If I can give you one piece of advice, it’s to read as many books as you possibly can in your lifetime. Not only does reading improve your focus, thinking, and intelligence, it also helps you bring knowledge to the marketplace. With every book you pick up, you empower your mind to absorb new ideas and expand into new territories. When you arrive at any business meeting, real estate deal or networking event with a multitude of knowledge up your sleeve, you increase your value. I have read thousands upon thousands of books throughout the course of my life and have received hundreds of book recommendations that have helped me get where I am today. The countless books I have read have all had a profound impact on my life and have influenced the way I understand wealth-building. That’s why in today’s blog, I’m going to share with you my top five favorite finance books!
Billy’s Five Must-Read Financial Books
The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
If you’re looking for a time-tested business book that will motivate you to get off the couch and get in the game, Guy Kawasaki’s, The Art of the Start 2.0, will give you the step by step guide to creating your own start-up. The reason I love this book is because Kawasaki doesn’t hesitate to deliver his decades worth of real-life experiences in the business world. The Art of the Start 2.0 serves as a practical advice handbook with a multitude of information pertaining to topics such as crowdfunding, social media, building a team, and more. Kawasaki makes it clear that entrepreneurship is about doing, meaning that you have to get your hands dirty in order to get your business idea off the ground. The strategic tools outlined in this book will help you master the fundamentals of building a start-up business. This book holds beneficial lessons for every entrepreneur out there, whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned business-expert!
Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition by Jay Abraham
In the seasons of my life where I felt the most stuck, Jay Abraham’s, Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got, has served as a refreshing reminder that unforeseen opportunities and God opportune moments sometimes hide in plain sight. Jay Abraham is an American business executive and is recognized as one of today’s leading marketing experts. Abraham’s hand-crafted program teaches readers how to work with the assets they already have and how to find the hidden wealth-building opportunities in every business, project, and venture. He establishes three primary ways to increase business and teaches on the unique tools needed to maximize income, influence, and success. Abraham knows that many times, opportunities are disguised as obstacles and increased profitability requires a bit of risk-taking. This book really changed the way I think about marketing and forced me to get creative and think outside of the box!
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin
What I like most about Your Money of Your Life is that it focuses on developing a positive relationship with money. It speaks to letting go of harsh discipline and fear of money and welcoming in choice and freedom. This book offers a nine-step program that will make you think twice about you how you interact with money both in the outside world and deep within yourself. If you’re looking for a concrete financial book, you may want to skip to one of my other suggestions because this book focuses more on finding the core values in your life and positioning them alongside of wealth-building. If you’re looking to define your values, strengthen your money mindset, and adjust your perspective, this will be a compelling read for you!
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley
The Millionaire Next Door is a national bestseller. It highlights the importance of underconsumption for the purpose of long-term investment. Thomas J. Stanley explains how minor modifications in spending and saving habits can lead to major wealth accumulation. He dedicated a large portion of his life to studying how millionaires acquire their wealth. As a result of his research, he discovered and identified seven factors of a typical millionaire. Stanley was shocked to find that a majority of millionaires don’t drive fancy cars or have lavish lifestyles. They simply know how to manage their money in a sustainable way. The idea is that anyone can become a millionaire if they live below their means, save money, and invest well. If you’re on the road to financial independence, consider taking a few key pieces of advice from the millionaire next door!
Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money by Rabbi Daniel Lapin
Despite being based on old-world principles, Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money is a timeless approach to creating a life full of prosperity. The wealth-building principles in this book are connected with lessons from the ancient Jewish religion. It compares time-old stories with contemporary events to help readers discover the timeless truths and traditions about money. Rabbi Daniel Lapin outlines the ten fundamental commandments relating to money and business. By combining spiritual and financial wisdom, this book is a great tool for developing practical and valuable wealth-building principles.
In my Money Mastery book, you can see my entire list of recommended business, financial and real estate readings. The five above are just a few of my favorites! I strongly encourage you to take a few hours each week to sit down and read. You’d be surprised by the knowledge and skills you can obtain from just one book! Some of the best books I’ve ever read have been recommendations from other people. What would you recommend as your favorite money-related book?