Favorite Books

I love reading books. I’m particularly into non-fiction books and auto/bio/graphies of great people. I spend a massive amount of time in the public library reading and have gone through hundreds of books. Rarely do I recommend anything to anyone except the absolute best books I’ve come across.

Books are possibly the highest ROI investments you’ll ever make in your life, as you can often learn a lifetime of lessons from a person in just one sitting.

As Epictetus said: “Books are the training weights of the mind.”
Below are some of my favorites:

Felix Dennis – How To Get Rich
Quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had reading a book! A self-made wealthy man himself, he’s the owner of Dennis Publishing which owns Maxim, FHM, The Week and other magazines. There are maybe five books I’ve EVER read twice…this is #1 on that list.

Earl Nightingale – This is Earl Nightingale
Earl Nightingale is a rather obscure name today, but he is by far the absolute best personal development writer/speaker I’ve heard. Zero B.S. and filled with fantastic content. Most modern self-development programs are based on this. You should definitely listen The Strangest Secret (link) to get a taste. This book is mainly a transcription of his spoken essays he’s so popular for. If you can find a copy of his program “Direct Line” I suggest you buy it. I couldn’t find it anywhere except a bit torrent network.

Epictetus – A Manual For Living

I’ve bought two pocket sized copies of this book and lost both of them in airplanes. Any translation of this still fits in an exceptionally tiny book. There is an outstanding amount of timeless information in this book packed into quick, short passages that make you THINK how to apply them to your life. There is literally zero room in this book for B.S. advice and useless philosophical analysis. If you have a problem, quickly flip through this book and I bet some sort of solution will arise. Written about 1,900 years ago and still 100% applicable.


Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich
This is a classic. I’d be surprised if you HAVEN’T read this yet. I’d bet money this book has restored countless relationships, made millions of millionaires and saved many lives. It’s been around since the 1920’s, so enjoy the slight racist and sexist remarks (don’t buy the “21st century version” which may be censored)! :-)

Blog posted on: September 17, 2009

12 comments on “Favorite Books

  1. Neville


    For someone like you who is already quite successful I'd highly suggest the Felix Dennis book…it's probably my favorite.

    I know you'll have fun reading it!

  2. Oke

    The only one I've read was think and grow rich. I love that book. I bought a couple and passed them out to others.

    For the most part, I'm done with self-help books. I was done a couple of years ago, now it is all about putting everything I've learned to action.

  3. Neville

    I don't really classify any of these as self-help since they're so beyond that categorization.

    People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well neither does bathing. That's why we recommend it daily.
    –Zig Ziglar

  4. Marc

    When I saw the post title on my reader, I came here to post "How to Get Rich" and saw it was your #1! What a great book, also on my very short list of books I've read twice.

    And I recently got the chance to apply one of his lessons / rules. I hired an employee who was to be paid in part a percentage of profits. I made sure that it was just a contractual right and not any equity. =)

    I'd be interested in to hear what magazines you subscribe to, if any. I read Fast Company and Inc. Any other good ones you recommend?

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  7. Tim

    I have read both Felix Dennis “How To Get Rich” and Napolean Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” several times and they are definitely on my list of Favorite Books as well.

    Another book that you may like is:

    The One Minute Millionaire by Robert Allen and Mark Victor Hansen- This book is a perfect blend of Step by Step instructions on one side of the book and a fictional story that teaches the step by step instructions through the story. They wrote it like this so that those who learn better through stories could read the fictional story first and then follow the instructions next or the other way around for those who like to learn by being told exactly step by step what they need to do.

    Another reason I liked this book is that the main character in the fictional story has to make a $1 Million Dollars within a short amount of time to save her kids, which poses the question if you had to make $1 million in 90 days to save a loved ones life you could probably find a way to do it if you really put your mind to it so if you can do it under those circumstances then you can do it under normal conditions as well as long as you are willing to TAKE ACTION. Love the site I am glad I found it.


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