12 Life Changing Books
By Noah Rosenfarb, CPA (as of October 1, 2017)
I’ve been reading a book a week (mostly via audible or prior from Audio-tech business book summaries) since graduating from college in 1998. Most of my reading is self-improvement, finance and business. Since I failed to keep track of each title and the impact until just recently, I’m sure there have been life changing books where 15 years later the value I remember has been diminished by more recent events. In addition, I’ve kept off books that you’d find on every other “most influential list” with one exception.
If you read one of these as a result, I’d really appreciate you circling back to tell me what you thought. I organized them in the way I’d suggest they be consumed.
The Go-Giver – a short parable that reminded me to always give with an open hand.
The Secret (which is a movie, too) – I can shape my world with my thoughts. A host of experts explain how/why.
The Prosperity Paradigm – authored by my former coach (who changed my life) this book is not well known but it was still very powerful for me. It reinforced concepts I learned in other books and from other people, but the style resonated with me.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – on many top reading lists, I couldn’t ignore how important this was to building my foundational understanding of how to be effective in business and life. I read it soon after graduating but the lessons are timeless.
Speed of Trust in my world, nothing happens without trust and this book lays out rules and systems for building and maintaining trust in real life.
Think and Grow Rich – because it was written 80 years ago the English is different but it is one of the best selling books in the world for a reason. Priceless insights into what successful wealth creators have in common (and it can be emulated).
4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss – When released, Tim’s thinking was cutting edge and his lifestyle still quite unique. His focus on effectiveness and efficiency resonated with my desire to accomplish more in less time.
Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki – an amazing construct for viewing work/earnings. I wish I read this sooner in my professional career. I thought owning a professional service firm was entrepreneurial until I realized it was self-employment – I’d still have to work everyday to make a living.
There are three books by Gino Wickman. They are all related and might be of value only to executives and entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurial Operating System he created is what I now implement at my portfolio companies. Read Get a Grip first, then Traction, then Rocket Fuel.
Angel by Jason Calacanis – a playbook on how to dominate a niche. Practical advice – simple to understand, hard to implement.