Defining Books

Over the last few years I’ve read a lot and explored a lot (this blog is a testament to that). I’ve come across a lot of ideas and gotten excited about a lot of things that have come and gone. Some have stuck. These are the ones that have stuck.

Passive income is the only real way to make money. If you’re working and making X dollars for X hours of work then it’s not passive and it’s not ever going to get you rich. Principal proponent of this idea: Robert Kiyosak in Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

For business there is nothing like a good system. If your business depends entirely on you or if it can’t be duplicated and run without you then it’s not a business, it’s a JOB. Principal proponent of this idea: Michael Gerber in The E-Myth Revisited.

There is no reason to get rich unless you have a reason to get rich. Having a reason to get rich is a lot harder than it seems. Principal Proponent of this idea: Stephen R. Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Time is the most valuable thing you have and you can’t allow anyone to steal it from you. Ever. Pareto’s Principal and Parkinson’s law are two of the most important time management concepts ever. Principal proponent of this idea: Timothy Ferris in The 4-Hour Work Week.

The 4-Hour Work Week is also a great book for reaffirming that you can do just about anything. Why not? Why put it off? I’ve lived in Montevideo, Uruguay for the last 7 months, why? Because one day we decided to move here for an adventure. Here we are, loving every minute of it.

Minor lifestyle changes cause major financial changes. You will never be rich if you change your way of life every time you begin to earn more. Principal proponent of this idea: Thomas J. Stanley in The Millionaire Next Door.

If you don’t get “it” out of your head and on paper your mind will never let you stop thinking about “it” and you’ll never get anything done. Principal proponent of this idea: David Allen in Getting Things Done.

For me these books are essentials. They’re books I am thankful to have been introduced to and recommend to anyone who wants more from life than climbing the corporate ladder.