I’ve read well over 100 personal finance books since I left school behind. Some were life changing, others were well… let’s just say there’s a few that I would like to get my time and money back. But then there are those that I keep coming back to. The ones that were well worth the money because I have gone through them so many times.
This is my list of the 5 Personal Finance Books You Must Read. Plus at the bottom I share my little trick for reading more books than the average person and how you can too. There’s also a little gift at the bottom if you want.
This one book has had more of an impact on my life than any other. It’s been a staple in my yearly reading. Harv goes into his principles about how rich people think. There are practical exercises on what you can do to change your own mindset and overall it’s a really easy read.
I have applied these principles for the past 7 years and they have changed my life in so many ways. Not only has my wealth improved, but I’m aware of my scarcity mindset that can pop up and how to manage it accordingly.
This was the first personal finance book I ever read. I was still in high school when I read it. David weaves a great story of building wealth that many people can relate to.
I find the best way to learn is through story and David has crafted one of the better ones in the last 20 years. If you haven’t read this classic it’s well worth having in your library.
If you are looking to get some principles on investing Peter Lynch is the guy you want to read. He was the manager of one of the most successful funds ever so when he talks it’s a good idea to listen. It teaches about stock investing so if you are looking to avoid the stock market this book may not be your thing.
Personally, it was a great read and there are a lot of gems in there about investing and some psychology that can help you along your investing journey. Especially if you are starting out.
One of these days I’ll write a long post on this book because of the huge impact it’s had on myself and those around me. Napoleon Hill spent 20 years interviewing and testing his principles of success in a time where nothing like this existed. It is still the book on personal achievement that has made more millionaires than any other book of its kind. From Jack Canfield, to Bob Proctor and many other inspirational and personal development people this book has a lifetime of knowledge in it.
I still refer back to it monthly and make it a point to listen to every year. Personally, I love the 21st-century edition because it has current day examples like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, which show how the principles are still in practice today.
David got a whole lotta people to stop drinking latte’s and save the money. He’s got a very nice and practical way of laying out how to save more money and has some excellent workbooks and examples.
This book gets you to start automating your financial life. To this day anytime I set up some sort of savings plan for a trip, or large purchase I always automate it. It will make a huge impact in your life.
These are the first 5 books I would recommend anyone getting into personal finance get started with. If you are wondering how I read so many books the honest answer is I do most of my reading through audiobooks.
If you are wanting to give audio books a try I would suggest using Audible. With the offer below, you get 2 free books. Give it a try and tell me what you think in the comments below.
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