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The 40 Books That Made Me Money

Books that made me money

I read a lot of books. Some of my best ideas have come from books. Over the years books have accounted for the single biggest return on investment that I have made.

These are the books that have made me money one way or another.

 

What other investment can you make for $20-30 has the potential to add hundreds of thousands to your personal wealth?

 

“The book you don’t read won’t help”
– Jim Rohn

 

Of course knowledge is power, but without action it is useless. So whatever knowledge you get from books, you need to make sure you use it.

 

Maybe it’s an insight. Maybe it’s tactic, lesson or perspective, but It’s only by taking action that the book has made me money.

 

For each of these books I’ve gained insights, tactics and strategies. 

 

Implementing them has changed my life, given me a new or different perspective and one of the books I credit with inspiring me that move to New Zealand!
I do think that if you can find one takeaway from a book and you remember it afterwards and take action on it then the book is a good book.

 

To help me remember ideas I have a notebook in Evernote that I store the idea I’ve gotten from the book, but more importantly how I think I can implement it.  I would encourage you to do the same.

 

To learn as many lessons as possible from books I’ve experimented with a whole bunch of different ways to read faster. My favourite method for speed reading can be found here.

 

So here goes, here’s my list (not in any particular order) …

  1. Do The Work” – by Steven Presfield
  2. Tipping Point” – by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. Outliers” – by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad” – by Robert Kiyosaki
  5. The 4 Hour Work Week” – by Tim Ferriss
  6. Think and Grow Rich” – Napoleon Hill
  7. Anything you want” – by Derek Sivers
  8. The Apple Experience” – Carmine Gallo
  9. Vagabonding” – By Ralph Potts
  10. Double Double” – by Cameron Herrod
  11. Mastery” by Robert Green
  12. E-Myth Revisited” – by Michael Gerber
  13. Purple Cow” – by Seth Godin
  14. Made to Stick” – by Chip and Dan Heath
  15. Multiple streams of income” – by Robert Allen
  16. The Warren Buffett Way” – by Robert Hagstrom
  17. “Time To Think” – by Nancy Kline
  18. Growth Hacker Marketing” – by Ryan Holiday
  19. The 10x Rule” – by Grant Cardone
  20. Business Adventures” – by John Brooks
  21. What I Learned Loosing $1m dollars” –  by Jim Paul and Brendan Monyihan
  22. Zero to one” – by Peter Thiel
  23. Money Mastering The Game” – by Tony Robbins
  24. The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth” – by James Altucher
  25. Book Yourself Solid” – by Michael Port
  26. Switch” – by Chip and Dan Heath
  27. The New Money Masters” – by John Train
  28. Small is the New Big” – by Seth Godin
  29. Positioning – by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  30. Rework” – by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  31. Lessons From Private Equity any Company Can Use” – Orit Gadiesh and Hugh MacArthur
  32. Built to Last” – by Jim Collins
  33. Strengths Finder 2.0” – by Tom Rath
  34. Never Eat Alone” – by Keith Ferrazzi
  35. Getting Things Done” – by David Allen
  36. How to Win Friends and Influence People” – by Dale Carnegie
  37. The Magic of Thinking Big” – David Schwartz
  38. The Agenda” – by Michael Hammer
  39. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing” – by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  40. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy” – by Thomas Stanley and William Danko
When I read these books, I feel a sense of excitement at the possibilities open to me, my business and my clients. 
But at the same time, a sense of guilt that I’ve got all of this value for just a few dollars of investment and a few hours of my time to read the books.
“Books: The only thing you can buy that makes you richer.”  – Anonymous
“The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last 90 days is not reading a book in the last 90 days and thinking it doesn’t matter.” – Jim Rohn

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