When I was a kid, I read everything. I was a voracious reader. I devoured chapter books like I devoured cookies. In college, I had six or seven classes every semester and read hundreds of pages every week.
Craziness, right? Somehow I lost my desire to read after the pursuit of higher education. Sure, I read occasionally here and there, but it was no longer a daily habit.
Not anymore. In picking up the Miracle Morning habit, I’ve re-committed to my first love: reading. And I have a ton to catch up on!
Some of What I’ve Consumed
The 4-Hour Workweek
Classic. Had I read this tome from Tim Ferriss 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. With that said, if you haven’t read this, give it a go. 🙂
After reading this book, we decided to launch a business to meet an under-served need.
The Intelligent Investor
As I’ve stated before, I haven’t been much of an investor. While I’ve managed to maintain some small contributions to a traditional retirement account, such contributions are relegated to index funds. As magical as compound interest is, my snowball hasn’t really moved–maybe I should be more positive about this like Nicolia over at The Frugal Cottage is about her snowball. When I know so little about investing, how can I feel one way or another?
Anyway, this classic 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 look forward to more books (and blog posts) on dividend investing.
What’s Stopping You?: Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You from Starting Your Own Business
When we started sorting our bookshelf in an effort to purge unwanted tomes (thanks to Maggie at Northern Expenditure for the tips), we had a fairly decent stack of books that we had always intended to read but never did. Garrett picked up this text from an airport newsstand and never read it, which I think is funny given the subject matter. 🙂
Well, I always kind of wondered why I spent 95% of my career in non-profit organizations rather than in the corporate world (and why I didn’t start a business of my own). My self-talk has always been what’s held me back from making big changes, and this book from B. R. Barringer & R. D. Ireland helped me shatter some myths I had.
Rich Dad Poor Dad & Cashflow Quadrant
I don’t know if we’ve been living under a rock or what, but I had never heard of these books (or their author) until we started listening to Bigger Pockets’ podcasts. While both books had their merits, we were particularly fond of Cashflow Quadrant rather than Rich Dad Poor Dad, which helped us commit (finally) to a real estate investing niche that we could invest in for the long haul.
We had the proverbial “poor dads” who espoused the virtues and necessities of higher education and while the education we pursued was good, accounting courses would have been a GREAT addition. So guess what we’re doing when we’re not reading, writing or business planning? Accounting courses online. 🙂
What’s on the Docket Next
Think and Grow Rich!
We’ve just started this book. I think it’s too soon to tell, but the power of autosuggestion resonated with me (re: self-talk struggles).
Good to Great & Rework
I don’t know anything about these books. One of my colleagues added these titles to our little lending library and I picked them up.