If you are serious about achieving Financial Freedom (aka Real Money Freedom), then you need to increase your financial literacy. And that will only happen by learning about the money- and wealth principles.
To increase your financial literacy, I highly recommend reading the following books (in exactly this order):
1. Wealth Dynamics eGuide (FREE to Download as a PDF)
You can either be a Creator, a Star, a Supporter, a Dealmaker, a Trader, an Accumulator, a Lord and a Mechanic. All 8 of them are playing a different games. All are building wealth, but in completely different ways.
Because of your unique personality you will naturally create wealth easier using one of these 8 Wealth Profiles’ games than with the rest. Learn how the Wealth Dynamics work and discover how your own unique Wealth Profile can show you your path of least resistance with regards to building wealth. Creating wealth doesn’t have to be difficult. Instead of struggling to build wealth playing a game not naturally suited to your Wealth Profile, rather discover what makes your Wealth Profile unique and then play that profile’s game to build wealth much easier.
Creating wealth is easier than you think, once you play the game of your Wealth Profile.
Download this FREE 34-page eGuide to discover your Wealth Profile!
2. Wink – by Roger James Hamilton
This is a must-read for every person on earth!!! I highly recommend it!
WINK is a modern day parable of a nine year old boy being raised by his carpenter father who is sick and tired. Every day for the last 20 years the carpenter has visited the Well of Wealth and spent a dollar, believing that if he gives generously to the Well, it will give generously to him in return. On this day, the Carpenter is so unwell he is unable to visit the well, so he sends his nine year old son, Richard, in his place. Richard is entrusted with a treasured crumpled dollar, and sets off on his journey to the Well of Wealth.
Following an overgrown path, Richard discovers that the Well of Wealth is not where or what he thought it was. On the journey Richard meets a host of eight mysterious and intriguing characters. Each have built their wealth in very different ways, and yet, there is something about them that is common to them all.
This fictional tale makes you think deeper as to the dynamics of wealth creation.
3. The Richest Man in Babylon – by George S Clason
The Richest Man in Babylon is a series of the most powerful financial parables ever written.
These stories are set in ancient Babylon and relate the story of a Babylonian slave who uses the secrets of the book to become man of great wealth. The entire book is told in a story-like format, so it often goes down much like reading a collection of short stories.
This timeless book holds that the key to success lies in the secrets of the ancients. Based on the famous “Babylonian principles,” it’s been hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift and financial planning.
If you want to learn the basic principles of money, start with this book.
4. Rich Dad Poor Dad – by Robert T Kiyosaki
In Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki shares the story of his two dads: his real father, whom he calls his ‘poor dad,’ and the father of his best friend, the man who became his mentor and his ‘rich dad.’ One man was well educated and an employee all his life, the other’s education was “street smarts” over traditional classroom education and he took the path of entrepreneurship…a road that led him to become one of the wealthiest men in Hawaii. Robert’s poor dad struggled financially all his life, and these two dads—these very different points of view of money, investing, and employment—shaped Robert’s thinking about money.
Robert has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people, around the world, think about money and investing and he has become a global advocate for financial education and the path to financial freedom.
Back when I was 17 years old I read this book for the first time, and it changed my life. As you’ll discover in this book, Rule #1 is The Rich Don’t Work For Money.
5. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – by T Harv Eker
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind reveals the missing link between wanting success and achieving it!
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is two books in one. Part I explains how your money blueprint works. Through Eker’s rare combination of street smarts, humour, and heart, you will learn how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn how to identify your own money blueprint and “revise” it to not only create success but, more important, to keep and continually grow it.
In Part II you will be introduced to seventeen “Wealth Files,” which describe exactly how rich people think and act differently than most poor and middle-class people. Each Wealth File includes action steps for you to practice in the real world in order to dramatically increase your income and accumulate wealth.
If you are not doing as well financially as you would like, you will have to change your money blueprint.
6. The 4-Hour Workweek – by Timothy Ferriss
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan – there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.
This step-by step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:
* How Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per MONTH and 4 hours per week
* How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
* How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
* How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
* How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent ‘mini-retirements’.
7. The Millionaire Fastlane – by MJ DeMarco
Since you were old enough to hold a job, you’ve been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by blindly trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the housing market, the stock market, and the job market. MJ DeMarco calls this soul-sucking, dream-stealing dogma “The Slowlane” – an impotent FINANCIAL GAMBLE that dubiously promises wealth in a wheelchair.
Accept the Slowlane as your financial roadmap and your financial future will blow carelessly asunder on a sailboat of HOPE: HOPE you can get a job and keep it, HOPE the stock market doesn’t tank, HOPE the economy rebounds, HOPE, HOPE, and HOPE. Do you really want HOPE to be the centerpiece of your family’s financial plan?
The Millionaire Fastlane shows you that there are 3 wealth lanes you can choose to take. Most people only know about 2, the one headed nowhere and the other one that will take you 40+ years to build any significant wealth. MJ DeMarco teaches you in this book how to forget about the Slowlane and hop onto the Fastlane. You don’t have to wait 40+ years to get rich, you really can get rich in your 20’s and still enjoy all the perks that come with that wealth.
8. The Millionaire Master Plan – by Roger James Hamilton
Each of us has our own genius, our own winning formula, our own losing formula, our own way of learning, loving and leading. The Millionaire Master Plan will not only show you your winning formula, but it will also guide you step-by-step on how to avoid your losing formula as you ascend higher in the Wealth Spectrum.
The Millionaire Master Plan is a unique and fresh approach as to how you can not only get a sense of where you stand on the spectrum of personal wealth, but more importantly, how you can learn to rise from their present state to a higher level.
Whether you are seeking to improve your personal finances, grow your earnings, start your first business, or expand your investments, Roger gives you the specific steps at every level to follow your natural path.
We each reach the same glass ceilings in our journey, where our winning formulas become our obstacle to reach the next level. Roger provides key insights and practical tips on what you need to do differently to reach the next level, together with colorful stories and examples at every level.
9. Buffettology – by Mary Buffett
At last, here is a book that reveals what the public really wants to know about this legendary investor: how he determines where he puts his money. From a team with privileged insight, Mary Buffett, a savvy CEO and Warren Buffett’s former daughter-in-law, and David Clarke, a successful portfolio analyst, comes Buffettology, the most detailed explanation ever of the billionaire’s unique investment techniques.
Using Warren Buffett’s system to access a company’s potential economic excellence and the right price to pay for its stock, Buffettology demonstrates the actual mathematical models and equations, revolving around three variables: the yearly per share earnings figure, its predictability, and the market price of security. With Buffettology, individual investors will come to truly understand, and emulate, Warren Buffett’s masterful insight, and see that investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike.
10. 48 Days to the Work You Love – by Dan Miller
As a leading vocational thinker, New York Times best-selling author Dan Miller helps you better understand and organize your God-given skills, personality traits, values, dreams, and passions. In turn, you’ll see clear patterns form that point you toward successful career decisions. Packed with modern insight and timeless wisdom, here is a step-by-step process for creating a Life Plan and translating it into meaningful, satisfying daily work.
With plenty of smart ideas for thriving in today’s changing workforce, this revised edition also includes fresh tips on career search and resume tools, interview skills, negotiating salaries, and more. With both updated and brand new content, you will find everything you need to move you toward finding work that you love in just 48 Days.