Last year I set a goal to read 52 books, not all finance-related but since all areas of our lives are connected, all the books impacted my finances.
A few truly stood out as books I love. Here are 5 I think will really help improve your finances, especially business and life in general. As a business owner, I do lean towards books that offer advice for finance and business.
Since my goal is to reach financial freedom and retire early if I want, which I believe is easier through business and investing than it is working for someone else forever, the books relate to that.
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We Should All Be Millionaires
I listened to it on Audible and loved it so much I bought a copy. This book was gold to me. As a mother of children of colour, and a woman in business, I loved the statistics on women and women of colour regarding finances and business.
I did the $10,000 challenge in We Should All Be Millionaires and it was interesting how it worked out. At first, I was on maternity leave and pregnant when doing it so was unsure how to make it happen, but make it happen I did.
Doing the exercises in this book will help you a lot in all areas of your life. Rachel has a great podcast that includes some of the book chapters too.
Quit Like A Millionaire
The author grew up in poverty in China yet managed to make a new life and retire at 30 through investments. The examples of frugality, scarcity thinking, comparison between America and China in Quit Like A Millionaire were all great to me.
My children are part Islanders and having spent time in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands with family, living locally, it was eye-opening for my kids. Quit Like A Millionaire has a lot of similarities to the island nations in terms of the upbringing and mindset because of poverty.
Growing up in Australia, as a Caucasian Australian, even though my family wasn’t wealthy by the standards of those around us, we were extremely wealthy compared to many other nations. My parents managed to raise us and retire early, in a wealthy position.
This book was both inspiring and educational regarding life and finances.
The Psychology of Money
How our brains work is amazing and The Psychology of Money steps through this perfectly. Why we do what we do, money habits etc.
Knowledge is power. Often we know we should set a budget but then can’t help but splurge on random things. Or we have addictions that blow the budget etc.
If you truly want to change your relationship with money, The Psychology of Money is an easy read with practical tips you can implement.
The Big Leap
Too often we self-sabotage the good things in our life. The Big Leap isn’t a finance book but will impact your finances.
I put off reading it for years because of the cover but it’s a game-changer and now a book I recommend to everyone. I’ve read it a few times and each time I learn more (or more sinks in).
When you look at your life, you will usually begin to notice patterns. Things will be going great, then all of a sudden, it comes crashing down. Often, this is because we feel unworthy or as if we don’t deserve all the good things.
Why shouldn’t life be easier? You do deserve a good life and this book helps you crack the negativity and sets you up to accept success, achieve more and have an easier life.
Having been homeless because of domestic violence, paralysed twice and overcome numerous other obstacles, I can honestly say, this book is the one that truly helped me deal with those obstacles and change my life.
Manifestation and the Law of Attraction are completely different to the books listed above. I’ve found a combination to be the best for me.
Knowing why I do what I do, the psychology behind my habits and views of money, along with knowing how to be frugal and stick to my budget without feeling deprived all work together. So much of our money is about mindset.
Lucky Bitch is from the Aussie author, Denise Duffield-Thomas, who is all about money mindset. She has a couple of other great books and her social channels offer great advice too.
Life and money don’t need to be hard. I know when I apply the Law of Attraction and manifestation techniques to my life and finances, it is so much easier.
More Books for Life and Money
Last year my goal was to read 52 books. I succeeded and shared them all plus my thoughts on each in The Thrifty Issue Reading List.
What books do you recommend?