You Want to Reach Financial Independence.
These Books Can Help.
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The Books Are Broken Up Into Two Sections:
Money Related and Minimalism Related
1) The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason
“Our actions can be no wiser than our thoughts. Our thoughts can be no wiser than our understanding.”
I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it yet.
It was written way back in the 1920’s and came out before the modern FIRE movement of financial independence.
It has timeless financial parables told from the perspective of an ancient Babylonian setting.
2) The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
This book was also written around the same time period as The Richest Man in Babylon and its lessons are also timeless.
It’s more philosophical than technical and will really help you develop a mindset toward getting rich and building wealth.
3) Secrets of The Millionaire Mind: Mastering The Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker
If you’re into the more spiritual side of getting wealthy, then this book is for you.
A very good book that focuses more on the psychology of getting rich and it might help you slow down and breathe a bit on the road to financial independence.
4) Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
This book is like the modern version of The Richest Man in Babylon.
Kiyosaki writes in a very easy to understand language that will make wealth building much easier for you.
He also describes that the mindsets that will help you build wealth. Highly recommend this book as well.
5) Retire Young, Retire Rich by Robert Kiyosaki
This book should be read no matter what age you are.
It will help you get into the mindset to retire early, along with some practical tips for doing so.
6) The Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
Kiyosaki makes A LOT of good points in this book regarding the philosophy toward being wealthy.
For example, taking a real hard look at the people you surround yourself with and what quadrant of life they’re in.
Chances are, you’ll stay in this quadrant too.
If you want to be a different quadrant, you’ll have to start surrounding yourself with people from those quadrants.
A little bit long and boring, but a lot of helpful insights.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- Definitely my minimalism bible. She teaches you how to properly declutter and tidy up your living space and by doing so, you tidy up your mind and your life.
- My life started to come more together after I went through her KonMari method of cleaning and I highly recommend this book to you if you feel like your life isn’t where you want it to be.
- I know it sounds like spiritual mumbo jumbo but it actually does work. Here’s a YouTube video of me decluttering my books.
No Limits: Blow The CAP Off Your Capacity by John C. Maxwell
- This book helped me reframe my mind around focusing on making my strengths stronger and not my weaknesses less weak. He mentions how if you focus on making your weaknesses stronger like some motivators tell you to do, you’ll only move up from the bottom of your abilities without ever blowing the roof off your capacity to do more.
- In order for you to increase your capacity and potential to be more, you have to focus on making your strengths even stronger. You’ll be blowing the roof off your capacity.
The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success by Emma Seppala
- If you can get through the first part of the book, it gets better. I listened to the audiobook of this and it’s pretty angsty to listen to, just letting you know in case you’re the type who gets anxious easily. But if you can get past the angsty parts, her insights helped me reframe the notion of happiness and what it means.
- The book also actually took a turn and sounded more like a combination of Marie Kondo’s and John C. Maxwell’s book because she ended up talking about how happy people end up being more productive, increasing their capacity and potential, and about how true happiness is seeking enjoyment from an inner emotional state, Joy. She mentions how happiness is fleeting and is stimulated from an outward source, whereas longer lasting joy and life-fulfillment is stimulated from within.
- I found this eye opening and insightful when she mentioned how in the east, people seek to relieve stress through more low-intensity positive activities like tea and being a relaxing calm room, such as bath houses and yoga, etc., while in the west, more people seek to relieve stress via high intensity positive activities such as clubbing, partying, drinking, etc.
- The importance of this is that according to research, high-intensity positive activities have the same detrimental effects on our bodies as low-intensity negative activities and the physical effects are roughly the same, sweatiness and tiredness after.
- Whereas if we do more low-intensity positive activities, it leaves us feeling more recharged after.