10 book recommendations (not just boring money ones)

Here's the list:

  1. How To Own the World

  2. 4 Hour Work Week

  3. Meditations

  4. The Automatic Customer

  5. Why Your 20s Matter

  6. The Richest Man In Babylon

  7. Man Against Himself

  8. Man's Search For Meaning

  9. The Bed of Procrustes

  10. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Here's the reasoning for those that are interested:

1. How To Own The World - Andrew Craig

This book is the holy grail for wanting to get a grip on investing from a UK perspective. Andrew Craig paints a really bleak picture of the state of the UK's debt, borrowing and pension crises. Once he's shaken you about a bit, he then tells you that there's a simple remedy: investing. The best thing about this book is that he really does go through step-by-step what you need to do. He covers everything, all the little details around taxes, ISAs, dividends, valuing stocks, passive investing, trading, spread betting - you name it.

2. 4 Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss

Many of you are probably familiar with Tim Ferriss, if not - you should check him out. This book opens your eyes to new ways of working. If the idea of the 9 to 5 fills you with dread, this book explodes all of our traditional thinking around working and shows you the possibilities. Working from a beach, having a personal assistant carry out your boring tasks, how to make money online - that's what this book is all about.

3. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

This book is unique because it's hard to think of a person who's ever lived that has carried so much responsibility on their shoulders. Marcus Aurelius wrote the musings that would be put together to form Meditations when he was ruling as Roman Emperor around 120 AD. It's a cool book, with him simply reflecting on life: how to live it, what's important, and how to deal with life's pain and luck. The pinnacle of self help in my view.

4. The Automatic Customer - John Warrillow

Sharp left turn here, this book is all about subscriptions. It's about how companies are making more money than ever by getting us to sign up and pay recurring bills. From Amazon down to a local florist, the book covers a number of case studies. The book is really for people looking to set up a subscription business, but it's also pretty eye-opening for a consumer, showing you just how much money we're giving to these companies.

5. Why Your 20s Matter - Meg Jay

The title really says it all. This book debunks the claim that your "30s are the new 20s", and says that young people have been sold a bit of a dummy, by being led to believe that your 20s aren't that important. People who hate tough love and love to encourage you to stay for one more drink won't like this book.

6. The Richest Man In Babylon - George S. Clason

Back to personal finance - and this is the mother of them all! Written in 1926, this book chucks advice at you with a certain old world twang that makes it stick. If you're like me and you value that quality of old advice (as opposed to new-age-self-help vibes), this book will be up your street.

7. Man Against Himself - Karl Menninger

Sticking with the old world theme, this book is probably the darkest but most powerful on this list. It's written in 1938, and is all about our self-destructive habits and the range of forms they can take - drinking, driving, eating. It's written by an American psychologist who's thinking is founded on beliefs which don't all still stand up to science. You might think this sort of "debunks" the book, but it makes it all the more absorbing - read it and you'll know what I mean.

8. Man's Search For Meaning - Viktor Frankl

This is another heavy book - so maybe if you're looking for more things like Tim Ferriss you should close the tab. Anyway, this book is a masterpiece really in taking personal responsibility in a situation of absolute despair. It's written by a Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, and it's a really moving book that puts things into perspective.

9. The Bed Of Procrustes - Nassim Taleb

If you've come across Nassim Taleb you might enjoy this book. It's a collection of short, poetic aphorisms, making it a super digestible way to consume the ideas he covers in many of his heavier books. Nice to flick through, really funny, and makes you think. Here's a quote from it relating to money: "the fastest way to become rich is to socialize with the poor, the fastest way to become poor is to socialize with the rich."

10. I Will Teach You To Be Rich - Ramit Sethi

Other than maybe Rich Dad Poor Dad, this is probably the biggest and best selling perosnal finance book out there. The reason I prefer it to Rich Dad Poor Dad is a) because the guy who writes (Ramit Sethi - 100% follow him) it doesn't seem to be like a con artist, and b) it's full of much more actionable advice than RDPD (which I'd still say you should read by the way!)

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