Most of my book collection consists of non-fiction personal development books, and here are the top seven that have led me to make bold decisions in my life.
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
This one is by far my personal favorite. Schwartz argues we could raise our goals much higher, as feeling challenged is what makes us feel alive. Small targets are boringly achievable and suck the joy of life from us. It becomes very easy and comforting, amid our daily struggles, to focus on the small things, the paperwork, the formalities. To get an energy kick, take a step back and look up to your biggest goals.
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
How many people spend precious time worrying about things that are out of their control, such as terrorist attacks? If you cannot control it, forget about it. Only when you shift your focus to your own actions will you experience a worry-free existence.
- The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco
This book is an eye-opener about our modern capitalist system. Society tells us we should get good grades, get a good job, save money every month, invest in the stock market, and retire rich. But that is only the slowlane to wealth, which demands we trade time for money. To experience the millionaire fastlane, on the other hand, create a problem-solving business and cash in not in the form of a salary but in the form of business equity. That is the only way to game the system, become a 30-year-old decamillionaire, and experience absolute freedom.
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
How to multiply your purchasing power by traveling to a country with a cheap cost of living. I personally put this one in practice by spending 3 months in Thailand spending $2,000 a month from online business income. I was living out of hotel rooms, sightseeing, going out for breakfast, lunch and dinner, taking taxis multiple times a day, and visiting rooftop bars anytime I felt like it. Try doing that in NYC for less than $6,000.
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Another classic of personal finance. Poor people make money when they work, rich people make money when they sleep. Who’s richer: the banker who makes $200,000 a year and doesn’t save, or the college dropout who makes $200,000 a year from passive rental income?
- The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday
Inspired by stoic philosophy and the works of Marcus Aurelius and Seneca. Always seeking what is easy will not lead us to any long-term gains. Instead, we should learn to embrace difficulty as a challenge, and not shy away from our hardest tasks and decisions.
- The Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
We live in a society that is run by ego. Countless successful people are known to be highly egotistical: Steve Jobs, Napoleon Bonaparte, Donald Trump etc. The list is endless. What we fail to realize is that many more people have suffered from their over-inflated ego than have succeeded because of it. You do not succeed because of your ego, you succeed in spite of it.