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We all have a very unique and complex relationship with money. Whether you’re struggling to pay back your student loans, want to buy a house, or just be financially free you first have to start with your mindset towards money. However, if you want more than just a comfy job and a nice house, if you want to be rich, there are certain must read money books that will help make you a millionaire.
If you want to become a millionaire, you’re going to have to change your entire relationship with money. The way we approach, use, and even think about money needs to be rewired. Chances are, you grew up in a household that taught you to do good in school, go to college, get a job, and work hard. Although I would never say that’s ‘bad’ advice, you will likely lead a comfortable life. But you don’t want comfortable, do you? You have that entrepreneurial spirit and you want money, freedom, and the ability to have full control over your life.
The Best Get Rich Books Of All Time
Remember, the difference between where you are and where you want to be are your daily habits. Simply reading these books and not changing your ways won’t do anything for your financial situation. These are the best finance books for aspiring millionaires, and as a matter of fact, most self-made millionaires have read most (if not all) the books on this list. With that said, these are the best books to read for aspiring millionaires.
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#1: The Richest Man In Babylon – George S. Clason
This book is almost a century old but what you learn from it is timeless nonetheless. The secret to being the ‘richest’ man is actually not that big of a secret, however, most of us don’t do it. Clason advises you to pay yourself first and live within your means, something many Americans struggle with. The whole book is a very quick read and lays a solid foundation for changing your relationship with money.
A lot of the advise seems common sense, however most don’t follow it. The rich get rich because they save, don’t go into debt, and are intentional with their money (i.e. don’t spend on things they don’t need).
#2: Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
This book changed my life and I don’t say that lightly. Robert teaches you the fundamental differences between how the rich and the poor approach money. This is the book that completely changed my mentality and thought process. Kiyosaki talks about what the rich and poor choose to spend their money on. The rich buy assets and the poor buy liabilities. This book also completely destroys the myth that you need a lot of money to get rich. You can get rich on any salary or income, it’s the way you choose to spend that money that makes the difference to you bottom line.
A great book to start changing the way you approach and spend money and start growing your fortune.
#3: The Millionaire Fastlane – M.J. DeMarco
The biggest reason people don’t become millionaires is because the conventional paths that we are given in life don’t lead to wealth. We are taught to work hard when young so we can have money once we’re older and can retire and enjoy it. But why should we wait? Why should we only get to enjoy our hard work when we’re in our old age? The Millionaire Fastlane will help you get started in creating a product or business that you can start enjoying immediately. Not 30 years from now.
The Millionaire Fastlane isn’t a ‘get rich quick’ scheme, it won’t give you the secret formula for wealth and success. However, this book is both a punch to the gut and eye-opening. It is like sitting down with your millionaire best friend and him/her giving you some serious tough love and great nuggets of wisdom.
#4: Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Napoleon researched over 500 self-made millionaires, including Henry Ford, before publishing his best-seller. This book will teach you that getting rich is mainly about the mentality. he talks about how many of us have limiting beliefs that don’t allow us to truly achieve the life we desire. If you want to break down these psychological barriers once and for all and start thinking your way to success, this is the book for you.
#5: 10X Rule – Grant Cardone
The 10x Rule talks about how anyone can become rich by simply following one rule. Just one. The main point is that you have to do 10 times more than you think you do. For example, if you think to be successful you have to make ten cold calls in one day, you have to do 10 times that amount and make 100. By multiplying everything you think you need to do by ten, you will always exceed your goals and even surprise yourself along the way. This is a book about taking action, it’s not about doing the minimum amount of effort and hoping things work out. If you’re ready to put some real energy into your business and entrepreneurial pursuits, you need this one.
#6: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable – Seth Godin
This book will help you narrow in on why you are different. A linchpin is a different breed of worker, they aren’t just employees or entrepreneurs. they’re the type of people you can’t replace, regardless of their profession. There are a million lawyers out there, but a linchpin lawyer is irreplaceable to a firm. They are enthusiastic and go the extra mile. Are you a linchpin? Do you bring anything special to your job? What are you doing that others can’t replicate? if you have trouble answering these questions or separating yourself from the pack, you need this book in your life.
#7: Zero To One – Peter Theil
This is a great book that talks about the difficulty of going from nothing to something (or one). although there a re a lot of things I disagree with peter about, this book is a must-read. the hardest thing in any business is getting that first sale. Getting your first sale is harder than getting your tenth. A lot of life is like this, it’s harder to go from zero to one dollar than from $100 to $1000. It might be hard to get started, but once you do you create a small snowball that gets bigger and bigger. You just have to go from zero to one.
#8: The Obstacle Is the Way – Ryan Holiday
If you are feeling stuck or frustrated with where you are on your journey, this book might be for you. The ideas in this book aren’t necessarily new or shocking, but sometimes we need to read something that will nudge us out of our mental funk. The book is based on the premise that you should focus your energy on the things that truly matter and not waste your time and energy on simple things like over analyzing or overthinking your way into a bad place. This book will help you approach every aspect of your life in a different way. It’s a very empowering and powerful book.
Once you’re done with these great books, you are ready to move on to more advanced and technical reads. I recommend you bookmark this page to reference back on in the future. I have broken down the following books depending on the topics they touch upon.
Dealing with and Overcoming Failure
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These are the books that have impacted my own path the most. Have you read any of these?
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