Books That Changed My Life


In No Particular Order


Set for Life: Dominate Life, Money, and the American Dream. by Scott Trench

Set for Life: Dominate Life, Money, and the American Dream.

Scott Trench

Amazon Description:

Set yourself up for life as early as possible and enjoy life on your terms!

Are you tied to a nine-to-five workweek? Do you work hard making someone else rich? Are you financially free―the sort of free that ensures you spend the best part of your day and week, and the best years of your life doing what you want? Would you like to “retire” from wage paying work within ten years? Why not build and follow a plan that allows you to live the life of your dreams?

This isn’t about saving up a nest egg. It’s not about setting aside money for a “rainy day” or just accumulating an emergency fund. It’s about building out a Financial Runway. It’s about creating enough readily accessible wealth that you can survive without work for a year. Then five years. Then for life. Set for Life is a three-step guide that gives readers the fiscal confidence they need to achieve early financial freedom. Readers will learn how to:

  • Save more income―50+ percent of it, while still having fun
  • Double or triple your income in three to five years
  • Secure “real” assets and avoid “false” ones that destroy wealth

HERE’S TO FISCAL CONFIDENCE, HERE’S TO GIVING UP A NINE-TO-FIVE JOB, AND HERE’S TO BEING SET FOR LIFE

Favorite Takeaway: The best part for me was paying back the mortgage bi-monthly


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99 Minute Millionaire: The Simplest and Easiest Book Ever on Getting Started Investing and Becoming Rock Star Rich by Scott Alan Turner Cover

99 Minute Millionaire: The Simplest and Easiest Book Ever on Getting Started Investing and Becoming Rock Star Rich

Scott Alan Turner

Amazon Description:

I couldn’t recommend this more highly. Scott explains the basic of investing in simple English. It’s solid advice; the kind you rarely get from the talking heads on TV, radio, and the rest of the media. Scott backs it all up with good solid research; this is not his opinion, it’s facts, but presented in a way that your Grandmother could understand. -Dr. Barry H. Kaplan EA, CFPChief Investment Officer, Cambridge Wealth Counsel

Are you worried and stressed out about not having enough money to retire? Do you have fear of losing your money? Are you unsure of how to build wealth for the long term? Or maybe you’ve been thinking of investing for quite some time now, and you just don’t know how to get started. The whole thing seems too complex and overwhelming.

This conversational and action-oriented book is for people who want to get started investing (or are thinking about it) but have never understood why or how – no matter your age or how much money you have to invest. Investing has always been made out to be difficult for you, and you think you couldn’t do it yourself, much less retire rich.

Every time you think about it, you get overwhelmed and afraid of making a costly mistake. You know the drill. You get ready to do something – maybe on your own or in your employer’s retirement plan. Then…

You find yourself lost in all the jargon and get-rich-quick schemes. You have no idea what to do. After some time, you give up and just let whatever money you have sit in a savings account earning no interest. Or worse – you ask somebody else to do it for you and trust it will turn out ok (hint – it won’t).

There are TONS of myths, misconceptions, and flat-out lies out there about how difficult it is to build wealth. 99 Minute Millionaire busts those myths and challenges everything you’ve been told about investing. This book contains proven solutions that every new and experienced investor needs to know – no matter what financial challenges you face.

99 Minute Millionaire Gives You The Path To Building Wealth

  • Why many investors fail, and how you can ensure you don’t
  • How you can make the most money with very little work
  • Important decisions every investor should be aware of
  • 14 common and costly mistakes investors make
  • How to manage your money like a pro
  • The truth about financial advisors and investing professionals
  • And much more!

Follow the advice given in this book and by the end, after putting what I have to say into action, you will be a better investor than most professionals. Best of all, the rest of your life doesn’t have to be put on hold to do it either! This book shows you how you can continue to spend most of your time doing what you love instead of struggling to manage your money. Before you buy the book, I have one question for you: What’s stopping you from taking 99 minutes to improve the quality of your finances and put you on the path to financial freedom?

Scroll to the top and click the “buy now” button and you will become a great investor– and have your money make you more money.

Favorite Takeaway: The best part for me was paying back the mortgage bi-monthly


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The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life by J L Collins Cover

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life

J L Collins

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In the dark, bewildering, trap-infested jungle of misinformation and opaque riddles that is the world of investment, JL Collins is the fatherly wizard on the side of the path, offering a simple map, warm words of encouragement and the tools to forge your way through with confidence. You’ll never find a wiser advisor with a bigger heart. – Malachi RempenFilmmaker, cartoonist, author and self-described ruffian

This book grew out of a series of letters to my daughter concerning various things—mostly about money and investing—she was not yet quite ready to hear.

Since money is the single most powerful tool we have for navigating this complex world we’ve created, understanding it is critical.

“But Dad,” she once said, “I know money is important. I just don’t want to spend my life thinking about it.” This was eye-opening. I love this stuff. But most people have better things to do with their precious time. Bridges to build, diseases to cure, treaties to negotiate, mountains to climb, technologies to create, children to teach, businesses to run.

Unfortunately, benign neglect of things financial leaves you open to the charlatans of the financial world. The people who make investing endlessly complex, because if it can be made complex it becomes more profitable for them, more expensive for us, and we are forced into their waiting arms.

Here’s an important truth: Complex investments exist only to profit those who create and sell them. Not only are they more costly to the investor, they are less effective.

The simple approach I created for her and present now to you is not only easy to understand and implement, it is more powerful than any other.

Together we’ll explore:

  • Debt: Why you must avoid it and what to do if you have it.
  • The importance of having F-you Money.
  • How to think about money, and the unique way understanding this is key to building your wealth.
  • Where traditional investing advice goes wrong and what actually works.
  • What the stock market really is and how it really works.
  • Why the stock market always goes up and why most people still lose money investing in it.
  • How to invest in a raging bull, or bear, market.
  • Specific investments to implement these strategies.
  • The Wealth Building and Wealth Preservation phases of your investing life and why they are not always tied to your age.
  • How your asset allocation is tied to those phases and how to choose it.
  • How to simplify the sometimes confusing world of 401(k), 403(b), TSP, IRA and Roth accounts.
  • TRFs (Target Retirement Funds), HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) and RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions).
  • What investment firm to use and why the one I recommend is so far superior to the competition.
  • Why you should be very cautious when engaging an investment advisor and whether you need to at all.
  • Why and how you can be conned, and how to avoid becoming prey.
  • Why I don’t recommend dollar cost averaging.
  • What financial independence looks like and how to have your money support you.
  • What the 4% rule is and how to use it to safely spend your wealth.
  • The truth behind Social Security.
  • A Case Study on how this all can be implemented in real life.

Don’t let any of this intimidate you. Those that have gone before you say:

“….in his patented no-frills and often humorous style, JL makes it both approachable and simple. And powerful.”

“…effective message told in a visual, funny style.”

“…a refreshingly unique and approachable take on investing.”

“JL Collins has the gift of making boring financial concepts funny and interesting.”

“Instead of esoteric equations about measuring a stock’s alpha and comparing it to its beta, he lights up the campfire and starts telling stories.”

Enjoy the read, and the journey!

Favorite Takeaway: The best part for me was paying back the mortgage bi-monthly


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Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki Cover

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Robert T. Kiyosaki

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April 2017 marks 20 years since Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad first made waves in the Personal Finance arena.

It has since become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time… translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world.

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

20 Years… 20/20 Hindsight

In the 20th Anniversary Edition of this classic, Robert offers an update on what we’ve seen over the past 20 years related to money, investing, and the global economy. Sidebars throughout the book will take readers “fast forward” — from 1997 to today — as Robert assesses how the principles taught by his rich dad have stood the test of time.

In many ways, the messages of Rich Dad Poor Dad, messages that were criticized and challenged two decades ago, are more meaningful, relevant and important today than they were 20 years ago.

As always, readers can expect that Robert will be candid, insightful… and continue to rock more than a few boats in his retrospective.

Will there be a few surprises? Count on it.

Rich Dad Poor Dad…

  • Explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich
  • Challenges the belief that your house is an asset
  • Shows parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids about money
  • Defines once and for all an asset and a liability
  • Teaches you what to teach your kids about money for their future financial success

Favorite Takeaway: The best part for me was paying back the mortgage bi-monthly


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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss Cover

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Timothy Ferriss

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The New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Body shows readers how to live more and work less, now with more than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.

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, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:

  • How Tim went from $40,000 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”

The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes:

  • More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point
  • Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than $8 a meal
  • How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times
  • The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either

Favorite Takeaway: The best part for me was paying back the mortgage bi-monthly


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Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry Cover

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together

Erin Lowry

Amazon Description:

WASHINGTON POST “COLOR OF MONEY” BOOK CLUB PICK

Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck and Get Your Financial Life Together (#GYFLT)!

If you’re a cash-strapped 20- or 30-something, it’s easy to get freaked out by finances. But you’re not doomed to spend your life drowning in debt or mystified by money. It’s time to stop scraping by and take control of your money and your life with this savvy and smart guide.

Broke Millennial shows step-by-step how to go from flat-broke to financial badass. Unlike most personal finance books out there, it doesn’t just cover boring stuff like credit card debt, investing, and dealing with the dreaded “B” word (budgeting). Financial expert Erin Lowry goes beyond the basics to tackle tricky money matters and situations most of us face #IRL, including:

  • Understanding your relationship with moolah: do you treat it like a Tinder date or marriage material?
  • Managing student loans without having a full-on panic attack
  • What to do when you’re out with your crew and can’t afford to split the bill evenly
  • How to get “financially naked” with your partner and find out his or her “number” (debt number, of course) . . . and much more.

Packed with refreshingly simple advice and hilarious true stories, Broke Millennial is the essential roadmap every financially clueless millennial needs to become a money master. So what are you waiting for? Let’s #GYFLT!

Favorite Takeaway: The best part for me was paying back the mortgage bi-monthly


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The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley Cover

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy

Thomas J. Stanley

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The incredible national bestseller that is changing people’s lives — and increasing their net worth!

CAN YOU SPOT THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR?

  • Who are the rich in this country?
  • What do they do?
  • Where do they shop?
  • What do they drive?
  • How do they invest?
  • Where did their ancestors come from?
  • How did they get rich?
  • Can I ever become one of them?

Get the answers in The Millionaire Next Door, the never-before-told story about wealth in America. You’ll be surprised at what you find out….

The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door. This new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new foreword for the twenty-first century by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.

Favorite Takeaway: The best part for me was paying back the mortgage bi-monthly


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The More of Less by Joshua Becker Cover

The More of Less

Joshua Becker

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Don’t Settle for More

Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing.

While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living.

Live a better life with less.

In The More of Less, Joshua Becker helps you…

  • Recognize the life-giving benefits of owning less
  • Realize how all the stuff you own is keeping you from pursuing your dreams
  • Craft a personal, practical approach to decluttering your home and life
  • Experience the joys of generosity
  • Learn why the best part of minimalism isn’t a clean house, it’s a full life

The beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away. It’s in what it gives.

Make Room in Your Life for What You Really Want

“Maybe you don’t need to own all this stuff.” After a casual conversation with his neighbor on Memorial Day 2008, Joshua Becker realized he needed a change. He was spending far too much time organizing possessions, cleaning up messes, and looking for more to buy.

So Joshua and his wife decided to remove the nonessential possessions from their home and life. Eventually, they sold, donated, or discarded over 60 percent of what they owned. In exchange, they found a life of more freedom, more contentment, more generosity, and more opportunity to pursue the things that mattered most.

The More of Less delivers an empowering plan for living more by owning less. With practical suggestions and encouragement to personalize your own minimalist style, Joshua Becker shows you why minimizing possessions is the best way to maximize life.

Are you ready for less cleaning, less anxiety, and less stress in your life? Simplicity isn’t as complicated as you think.

Favorite Takeaway: The best part for me was paying back the mortgage bi-monthly


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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō Cover

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Marie Kondō

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This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

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