20 books on business, real estate and personal success

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I have a confession to make... I've never been a big fan of reading.

I've started a lot of books in my life and never finished them, because when it comes to reading, I have a very short attention span. If a book isn't well-written, easy to understand, and doesn't deliver some intensely valuable content right out of the gate... I'll never make it to the end.

At the same time – I have to acknowledge that reading is important. There are some books that have had a MAJOR impact on my life. Good books can change lives, inspire new ideas, give direction and build purpose and meaning into a person's life.

I've come across a small handful of these books in my time, and some of them have inspired me to make significant changes to my business goals and thus, they've shaped my mindset and brought me to where I'm at today.

Today I'd like to show you a list of 20 books that have had a profound impact on the direction of my business and life. These books have meant a great deal to me, and I think you should know about them too. Here they are (in no particular order):

How to Win Friends & Influence People - The issues addressed in this book are fairly fundamental areas where most of us struggle on some level. What I like about Dale Carnegie's writing is that it's easy to read, he does a great job of illustrating his points, and he offers practical, actionable advice that can yield some significant positive results. Check it out here.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - The subject matter of this book isn't so much related to "real estate investing" as it is a solid guidebook for living. If you ever have the chance, I would strongly encourage you to pick this one up and absorb what it has to say. You'll be glad you did! Check it out here.

Pitch Anything - This is some of the best information I've ever read on human psychology, motivation and negotiation all wrapped into this one book. Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff is written as a sort of "formula" that is highly effective when selling just about anything. Check it out here.

Linchpin - I think this book is important because it touches on some of the core truths that all working professionals need to be well-aware of – the importance of being an indispensable and providing value on a level that simply cannot be replaced without your unique qualities being involved. When I started putting this mentality to work, my life changed forever (and yours can too). Check it out here.

Think and Grow Rich - Recognized by many as the single greatest book on success – this piece of work by Napoleon Hill is jam-packed with wisdom and financial principles you can start integrating into your business and financial life immediately. When you sign up as a subscriber to the REtipster email list, I'll give you FREE access to a digital copy of this book (along with a truckload of other cool stuff). If you haven't signed up yet, you can do it here.

Proverbs - This is one of those books where I find myself saying "Wow" on just about every page, because the information is so simple, yet so mind-bogglingly profound and relevant to my every day life. Check it out and you'll see what I mean. Read it online for free

The Narrow Road - Most wealth generation books like to sugarcoat the message and leave out the cold, hard facts about what can happen on the road to making money. I appreciated the way that this book helped me look at my life and think, "Is this really what I want?" In some cases, I found myself saying "HECK no", because there is more to life than money. Check it out here.

A Message to Garcia - This book was written by Elbert Hubbard, a business man and writer who lived over century ago. When this writing was first published, it quickly gained momentum and was printed more than any other book in history outside of the Bible (and there aren't many books who can boast that kind of popularity). Check it out here.

The Power of a Positive No - Unless you're a total pushover who lets anyone and everyone push you around (or for that matter, even if that perfectly describes you), we ALL need to have a backbone and tell people "No". As we get older and deal with more pressure and increasingly complicated situations, the need only gets greater.Check it out here.

The Richest Man in Babylon - While the book is a work of fiction, the story from George S. Clasondelivers undeniable wisdom that may just inspire you to make some changes in your personal finances. I know several successful entrepreneurs who gained some major insights from this book. Give it a read and I think you'll see why it's been so helpful for so many people. Check it out here.

Feel the Fear... and Do it Anyway - There is no greater tragedy than when people allow fear to keep them on the sidelines and away from living a productive and rewarding life. I have found untold amounts of inspiration and strength in this book – and if you're anything like me, I think you'll also find it as a great source of reassurance and positive energy. Check it out here.

Steve Jobs - If you're a fan of autobiographies, this one is a must-read. Walter Isaacson gives an incredibly in-depth look at the life of one of the world most influential and renowned entrepreneurs. Steve Jobs was a genius on many levels, but he was also a flawed person who had lots of problems. heck it out here.

Rich Dad Poor Dad - Many of the real estate investors I know will point to this book as the "gateway" that pointed them toward the world of real estate investing and honestly, I can't say my story is much different. This book has sold tens of millions of copies and inspired generations of new entrepreneurs. If you haven't been through this one yet, you owe it to yourself to pick it up and read it as soon as possible. Check it out here.

The ABCs of Real Estate Investing - This is probably the most enjoyable and eye-opening real estate investing book I've ever read. I first picked it up over a decade ago and I still find myself thumbing through it from time to time (which speaks to its lasting relevance in my life). Check it out here.

The Total Money Makeover - If you're new to the ideas and concepts of personal finance and wealth management, one of today's most recognized and respected authorities on the subject is Dave Ramsey, and his flagship book is a great place to start. Check it out here.

Getting Things Done - This book by David Allen was extremely helpful in allowing me to unpack some of my flawed subconscious through processes and unproductive habits that have worked their way into my working processes. If you someone who struggles with the same kind of craziness and difficulty in managing your workflow, I would definitely recommend checking this one out.

The E-Myth Real Estate Investor - It's a great introduction to some groundbreaking concepts that many entrepreneurs need to be thinking about. If you haven't explored the E-Myth yet, this piece of work is a great way to do it (note: the audiobook is a great rendition too, as it is read by Than and he is a great verbal communicator). Check it out here.

The One Thing - When you think about anything in life, it all really boils down to a series of singular moments. We can't do everything at once. We need to choose what we will focus our efforts and energy on, and it's important to make those choices wisely. By focusing our energy on one thing at a time, we can life more rewarding lives, build our careers, strengthen our finances, deepen our faith, and nurture stronger marriages and personal relationships. Check it out here.

The 4-Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss is another well-known name in the world of entrepreneurship. This book has made some HUGE waves over the past decade and in the years after it was published, it launched Tim Ferriss into the stratosphere of legendary authors. If you haven't read it yet, I won't spoil it for you – but be sure to pick it up sometime and you'll see why this book has been such a big deal to so many people. Check it out here.

Necessary Endings - This book from Henry Cloud rocked my world when I first read it. It came at a crucial time in my life, because I had gotten into the self-sabotaging habit of saying "Yes" to everything and everybody who asked me for help. I eventually found that I was overwhelmed, and if I didn't figure out how to start saying "No" when I needed to, my life was going to be out of control. Check it out here.

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