These are books that influenced my growth at different stages of my career.

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Stage one - Early interest in business and personal development

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Before You Quit Your Job by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Secrets of the Millionair Mind by T Harv Eker
  • The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley

Stage two - Deeper interest in personal development

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  • Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
  • The Greatest Salesman In the World by Og Mandino
  • Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy
  • Becoming a Person of Influence by John Maxwell
  • See You At The Top by Zig Ziglar
  • 7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness by Jim Rohn
  • Business by the Book: The Complete Guide of Biblical Principles for the Workplace by Larry Burkett

Stage three - burnout, breaking away from sales indoctrination, and lifestyle design

  • The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  • Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite by Paul Arden
  • Its Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden
  • Personal MBA by Joshua Kauffman
  • The Game by Neil Strauss
  • Personal Branding by Colin Wright
  • Networking Awesomely by Colin Wright

Stage four - rethinking my identity

  • Rework by Jason Fried and D.H. Hansson
  • Linchpin by Seth Godin
  • Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • My Exile Lifestyle by Colin Wright

Stage five - crafting the good life

  • The Four Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking: Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food by Gordon Ramsay
  • Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts
  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
  • SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal
  • Start a Freedom Business by Colin Wright
  • How to Travel Full Time by Colin Wright
  • Becoming Who We Need to Be by Colin Wright
  • Act Accordingly by Colin Wright

Stage six - listening to the Tim Ferriss Show

  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries
  • The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  • The Art of Learning by Joshua Waitzkin
  • Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
  • Influence by Robert Chialdini
  • Secrets of Power Negotiating by Roger Dawson
  • Money Master the Game by Anthony Robbins
  • Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
  • Mans Search for Meaning
  • The Power of Positive Thinking
  • The Magic of Thinking Big

Stage seven - confronting depression

  • 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson
  • Considerations by Colin Wright
  • The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

Stage eight - Investing in more books

  • Your Music and People by Derek Sivers
  • Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
  • Hell yeah or no by Derek Sivers
  • Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte
  • Beyond Order by Jordan Peterson
  • Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

Stage nine - from the underdogs

  • Marketing Made Simple: A Step-by-Step StoryBrand Guide for Any Business by Donald Miller
  • Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most by Greg McKeown
  • Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth by Nancy Levin

Stage ten - Continuing education recent reads

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • The 48 Laws or Power by Robert Greene


  • To learn business, read Personal MBA and all the books by Derek Sivers and Tim Ferriss.
  • To fix your life philosophy, mix Jordan Peterson and Alan Watts.
  • To build a stable financial blue print, read Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins, I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi, and Atomic Habits by James Clear.
  • To advance your career, read Linchpin, Paul Arden, and Rework.
  • To gain time freedom, read Four Hour Workweek, Essentialism, Getting Things Done, and Effortless.
  • If I were to go though my list again, I’d skip everything by Robert Kiyosaki.

Primary Recommendations

  • Atomic Habits is a core book that will help you implement your biggest plans.
  • The Four Hour Chef will teach you how to learn any skill quickly.
  • The Art of Learning will help you become a top-tier practitioner of a skill.
  • Linchpin by Seth Godin is a great book to help you with your career.
  • Anything You Want then Your Music and People by Derek Sivers is great for starting a small business.

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