I devour books. Over the last 2-3 years, I’ve read an insane number of books. I thought I’d put together a list of my own–although this is a bit of crossover between the two. So here are the books that have greatly influenced me. I’d recommend starting with these and then following the chain-method, which is to read as your next book, one that is cited by the book you’re currently reading. These books have helped me shape my life and aim at excellence and growth, I hope you feel the same after.

To start, I’ve listed some of the books that have inspired me and a bit about them.

Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium (Classics)

This one of my favourite books, really. Seneca had no trouble advising and aiding others and his words can be extremely comforting and uplifting for any kind of day. His advice on grief, on wealth, on power, on religion, and on life are some of the best ever written.

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger

This book blew my mind with its richness. It includes lessons from both Warren Buffett and his partner, Charlie Munger- and their approach to checklists of multi-disciplinary models to guide clear thinking. It does focus on investing a lot, but can be applied to life in general. It can help you avoid mistakes, not fall for predictions and clear your head for better mental models. And if you are an investor (or aspiring to be), who better to learn from anyway?

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

This book introduced me the concept of lifestyle entrepreneurship and inspired me to take my journey. You see, after graduation, I was only told about two options ever -of pursuing a Masters degree or getting a job, but this made me see possibilities of life in a whole different light. I was always interested in entrepreneurship, but this book will guide you step by step to establish a balance between life and work, and make you want to create the life for yourself. It is indeed a lot of information to handle, but it will push you towards joining the league of the New Rich (who make money the unconventional way!)

The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume

Literally for anyone in business. It covers the basic foundations and EVERYTHING you need to know to save yourself that tuition of $150,000. It does not teach what business schools teach though, it will touch the very important models of business that you will ever need to succeed rather than the fluff that most books will bring to you. It’ll help you avoid being told that ‘you dropped 150 grand on a fuckin’ education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!’ (Fav quote from Good Will Hunting, the movie!)

Winning Without Losing: 66 strategies for succeeding in business while living a happy and balanced life

My favourite book to go to for a guide to deal with the highs and lows that come with entrepreneurship, work and life. It has stories from the lives of some of the most interesting entrepreneurs that will make you want to adopt their habits. It gives us 66 tips to live by, and will help you focus on the right things, and discourage you from trying to control things beyond your control – main point: You’ll feel happier, more focused and productive.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

This book literally introduced me to finance and investing- before this I avoided conversations about money, market, economy simply because I thought I didn’t understand it well enough. After reading this, I felt inspired to finally grab books on finance and investing and learn all about it. This is a great book for beginners who are just starting out and are looking to get inspired.

There are many more books that I need to mention here, I’ll keep updating this section!


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