Books Are Your Absolute Best Value In Financial Education (besides my free blog and podcast, of course)
You don’t need a trust fund, a prestigious college degree, or luck to turn your financial dreams into reality.
All you need is a plan based on proven principles and the courage and knowledge to take enough persistent action to realize your goals.
The plan is here, the courage is inside of you, and all the knowledge required is freely available in this recommended reading list.
In short, you have no excuse for not achieving your dreams.
These books give you access to expert advice organized in a succinct format, consumed from the convenience of your home, on your own schedule, and all for free with a library card or just a few dollars through Amazon.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.-Rene Descartes
You can’t beat it.
A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.-Abraham Lincoln
Every time I pursue a new adventure books are the first place I turn to shorten my learning curve and minimize obvious mistakes. The result is I’ve read more than a thousand books.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.-Socrates
The problem is not all books are great, but a few have changed my thinking permanently. The lessons taught stick with me and add value to my life every day.
To help you sort the best from the rest I’ve assembled a list of my favorite books in each category.
Best Books – Todd’s Recommended Reading Lists
The only thing that stands between you and all the knowledge required to achieve anything is taking the time to learn what’s in the books and take action on that knowledge.
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.-Confucius
I’ve given you a royal road to the information required, but only you can set aside the time to read these books. It’s a commitment you must make to yourself, to your family, and to your future.
The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.-Dr. Seuss
These books have provided the foundation for everything I’ve built, and they can do the same for you.
I have said that in my whole life, I’ve known no wise person over a broad subject matter area who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. Now I know all kinds of shrewd people who by staying within a narrow area can do very well without reading. But investment is a broad area. So if you think you’re going to be good at it and not read all the time, you have a different idea than I do… You’d be amazed at how much Warren [Buffett] reads. You’d be amazed at how much I read.”-Charlie Munger in Poor Charlie’s Almanac
If it’s good enough for Charlie then who am I to argue. I hope you enjoy the reading!