#1) Think and Grow Rich – If you only read one book in your entire life make it this book. This book is about the power of motivation and visualization. If you want something bad enough and you visualize it enough you WILL get it. All current motivation works have borrowed or completely plagiarized from this book. This is the end-all, be-all book for living your dreams. Highlight your favorite parts to go over again and again. Write down your favorite parts and tape them to your walls to recite daily. Sounds crazy, but it works.
#2) The Richest Man in Babylon – This book teaches you about money. Specifically about the need to save money and about the power of leveraging your money.
#3) How To Win Friends and Influence People – How can you get what you want if you can’t get people to do what you want? This is an oldie but goodie and the lessons hold up in today’s world. Maybe even more so because we are all so disconnected.
#4) The 4-Hour Workweek. – The newest book on my list. Don’t let the title fool you, the book is all about using your time wisely and becoming hyper productive. Whether you put in a few hours a week or many hours, make sure you are actually doing stuff and not being a time waster.
#5) Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder – This is the most motivating, inspiring book I have ever read. Arnold went from a tiny town in Austria to the #1 bodybuilder in the entire world, making millions as a businessman before getting into the movies, then getting into the movies to become the highest paid movie star of all time, then getting into politics and becoming the governor of the 3rd largest economy. This book details his life up until the end of his bodybuilding and the very start of his acting career.
These books have changed my life so much that I now use hundred dollar bills as bookmarks.