5 must-read books that will change your life!

Let me start this post by saying that reading is an intricate part of self-development. The practice of seeking literature that will improve your knowledge in a topic is the hobby of the ambitious. If you want to be knowledgable in a topic simply make a decision to no longer be ignorant in that topic. That is what I did when I read these 5 books that changed my life.

Earl Nightingales “Strangest Secret” 

This Book is the written version of a 60-year-old audio broadcast by Earl Nightingale. It is very inspiring and still very relevant today. The strangest secret is so intriguing that I won’t give a spoiler of what is about. It is a 30+ minute recording of an older guy from 1956 so only open-minded people are going to benefit from this treasure… those who want microwave riches will dismiss this gem.

I listen to this audio once a week to remind me of my goals. The Strangest Secret (Click here to view!)


“The Richest Man in Babylon” By George Clason

This is my favorite financial book because it focuses on simple principles that will guarantee wealth accumulation if followed. The reason I love this book is because it is presented as short stories the are as entertaining as they are relevant today. The audio version is quite good!

“The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey

If you don’t know Dave Ramsey chances are that you are missing out on a great financial program built to give you your life back. This book helped jumpstart my financial position and prevented me from making dozens of financial mistakes. I purchased my term life insurance after reading a sad testimonial inside this book. I was so taken by this book I read it in two sittings.

Darren Hardy’s “The Compound Effect”

The compound effect takes a well-known principle of money and applies it to your life. This book challenges you to create small rituals that may not have an impact immediately but improve your life by compounding over time. To read 10 pages of a book each night before bed has no real impact over the first few days, but how many pages will it be in 3 years? 10,950 pages! How can such a small ritual have such an extreme impact? … It’s the compounded effects of your efforts.

John Bogle’s Common Sense on Mutual Funds. 

As an employer I spend quite a bit of time enrolling employees in 401k plans. I had a general knowledge of how the stock market works and was able to give basic advice. It was that job function that made me want to be an expert on the topic. This book is no short read, it is over 600 pages long! I recommend this book because mutual funds are extremely important in the wealth building process.


  • I love this list Ron! I am always looking for book recommendations as I try to improve my life, and there are some here I have never heard of! The one I do have is the Total Money Makeover and I agree it is a life changing read! 🙂

  • Brandon Anderson
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    Great List. As an avid reader (1 book per week) I would highly recommend I Will Teach You to be Rich By Ramit Sethi.

    He puts readers through several weeks of different instructions and shares very useful tips. Check it out, he also has a website I get a lot of tips from


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