Each year I roll up the Best Business Books of the Year after assigning winners in different categories. Today's post provides the books you need to get your personal finances in tip-top shape:
1. Tools of Titans
Subtitle: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Author: Timothy Ferriss
30 Second Summary: Tim Ferriss, author of the bestseller The Four Hour Work Week shares his observations from interviewing over 200 highly successful people.
Best Quote: "The superheroes you have in your mind (idols, icons, titans, billionaires, etc.) are nearly all walking flaws who've maximized 1 or 2 strengths. Humans are imperfect creatures. You don't "succeed" because you have no weaknesses; you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them."
2. Find Your Extraordinary
Subtitle: Dream Bigger, Live Happier, and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms
Author: Jessica DiLullo Herrin
30 Second Summary: The founder and CEO of the Stella & Dot Family Brands provides her perspective on the classic traits of successful entrepreneurs and suggest how readers can develop them to create an extraordinary life.
Best Quote: "Even if you've tried and failed before, have faith! Here's the paradox: as much as getting off track is human nature, so is getting creative and surviving. Ingenuity in the face of adversity is in our blood. Starting from scratch, inventing a tool, using our brains to move forward--that's all encoded in our human DNA. Think of what mankind did to get here. Certainly you can do what it takes to get where you want in life."
3. The More of Less
Subtitle: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
Author: Joshua Becker
30 Second Summary: A widely-interviewed advocate o fthe minimalist lifestyle provides an easily-followed guide for stripping your life of the physical baggage that's weighing you down and costing you money.
Best Quote: "We are each part of a consumption-oriented culture. Consumerism surrounds us like the air we breathe, and like air, it's invisible. We hardly even know how much we are influenced by the philosophy that we must buy, buy, buy if we are to be happy. We go along with the carnival of consumerism, only occasionally feeling a twinge of doubt about whether something might be wrong with it at all. The key to overcoming our consumeristic tendencies is to deliberately peer into our blind spot and see what we have been ignoring. We have to measure the magnitude of consumeristic propaganda and observe how thoroughly it permeates public discourse and our own personal outlook. We must also admit we have been influenced by it. For only then can we take a stand against consumerism's effect on our lives."
4. The Art of Money
Subtitle: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness
Author: Bari Tessler
30 Second Summary: Self-described "mamapreneur" and founder of the Art of Money school, provides a new way of looking at money from the perspective of the emotions that it creates and how those emotions limit your ability to create financial growth and security.
Best Quote: "Money evokes a constant stream of worry for most entrepreneurs I know. But, I promise: it's oh-so-possible for your financial anxiety and stress to drop way, way down. If you're seeking more ease around money, it's helpful to identify the true source of your financial stress. You might be surprised. An overwhelming number of my community members have found that simply getting clear on their numbers is a huge relief: their stress stemmed not from a lack of money but from a lack of money clarity."
5. The Happiness Equation
Subtitle: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything
Author: Neil Pasricha
30 Second Summary: Popular TED Talker and author of the bestselling Book of Awesome series expounds his philosophy that one must become happy before becoming successful, rather than the other way around.
Best Quote: "If we start with being happy, then we feel great. We look great. We exercise. We connect. What happens? We end up doing great work because we feel great doing it. What does great work lead to? Big Success. Massive feelings of accomplishment and the resulting degrees, promotions, and phone calls from your mom telling you she's proud of you. Harvard Business Review reports that happy people are 31% more productive, have 37% higher sales, and are three times more creative than their counterparts. So what's the first thing you must do before you can be happy? Be happy. Be happy first."
6. Self Made
Subtitle: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way
Authors: Nely Galan and Guy Garcia
30 Second Summary: While positioned as a book for women, this book provide good advice for anyone striving to get out the mindset of instant gratification and it's logical cousin, impending doom. A very engaging book by the former President of Entertainment for Telemundo.
Best Quote: "Self-made is a state of mind, and it's about thinking even bigger than getting a good job, or a promotion, or the corner office, because you can have these things and still not be self-made, or feel self-made inside. When you embrace the self-made mindset, you will not feel victimized or disappointed, because you're taking power into your own hands, and you understand that no one else can do it for you. You are the captain of your ship. You make your own success. You determine your own value, not a man, or a boss, or a corporation."
7. Easy Breezy Prosperity
Subtitle: The Five Foundations for a More Joyful, Abundant Life
Author: Emmanuel Dagher
30 Second Summary: A millennial self-help guru with roots in poverty-stricken Lebanon provides and inspiring and straightforward plan for changing your thought processes to make it easier for you to experience success.
Best Quote: "Sometimes we can also get caught up in our dreams for the future--our visions of what can be. When that happens, it's easy for our minds to mainly notice what's not working in our lives, instead of what it. This can lead us to complain to ourself and those around us about everything that's wrong, which only affirms what we don't want. It also leaves us with the feeling that our lives are not on track--that life is hard, that the Universe is not 'conspiring on our behalf' the way we would like it to. When we carry that belief, then when things are going well, it's easy to feel uneasy with that calm feeling and to expect the next disaster to come around the corner at any minute. Many people live in that guarded state, where they swear by 'Murphy's Law' that something is about to go wrong. Those beliefs are natural and understandable for those raised in painful or traumatic circumstances. But they are the opposite of living in joy and gratitude. They also keep us from appreciating the present moment."