Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reading is "Fun"damental

Although I've concentrated on reading the Bible over the last year, I've still continued to learn from some other great self-improvement books.  A partial list (the ones I really enjoyed) is here:

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Creating Wealth by Robert Allen
Multiple Streams of Internet Income by Robert Allen
Twelve Pillars by Jim Rohn & Chris Widener
The 5 Lessons A Millionaire Taught Me by Richard Paul Evans
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
How to Stop Worrying & Start Living - Dale Carnegie
The Art of Influence by Chris Widener
Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
Multiple Streams of Income by Robert Allen
The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach
The Bible by GOD

These are not in order, just the way I read them. The Bible has been, by far, the best book I've read. I didn't think I'd really enjoy the Old Testament but I did. I got started by reading Proverbs for the "business" advice and ended up reading it a number of times. Then I started in the New Testament and completed that. By that time I was hooked and had to read the whole book. (Yes, I had read the Bible before, but not all together, and not completely. And, yes, that should have been first on my list - but I corrected that. As the Japanese proverb says "even a thousand-mile journey begins with the first step.")

As for the others, both books by Dale Carnegie and Think & Grow Rich are classics and have timeless wisdom. The Richest Man in Babylon is written as if it's in the time of the Babylonian empire. I really enjoyed it - and it teaches some basic lessons about money (gold.) Here's an excerpt:

Lo, Money is Plentiful, For Those Who Understand the Simple Rules of Its Acquisition

1. Start thy purse to fattening
2. Control thy expenditures
3. Make thy gold multiply
4. Guard thy treasures from loss
5. Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment
6. Insure a future income
7. Increase thy ability to earn

The three books by Robert Allen were also very good. I read Creating Wealth first, then went on to Multiple Streams of Internet Income and then Multiple Streams of Income. I went to see Robert and Richard Paul Evans in Atlanta a while back. I really enjoyed these books and they gave me a lot of ideas for diversifying my income. As it turned out, it was not such a good idea to do them all at once, especially right before the largest financial meltdown in our generation. (More on that another time maybe.)
The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me, Twelve Pillars and The Art of Influence were all good, easy reads. They are written more like a story than a "how-to" book.

I recommend The Automatic Millionaire to every young couple starting out. I wish that my wife and I had had this book when we were just married. Again, basic, common sense ideas are given but it is sound advice and will help you if you put them into practice.

See my Amazon book list at  I use this to keep a list of the ones I recommend to folks. You don't have to buy the "new" book, but can find them "used" through the same site.

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Of course inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx
"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting." --Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Links: - A great site for searching the bible, in about any version. - My online book list at


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