research into the writings. If you’ve ever wanted to understand where the hell habits come from, how we can actually build up positive habits, this book is for you! If you think you need to be focusing on the execution of the habit, you’re going to want to rethink your strategy after reading this.
Narconomics: How To Run A Drug Cartel- Tom Wainwright
Oddly fantastic! This book follows a journalist covering drug crime in Mexico. He gets the chance to learn how a drug cartel runs, details of how these criminals are running their business, and walks us through the economics of running a drug cartel. Super interesting stuff!!
For Your Career
Think And Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill
This book is old. So keeping that into consideration, put aside some sexist comments here and there; the content is pure gold (even for today’s world)! The concept of manifesting, masterminds, and importance of self-education are all discussed in this book. I recommend getting the shorter version, grabbing some coffee and take lots of notes- it’s a great read!
How To Win Friends And Influence People- Dale Carnegie
Another classic first written in 1937, but I would buy the newer version. This book notoriously hits top lists of must read year after year. If you want to learn how to best work with people, be better at persuading people, and hold great conversation you’ve got to read this book. I appreciated the conversational tone throughout the book and ultimately, it’s rated so highly for a reason.
The 5 Second Rule- Mel Robbins
I listened to this book recently and immediately started listening to it a second time. It’s that good! I am notoriously a 3-4 time snooze button hitter (hey, I’m not proud) and recently, I after implementing the 5 second rule, I’ve been able to get my butt out of bed without hitting snooze. It’s also been helping me break my habits of procrastination. The strategy is simple, but I recommend reading the book because it reenforces the idea and gets you fired up to start implementing.
Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By And Get Your Financial Life Together- Erin Lowry
#GYFLT Not only did this book have me cracking up, I was really fascinated by how much I learned about managing money. Erin has a friendly, conversational tone throughout the book that will legitimately have you entertained the entire time. The other really cool part about this book is the design- it’s not meant to be read from cover to cover. It’s sort of a like a choose your own adventure book. Just pick it up. You’ll see what I mean. 🙂
Money: Master The Game- Tony Robbins
This book sparked an entire change in the way I invest my money. I used to invest in mutual funds through a traditional advisor, never asking what my fees were. After reading this book, I began comfortably investing on my own, understanding how important fees are and mitigating them as much as possible. Although this was a hefty book, it was full of interviews with top financial experts, billionaires and people that are responsible for investing millions of dollars on a normal basis. Totally worth a read!
The Millionaire Next Door- Thomas Stanley
Everything you thought you knew about the the average millionaire is probably wrong. This book opened my eyes to what financially successful people are actually doing, what types of careers they have, the cars they drive, the homes they live in and even how much they spend on shoes and suits. Not a great storytelling book, but for quick facts and some decent data, this is my go-to book!
Rich Dad Poor Dad- Robert Kiyosaki
One of the earliest personal finance books I read was RDPD. It completely transformed my view of wealth. The book details out the (probably) real story of Robert’s real dad who was making great money, but living paycheck to paycheck and his friend’s dad, who invested beach front property and ended up living a much more fulfilling and wealthy life. Then you learn a bit about different types of wealth accumulators. It’s pretty interesting and made me rethink what I thought I knew.
Predictably Irrational- Dan Ariely
If you think you are a rational consumer, you are more than likely wrong. This book details in a really engaging way, how we make decisions like purchasing an expensive meal and then cut coupons to save 50 cents on a can of soup… it’s great! I think this should be required reading because you you can get into behavioral finance, you start to understand why we make irrational decisions and more importantly, start to make better decisions.
Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind- T. Harv Eker
While a little woo-woo at times, I really enjoyed the reminder of how important our mindset it with the wealth building process. If you need an extra kick in the pants to remind yourself that your mindset can support your goals or slowly break them down, then this is the book for you. There are exercises at the end of each chapter that help you start to reframe and reiterate that you have a millionaire mind.
The Automatic Millionaire- David Bach
Another book that strongly impacted my view on personal finance. David is known for The Latte Factor, making a strong argument that your daily cup of coffee could make you a millionaire if invested. This was the earliest compound interest table I saw and seriously, 16 year old me, was ridiculously inspired.
The Dip- Seth Godin
I love this audio book! It’s short, sweet, and to the point like many of Seth’s books. This book was full of reminders on how important it is to know when you are going through the dreaded “dip.” What I found most refreshing about this book is the emphasis placed on how important the dip is for your business, but also how every business we know goes through this really uncomfortable, scary AF time when we don’t know if it will work.
Profit First- Michael Michalowicz
Too much goodness to write here, so I’ll be as brief as possible- if you feel like your business is leaking money, then you need to read this book. It has impacted so many of my entrepreneurial friend’s financials in a positive way. It starts to train you to reframe your mindset (and your financials) around your business’ necessities.
The 10X Rule- Grant Cardone
Anytime I need an extra boost in my hustle, I go to this book. If you are sick of setting mediocre goals that don’t scare you, then read this book. Grant teaches you that any goal you set should better aimed 10x higher than you’re comfortable with. Just read it– it’s damn good.
Do The Work- Steven Pressfield
One of my favorites from Steven! He breaks down how important it is to battle one force in the world- resistance. The only thing that stops us from achieving our creative goals is resistance. He shows really interesting ways to break through resistance, respect where resistance is coming from and ultimately kick butt in your creative life.
There you have it. If you have read any of these, let me know what your thoughts were.
AND share your favorite recommendation in the comments below. I’m always trying to add books to my list. 🙂