Looking for a motivational book on money? On career? Here are my book recommendations on these topics.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
MONEY BOOKS I RECOMMEND
1. Dollars and Sense, by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
For anyone who acknowledges that emotions play a powerful role in our financial life, but hasn't quite realised why, you absolutely must read this book. It shatters the myth that we control all our decisions about money.
Not only will Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler ask you eye-opening questions, but they'll make you rethink your financial behaviour forevermore, helping you save and spend smarter, and ultimately live better.
Stop hating your relationship with money and start understanding why and how you can make better financial choices.
2. The Automatic Millionaire, by David Bach
Those insecurities, fears, doubts and debilitating questions you've had about your money? David Bach believes “automation” is the name of the game.
You don’t need a budget, willpower, or to make a lot of money to be millionaire. But you have to have a plan to pay yourself firstthat is totally automatic.
This is self-help but not as you know it: it's packed full of personality, humour and witty anecdotes to help you think about yourself and your money in a brighter light. Highlighter pens at the ready. Seriously, it’s that good.
3. Wealth by Virtue, by Chad Gordon
If, like me, you're more of a visual reader, I can't recommend Wealth by Virtue more.
Written by founder of GreenStar Advisors, this coffee table-worthy book features inspiration and advice on the six areas of personal finance: banking, investments, real estate, insurance, legal planning, and tax planning.
Filled with amazing and thought-provoking explanations, it left me feeling empowered and ready to make my money work for me.
I can't think of a better gift for a friend who want to get their finances working and maximize their retirement planning.
4. The Money Queen's Guide, by Cary Carbonaro
Can I be honest? When I first saw the cover for The Money Queen’s Guide I initially thought it didn’t talk to me - but it’s BRILLIANT.
Cary Carbonaro, a Certified Financial Planner™ professional with an MBA in finance, spoils readers with actionable money tips you can put into practice today, no matter what stage of life you’re at.
Financial security, creating independence separate from our partners, the key to make more money… Cary Carbonaro has got you covered. It's more than a money book. It's a mentorship in a few hundred pages.
5. The Millennial Money Fix, by Douglas Boneparth and Heather Boneparth
Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of money content for Millennials out there? You're not alone. That's why the Boneparths wrote The Millennial Money Fix, to help you take an honest, non-judgmental look at your financial situation.
Described as “a fiscal roadmap for today's largest generation”, its combination of pep talk-style advice with manageable lessons in financial literacy actually works wonders.
Read, rehearse and design a financial life you love, on your own terms.
6. Broke Millennial, by Erin Lowry
Erin Lowry knows a thing or two about how to get your financial life together.
She’s the author of the Broke Millennial book and blog.
Her excellent book boasts money codes to follow, as well as how-to advice she's picked up while becoming the personal finance expert she is today.
For millennials who are just starting out, this is the perfect read.
7. Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days, by Chris Guillebeau
Even if you like your job, having a side hustle might be exactly what you need to start doing more of what you want - especially if you’re a woman.
And nobody proved that more than Chris Guillebeau.
He believes that a side hustle is not just about putting extra cash in your pocket. A side hustle affords you the ability to decide, because when you have multiple paychecks from different sources, you no longer depend on a single employer (which is so nice!).
8. I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi
Ramit Sethi needs no introduction and I Will Teach You To Be Rich, a book about personal finance AND personal entrepreneurship, should be on everyone’s reading list.
Deeply smart and filled with uncommonly sound ideas, it tells how to discover the path to financial freedom through banking, saving, budgeting, and investing.
If you’re looking for some no-bs money advice, I can’t recommend it enough.
9. Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert T. Kiyosaki
In Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert T. Kiyosaki has gathered his personal learnings to confront the question: What do the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not?
The result is an entertaining and inspiring money book revealing discussions about money mindsets, assets, liabilities, and everything in between.
It's an essential resource that will help any reader understand how to success in a world that runs on money — and why it matters.
10. A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton G. Malkiel
Although this book was first published in 1973, it’s insanely relatable. In synopsis: Burton G. Malkiel emphasizes the importance of long-term investing and how to do it wisely.
I won’t give any spoilers away, but this book is thought-provoking, and challenges many of the stages of bubbles that apply today (bitcoin, anyone?) and how marketing influences tremendously the investment management industry.
Perfect for any age group or income level investors looking for beginner's knowledge in the stock market.
CAREER BOOKS I RECOMMEND
1. Linchpin by Seth Godin
If you feel like a consumer rather than a creator because you stop yourself even before you start, you definitely need to know what a Linchpin is.
Seth Godin (one of my all-time favorite thought-leaders) unpacks this concept in a way that leaves you nodding along with his suggestions.
Linchpins are people who, regardless of their title, are flexible in the face of change and resilient in the face of confusion.
2. Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
This book is a call to action to fight you emotional and egotistical impulse. Once you do so, interactions are endless to take your career to the next level.
Ryan Holiday believes that what is rare is not raw talent, skill, or even confidence, but humility, diligence, and self-awareness.
Ego basically kills what we love.
3. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Although not directly career-related, worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, provides some crazy-challenging perspectives on creativity and inspiration.
She Elizabeth Gilbert redefined what an original idea meant for me. As she puts it, “Everything reminds us of something. But once you put your own expression and passion behind an idea, that idea becomes yours.”
So whether you’re looking to start a blog, create a business, or find new ways to address tasks in your work, you’re going to find in Big Magic a source of wonder and joy.
4. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
I couldn’t wait to read this book.
After all, who wouldn’t feel good when someone tells them that they could do more in less time? Such is the premise of Essentialism: Getting only the right things done.
Greg McKeown shows you how to apply selective criteria for what is essential, then eliminate everything that is not.
5. Difficult Conversations by HBR Press
This is by far the most powerful book I have ever read on how to handle uncomfortable talks at work. It hit me in all the right places.
First, it helps you understand what makes a conversation difficult: conflicting interests, personal styles, lack of trust, different views of the facts, and emotions.
Then, it walks you through the actionable steps you can take to communicate in a way that’s constructive.