HOW READING 100 BOOKS ABOUT MONEY CHANGED MY LIFE

I was first introduced to the concept of money mindset, back in 2017, when I signed up for a business coaching program. Being aware, as a life coach, that every change starts with the mind-set change, I realized that if I wanted to scale my income, I needed not only the good practical strategy, but the mindset shift around money as well. As I started working on my money mindset, I realized that I had a lot of limiting beliefs around money (part of the reason I believe was growing up during and after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, when there was a lot of scarcity). I’ve been working on my money mindset ever since, and I could witness huge shifts in my relationship with money, as well with my income. 

As a part of my quest to develop an empowering money mindset, and increase my financial literacy, I made a pledge to myself that I will read 100 books on money. In this blog post, I wanted to reflect on how reading 100 books on money helped me to change my money mindset, increase my income, and improve the quality of my life. 

Note: I selected the books for my reading list that are purely related to financial and business side of money, and also the books on money mindset and metaphysics of money – in order to get the broader perspective, and pursue my passion for both: practical and the metaphysical knowledge. Some of the books listed below, that I found most insightful and inspiring, I read in print and then listened on Audible as well, and some of these books I (first) listened on Audible, and then read in print. 

100 BOOKS ABOUT MONEY THAT I READ/ LISTENED:

1. You Were Born Rich’ by Bob Proctor

2. Rich Dad, Poor Dadby Robert Kiyosaki

3. Money Loves Speed by Joe Vitale

4. Become A Magnet To Moneyby Bob Proctor and Mischelle Blood

5. Money and The Law of Attraction by  Esther Hicks

6. The Prosperity Factor: How to Achieve Unlimited Wealth in Every Area of Your Life by Joe Vitale and other leading experts

7. ‘The Holistic Millionaire’ by Steve G. Jones

8. Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrantby Robert Kiyosaki

9. The Millionaire Bookletby Grant Cardone

10. Get Rich, Lucky B*tch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First-Class Life’ by Denise Duffield-Thomas

11. Prosperity Mind by Randy Gage

12. Accept Your Abundance by Randy Gage

13. 101 Keys To Your Prosperity by Randy Gage

14. 37 Secrets About Prosperityby Randy Gage

15. No BS Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy

16. F.U. Money by Dan Lok

17. Unlock Itby Dan Lok

18. Dynamic Laws Of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder

19. Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting The Life You Want by James Arthur Ray

20. How Rich People Think by Steve Siebold

21. How To Attract Money by Joseph Murphy

22. Attract Money Now by Joe Vitale

23. Earn It & Enjoy Itby Linda Proctor

24. You Are a Bada$$ At Making MoneyJo Sincero

25. Meet And Grow Rich by Joe Vitale

26. Midas Touch by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki

27. Millionaire Success Habitsby Dean Graziosi

28. Money, A Love Story by Kate Northrup

29. ‘Money Mindset by Jacob Gold

30. The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles’ by Marianne Williamson

31. Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny

32. Open Your Mind To Receive by Catherine Ponder

33. Retire Young, Retire Rich by Robert Kiyosaki

34. Own Your Own Corporation: Why the Rich Own Their Own Companies and Everyone Else Works for Them’ by Garet Sutton

35. Guide To Becoming Rich, Without Cutting Your Credit Cards By Robert Kiyosaki

36. Rich Dad’s Consipracy Of The Richby Robert Kiyosaki

37. Increase Your Financial IQ by Robert Kiyosaki

38. Rich Dad’s Prophecyby Robert Kiyosaki

39. Rich Dad’s Before You Quit Your Job: 10 Real-Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Million-Dollar Business  by Robert Kiyosaki

40. Second Chance – For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert Kiyosaki

41. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth’ by T. Harv Eker

42. Tapping Into Wealth by Margaret M. Lynch

43. Tax Free Wealthby Tom Wheelwright

44. The Attractor Factor – 5 Easy Steps for Creating Wealth + More by Joe Vitale

45.The Awakened Millionaire by Joe Vitale

46. The Greatest Money-Making Secret in History! by Joe Vitale

47. The One Minute Millionaire – The Enlightened Way to Wealth’ by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen

48. The Science of Getting Rich – Attracting Financial Success Through Creative Thought’ by Wallace D. Wattles

49. Abundance Now: Amplify Your Life & Achieve Prosperity Today’ by Lisa Nichols

50. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

51. Think Yourself Rich – Use the Power of Your Subconscious Mind to Find True Wealth’ by Joseph Murphy

52. The Automatic Millionaire’ by David Bach

53. Speed Wealth by T. Harv Eker

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54.Why You’re Dumb, Sick and Broke…And How to Get Smart, Healthy and Rich!By Randy Gage

55. ‘Why We Want You To Be Rich Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki

56. The Science Of Success – How To Attract Prosperity and Attract Harmonic Wealth Through Proven Principles’ by James Arthur Ray

57. Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing – What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!’ by Robert Kiyosaki

58. Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny

59. Unfair Advantage – The Power of Financial Education by Robert Kiyosaki

60. Infinite Power For Richer Living by Joseph Murphy

61. UnshakeableYour Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins

62. How To Get Rich by Donald Trump

63. 12 Month Millionaire by Vince James

64. Karmic Marketing: The Most Magnetic Method for Attracting Wealth by Joe Vitale 

65. Get Rich with Dividends By Marc Lichtenfeld

66. Women & Money – Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny’ by Suze Orman

67. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman

68. Abundance: The Inner Path To Wealth’ by Deepak Chopra

69.Success Habits: Proven Principles for Greater Wealth, Health, and Happiness’ by Napoleon Hill

70. ‘CashFlow From Real Estate’ by Robert Kiyosaki

71. ‘The Millionaire Next Door’ by Thomas J. Stanley

72. ‘The Millionaire Mind’ by Thomas J. Stanley

73. ‘Multiple Streams of Income: How to Generate a Lifetime of Unlimited Wealth’ by Robert G. Allen

74. ‘The Millionaire Mindset’ by Gerry Robert

75. ‘The Next Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley

76. ‘Worthy – Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth’ by Nancy Lavin 

77. ‘Smart Women Finish Rich!’ by David Bach

78. ‘Maro Up: The Secret to Success Begins with Arigato – Wisdom from the “Warren Buffet of Japan”’ by ken Honda and Janet Bray Attwood

79. ‘The Purposeful Millionaire – 52 Rules for Creating a Life of Wealth and Happiness Now’ by James R. Nowlin

80. ‘The Soul of Money – Transforming Your Relationship with Money & Life’ by Lynne Twist

81. ‘The Secret to Attracting Money: A Practical Spiritual System for Abundance and Prosperity’ by Joe Vitale

82. ‘Getting Rich Your Own Way: Achieve All Your Financial Goals Faster Than You Ever Thought’ by Brian Tracy

83. ‘Your Right to Be Rich’ by Napoleon Hill

84. ‘Psychology Of Wealth’ by Charles Richards

85. ‘Psychology Of Money’ by Morgan Housel

86. ‘The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment’ by dr. Martia Nemeth

87. ‘The 7 Spiritual Laws of Prosperity’ by Randy Gage

88. ‘Infinite Power For Richer Living’ by Joseph Murphy

89. ‘Stop Acting Rich – And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire by Thomas J. Stanley

90. ‘The Total Money Makeover – A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness’ by Dave Ramsey

91. ‘It’s Not About the Money’ by Bob Proctor

92. ‘Homeless To Billionaire: The 18 Principles of Wealth Attraction and Creating Unlimited Opportunity’ by Andres Pira and Joe Vitale

93. ‘Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money’ by Ken Honda

94. The Million Dollar Mindset -How to Harness Your Internal Force to Live the Lifestyle You Deserve’ by James Arthur Ray

95. ‘Money – Master The Game’ by Tony Robbins

96. ‘Abundance Paradigm’ by Joe Vitale

97. ‘Creating Affluence: The A-to-Z Guide to a Richer Life’ by Deepak Chopra

98. ‘The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires’ by Brian Tracy

99. ‘Million Dollar Habits’ by Brian Tracy

100. ‘I Can Make Your Rich’ by Paul McKenna

BOOKS ABOUT WEALTH AND MONEY THAT IMPACTED ME THE MOST

Although I’ve learned something from every single book listed above, books mentioned below impacted me the most in the way that I either had a huge mindset shift around money and/or applied what I learned (took a massive and significant action step).

After reading Bob Proctor’s book ‘You Were Born Rich’ and Robert Kiyosaki’s books (especially ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad) I realised the importance of building passive income streams that are producing cash flow, which inspired me to create multiple passive income streams (book royalties, online courses, digital books…) that had made it possible for me earn money while sleeping, traveling, and watching Netflix – which has been a huge ‘game changer’ for me. 

Prior to 2017., I was only earning from 1 on 1 coaching, and even while I was earning much more money then, comparing to when I was a freelance writer, and I was working with many wonderful clients, there was always that underlying fear and uncertainty of ‘what If next month no client signs up?!’. In 2017. I started giving motivational talks and live workshops, which somewhat helped to diversify my income streams and reduce the uncertainty, but it still required me to ‘trade time for money’. While that was working well for me for almost three years, in 2020., during the global health and economic turmoil, the number of clients plummeted down like never before, and motivational speeches and live workshops that I had planned – were cancelled. 

It was thanks to the passive income streams that I created in the same year (online courses – which were increasing in demand, and digital books) that I was able to keep earning during that time, and also witness the most unexpected thing – my income increasing! That experience confirmed to me what I learned while reading many of the books listed above – having multiple income streams, as well as passive income streams is so VERY important, in order to ‘weather’ through any ‘financial storms’ and scale the income significantly.

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‘Rich Dad’ book series (along with ‘Get Rich With Dividends’ book) sparked my interest in investing in stocks.

The book ‘Tax Free Wealth’ is one I would wholeheartedly recommend for reading, as it contains some excellent advice on tax deductions. 

Joe Vitale is one of my favorite authors – I read more than 30 of his books over the years. His books on attracting money inspired me to be more generous with my money and give more to charity (which in return truly made me feel more abundant, and fulfilled), publish my Self Worth‘ book (after ‘sitting’ on the idea for two years), reflect on my beliefs around money, and come up with more creative ideas for creating different income streams (the words in his books that deeply resented with me were: ‘You don’t need [always] more money [to make more money], you need more creativity!’).

Dan Lok’s book F.U. Money, and T. Harv Eker’s book Secrets of the Millionaire Mindinspired me to delegate, automate, outsource, and/or eliminate as many tasks as I could, so that I could focus more of my time on ‘money generating activities’. I started hiring VA-s to help me with copyproofing, publishing articles, and posting on social media, and started automating a lot of tasks that were consuming a lot of my time with different automation plugins, which helped me to carve out A LOT of free time (which I could then divert towards creating more online courses and digital products, reading books, working with more clients, networking, attending workshops, and enrolling in coaching programs that can help me to get to the next level of success and increase my income). 

Brian Tracy’s books were (as always) very motivating and infused with practical and powerful wealth and business advice.

In many of the books on the 100 list above I also learned a lot about the importance of networking  (“meet and grow rich”), which I was honestly not doing enough (given my introverted nature), and as a result I started devoting more time towards networking activities, which helped me to form amazing connections, start new collaborations, and also get more opportunities for coaching, speaking, and media features. 

The Soul of Money’ book touched me emotionally so deeply that I cried while reading it. It profoundly inspired me to reflect on the impact the money I am spending has on the world, and regardless of the external circumstances and turmoils, keep reminding myself to stay aligned with my highest values and – to ‘put my money where my heart is’.

Randy Gage’s books helped me to become much more mindful of the content I consume, as the portrayal of rich people in mass media is often negative (‘criminal lords’, ‘con-wo/men’, ‘corrupt’, ‘cruel’, ‘unethical’, ‘unhappy, miserable, cold, and lonely’…), which can lead to creating very negative associations and beliefs around wealth and money, on a subconscious level. When it comes to ‘digging deeper’ into my limiting beliefs around money, books ‘How Rich People Think’ by Steve Siebold, ‘No B.S. Wealth Attraction For Enterpreneurs’ by Dan Kennedy, ‘Tapping Into Wealth‘ by Margaret M. Lynch, and ‘I Can Make You Rich’ by Paul McKenna were also very helpful.

Overcoming Underearning’ (by Barbara Stanny), ‘Women&Money’ (by Suze Orman) and ‘Smart Women Finish Rich!’ (By David Bach’) I found to be profoundly financially insightful (regarding unique challenges that women specifically face around money) and also genuine #womenempowerment books – which I would recommend to every woman for reading. 

The most inspiring books on this list were ‘Maro Up‘, ‘Karmic Marketing’,  ‘The Awakened Millionaire’, ‘The Law of Divine Compensation’, ‘Homeless To Billionaire’, and ‘Happy Money’.

‘The Millionaire Next Door’ book series by Thomas J. Stanley were eye-opening when it comes to learning about the spending habits, mindset, and behavioral traits of hundreds of millionaires surveyed by the author in his extensive scientific research.

HOW READING 100 BOOKS ABOUT WEALTH AND MONEY CHANGED MY LIFE

Reading the 100 books listed above, has helped me immensely to change my beliefs around money, which I believe had a tremendous impact on increasing my income, as every positive change starts with the mind-set.

Working on my money mindset and learning more about the money has helped me a lot, not only in increasing my income, but also in improving the quality of my life. Likely, due to high level of pollution in Delhi (where I am located currently), for the last two years I’ve been frequently suffering from reoccurring respiratory infections. I can say that in those moments, when my throat was hurting, and I was unable to speak (which is required for my coaching and motivational speaking work) and resting in bed, being able to earn money trough multiple passive income streams has been such a blessing. Thanks to the passive income streams, even if I am on vacation, traveling, watching Netflix or some exciting Chinese Wu-Xia drama, or sick in bed, I am still receiving payment notifications.

Many of the books that I read contain completely different (even opposite) ‘financial advice’ and ‘investment strategies’. One thing that I learned over the years, while working with so many clients from different continents and backgrounds, with different belief systems, personality traits, and values – is that there is not ‘one-size-fit-advice’ for everyone, and that is also the truth when it comes to money. After reading 100 books on money, I am now more aware of what kind of financial/investing strategy resonates the most with me. 

Although I still have a lot to learn, especially in the domain of investing money – having my money ‘work for me’, I can say that time, energy, and money spent to read 100 (!) books, to educate myself about money and building the right money mindset has been truly worth it, as it improved the quality of my life immensely by giving me more abundance and freedom and opening a lot more possibilities for me. 

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