WARNING: ONLY READ IF YOU WANT FINANCIAL FREEDOM
Books are super important when it comes to success.
Ask any super successful businessman/entrepreneur and they’ll all tell you that knowledge is one of the major keys to success. What better way to gain knowledge and discover millionaire secrets than by reading books written by successful people?
Author Kristy Shen details her experience as a child living in extreme poverty in China, rummaging around junk yards to make dolls for herself. Her incredible rags to riches story is inspiring and gives you the fire you need to convince yourself that financial freedom is for everyone, not just those born into wealth. She writes in a witty way where you almost forget you’re reading a book about finance. She has her method of how she retired in her 30s down to a science, and shows you step by step what you need to adapt to your life in order to become a millionaire too. This book taught me so much about things that my own immigrant parents couldn’t teach me, like stocks, index funds, Roth IRAs, 401ks, Cash Cushions, picking a college major, you name it. Kristy is truly an inspiration and I highly encourage everyone to pick up this book today if you’re serious about wanting your dream life.
IDK about you, but finance books written by independent women who figure it out on their own just resonates with me. Nicole Lapin gives great advice on how to pay off debts, spend money smartly and gives you realistic goals. She also breaks down that financial jargon that initially intimidated me from reading these types of books. One part that has resonated with me is her mention of saving pennies won’t save you, so just buy that damn cup of coffee if it makes you more productive. I would recommend this to anyone just starting out reading finance self-help books, especially those in college or recent grads.
This is the genius book that kicked my butt into high gear. T. Harv Eker is a no-fluff kinda writer. He’s a straight shooter that tells you why you’re not successful. He digs deep into how our childhoods shape our financial success and how to rewire that. So be prepared to do some psychological work on yourself. This book is also great for those who believe in the law of attraction like myself, and teaches that once you raise your energy and become positive, positive things will come back to you. T. Harv Eker also teaches us about our “financial thermostats”, which helps raise your expectations for yourself financially. This book is absolutely amazing and needs to be on everyone’s bookshelf. Like….right now. Buy it. Or else you will always wonder why all your hard work never paid off.
Change is a scary thing. In this parable, 2 mice and 2 humans are stuck in a maze trying to find the large stockpile of cheese. They all eventually do, but it’s how they act after finding this cheese that matters. Spencer Johnson emphasizes the importance of accepting change as an inevitable and constant part of life, anticipating change and letting go of old ways to adapt to new opportunities. This book is a great reminder to help us stop worrying about change and instead get excited about it, helping us be open to new opportunities instead of paralyzed by fear. It also reminds us to get out of our comfort zones once in a while so you can realistically see changes around you and are ready for any changes that come your way.
As you can probably guess from the title, this book is all about changing the way you think to help you grow rich. There are 13 principles that contain the secret to wealth, all stemming from the mind. These principles include affirmations, the law of autosuggestion, specialized knowledge, etc. This is another self-reflective book that really helps you control the way you think. Napoleon Hill’s step by step account of how to grow rich through changing your mindset is amazing. I mean, there’s a reason this book is called the “Grandaddy of All Motivational Literature”.
You may already be familiar with Paulo Coelho’s award-winning, best-seller “The Alchemist”. And you might be wondering what this fiction book about a shepherd boy traveling around Egypt and the desert has anything to do with financial success. This book is literally about following your dreams, doing what seems like the impossible and never giving up. It’s a great read, especially if you feel down or lost.
Not that 5 second rule. Mel Robbins gives us the tool of the 5 second rule to overcome self-doubt and push us to take action in any situation. This tool is encouraged for those who suffer from bad habits, bad confidence and bad procrastination. I implement the five second rule at the gym and to be honest… it works. Don’t just take my word for it, this book gives scientific proof how the 5 second rule triggers the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This book is great for improving all aspects of your life.
Simon Sinek is a genius who dives into how most companies work and how they manipulate customers and employees. If you’ve ever worked for a terrible boss or a $#!%&@ company, this book will resonate with you. This book explains that leaders need to stop encouraging competition and manipulation. Instead, focus on the “why”. Why does your company exists? Alright, so WHY am I recommending this book to you? You clicked on this article to get some millionaire secrets! Isn’t this article about us folks who aren’t bosses? Well, you want financial freedom, right? So chances are you’ll be a boss one day, and a good one at that. So you need to recognize right now what that means.
Robert Kiyosaki is a household name at this point. This book is probably the most well-known self-help finance book out there. Robert’s book touches on a lot of points the other books in this list also focus on: changing the way you think, getting out of your comfort zone, and he talks about multiple financial strategies. Robert also emphasizes the importance of READING so grab your coffee, get your book and get to it.
Spencer Johnson (author of “Who Moved My Cheese”) and Ken Blanchard come together to write a short novel about a man in search of the perfect manager who will show him how to be the perfect leader. Like “Start With Why”, this book also focuses on what it takes to be a great leader. Johnson and Blanchard explain how managers and employees should communicate, what companies need to focus on and much more. This is a great book to help you succeed if you are thinking of starting your own company.
Wanna know how to get anyone to do anything you want? Wanna be a master of manipulation? Then this is a must read. Robert Cialdini explains the 6 main weapons of influence and how easy it is to get humans to do things they would normally say no to. And if you feel like you are easily manipulated by others, this is a great tool to have.
12. Good to Great
Discipline. Discipline. DISCIPLINE. In his novel, Jim Collins teaches us that excellence is an objective, and we can achieve it through disciplined people, disciplined thought and disciplined action. I mean, think about it. Are lazy people who slack off and sleep until 2 p.m. billionaires? No. He breaks down exactly what you need to do in order to attain this kind of discipline.
13. Atomic Habits
Ever heard “any action, no matter how small will make a change”? Well that’s exactly what James Clear advocates in his book “Atomic Habits”. He stresses adding good habits and subtracting bad habits from your regular routine, and no matter how small the change it will lead to powerful transformations. He also goes in-depth on how to alter habits with the 4 laws of behavior change. This is another one of those books that will help you in all aspects of your life, not just financially.
This is another book you’ve probably already heard of. Stephen Covey’s best-seller details the habits you need to perfect in order to create a foundation for success. Our character is a created by our habits, so in order to be successful you need good and effective habits! These habits include being proactive, being efficient with time, prioritizing important tasks, etc. I’m sure that you’ve caught on by now, but most of the books on this list emphasize the importance of working on yourself from the inside out. And this book is no exception.
There are TONS of financial help books out there, these are just the ones that are fundamental to me. Most mentors suggest reading for at least 30 minutes a day, every day. So take a step towards your new future of financial freedom and start reading!
Let me know in the comments what your favorite finance or self-help books are! 📚💸