Our actions can be no wiser than our thoughts. Our thoughts can be no wiser than our understanding.” -George S. Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon

One of my favorite all time quotes because it’s so simple, yet so power. If you want to get rich, be wealthy, and live the life you want, you have to understand WHY do you want that lifestyle?

For me, it’s about having the freedom to travel anywhere in the world, at any time I want, without being chained to a desk.

If knowledge is power, then the more knowledge we have about ourselves and the world, the more power we have to better ourselves and the world around us.

These are books I’ve read so far that I think will help you toward reaching financial independence, becoming wealthy, and living the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of living! Check back every so often because I’ll be updating this list with new books!

Disclaimer: The book titles are hyperlinked to my Amazon store, meaning that I will make a little commission off the sales if you get the books 🙂 let me know which book you get and how it worked for you!

Personal Development

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. Tell To Win: Connect, Persuade and Win With the Hidden Power of Story by Peter Guber

    • So he’s a very successful multimillionaire businessman who’s influence has touched everything from yoga clothing to movies to the olympics. It was a very nice read about something that I feel like a lot of business leaders are starting to wise up to, that it’s about the story you’re trying to tell.
    • One point I got from the book: it’s easier to tell stories if they’re based on an inner core truth. People can sense authenticity.
  2. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

    • One of my all time favorites. I have read and re-read this book several times. It’s lessons are classic and Clason’s style of writing is old yet timeless.
    • It’s the book where Kiyosaki and all the other money gurus got their “put away 10% of all that you earn into investing.”  I even typed out the 5 Laws of Gold and the 7 Laws to Get Rich and taped it everywhere. Written in the 1920’s it’s one of the earlier self-improvement books and definitely one worth reading!
  3. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

    • From the early 1900’s, this book helped me reframe the notion of getting rich in my mind. Most battles are won first in the mind, so if you want to win, read this book. He allayed many of concerns about doing what it takes to get rich, wealthy, and everything in between.

Investing & Finance

  1. Retire Young, Retire Rich by Robert Kiyosaki

    • The book that started it all for me when I found it collecting dust in my parents’ basement. I will forever remember this book as the book that started me off by planting the seeds for financial independence.
  2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

    • I read them out of order, having read Retire Young, Retire Rich first before this one, and I think that really helped because it framed my mind for the whole FIRE movement ethos. After reading the “return young” one, this book helps you further along.
  3. The Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki

    • Personally didn’t think it was as fun to read as the first two books of his that I listed above. It was thicker too lol. HOWEVER, I will say that he makes A LOT of very good points in this book. 1 point for example: take a real hard look at the people you surround yourself with and what quadrant of life they’re in. Chances are, you will stay in this quadrant too and if you want to be in another quadrant, you’ll have to start surrounding yourself with people from those quadrants. Basically the law of association.
  4. Secrets of The Millionaire Mind by Harv T. Eker

    • This one I listened to while working out at the gym and it turned out to be a very good psychology book. Aptly named because “mind” is in the title lol. So it focuses more on how to think and act in order to succeed and become rich.


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