Who does not want to be rich? Well I already know what your answer is. So why are you not rich already? If you are like me, then you know that somehow it is a conspiracy. Just kidding. I know that I am not rich because I do not know how to be rich, but I am working on it, thanks to several awesome books that are helping me to change my mindset about money. Today, I want to share with you, my friend, my top 5
Books to read to Get Rich
Yes, I have read these books. Yes, I am applying the principles. Is it working? Yes.
As my thinking about wealth and how to acquire it has changed, life is presenting me with more opportunities to change the rest of my life for the better as well.
And more stuff just keeps showing up. More really great coupons. More “mysterious” gifts from friends and family. More awesome discounts at the time that I am purchasing something – like everything that I go to buy is on sale or has a 30%off discount. And more bonus money (aka unexpected cash!).
I want you to be able to have more fun, free, bonus or unexpected awesomeness show up in your life too. I want you to have hope in your future, and a solid awareness that your dreams are about to come true, because you now know how to make that happen.
Pull up a chair and put your reading glasses on, because we are virtually visiting the book store!
Success Principles by Jack Canfield
I was inspired to read something, anything by Jack Canfield after watching him tell his story in “The Secret”, and what a huge turning point that was for him and his family.
I watch that movie about once a month now, just for inspiration! In it, Jack talks about how, at a time when he was earning about $8,000 a year, he was encouraged to reach for a goal so big that it scared him. He reached for a big money goal, and he got it. Or pretty close.
His aim was to earn 100k in a year. He got to $92,000+. Was he disappointed that he did not reach $100,000? No! He was super happy because he discovered a way to change every area of his life by changing his thinking. And so can the rest of us!
The book, The Success Principles, is full of motivating stories and exercises that you can do to help you reach your goals. Change your mind to change your life.
There are lots of true stories in this book: like how Jim Carrey became famous, and what he use the power of positive thinking to get his big break. Stories of how athletes “visualize” getting across the finish line first and how they continue to win with this winning thinking. Stories and quotes from famous people over the past 100 years who overcame all manner of obstacles to reach their goals.
This book will help you if you do some of the exercises in it. You do not have to finish them all, but starting will let you know what is important to you. The sooner you find out what works for you, the quicker success comes to you!
I re-read parts of this book often for inspiration and motivation. If they can do it, so can I, and so can you!
If you hang around with five confident people, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around with five intelligent people, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around with five millionaires, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around with five idiots…
Let It Out by Katie Dalebout
A journey through journaling”
When I first heard about journaling, I tried it and had zero success. That is because I was using my journal as a diary, as in “dear diary, today I met a boy” kind of thing. While that can be fun, it did not help.
Then I attended a small conference where I had to use free writing as a way to express myself. Huh? I was told that I would have 5 minutes and I could write about anything that I want. That was a huge turning point for me.
I started writing about how much I hated my job.
And the 5 minutes went by pretty quick.
At that point in my life, I was hugely unhappy in general and desperate to find a way out of my unhappiness, much of which was tied to my job. I had no idea how to get out of the life that I did not want (current circumstances) and get into the life that I did want (the feeling of freedom).
After 5 minutes of free writing and getting all that stuff off my mind and out of my head, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of me. It was a.maz.ing!
Better yet, I had a plan! It was really just a spark of an idea, but it was there. I was encouraged to move forward.
I actually wanted to learn more about this whole journaling thing. I felt like I was still missing something, but that journaling would help in some sort of way. So I bought Katie’s book, which has tons of exercises that you can do to improve your journaling experience and find your ‘groove’.
I tried many, many of the exercises in it. Then, I got to number 30 “The feeling of healing freewrite” and stopped. That was what I needed…more free writing. I do it all the time now.
What is truly beneficial about journaling, at least for me, is how much clarity I gain after. Like all that gunk from inside my brain was blocking off the good stuff. You can try any and all of the exercises to see what resonates with you.
When I journal, I get clear ideas on what to write about at my blog, and I get clear ideas about how to move forward with my blogging and other areas of my life. Some of the ideas scare me, and that is awesome.
I also feel encouraged and hopeful about life; that I can have the life that I want! I am better able to trust my intuition now, because I can actually tell that it is my intuition. When I get the “urge” to write about something, call someone, or go somewhere, I do it. And it works out great for me, whatever it is. I trust, and move forward in faith.
If you do not know what to do next, journal. Get the junk outta your head to make room for the awesome ideas that will propel you forward into your new life. I have journals all over my house, because I get ideas at random times, and I gotta write that stuff down. I get when I am drifting off to sleep!
To quote Morpheus in the movie The Matrix: Free your mind.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Ah, the classic. This is on every top x books to become rich list, and for good reason. Napoleon Hill tells us about all the people becoming millionaires during the great Depression.
How were people becoming richer than rich when other people were jumping out of windows because they lost everything?
The millionaires were solving new problems that cropped up because of what was going on in the world around them. And they got rich doing it. I am sure that you have read this book, because all the cool kids have.
The steps to changing your mindset are laid out in order, and build upon each other. I recommend the Mastermind edition as well as the Think and Grow Rich Workbook, because the original book was written many years ago, but the mastermind stuff is current and enhances the book with more questions and exercises for changing your thinking.
And being inspired by a man who convinced his son that he could hear, when he actually physically could not, is the reason that this is the go-to book for people who want to change their lives.
The writing is a bit dated, and I appreciate that they kept it intact because I enjoy reading books like this. I am sure that you do as well.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive, he can achieve” – Napoleon Hill
The 12- week year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
How can you succeed in life without setting goals of some kind? I have no idea, because that way of thinking has never helped me before.
Since I started working on my goals using The 12 Week Year, I am way more focused. I was getting by okay with S.M.A.R.T goals, but Brian’s book has elevated that for me in so many ways.
There are similar programs popping up lately, but I recommend going with the book. It is like original Kraft Dinner vs the no-name stuff.
I find that goal setting based on a 12 week year is much easier to attain data for. I set 3 goals and then work on each one of them weekly in progressive steps and monitor the results and then adjust accordingly.
You get data that helps you adjust your priorities for the next week to see if you need to change something or increase the effort that you are putting in.
If you have any kind of trouble setting goals and making them work for you, try Brian’s way.
This book makes setting goals a breeze. Start collecting your data. I know you want to 😉
“Success is a state of mind. If you want success – start thinking of yourself as a success”- Dr. Joyce Brothers
How Successful People Grow by John C. Maxwell
I found this little gem on the discount table at Chapters for a few bucks, but Amazon has it as well. This is also based on your mindset, but not specifically about money.
Chapter Three is called “Believe in Yourself”, and is about the power of positive self-esteem. For anyone who thinks to themselves “I have low self-esteem” then the first thing that you need to realize is that you can change that, because self-esteem is what we think about ourselves.
And we can choose to think whatever we want about ourselves, so why think small when we can think big?
We can believe that little devil on one shoulder that tells us that we do not have what it takes to succeed. Or we can believe that angel on the other shoulder who says YES YOU CAN SUCCEED! JUST GET GOING ALREADY!! I dare you to try!
Movies like The Pursuit of Happyness are popular precisely because they are stories about people who were down, waaaaay down, but they found a way out. I think that deep inside us we all hope that we can do it too.
What I really like about this little book is the chapter on trade-offs. It is easy to become complacent about things in our lives, and sometimes all you have to do is trade off one thing to move forward. The trade-off may be an outdated attitude that no longer serves you.
“We must learn to see trade-offs as opportunities for growth”. That is powerful.
There are plenty of Q & A’s written into this book to give you a way to figure out which things are worth trading off.
One small change can be the difference that it takes for you to reach your success. Do not be afraid to try and fail. Failing is just another way of getting feedback and is super useful for tweaking things and trying something else.
I also do other things to change my mindset, and I have talked about these in other posts. They may be strange or controversial (subliminal re-programming anyone? What can I say? It works.), but if your mindset about money leans towards “lack mentality” or “poverty consciousness” then you may want to consider some kind of reprogramming if you want wealth to find you.
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I know that I certainly did. I had some seriously dug-in blocks about money and my ability to earn it and spend it. But I am all done with that now.
Read an inspiring book. Write some stuff down. Think about problems that you can solve. Set some goals. Think better about yourself.
This is the path to wealth. Seems easy enough, right? And I will see you there!
Until next time, happy blogging! And follow me on Pinterest!