They say the average CEO reads 60 books a year, that’s just over 1 book a week given there’s 52 weeks in a year. But if you don’t have a lifelong love of books, don’t despair, it’s never too late. And with today’s apps at your fingertips, it’s never been easier. And remember that the more you read, the more you exercise your brain and the better it will perform. But if you’re time poor, Audible or podcasts are the perfect companion as you commute to work or cook dinner. Before you know it, you will be well on your way to reaching CEO book reading status.
“Knowledge is Power”
Before being tempted by the latest books to hit the fiction section, consider instead books that could help increase your financial prowess and help you achieve your goals. So, we’ve taken care of the next step for you “What do I read to get me ahead financially?”
We asked our Financial Advisers and members of our Leadership Team for their book recommendations to boost financial acumen and here, in no particular order, is their top ten:
Losing my virginity – Richard Branson
Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard’s unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.
Richest man in Babylon – George S. Clason
A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous “Babylonian parables” offer an understanding of – and solution to – a lifetime’s worth of personal financial problems, and holds the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.
Who moved my cheese – Spencer Johnson
A simple parable that reveals profound truths. It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organisation you work in or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving.
Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
The number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The 13 Steps to Riches described offer the shortest dependable philosophy of individual achievement ever presented for the benefit of the man or woman who is searching for a definite goal in life. It comes directly from the experiences of hundreds of America’s most successful men.
Unshakeable – Tony Robbins
After interviewing 50 of the world’s greatest financial minds and penning the number-one New York Times best seller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence, and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education.
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want. You will learn how to use the Secret in every area of your life. You will hear from modern-day teachers – men and women who have used the Secret to achieve health, prosperity, relationships, and happiness. They share their incredible stories of using the Secret to eradicate disease, acquire massive wealth, overcome obstacles, and achieve what many would regard as impossible. Through them, you will begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that is within you, and the true magnificence that awaits you.
The Big Short – Michael Lewis
It has taken the world’s greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar’s Pokerexposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts. In this visceral tour to the heart of the money-making machine, Michael Lewis traces the origins of the crisis and introduces us to a new cast of compulsively fascinating characters. We meet the people who saw it coming, the people who were asleep at the wheel, and others who were actively driving us all off the cliff. Where did it all start? How could we have all been so deluded for quite so long? Did it really have to be this way? And who the hell can we blame? Michael Lewis has the answers.
Get Rich Lucky Bitch – Denise Duffield-Thomas
This audiobook is the most practical manifestation tool you’ll ever have. You’ll get day-to-day actions, inspiration, kick-up-the-butt real talk, and loving advice. There’s no amount of money you could want that’s too big or too small. Denise will teach you to cut through years of underearning and chronic underserving, fly through your income goals, heal your money wounds, and break through old self-beliefs. No matter where you’re starting from, if you’re willing to uncover what’s holding you back, Denise will help you create money miracles in your life.
The Big Leap – Gay Hendricks
Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors. “I don’t deserve this,” “this is too good to be true,” or any number of harmful thought patterns prevent us from experiencing the joy and satisfaction we have earned.
Sound familiar? This is what New York Times best-selling author Gay Hendricks calls the Upper Limit Problem, a negative emotional reaction that occurs when anything positive enters our lives. The Upper Limit Problem not only prevents happiness, but it actually stops us from achieving our goals. It is the ultimate life roadblock.