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Jared’s Recommended Reading List

July 8, 2010

Most Recommended Books on Money:
The Top Ten Distinctions between Millionaires and the Middle Class. Keith Camerson Smith. This book does a better job of condensing the distinctions of the lives of millionaires than any book I’ve read. A 40 minute read.
The Millionaire Next Door. Thomas Stanley. The financial classic that discusses how 95% of real millionaires actually live. Hint: The rich don’t get rich by spending most of their money acting rich.
The Four Hour Work Week Revised. Timothy Ferris. The classic on lifestyle design, it’s a fun that is a must for those looking to design their own lives instead of live as a salary slave.
Your Money or Your Life. Joe Domingez. One of the cornerstone books on personal finance, this approaches money from a unique, more honest angle than any other I’ve read.
The E-Myth Revisited. Michael Gerber. The goal isn’t to be an employee of your own business, the goal is to own the business and have it make money without your presence. An awesome roadmap.
Stop Acting Rich and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire. Thomas Stanley. In a sequel to TMND, this is readable albiet repetitive, drilling home the mantra that people who appear rich usually aren’t.

Most Recommended Books on Relationships:
The Color Code. Taylor Hartman. This book has helped me understand people, their motivations, how to communicate, and how to predict people’s actions better than any other I’ve read.
The 5 Love Languages. Gary Chapman. A classic that teaches you some of the best ways to build up an emotional bank account with someone: give to them in the way they want to be loved.
Conscious Loving. Gay and Kathryn Hendricks.

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands.  Dr Laura.  Highly Recommend.  Not PC at all but it highly correlates with the happiest marriages I’ve observed.

Favorite & General Recommended Books:
Ender’s Game. Olson Scott Card.

Moneyball. Michael Lewis.

Atlas Shrugged & The Fountain Head. Ayn Rynd.

Any Calvin and Hobbes or Patrick McManus book.

The Four Hour Body.  Tim Ferriss.  Recommend. Very interesting book about self-experimenting to improve your strength, lower your weight, increase sex, etc.

The Big Short. Michael Lewis. Recommend. Insider look at the 2008 economic melt-down written by one of the best author’s of our day.

The Science of Fear. Daniel Gardner. Highly recommend. One of my favorite 2010 book, this discusses how from Bush to non-profits fear is used. A fascinating inside look into how ideas are “sold” and the consequences of making decisions based out of fear.

Sh*t my Dad Says. (Justin Halpern). Highly recommend. The funniest, most vulgar book I’ve read in a long time.

Vagabonding. Rolf Potts. Highly recommend. The classic on long-term (months-2yrs) lightweight world travel. As much a life philosophy as a travel manual

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