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18 Must-Read Books on Money, Business, Investing and Productivity

September 15, 2018

18-Must-Read-Books-About-Money-Business-Investing-ProductivityToday is a rather lengthy post. I am sharing the 18 books on money, business, investing and productivity I find to be worth the read and recommendation.

 

If you follow me on my other blog, you know that I love to read. It’s one of the hobbies I am proud to do through the years.

 

My current reading routine for a given month include books of different genre. And I make to feed my mind with books on the personal finance, self-help or productivity genre.

 

With that here is a massive list of my favorite books on on money, business, investing and productivity.

 

If you have free time (and money) I hope you can select at least one from each category to read in the succeeding weeks/months. I assure you, you will learn a lot.

 

Let’s begin

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About Money

 

1. Kuntento Ka Na Ba Sa Kaperahan Mo?, by Vic and Avelynn Garcia

 

This is one of the very first financial books I’ve read. I even made a review about it years ago.

 

Sir Vic and Ms. Avelynn was able to share insightful details on budgeting, saving and investing in a writing style that every “Juan” can relate.

 

The authors gave beautiful examples in pointing out their views about a particular topic like the Two Kinds of Old Age and The Kurot Principle. Both stories will surely make you reassess your finances.

 

Also included in the book are sample forms for budgeting, income and expenses and so on that are helpful for the readers.

 

This is a nice beginners’ book for those who are still want to start their journey towards financial freedom.

 

 

2. It’s Your Money (Spend it, Save it, Invest it and Lead a Debt-free Life), by Entrepreneur Magazine

 

If you like a quick crash course on spending, saving, and investing your money, this book is for you.

 

This book answers all the tough question when it comes to money management.

 

It is a good book to read for defining money terms, explaining financial facts and giving expert insights. There are also financial professionals who give quotes about a certain topic.

 

Every chapter has a Summary page which also has a short quiz that will help you determine whether you understood the topic.

 

You will never feel bored reading even if there are no humor involved.

 

And it’s only Php 175.

 

3. You Can Be Rich, by David King

 

You Can Be Rich teaches the seven steps in obtaining wealth as follows:

 

1. Know the Ten Secrets to Riches– The author shared 10 Secrets on how to be rich like learning the value of time, setting goals and so on.

2. Learn from Those Who Became Rich – A quick side story of ten of the richest people in the world including Henry Sy, Manny Villar and John Gokongwei.

3. Turn Your Salary into Income– A great read for those who base their source of income with salary. The author gave beautiful tips that are all doable.

4. Be Successful through Selling– A brief introduction on the ins and outs of selling.

5. Set up Your Own Business– An in-depth process on how you can start your own business.

6. Invest and Make Your Own Money– A bunch of information about stock investments and bank investments as well as other types of investments an ordinary person can do.

7. Stay Rich and Happy in Life– The author delivers a great seal of the book’s deal by explaining what true riches is.

 

Each steps also has good explanation that everyone, even those who are beginners, will understand.

 

I love how the author ended the book by teaching the true meaning of wealth. Wealth is an instrument that can help us enjoy life. As said in the book, it’s best to be rich in all aspects and use your affluence to promote greater good.

 

4. Law of Leverage, by Rane Panaligan

 

This book is close to my heart because it opened an opportunity to me to join the Law of Leverage Freedom Event and work together with MFT Group with Regina Online Investing Launch.

 

Law of Leverage is dubbed as the book that changed a thousand lives. I was actually eager to read the content that I was able finish it in one seating.

 

Once you got hold of the book, you’ll never want to put it down. You just want to take all the financial lessons page by page. The book, Law of Leverage, just have one goal and that is to ignite your inner leverage.

 

Here’s my full review on Law of Leverage book.




5. Keri Mo Yan Series! Keri Mong Maging Financially Free and Debt Free by Chinkee Tan

 

This is the first Chinkee Tan book I’ve ever bought.

 

I purchase it as reference for future debt-free blog posts. Tan explains the concepts in the book with complete authority. I love that he really knows what he is preaching. It’s an easy read you can finish with just one sitting.

 

6. I Wish They Taught Money in High School by Clarissa Seriña-de la Paz and Sharon Que

 

Here’s another simple book on money management that you can finish in one sitting.

 

This book is divided in two parts. First part is I Wish They Taught Money in High School so I Can Start My Own Business Right and second part is I Wish They Taught Money in High School so I’m Not Dependent on My Check.

 

Both parts are must read for anyone. I enjoy how the authors shared relatable stories based on their own journey to financial freedom.

 

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll learn from the book:

1. Pay yourself first. Set aside a percentage of your income to automatically save and invest. I don’t matter how little the percentage is as long as you do it consistently.

2. Starting a business is for everyone. The book will open your mind to the possibility of starting a business even as low capital. It provides true account of the author’s first few steps as she starts a real estate empire. From computation to business registration, this book has everything.

3. Such an amazing read!

 

7. Money Grows on Trees by Clarissa Seriña-de la Paz and Sharon Que

 

It’s not every day that you will find a book that provide lasting impact on your financial life.

 

Money Grows on Trees is a follow up from the foundational book I Wish They Thought Money in School from the same author.

 

IWTTMHS is more of concepts to learn about money while MGOT is about changing your money mindset. IWTTMHS speaks of the aftermath if you have a good money mindset which is tackled in MGOT.

 

The book is meant for two types of people.

1. Those who are just starting their personal finance journey; and

2. Those who are already in the process but still want more tips

About Business

 

8. Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

 

Are you familiar with the term, “girlboss”?

 

Girlboss by definition means a confident, capable woman who pursues her own ambitions instead of working for others or otherwise settling in life.

 

The term became a widespread through the book Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.

 

GirlBoss talks about the Sophia Amoruso’s journey from start to the current situation of her massive success business, Nasty Gal.

 

She shares her experience with pieces of helpful advice here and there.

 

It is a light read and perfect book for people (like me) who have big goals in mind. It’s Amoruso’s success story and what she learned on her journey to the top.

 



You can check my full book review of Girlboss in my other blog, www.izzaglinofull.com

 




 

9. Anyone Can Do It by Sahar and Bobby Hashemi

This is one of the most surprising book I’ve found in secondhand bookstore. I didn’t know it will be so good and a must read for those who are eager to start a business someday.

 

Anyone Can Do It chronicles the start and evolution of Coffee Republic, UK’s version of Starbucks.

 

In this book, Sahar and Bobby shared the step by step actions they took in building and growing Coffee Republic which has now over 374 outlets in UK and Middle East.

 

What’s more amazing is that the sibling authors started the business just out of a random conversation. This is such a great read for aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

10. High Trust Selling: Make More Money with Less Time with Less Stress by Todd Duncan

 

This book applies mostly for those who are in the sales business. In this book Todd Duncan shares valuable tips on how to sell more with less stress no matter what business or field you are in.

 

Duncan shares possible ways you can bridge the gap and create long-term success in selling. That the more you position yourself as a trust-worthy salesperson, running a trustworthy sales business the more clients you can attract.

 

11. Blogging for Fame and Fortune by Jason R. Rich

 

Are you interested in starting a blog? This book is a compact guide for new and current bloggers on proven strategies and techniques in creating a profitable blog. From what niche to blog about, how to set up, how to promote, how to make money and many more! This is definitely a good book to read.



About Investing

 

11. Alpha Teach Yourself Investment in 24 Hours by Kenneth E. Little

This book is a crash course on investing. It is a literal workbook you have to study and answer.

 

Alpha Teach Yourself Investment in 24 Hours gives beginner investors the knowledge to understand all the terms, concepts and formulas involved in investing your money.

 

The book does not focus on stocks alone. It provides insights to almost every investment option there is including returns, goals and savings. 

 

Although the lesson is written most for the average Americans, I find that the lessons are still applicable to common Pinoy who is interested in investing.

 

12. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

This book is a memoir of Jordan Belfort, a former stock broker who pleaded guilty to fraud and related crimes in connection with stock-market manipulation and running a penny stock scam.

 

His story was the basis of famous film, The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo De Carpio.

 

I must say that this book is something you’re either going to love or hate. The book involves a lot of swear words, drug addiction and other obscene scenarios so learn to filter as you read.

 

This book gives you an entertaining glimpse on what happened on Wall Street during the 90’s, how the stock market functions and inspiring quotes and lines here and there.

 

At a motivational talk that he delivered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on May 19, 2014, Belfort stated:

I got greedy…. Greed is not good. Ambition is good, passion is good. Passion prospers.

 

This true when you read the book. Greed became a big factor why things had gone badly for Belford throughout.

 




 

About Productivity

 

13. Organize Yourself by Ronni Eisenberg and Kate Kelly

 

This book provides valuable information on how you can organize every area of your life.

 

It has a section about finances which I follow as I try to be more intentional in my current state of living.

 

Both experts and enthusiasts say an organize life can lead you to a much better financial success. Once everything is in place you will easily find the motivation to do things well.

 

14. Anyone Can Do It by Sahar and Bobby Hashemi

 

This is one of the most surprising book I’ve found in secondhand bookstore. I didn’t know it will be so good and a must read for those who are eager to start a business someday.

 

Anyone Can Do It chronicles the start and evolution of Coffee Republic, UK’s version of Starbucks.

 

In this book, Sahar and Bobby shared the step by step actions they took in building and growing Coffee Republic which has now over 374 outlets in UK and Middle East.

 

What’s more amazing is that the sibling authors started the business just out of a random conversation. This is such a great read for aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

15. Getting Things Done by David Allen

 

Getting Things Done works like a textbook on productivity. If you’ve ever wondered how you can manage your time to get things done then this self-help book is the answer.

 

This book answers the basic questions of what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Its mission is to make you efficient, to introduce you a workflow that will minimize wasted time and effort.

 

16. The Productive Writer by Sage Cohen

 

Sage Cohen’s The Productive Writer is the very book that inspired me to hustle smartly when it comes to writing online. If you didn’t know, I work as a freelance content writer on the side and it’s one of the most rewarding side hustle I have ever done.

 

This is a small and compact book you can finish in one seating. It is written in a way you will easily understand. Cohen introduced an actual day in her life as a freelance writer then gave the helpful tips for those who want to be a freelance writer too.

 

I highly suggest this book if you ever want to write for extra income.

 

17. 10 Time Management Choices That Can Change Your Life by Sandra Felton, Marsha Sims

 

I’ve always had hard time when it comes to managing my time so when I saw this book on National Bookstore I literally screamed out of excitement.

 

10 Time Management Choices That Can Change Your Life offer doable tips on goal setting, project management, to-do lists, scheduling, new habits and more.

 

It is a handbook of everything time management. Reading the book I feel that my time management has gotten a lot better.

 

Both procrastination and perfectionism were easier to deal with.




 

18. Jumpstart Your Motivation: 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated by Shawn Doyle

 

This is actually a workbook that will help you become motivated in achieving your goals.

 

It is divided to 10 different chapters as follow:

 

  1. Have a purpose for what you do
  2. Have a passion for what you do
  3. Be a continuous non-stop earning machine
  4. Be a mentor and have a mentor
  5. Know what gets you motivated and stimulated
  6. Reward yourself for achieving
  7. Practice long-term thinking
  8. Keep growing and achieving
  9. Periodically evaluate where you are
  10. Live a life of balance

 

Each chapter includes questions and exercises that will help you better apply what you have learned from the previous section.

Final Notes from SavingsPinay

 

I hope you find any from the books above worthy of reading. Which of the book above have you read?

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Clariza Glino

Izza of SavingsPinay promotes financial literacy for the young and young at heart by providing insights and tips on budgeting, saving, investing and online entrepreneurship. Aside from this blog she also writes at www.izzaglinofull.com, a beauty and lifestyle blog for frugal Pinays and manages, www.izzagevents.com, a wedding and event business since 2011. For inquiries, topic suggestions or future collaborations email her at izza@savingspinay.ph