If you follow me on Facebook you have probably noticed my “Money Moves” posts. You know that I am focused on creating a life of financial freedom, getting out of debt, and creating more income.
It is important to me that we have the conversation about money. Too many people struggle and no one wants to talk about it. I am here to change the conversation.
It’s not about how things look, it’s about how they really are, and how they feel behind closed doors. I lost two houses in the market crash of 2008 and filed bankruptcy. Just like a quick fix diet, I learned nothing.
Fast-forward 10 years and I have learned to get the weight of debt off for good. Much like learning to lose weight the healthy way, that didn’t happen by just following some rules or a plan. I had to change my mindset, beliefs, and everything I was raised with about money!
I want people to know that they can have control of their financial lives and that even decades of poor thinking, frustrating habits, and difficult circumstances, can be changed. YOU CAN DO THIS.
These are my top 6 books for financial freedom, getting out of debt, and creating a positive money mindset. Below I will share with you WHY I like each one as well. I hope this list helps guide you on your journey!
1) Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want
2) The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
3) Think and Grow Rich: The Original, an Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation
4) The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles
5) You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth
6) The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness + Companion Workbook
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So WHY do I love each of these books?
They all have a very different purpose, and I think that is key. We don’t all have the same issues! Some of us my know WHAT to do, but can’t seem to stay motivated to do it. Other people may be super motivated, and ready to change, but just literally have no idea where to start. Hopefully my commentary will help you figure out which books will help you the most 🙂
1. Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want
When it comes to money, you are in a relationship with it. You may have a relationship with friends, family, yourself, even food. If you look at each major aspect of your life as a relationship, you may find yourself in an abusive one with money.
It is possible that you treat it poorly, speak of it negatively, fear it, or constantly push it away. Maybe you have a lot of ups and downs, you don’t feel you can count on it, or just wish it would be different.
This book has a great money relationship quiz and has some good exercises to help you fall in love with money, have a healthy relationship, and create a positive framework for your future with it. It’s all about shifting your mindset and learning new habits with this one.
2. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
Did you know that almost all millionaires buy used cars? Most of the wealthy people don’t live where you think, many of them live right next door and you’d never know it.
This book goes over the 7 common traits that show up consistently among the people who have accumulated wealth. Not the professional athletes or the Kardashians lol, but real people living real lives.
This is an eye opener for anyone who struggles to understand why they don’t have what others have, and for those who want to understand the REALITY of wealth as “regular people”. A great reminder that buying shit you don’t need, to impress people you don’t even like, is NOT how you get there.
3. Think and Grow Rich: The Original, an Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation
This is a classic. So old that it is often overlooked. The beauty of this is that there are guiding principles of having a healthy money mindset, that stand the test of time. Real world perspectives that have been passed through generations and still apply, even in a vastly different society.
The focus on reminding us that wealth comes in so many forms, and that it’s not about the money, but what it allows you to do, are huge for me. You are not meant just to pay bills and die. Living is so much more.
With the right financial outlook, you can bring yourself peace, connection and true wealth. It’s a classic that everyone should read!
4. The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles
So often people look at money as bad, or feel guilty for having (and wanting) it. This is a faith based book (read Jesus and God and all that) that digs into the true purpose of money and the distribution of it.
My favorite part of this book is it takes out the control, guilt, and negativity out of wealth and desire for income. It shifts the responsibility from you, to your higher power and the purpose behind bringing money to you.
So often we scoff at the well off for being greedy, put down the people who have what we think is excess, and act like having anything for ourselves makes us bad people. We don’t stop to consider the fact that we are not in control of it, and we are given what we are given for a reason, so we should accept it gratefully. Wonderful read to connect your finances to your faith.
5. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth
Mindset. Yep. More MINDSET. If you don’t believe you can increase your income, that your ideas can make money, that you deserve the raise, or that you could excel at any career you choose, how likely is it that you are going to get paid what you are worth? IMO … not very likely.
If you believe that making $100,000 year is WAY out of reach, it will be true. If you believe that making $100,000 year is about the best you can do, you’ll always make about that. If you believe it’s your absolute minimum, and you’re worth more, you’ll make more.
Why? Because you have to believe in your own ability to make money! I see so many women downplay their worth and it kills me. Maybe they have been out of the work force too long, or they never went to college, or they just don’t see how their contributions to the world matter. It’s important to truly KNOW that you are valuable and you ARE a badass at making money!
6. The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness + Companion Workbook
This is one of the most well known financial books there is. So why put it last? Because just like a strict diet, it only works if you have the right mindset. Teaching someone tactics, before theory and mentality, makes them less effective.
If you are really ready to attract wealth, not push your money away, see money as positive thing, and understand the values that are most important to you, then the Total Money Makeover is fantastic. I absolutely recommend the workbook as well! Really make a commitment not just to read the book, but to do the work.
If you are not ready for serious committed change, this book may leave you frustrated and wondering why you can’t stick to the plan. If you still see money as the root of all evil, or believe that it’s never possible to have enough, you will sabotage this work at ever turn.
This book, workbook, and the in person course, are all incredible. I just want you, and your partner / family, to be ready to go all in on it, with a healthy mindset!