Who doesn’t want to be more successful in their life…? It’s almost like we’re all fighting a losing battle because there is an overabundance of cloudy information. Looking for a better way to improve
In this post, I have reviewed 10 books that will improve three areas of your life: Financial, Mental and Overall well-being.
Having pointed me in the right direction, I’m a firm believer they will do the same for you!
Just by reading this post you have already taken a positive step forward!
Knowledge is power, My Friends!
The power of knowledge can go a long
Around four times a
The book doesn’t even have to be about a subject that is specific to my direct work. I look for any book that contributes to my professional development, keeps me well rounded and activates my mind. That’s what the goal is for me.
I certainly don’t know it all (I can hear my friends and family cracking jokes about that statement already). Ha! But really I’m not a know-it-all.
Yes, I said it, and I’m proud to have that mentality. It’s character building, to say the
We all know that one person who thinks they are the human version of Google, it’s difficult to have a conversation with them without arguing about something. They think they know it all; have all the answers, and rarely do not back down from their point of view. I learned long ago to ignore that type of people and make better use of my time.
Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, has summed it up this way:
“Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people … or find a different room”
Many of the most successful people in the world still realize the value in constant learning.
This post is a resource of ten books that have powerful influence embedded inside. All the information is at your fingertips, the action taken is what separates the weak from the strong.
Reading is not for you?
There is not enough time in the day and 100 other reasons that cloud your mental focus. Let’s be real, we’re all busy and sitting down to read a book may not fit into your schedule. However, that shouldn’t stop you from the learning.
One solution: You can buy the audio version of the book; play it on your commute, at the gym or while cooking dinner, you get the point! Adjust to your lifestyle and make time for improvement.
The Power Behind Books
It’s amazing how motivated I get when I read an inspirational book. This drives my daily routines and current work ventures. It introduces a natural high into my life It’s like a little voice in the back of my head saying, “Go, you can do this”.
There are so many books on the market today, finding one to kick-start yourself into overdrive should not be difficult.
A few years ago, I read a book called, “25 Morning Routines of Successful People” -by Lidiya K. (This book is #9 on my list below) I feel it is good to see what other successful people are doing and why. Digging into short stories or biographies can be helpful in the learning process. This book’s focus is just as the title says and it teaches a valuable lesson about routines through seeing how others go throughout
The take away here is to have a routine and make sure you stick to it. The importance of achieving great success and a routine go hand-in-hand.
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10 Of The Best Success and Motivation Books
- Mastery, By Robert Greene
- Fail Until You Don’t: Fight. Grind. Repeat. By Bobby Bones
- Retire Young Retire Rich By Robert T. Kiyosaki
- The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck By Mark Manson
- The Sell By Fredrik Eklund and Bruce Littlefield
- The Energy Bus By Jon Gordon
- Manny Khoshbin’s Contrarian PlayBook
- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
- 25 Morning Routines of Successful People By Lidiya K
- Momo Traders By Brady Dahl with Nathan Michaud
The first 3 are my must-reads (the road maps to success), the rest are not in any specific order.
The last book listed is about day trading. I spend a lot of my time working around that topic, and it can be a confusing topic to many. I read plenty of books surrounding that topic and it’s hard to grasp who is actually not wasting your time. But, more on that at the end.
This book is a must read, I have read it multiple times. It provides such vast knowledge of how to become a master of anything.
Think of it this way: There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity on how things must be done.
― Robert Greene, Mastery
Greene says there is a simple process or path to mastery which is accessible to all. Are we are willing to put in the time, dedication, sacrifice and the ups and downs of learning new material to become a master?
There are 6 different steps he takes you through as you read his book. Following his characteristic style, Greene is good at referring to his vast knowledge of history. He references people in history and people whom he calls contemporary masters from the modern world. This helps in the process of understanding his 6 steps as he walks you through them.
The book is broken down into 6 chapters where he explains each of the 6 steps in excellent detail.
1. Discover your calling
2. Find an apprenticeship
3. Find a mentor
4. Develop social intelligence
5. Awaken the dimensional mind
6. Fuse the intuitive with the rational
Reading this book will leave you with one or two things: The inspiration needed to continue on your journey, or painting a clear picture of what needs to get done. Alternatively, it just might have you realize that you do not have what it takes to become a master. This could leave you with self-doubt and the realization that the process is not overnight. Maybe becoming a master is not for you. Are you willing to put in the time and effort that is needed? Dive into Mastery to help further answer these questions about yourself.
Reaching 3 million listeners daily on his three-time winning Academy of Country Music awards “Bobby Bones Show”, this guy is a true inspiration; he sure knows a thing or two about turning lemons into lemonade and the path to success.
This book captures the lessons Bones has learned through his journey to success. He has the fight, grind, repeat mentality, which embraces everything I preach about daily!
Here is an excerpt from Bones book that sums up what it’s all about.
Ambition, grit, and endurance are the most important predictors of success, and anyone can possess those three qualities. If there’s anything people take away from this book, I hope it is, that we all have what it takes to succeed.
Retire Young Retire Rich! Great title, has a beautiful ring to it. Who doesn’t want to be young, wealthy and retired?!?!!! That’s the main reason I read this book.
Kiyosaki points out that he is not the best writer, which let’s be honest either am I (I am sure there are mistakes all over my blog). That caught my attention even more as I read through his book. It’s a good reminder that we are all human and we grow by failing and learning a lesson from it.
The main point of the book is that you can’t get ahead by merely working longer and harder. You need leverage. Here is a great take away from his writing Kiyosaki preaches this defiantly on the topic. “Leverage is the ability to do more and more with less and less.” Throughout his teachings, and he promises you’ll earn more with less work.
Having made of his money in real estate, the principles Kiyosaki talks about apply to all different fields and not just to real estate.
Here are a few things think about:
forcash flow, not capital appreciation. Cash flow gives you money now, whereas capital appreciation may never come.
- Good debt puts money in your pocket every month, while bad debt takes money out of your pocket every month.
- The rich use financial leverage, the poor use physical leverage (hard work)
I love how he talks about losing. If you expect to win every time, you will never take the chance, and you are setting yourself up for failure. Not everyone wins 100% of the time. If we did, there would be one solid outline to follow, and we would all be rolling in wealth!
Money doesn’t make you happy, but it buys you the time to do what you love and pay others to do what you hate.
If that’s not music to your ears, we are on different pages. I have had life experiences with having money and then almost no money. In the end, money wins, but it for sure does not make you happy, if that’s all you have in
We all have our definition of happiness, but having money can make life easier and it can teach you valuable lessons along the way. The feeling that comes with earning and making it on your own is priceless. Being handed something has no value, and you never get a sense of accomplishment by taking the easy road.
It is also fun to watch the faces of others when you accomplish something that seems unimaginable to others! Not in a mean way, just “I Did It” feeling and holding your head up high. You have every right to be proud of yourself if you stay humble and work on getting to the next level of your plan.
Education and the three levels: academic, professional and financial. Most people go through life by only reaching academic or professional. Kiyosaki notes in his book, that the poor stop at the academic and professional levels and the rich continue to the financial level. The financial level is the end goal of financial freedom and beating the so-called “rat race.”
Other Tools From Rich Dad Poor Dad
Good to point out that he has other books and tools in his collection, one being from Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad Poor Dad, where he talks about the rat race.
Here is a quick interpretation and it may help you understand a little more about the rat race. It may even be helpful to read Rich Dad Poor Dad too! I have read it. I just thought Retire Young Retire Rich had a more significant value.
The rat race is described as a frustrating, hard-to-break financial lifestyle (self-defeatist cycle): an employee works hard for an employer to receive a raise or a promotion, and as their income increases, their expenses increase as well. As the employee’s debt increases, he becomes further tied to his job and more reliant upon his paycheck. Furthermore, he is forced to work harder for his next promotion to offset their debts. The cycle that never ends.
Results Will Not Happens Over Night
One last point that stuck out when I was reading Retire Young
Your future is determined by what you do today. Taking small steps can make all the difference and add up to something huge over time.
I value this book, Kiyosaki does plug his other publications, all which I have not tried. But if anyone else has I would love to hear about it, send me a message here! He has games, books, and videos. Visit his website richdad.com for the complete experience into his life.
4. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck :
A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life
– Mark Manson
This self-help book is not the first one around, nor will it be the last in its category. What makes this book different, is the no bull approach. “The Modern Buddha for Bros”, my take on the book as a whole if I were to come up with my own title.
Manson speaks to modern society. He uses our fast pace developing culture and does a great job integrating issues that have been around for years.
Mason writes “Because here’s the thing that’s wrong with all of the “How to Be Happy” stuff that’s been shared countless times on Facebook in the past few years. Here’s what nobody realizes about all of this crap: The desire for a more positive experience is itself a negative experience.”
What does this even mean?
Well, I looked into it a little further. Allan Watts was a British philosopher who interpreted and popularized Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. He talked about The Law of Reversed Effort (The Backwards Law) —the idea that the more you pursue feeling better all the time, the less satisfied you become, as seeking something reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place.
You may be thinking that by wanting success and working hard, having a great body and having that perfect Instagram life all I have to do is sit back and relax?
Not exactly, but did you ever notice that when you worry a little less, everything falls into place? You stop obsessing over it, and it naturally teaches you a lesson.
I have an example that hits home on a personal level. One that I have become more aware of after it happened to me, and now I see it happening with others.
Most people want love, and they want to meet that particular person and fast. As we get into our late 20s and enter our 30s, the more you want it, the less it seems like it will happen. Each date turns into a nightmare, the days pass, and we start to think, will this ever happen to me? Am I capable of meeting someone?, or, m
But, I feel like this is a typical scenario, at least it was for me. Not to say I can predict the future, but the past has taught me many valuable lessons and made me wiser for the future. My mission now was to find the perfect soul mate. I tried so hard and failed with every date being worst then the last. Finally giving up, I said, what’s meant to be will happen and what do you know….. BAM I fell into a relationship.
This works directly with the theme of the book. Everything worthwhile in life comes along with a negative experience. That’s the only way we grow. We all need to fail to learn; this is a part of life.
Mason does a great job delivering this message throughout his writing. A word that may be too blunt for the weak, but one I think we all need to hear.
Giving too many F*ck’s about pain is like trying to avoid pain. In contrast, if you’re able to not give a f*ck about pain, you become unstoppable.
You only have one life, and laughing will not only make you live longer but will also help you attract money like a magnet.
– Fredrik Eklund
What more could you want; laughing every day, which studies show has a direct result to living longer and having the money is a result of just being happy.
Fredrik Eklund, well-known from Million Dollar Listing New York on Bravo TV. Eklund is one of the biggest stars in the New York City real estate scene. Writing this book The Sell and founder of the Scandinavian real estate firm Eklund Stockholm, I would say he has impressed many and made his way to the top, embracing one high kick at a time.
I discovered him from the Bravo TV show since I was always Interested in NYC living and real estate, it was a book I had to read.
If you have ever watched his show, you know the energy that he casts among the viewers and this carries right over to his book. Not having seen the show will make no difference, you will get a real grasp of how a happy life leads to a money magnet. It’s like he comes alive through the pages with all the energy needed to be pumped up!
I realized the exact message of the book early on. It’s one that everyone should embrace and we should always remind ourselves daily.
It’s the idea that to be successful we should never water down our real personalities, but rather, let our uniqueness shine through.
Does that make you think, am I glowing to the world?
Well, it sure had my brain scrambling and searching for answers!
Am I holding back?
The answer to that question was yes!
That’s what sparked the brainstorming in my head. What is my current situation and how can I change it? I needed to make sure I was being true to myself and shining to my full potential.
Eklund argues. Never separate your true self from your professional self. Instead, you should have fun, be yourself, and stand out. It’s so simple, but so brilliant!
I love expressing myself. However, working behind a computer all day I could never figure out how to do this. Of course, I knew about blogging, but I never thought it could be a serious outlet. This book changed that, it took away my fear and now I started this blog.
Read The Sell. It projects a message more significant than the boring “How to Sell Anything” classic novel. It has that motivating factor we all need to hear and can boost your confidence. Eklund is one-of-a-kind, but that’s what makes this book so great. Maybe you can find your true inner-self and project it into your professional life to boost your income, too!
Jon Gordon takes us on a journey with a man named George, whose life is in shambles both at work and at home. However one day George gets a flat
The Energy Bus is highly relatable to many of our lives. Reading this book will cover ten days of George’s bus rides, teaching him the 10 rules to fuel his life, work and team with positive energy.
The 10 Rules:
#1: You’re the Driver of Your Bus. Take control and make decisions. You choose your outcome. Without you having control others will have the power to make the decisions for you.
#2: Desire, Vision, and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction. You have to want it bad enough! Make sure your vision and focus are so clear that nothing can get in your way. Many obstacles will arise, but by having laser beam focus, you can tackle every problem with ease. “What we think about expands and grows. What we put our energy and attention on starts to show up more in our life. And the energy we project through our thoughts is the energy we receive.” In other words, he is saying that, positive minds produce positive outcomes.
#3: Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy. With every negative experience, aim to make the outcome a be positive. Growing is learning a lesson from failure, we all will fail, and that is what makes us stronger. There is no way to control every event that happens in your life. The one thing we can control
A quick personal example: Since I focus a lot of my time around day trading, I make sure that every losing trade is analyzed. As long as I follow my rules, I have learned that taking a losing trade is a positive experience. I learned what I could do better next time and what did not work. This practice is implemented and turned into a positive. Although I may have had a winning trade, it could have been improved and needs to be analyzed to capture those improvements as well.
The key here is that no matter what the outcome is, our attitude has to be positive. Perceive any obstacle with positive energy, learn from it, and this can change your results.
#4: Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your vision for the Road Ahead. Surround yourself with positive people. Invite them on your bus. This reminds me of the quote:
“We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
This relates to the law of averages, which is the theory that the result of any given situation will be the average of all outcomes.
We want people on our bus that have
So who do you want on your bus? Choose carefully, and the outcome change
#5: Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Don’t Get on Your Bus. Not everyone in life will have the same vision as you, and some may even think you are nuts. This is ok; there is no need to try to convince others of what you want to accomplish. Use your energy on the people that decided to ride your bus and produce a better outcome with all that positive energy in one space.
#6: No Energy Vampires Allowed. Just as it sounds, no negativity allowed! The people who join you should be supportive and positive. One toxic person could really derail the whole process.
#7: Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During The Ride. This has everything to do with Fredrick Eklund’s concept of being positive and energized. If you are positive and energized, it can rub off on everyone around you. This will not only be visible at work but it will have a rippling effect through every area of your life.
#8: Love Your Passengers. Your team will work more efficiently in a positive environment. They want to be acknowledged, being appreciated is very important to your team. Let them know how much you care and what a difference they are making. Their direct efforts will really make a positive impact on your
#9: Drive with Purpose. It’s great to have the energy for a particular moment but, keep your team going with a clear long-term purpose as well. What is your team working towards? Having a goal to achieve will help keep energy and focus along the whole journey.
#10: Have Fun and Enjoy The Ride. This last rule you should never forget! It’s all about enjoying the process. Never forget to have fun along the way and you have to remind everyone around you have to have fun, too. The energy should never fizzle.
7. Manny Khoshbin’s Contrarian PlayBook:
How To Build Your $100 Million
Real Estate Portfolio From The Ground Up
– Manny Khoshbin’s
This was one of my favorite books, for picking up some practical information and motivating me on my journey. Khoshbin’s knowledge
Manny walks you through the PlayBook, consisting of 12 “plays” that will each be an important part of your real estate investment strategy.
This book is a great read for anyone looking to learn and get started in the real estate business.
Manny also talks to the experienced real estate investors that need to take it to next level. There is so much information to absorb. Khoshbin offers up a few points that you may not have thought of before. His suggestions may take you to the next level and start you on your way to your $100 million
We all want financial freedom, it’s been engraved in my head since I was young (mostly from reading). Maybe not everyone wants to be free from living paycheck to paycheck, but I personally don’t see any reason why anyone wouldn’t want to.
We all need a mentor. Guidance comes through finding the right source, and Manny doesn’t fall short of being able to help us along the way.
This is one of the books that I purchased twice, once as an audiobook and the other as a digital print copy. It was that spectacular! I must have read and/or listened to this book 5-6 times. I would say it’s my all-time favorite book to set your mind right and train your brain to think wealthy.
If your subconscious financial blueprint is not set for success, nothing you learn, nothing you know, and nothing you do will make much of a difference. – T. Harv Eker
Harv has a way with words, he is clear and to the point. While taking in his words I had one of those moments where I was pumped and excited. If I ever need a motivation boost and a reminder of why I am doing what I do, I go back to Ekers book.
Harv’s book is based on his “Wealth Principles” and he walks you through them in detail. His
One of my favorite principles that Harv talks about is: If your motivation for acquiring money or success comes from a non-supportive root such as fear, anger, or the need to “prove” yourself, your money will never bring you happiness.
He goes on
I could go on about this book and how amazing it is and how I relate so much to almost every word he writes. Check out Secrets Of A Millionaire Mind and see if it changes your perspective. But I’ll leave you with this quote from the great Harv himself.
“If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy” – T. Harv Eker
As stated above 25 Morning Routines really helps to see how a good habits lead to success. They set the tone for the right mindset to succeed in life at your goals.
MOMO Traders is the book of choice when it comes to trusting the people and the stories about how successful traders got to the place where they are today.
The book interviews 10 top traders who started from scratch with little money. It does a great job capturing the evolution of these traders and offers useful tips. Psychology in day trading is very important. If your emotions are in the game, you are going to have problems.
It’s nice to read real-life stories and to inform the curious person, that making a living in the stock market without loads of money is still possible. What it comes down to is discipline, knowledge, and practice. With a fast changing environment, one must always adopt or they will crumble.
The internet is flooded with gurus selling the dream: “My winning picks and how you can make money too.”
Don’t Be A Follower
News flash it’s not easy and being a follower will not get you far in life if you don’t want to learn. I’m going to do a whole separate post about that later and will link it here. However, for now, I only trust a few people, and they all reside in MOMO Traders book! (I am not a financial advisor, nor in the legal profession, I based all of my knowledge through my experiences over the past eight years, up until 2018)
Again, it is hard to find people to trust in the day trading world. I have spent a lot of money and time in doing my research on the industry. Day Trading is not something that many people succeed at, and some estimates say up to “90% of traders lose money”. I agree with this statement 100%! That is because people want a quick fix and to turn $500 into $500,000 in a few months. Now there are cases where this happened, of course, there will always be a few outliers.
“Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime” – Chinese Proverb
Although there is a lot of debate as to where that quote originated from, it’s an all too powerful message. Along the lines of day trading, replace fish with “trade” and you have a magical concept. It’s impossible to sustain an income if you never learn how to properly trade.
90% Of Traders Lose Money
Unfortunately, 90% of traders lose money because they want to be given a trade without putting in any work. On the contrary, there are people who make a living and even generate wealth from day trading. No, I’m not talking about the big corporations. I mean the little guys like myself, the ones who don’t have $50k, 25k or, 10k to throw into an online investment account and sit back and watch it grow.
The internet makes it so easy to open an account, in a few days or even a few hours you can fund an account and execute a trade. I am not sure if they are still around but there was a time that a broker (who I will not name because I don’t want people doing it) offered to open an account and fund it with a credit card! This was a disaster in the making, with all the online marketing it was to easy to want to make a Lambo overnight all with $1000 or at least
If you do not have the funds and are in that much of a rush, you are not set up to take on the profession. You need to have a solid learning curve and protect yourself, learn a strategy, test it out and constantly doing your own due diligence.
Networking with other traders, I heard almost every one of them say that they made a lot of money and lost it all in the blink of an eye. Not only once but a few times, after whi they learned they need a plan like you would with any business or profession.
Much like you cannot become a doctor, a CPA or an engineer without going to college and passing all your classes. After college then you can continue your learning by applying hands-on experience.
I am going to do a whole post on this
Now we know about getting started in trading, the other part of the problem is finding the people to trust. Who is making money? Who is just trying to bait you into a subscription and promise you gains…..? I can tell you if you do not want to learn to trade and want to “play” follow the leader, you may become part of that 90% statistic.
Your best help is to find a mentor, join a community and pick the brains of the successful ones who are willing to help you.
They are out there, you just have to pick through the weeds. There is no regulated school that will teach you how to day trade. You can work for a company and learn some information, or you can sit at home on your computer and research on your own, putting in the due
That’s why I recommend this book “MOMO Traders” so much. I went through years of watching certain guys/girls and seeing them be REAL with the community and themselves. They lose, win and share tips and offer even more insight for free then you will ever get from an alert based chatroom service for the next hot stock tip. The goal is to learn the whys and not to follow blind.
Modern Rock is someone I came across years ago on twitter and the information he provides is invaluable. He doesn’t alert his trades, he is real, rock shows you the process and is teaching a trader to trade for life.
He has a section in MOMO Traders, and you can learn more about him online and what he stands for.
I will stop here about the Day Trading stuff. There will be a post in the future entirely dedicated to my thoughts and further in-depth exposure to the community.
But before you go and throw money into the markets, make sure you educate yourself. A great place to start with is MOMO Traders: Tips, Tricks, And Strategies From Ten Top Traders by. Brady Dahl with Nathan Michaud. It’s well worth the under $40 investment to your education.
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