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The Simple Path to Wealth

The Simple Path to Wealth

Your Roadmap to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life

JL Collins

The simple formula to financial well-being: spend less than you earn—invest the surplus—avoid debt. Your goal is to save up F-You money, generally 25x of your annual expenses, to regain your freedom. During the wealth accumulation stage, allocate 100% of your investment portfolio to Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX) or its ETF (VTI). When you're closer to your retirement, adjust 20-50% of your portfolio to include Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund (VBTLX) or its ETF (BND). Aim for a 3-7% withdrawal rate during your (early) retirement.

Measure What Matters

Measure What Matters

OKRs — The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth

John Doerr

Goal setting is more of an art than a science. OKR stands for Objectives, Key Results. Each objective is paired with a few— usually two to four—key results. Objectives are what you want to accomplish while key results are the outcomes you need to see to achieve your objectives. They help teams communicate and work with each other. OKR works best with CFR that stands for Conversations, Feedback, Recognition. CFR helps facilitate communications and collaborations. Together, OKR and CFR build a culture that helps teams strive.

On Writing Well

On Writing Well

The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

William Zinsser

The E-Myth Revisited

The E-Myth Revisited

Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

Michael E. Gerber

The Psychology of Money

The Psychology of Money

Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness

Morgan Housel

How Will You Measure Your Life

How Will You Measure Your Life

Finding Fulfillment Using Lessons From Some of the World's Greatest Businesses

Clayton Christensen

High Performance Habits

High Performance Habits

How Extraordinary People Become That Way

Brendon Bruchard

This Is Marketing

This Is Marketing

You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See

Seth Godin

A Short Guide to a Long Life

A Short Guide to a Long Life

David Augus

Smarter Faster Better

Smarter Faster Better

The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

Charles Duhigg

Dollars and Sense

Dollars and Sense

How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter

Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler

Expert Secrets

Expert Secrets

The Underground Playbook for Creating a Mass Movement of People Who Will Pay For Your Advice

Russell Brunson

Outsource Smart

Outsource Smart

Be Your Own Boss… Without Letting Your Business Become the Boss of You

Daven Michaels

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

Violate Them at Your Own Risk!

Al Ries and Jack Trout

The Little Book of Stoicism

The Little Book of Stoicism

Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness

Jonas Salzgeber

Company of One

Company of One

Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business

Paul Jarvis

Night School

Night School

Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

Richard Wiseman

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad

What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money—That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not

Robert Kiyosaki

Your Move

Your Move

The Underdog’s Guide to Building Your Business

Ramit Sethi

The Brain Audit

The Brain Audit

Why Customers Buy (And Why They Don’t)

Sean D’Souza

Do The Work

Do The Work

Steven Pressfield

Mastery

Mastery

Robert Greene

Smart Choices

Smart Choices

A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions

John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney, Howard Raiffa

How to Be a Productivity Ninja

How to Be a Productivity Ninja

Worry Less, Achieve More, Love What You Do

Graham Allcott

The Winner’s Brain

The Winner’s Brain

8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success

Jeff Brown and Mark Fenske

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. Just a 6-Week Program That Works

Ramit Sethi

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

Cal Newport

Ego is the Enemy

Ego is the Enemy

Ryan Holiday

We Are All Weird

We Are All Weird

The Rise of Tribes and the End of Normal

Seth Godin

Principles

Principles

Life and Work

Ray Dalio

Brain Rules

Brain Rules

12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

John Medina

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Mark Manson

Poke The Box

Poke The Box

When was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?

Seth Godin

The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

Robert Greene

Business Without the Bullsh*t

Business Without the Bullsh*t

49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know

Geoffrey James

Perennial Seller

Perennial Seller

The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts

Ryan Holiday

The 4-Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Work Week

Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

Tim Ferriss

The Art of Thinking Clearly

The Art of Thinking Clearly

Rolf Dobelli

Unshakeable

Unshakeable

Your Financial Freedom Playbook

Tony Robbins

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Stephen Covey

The Accidental Creative

The Accidental Creative

How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

Todd Henry

Blink

Blink

The Power of Thinking without Thinking

Malcolm Gladwell

What Clients Love

What Clients Love

A Field Guide to Growing Your Business

Harry Beckwith

10-Minute Toughness

10-Minute Toughness

The Mental-Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins

Jason Selk

Manage Your Day-to-Day

Manage Your Day-to-Day

Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

99U, edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

The Bounce Back Book

The Bounce Back Book

How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses

Karen Salmansohn

It’s a Jungle in There

It’s a Jungle in There

Inspiring Lessons, Hard-won Insights, and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring

Steven Schussler

Outliers

Outliers

The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

The Hour between Dog and Wolf

The Hour between Dog and Wolf

How Risk Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind

John Coates

The Narrow Road

The Narrow Road

A Brief Guide to the Getting of Money

Felix Dennis

Linchpin

Linchpin

Are You Indispensable?

Seth Godin

The Virgin Way

The Virgin Way

How to Listen, Learn, and Lead

Richard Branson

Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill

The Impact Equation

The Impact Equation

Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?

Chris Brogan & Julien Smith

David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits & the Art of Battling Giants

Malcolm Gladwell

Influence

Influence

What It Really Means and How to Make It Work for You

Jenny Nabben

Enchantment

Enchantment

The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

Guy Kawasaki

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Robin Sharma

Launch

Launch

The Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online

Good Products Bad Products

Good Products Bad Products

Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality

James Adams

How We Learn

How We Learn

The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

Benedict Carey

The Champion’s Mind

The Champion’s Mind

How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

Jim Afremow

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life & Business

Charles Duhigg

The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup

Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love And Work Better To Live More

Chris Guillebeau

Obliquity

Obliquity

Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly

John Kay

59 Seconds

59 Seconds

Think A Little Change A Lot

Richard Wiseman

The Fast Diet

The Fast Diet

Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer

Awaken The Giant Within

Awaken The Giant Within

How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny

Tony Robbins

The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

George Clason

This Is Marketing

This Is Marketing

marketing entrepreneurship

Smarter Faster Better

Smarter Faster Better

productivity high performance psychology

Dollars and Sense

Dollars and Sense

money psychology

Expert Secrets

Expert Secrets

entrepreneurship marketing

Outsource Smart

Outsource Smart

productivity leadership

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

marketing communication

The Little Book of Stoicism

The Little Book of Stoicism

philosophy mindset

Company of One

Company of One

entrepreneurship creativity work perspective

Night School

Night School

health high performance productivity

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad

money mindset

Your Move

Your Move

entrepreneurship marketing

The Brain Audit

The Brain Audit

communication marketing

Do The Work

Do The Work

creativity work

Mastery

Mastery

work psychology creativity success

Smart Choices

Smart Choices

decision making psychology

How to Be a Productivity Ninja

How to Be a Productivity Ninja

productivity high performance

The Winner’s Brain

The Winner’s Brain

high performance psychology

Ego is the Enemy

Ego is the Enemy

philosophy perspective mindset

We Are All Weird

We Are All Weird

marketing creativity entrepreneurship

Principles

Principles

work decision making leadership perspective success

Brain Rules

Brain Rules

success psychology high performance

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

perspective mindset success

Poke The Box

Poke The Box

creativity marketing entrepreneurship

The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

history leadership success

Business Without the Bullsh*t

Business Without the Bullsh*t

leadership entrepreneurship

Perennial Seller

Perennial Seller

work marketing creativity

The 4-Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Work Week

money entrepreneurship success

The Art of Thinking Clearly

The Art of Thinking Clearly

psychology decision making

Unshakeable

Unshakeable

money investing

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

productivity high performance

The Accidental Creative

The Accidental Creative

creativity psychology work

Blink

Blink

decision making perspective psychology

What Clients Love

What Clients Love

entrepreneurship marketing

10-Minute Toughness

10-Minute Toughness

mindset psychology high performance

Manage Your Day-to-Day

Manage Your Day-to-Day

productivity high performance creativity work

The Bounce Back Book

The Bounce Back Book

health psychology mindset

It’s a Jungle in There

It’s a Jungle in There

entrepreneurship people

Outliers

Outliers

success perspective

The Hour between Dog and Wolf

The Hour between Dog and Wolf

decision making high performance psychology

The Narrow Road

The Narrow Road

money success people

Linchpin

Linchpin

creativity entrepreneurship work

The Virgin Way

The Virgin Way

entrepreneurship leadership people

Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich

mindset money

The Impact Equation

The Impact Equation

creativity entrepreneurship marketing

David and Goliath

David and Goliath

perspective success

Influence

Influence

communication leadership

Enchantment

Enchantment

leadership entrepreneurship marketing

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

mindset perspective success

Launch

Launch

marketing entrepreneurship

Good Products Bad Products

Good Products Bad Products

decision making creativity perspective

How We Learn

How We Learn

psychology creativity

The Champion’s Mind

The Champion’s Mind

psychology mindset

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

high performance productivity psychology success

The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup

entrepreneurship marketing work creativity

Obliquity

Obliquity

success work creativity mindset

59 Seconds

59 Seconds

psychology decision making

The Fast Diet

The Fast Diet

health fitness high performance

Awaken The Giant Within

Awaken The Giant Within

success psychology high performance mindset

The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

money success mindset

Master Your Week to Master Your Life

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