Life-Changing Books & Podcasts
Before we started our personal finance journey, we weren’t avid readers, but then we quick realized…
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra
That was 100% true for us. It wasn’t until we identified our values and challenged our assumptions that we were able to chart a new course, set some goals for ourselves.
It’s because of personal finance blogs, podcasts, and books we’ve consumed over the last two years that helped us create the success we enjoy today. (The other part of our success? Taking MASSIVE action to make MASSIVE changes.)
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The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Had I read this tome from Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek, while I was in college, I would have been able to semi-retire by now and taken up some of the many action verbs we have planned. This book challenged any assumption I had about work and earning money; this book was the first step toward starting our business. If you haven’t read this, give it a go.
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
The 4-Hour Workweek made me question the W-2 while The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster made quit the W-2 for good. Not for the faint of heart. If you think that starting a business is scary, you’re right — this book will confirm your fear. But it’ll also show you all the upside, too.
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
This classic, The Intelligent Investor, from Benjamin Graham gave me an introduction to the stock market like nothing I had read or seen before. To me, stocks were simply stocks. I know now that it isn’t that simple. I’ve also learned that Warren Buffett worked for Benjamin Graham and that Graham had a big influence on the way in which Buffett invests. We’re big fans of Warren Buffett, so we thought, why not go to the source?
What’s Stopping You?: Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You from Starting Your Own Business by B. R. Barringer & R. D. Ireland
I spent 95% of my career in non-profit organizations rather than in the corporate world, so I thought I was destined for a life in a low-paying, W-2 job. My self-talk has always been what’s held me back from making big changes, like starting a business. This book, What’s Stopping You?, from B. R. Barringer & R. D. Ireland helped me shatter some myths I had.
Rich Dad Poor Dad & Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
We had the proverbial “poor dads” who espoused the virtues and necessities of higher education and while the education we pursued was good, it wasn’t enough to help us improve our financial situation. Great books for challenging what’s required to build wealth.
Think and Grow Rich! by Napoleon Hill
Me? Rich?! No way. I’m destined for a W-2 life, or at least that’s what I thought about myself until 2015 when I decided that I needed something more, something else.
What I’ve taken away from Napoleon Hill’s well-known opus, Think and Grow Rich!, is the idea that in order to get the bigger life I seek, I need to think bigger. Lofty goals are one way to get there, but such lofty goals need to be met with MASSIVE action, so each day, I try to take the biggest step I can to advance our business (courtesy of Napoleon Hill).
Stand Out by Dorie Clark
Dorie Clark asks so many poignant and powerful questions in Stand Out that my head soon filled with new ideas for how to grow our business and help others. If you’re looking for your next big idea or if you think you have your idea and you want to stand out from the crowd, I highly recommend you look to Stand Out.
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of Basecamp fame, this book, Rework, is not to be missed if you are trying to bring a product to life. Whether you are working on the next great American novel or an online course, Fried and Hansson emphasize the place of and purpose for the minimally viable product, which was critical for us to implement as we worked to bring our first idea into the world.
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
I’ve said this often about books I’ve read, such as The 4-Hour Workweek, but I’ll say it again. The Slight Edge is life changing. Really. Garrett and I devoured this book in record time and made immediate changes to our daily routine to improve our personal and professional lives. Each day is an opportunity to “slide edge” our way to success.
Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry
I know that Erin Lowry recently released Broke Millennial, but I wish it was something we had access to years ago — it’s the handbook for adulting your finances. I plan to gift this book to every Gen Y and Gen Z kid I know who’s graduating from high school or college. Give the gift that keeps on giving: financial literacy.
Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff
Oren Klaff’s extensive experience condensed into one book?! YES! This is a must-read book for anyone pitching anything. Seriously, anything. But it’s especially important for entrepreneurs.
Pre-suasion and Influence by Robert Cialdini
If you’ve got a side hustle, side business, or a business that you run on a full-time basis, these books are on my MUST READ ANNUALLY list. These books are all about the psychology of persuasion but with an eye on remaining ethical while being highly influential. While Influence was published decades before Pre-suasion, I suggest that you read Pre-suasion first.
The Virgin Way by Richard Branson
“If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing.” If that’s your only takeaway from The Virgin Way, that’s worth it. However, this book is a treasure trove of advice and stories from Branson’s early years in building the Virgin brand to later years in trying to maintain its integrity. There are times along our personal finance journey when we thought that we might try our hand at real estate investing, but we didn’t see it as particularly fun and all we could think about was the headache that it would be. Instead, we’re focused on building our business, which is way, way more fun!