A lot about improving your financials and career is through growing as a person.
Therefore, one of the best ways to improve yourself is to reduce screen time and read more books!
I have curated a list of must-read books that is for people who don’t have much time to read not-so important books. People who only want to spend their time reading the best of the best books ever written on a topic should also read on.
Want to keep things simple? Check out the “Top 13 Books To Read” list for some great book recommendations without feeling overwhelmed by all the other options.
From personal finance, selling, hustling, investing and becoming a better human, here are the books you need to read.
For If You Want To Go Deeper By Topic:
Top 13 Books to Read
1. The Millionaire Fastlane By MJ DeMarco
Oh my god this book is amazing. I wished I read this when I started my entrepreneurial journey. If you’re thinking to yourself: “How is it possible that people are making millions in just a few years, while I’m slaving away for a ridiculously low salary?”. This book is for you.
Even though the title is really clickbait-y, MJ DeMarco is brutally honest in sharing his journey and why some people just can’t seem to succeed financially. I’ll be upfront, some of you may get offended by his writing, but the content and ideas in there is top notch.
2. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell
This book is just stunning. The author Malcom Gladwell is extremely articulate in this research-backed study of outliers (duh) and over-achievers. The key question this book answers is “What makes highly successful people different?”
He says that, people tend to pay attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention on where they are from. If you’re interested in deconstructing and emulating successful people, you want to get this book.
3. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
Another amazing new book in our top picks. The mind is a very powerful thing. If you don’t believe it, you will be limiting your potential. This book is written to help you get rid of your self limiting beliefs and make you truly believe that you are an awesome human being.
If you’ve been doubting yourself a.k.a letting fears and anxiety stop you from doing what is important to you, definitely read this book. I promise your life will transform for the better.
4. Built To Last by Jim Collins & Jerry I. Poras
If you’re into building an amazing business that will last even after your lifetime, check out Built To Last. Jim Collins & Jerry I. Poras authored this fantastic book that is backed by 6 years of research into the inner workings of the greatest companies in the world.
The findings in this book is highly scientific and factual, and if you’re looking to build a company there are definite gems to be learned from in there to make you a better leader and business owner.
5. Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Think And Grow Rich has been dubbed the grand-daddy of motivational literature. However, I was considering whether to include this book into this list as it was written in 1937 and can be difficult to read.
I still decide to include this book because there are some really powerful strategies in this book that are developed from interviewing the most powerful people on earth at that time (1930’s) and finding out the common behaviours and thinking patterns behind them.
If you’re really serious about your personal development journey and don’t mind something difficult to read, definitely check out Think & Grow Rich. It’s one of my favourite personal finance books.
6. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Caldini
If you’re looking to build an online business or want to improve deal closing as an entrepreneur or salesperson, mastering persuasion is an invaluable skill that you can definitely benefit from.
Unfortunately, I find this book extremely difficult to summarize because there are just too many good stuff to be discovered in here. I can only say that it is strongly recommended that you read this book. I love this book so much that if you’ve bought this book and you didn’t benefit from reading it, let me know and I’ll buy it for you.
7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
Time and energy are the most important resources in your life to optimize, not money. There are trillions of dollars circulating the economy and is a resource that you can create. Therefore, finding the most important and meaningful thing in your life is the most productive use of your time and energy.
This book teaches you why and how you should stop giving a fuck about everything. Instead, you should be giving all your fucks (lol) to things that truly matter to you. If you think your life needs some “clean up” from toxic and unproductive things, definitely read this book.
8. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Have you heard of the lean startup methodology and the concept of minimum viable products? If you haven’t, definitely check out The Lean Startup as this book is the bible for all seed-stage startups.
This book teaches you why and how you should minimize risk, think and change fast like a Silicon Valley startup. It’s a fantastic book with a lot of great insights on how to implement constant and productive change in your business. Most importantly, this books teaches you how to stay lean.
9. The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
This historical classic was written more than 2,500 years ago, but the genius within this book has never been more relevant. If you want to glimpse inside the mind of a genius war strategist from Ancient China, check out this book.
Here is an example of the principles taught in the book that you can apply in your career and life. “When able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”.
Reading this book will help you one up your competitors and become a better negotiator, both of which are invaluable if you’re running a business.
10. The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
The 10X Rule is a book by one of my favourite authors – Grant Cardone. Taking action is one of the key things that sets successful entrepreneurs apart from the rest. In this book, he talked about the typical types of actions and the type of people that follow these actions.
The commonly known three degrees of action are no action, retreat, or normal action. Good entrepreneurs are action takers, while sheep (I hope that’s not you) take no action or retreat. To achieve 10X results that sets you apart from “good” entrepeneurs, you have to live by the 10X rule. Set massive goals, take massive action and you’ll be on the road to wealth.
11. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This classic is one of my favourite books. This book talks about the 7 principles that make you a more effective person and professional.
The author shows how a principle-centered, character-based life will help you obtain the healthy relationships that are key to highly effective life. This classic is definitely worth reading for its perspective and practical advice.
12. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich by Cotter Smith
The Millionaire Next Door by Cotter Smith dives deep into the habits of America’s super rich. This book is a rich compilation of stories and case studies on what these people do, their investing methodologies, how they got where they are right now. I won’t spoil it, but you’ll be surprised AF by what you find out in here.
13. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Last but not least, I am not a believer in getting rich quick or lose weight in 7 days. These are outright clickbaity lies. Nothing compares to hard work and perseverance. How you behave on a day to day basis adds up to a significant impact on your life. The Compound Effect is a great, practical book with no fluff and bullshit. This book is very different from the nonsense that media fills your mind everyday.
To summarize this book in one sentence – practice good habits, build momentum and ride on it.
There are many other books that I struggled to keep out of this list. It took me days of contemplation to come up with this list. If you’re interested in knowing which books barely made the cut, here are some notable mentions: