I do a ton of reading all the time and sometimes come across books that are so fantastic that I want to tell everyone about them. But my friends soon get tired of me hawking these books, so here is a list of books I recommend wholeheartedly:

Productivity and Personal Effectiveness

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – One of the best books for people on the quest to improve themselves. It can be a bit of a dry read, so you might prefer the Teens version.

Getting Things Done – Probably the finest action and workflow management system out there.

The 4-Hour Work Week – I’m spending a lot of time reading and re-reading this book and gradually applying its lessons to create an ideal lifestyle. Highly, highly recommended.

Personal Finance and Investing

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – This book, I feel a little hesitant about recommending. On the one hand, it is a good beginner’s guide to the mindset of taking control of your life. On the other hand, it is a little too vague at times. So, here is a summary. You can read it and decide whether you’re interested in the book.

Your Money or Your Life – This book blew my mind and jumped to the top of my list of personal finance books by the way it just clicked with me. I highly recommend checking out this book. You can find a detailed summary here. It’s gotten at least two great reviews from people I respect, JD Roth’s Getting Rich Slowly and The Simply Dollar.

The Millionaire Next Door – Learn some surprising things about American millionaires.

One Up On Wall Street – Peter Lynch is one of the finest money managers ever and he gives a very good introduction in this easy-to-read book.

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing – Learn the basics of Index Fund Investing, the best way for a passive investor to gain great returns on the stock market in the long-term. Written by the man who brought us index funds in the first place, John Bogle.

The Little Book of Value Investing – Learn the basics of value investing in this short and easy-to-read little book. Written by a man who knows what he’s talking about, Christopher Browne of Tweedy, Browne, a very respected investment firm.

The Little Book That Beats The Market – Joel Greenblatt (also a highly respected investor) unveils an excellent mechanical strategy for making money.

The Intelligent Investor – This is the bible of Value Investing. Bejamin Graham is the father of value investing and was an excellent investor in his own right. A bit hard to read now, so this is probably not the best book to start off with, but if you want the basics of value investing straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak), this is for you.

Relationships And Social

How to Win Friends & Influence People – This book gives you good advice on how to deal with people without being manipulative.

Messages: The Communication Skills Book – A real “handbook” of human communication. Very practical and covers many different topics.

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