Top 10 Books That Will Change Your Life if You Let Them

Have you ever read something that was so inspiring that it changed your life?  This top 10 books list has this power.  These books can inspire you, teach you new ways to see the world and give you a big leap forward on the learning curve.

Every question you can ponder has been discussed in a book.  The greatest minds in history have left us their secrets on every topic imaginable.  If you are not leveraging this information you are missing out!

My top 10 books list is composed of those that inspire us to be better in business and in life.  I love to learn about making more money, being more productive, getting motivated, setting goals and living my dreams.  I love when I can learn from someone who has already travelled the road I’m on.  They can inspire us to keep going, avoid missteps and take shortcuts.

They say that you will become like those people you spend the most time with.  So, let’s push ourselves to spend time with people we aspire to be like.  We all need mentors and advisors.  If your real life is not filled with self-made millionaires, then you may need to improvise.  And reading their books is the next best thing to inviting them over for a barbeque.  This top 10 books list is where I’ve found the best business mentors in the world.

As a non-fiction, self-help book junkie, if it’s ever been a bestseller, I’ve probably read it.  Here are the top 10 books that have inspired me and set my life course to become an author and entrepreneur.  I hope you can find similar inspiration on your quest to achieve greatness.

  1. Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki

If you are only going to read one book from this list, this is it!  Written in 1997, this is by far the most inspirational book I’ve ever read, and the reason I became addicted to inspirational books in the first place.  In this book, Robert Kiyosaki tells the story of two fathers.  His dad who was poor, and his friend’s dad who was rich.  He explains how they see the world from different perspectives and why this affects their net worth.  Robert Kiyosaki challenges us to examine everything we have ever been taught about money.  His writing style is engaging.  His message is paradigm shifting.  His lessons are life altering.

  1. The Richest Man in Babylon, George S Clason

George Clason’s 1926 book uses entertaining parables about ancient Babylonians to teach financial basics.  Lessons about investing, luck, savings and trading abound.  You must hang in there in the beginning.  The ancient writing style takes a minute to get used to.  But once you fall into the language, the content is fun to read and the lessons are profound.

  1. The 4-hour Workweek, Timothy Ferris

The beauty of this 2007 masterpiece is that it challenges the way we do things and offers us a different way to see the workday.  What if we don’t have to work 9-5?  What if we can work from anywhere in the world?  What if our bank account grows even when we are not at work?  These beautiful questions can change your life if you let them!

  1. You are a Badass at Making Money, Jen Sincero

It’s hard not to love Jen Sincero in this 2017 book where she wraps good financial advice in with jokes and curse words.  It’s a quick, easy, entertaining read that pumps you up and inspires you to create your own future any way you want to.  The author has a way of making you feel like she’s an old college buddy with her relaxed writing style.  If she can do it so can you!

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

It would be impossible to write a list of the top 10 books that influence minds and omit this 1936 classic.  The quintessential go-to self-help book of all time.  I must admit, it wasn’t my personal favorite, but I think that’s only because it was forced on me as a homework assignment, not once, but twice (high school and college).  Had I picked it up on my own free-will I’m sure it would have impacted me as it has millions of others.  This is the ultimate guide for getting people to like you and making them want to follow you.

  1. Good Luck: Creating the conditions for success in life and business, Alex Rovina & Fernando Trias de Bes

I made my poor kids read this one on vacation (because that’s the kind of mean mom I am, always teaching a life lesson).  But seriously, this entertaining parable about a good knight and a bad knight is that simple and fun to read.  I don’t even think the kids hated it.  This book is quick, fun and easy to read.  And it hits home for me.  Nothing bugs me more than when people attribute your success with “luck”.  Because those of us who are the luckiest know the secret, luck is created by each of us and our own actions.

  1. The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J Stanley & William D Danko

This 1996 book is an eye-opener!  These guys took the time, did the research, and found out exactly what the habits of millionaires are.  And what they learned surprised them, and it will surprise you too.  Turns a lot of the people living in mansions and driving exotic cars are not millionaires after all.  Most of those folks are high earners, but they blow it quickly and have low net worth.  True millionaires are just as likely to live in middle class neighborhoods and drive fords.  But they live below their means and invest wisely.

  1. The 80/20 Principle:  The Secret to Achieving More with Less, Richard Koch

Written in 1999 about the “Pareto Principle” which basically states that 20% of your efforts product 80% or your results.  80% of wealth is held by 20% of people.  20% of your employees are responsible for 80% of the work getting done.  20% of your customers bring in 80% of your business.  You get the jist.

  1. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson

Yet another parable.  And, a quick and easy read.  The message is great.  When someone moves your cheese, get off your butt and find it.  Sitting around wondering why the world changed will get you nowhere.  When the world changes, get up, get in the maze, and find the cheese.

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R Covey

Another book that is often assigned in school, and for good reason, no top 10 books list would be complete without this one.  Stephen R Covey’s 1988 book is one of the most popular non-fiction books ever written.  He is the father of the concept of “abundance mindset” as opposed to “scarcity mindset” and taught us all that win-win scenarios are not only possible, but a better way to grow.  Other habits that have influenced many authors since include, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, and sharpen the saw.

I hope this list will help you in your life as it has helped me in mine.  If you are interested in more inspiration, guidance and support on your journey to financial freedom, please follow The Happy Jobless Life blog here.

Thanks!  And happy reading!

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