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As you all know by now, I really recommend reading more. Reading is extremely helpful for personal development, and it can teach you things you cannot find elsewhere. That being said, it can be difficult to find books actually worth reading. How can you find real value when it is hidden behind a wall of nonsense? I ask myself this question often, and I am sure you do as well. It can be hard to separate the fluff from the actual knowledge! That is a sad but true fact. Have no fear though! This post will help you find real value! Every recommendation on this post is a book that I have read, so you will not have to dig through the thousands of online books in order to find one good one. Check out the 12 personal development books to read in 2019 below! Also, there may be potential spoilers in my recommendations!
Your Money or Your Life
This book changed the way I budget for the better. After reading it, I spent several HOURS constructing the well talked about “wall chart” and my personal budget. The chart helps you plot out every expense, investment, and dollar saved ever. Well, that is what the writer would like you to do. I decided to only compute all of it for 2018, but it still made clear to me where my financial shortcomings were. You can snag your copy here.
The Millionaire Next Door
How do you think millionaires behave? Do you think they are eccentric spenders? Do they show off their earnings and “things”? If you answered yes to any of these, then man are you in for a shocker! I actually just finished reading this book in late 2018. It completely changed my perception of a millionaire, and I believe it will do the same to you. It is a fairly fun read that never drags as well! You can check it out here.
4 Hour Work Week
This is a book that pushes you to pursue an entrepreneurial lifestyle fueled by outsourcing. If you want to outsource your work, read this book. After reading it, I decided to stop functioning as a solopreneur and I decided to work with others on my projects. Doing so has helped me tremendously. Snag your copy here.
Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook
If you are just getting started in investing, then you should check out this book by Tony Robbins. Tony goes over the investing basics, and he has some great recommendations to help you get started. Also, his tone throughout the book is quite inspirational and you will not be able to put it down. Find it here.
This is kind of a weird suggestion when this post is about personal development, but hear me out. This book will change the way you think about marketing. Before reading it, I didn’t even know where to begin. While reading it, I highlighted important sections and took notes. It is THAT good! The tactics I thought of after reading it helped me start my web design business. Guerrilla marketing is a fantastic way to go about marketing a small business. Snag your copy here.
Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant
How can you have a personal development list without at least one book by Robert Kiyosaki? I am sure most of you know about “Rich Dad Poor Dad“, and it is a great book; however, I am not adding it to this list. “Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant” is just so much better. The tips and techniques Kiyosaki preaches throughout its pages are priceless. Regardless of your opinions on Kiyosaki, I really do recommend reading this book. It is the book that pushed me to become an entrepreneur. Grab it here.
The Intelligent Investor
This is THE book for new investors. It will teach you the ins and outs of becoming a value investor, and it will introduce you to so many important investing concepts. Value investing is a great way to go about investing in companies, and Warren Buffet, the world’s most well known value investor, agrees. This book is a rather long read, but it is well worth it. Check it out here.
The $100 Startup
Who would have ever thought you could make a good living delivering mattresses on a bicycle? A bicycle! This book will introduce you to some wacky businesses, and it will provide you with some fantastic tips to start your own. The $100 startup is an enjoyable read that will ignite the entrepreneur inside of you. Here it is.
The 4 Agreements
This was on my book club page a couple months ago, so I am adding it to this list in case you missed it. I would never have read this if not for a friend of mine. I actually live by these 4 agreements to this day. It has the potential to change the way you view situations for the better. I highly suggest you read it, and it is a short read for those of you that do not have much time. Grab it here.
Zero To One: Notes on Startups
A very short read, but a valuable one. Peter Thiel is one of the creators of Paypal, and he is an investor in companies such as SpaceX. In this book, he goes over what makes a startup valuable and groundbreaking. If you are trying to change the world for the better, this book is the book for you. Find it here.
Getting Started In Options
This is for the stock market investors out there. I am a big proponent of options trading because I believe it has the potential to change lives when done correctly. Then again, what investment does not? Options trading involves strategy and skill where as most forms of trading do not. Yes, you can still lose money when you trade options, but that is the case with all forms of investing. Regardless, this book will teach you nearly every concept of options trading there is. Check it out here.
The Simple Path to Wealth
While I do believe in active investing, I also think some passive investing is alright. This book is a fantastic read for those looking to invest in a moderately passive way. The author is a big proponent of investing in index funds. This is similar to the investment strategy Mr Money Mustache preaches, and the strategy DOES work. I actually moved some of my hard earned dollars into indexes after reading this book as well. It is a very entertaining read, and you will not be able to put it down. Snag it here.
I hope you enjoyed my list, and I highly suggest you check out some of the books on it! They have the potential to change your life for the better. Focusing on personal development is a big step towards financial independence. Reading some of these is a great way to start the new year. Comment with any additional suggestions you may have! Cheers, and happy reading!