1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
A masterpiece that shouldn’t be missed. This book reveals 13 principles that can help you turn things around and attain success, based on the journalist’s interview with 500 rags to riches tycoons like Henry Ford, John Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie. Published in 1937, this remains to be one of the best-selling books in history, has sold more than 7 million copies, and has been read by leadership gurus like John Maxwell and Og Mandino.
“Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it.”
2. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From Wall Street by John Brooks
A fascinating read for the business-minded and big dreamers. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates’ favourite business book, also dubbed as “the billionaire’s bible”. Brooks examines the causes of business failures, giving you insight into the flaw of our human nature and how you might be setting ourselves up for financial disappointment.
“In industry, you take a bump now and then, but you bounce back as long as you don’t get defeated inside.”
3. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
A great read for those bored and totally uninspired with non-fiction. This classic in financial literature imparts wealth-building habits through parables set in ancient Babylon, which also makes it a good read for teens and young adults.
“Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared.”
4. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko
An encouraging read for every spender struggling to face their demon. Stanley and Danko’s 20-year academic research surprisingly finds out that America’s elite club do not live in Beverly Hills – they live next door! The authors call these millionaires as PAWs (prodigious accumulators of wealth), who have learned to earn huge and make their money last longer.
“Great offense and poor defense translate into under-accumulation of wealth.”
5. The Behaviour Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards
A book for professional investors and anyone into DIY investing. Richards helps you uncover psychological traps in financial planning. He shows you, through text and illustrations, that success with investments and the stock market is about using common sense and reigning in our emotions.
“We’ve all made mistakes, but now it’s time to give yourself permission to review those mistakes, identify your personal behavior gaps, and make a plan to avoid them in the future. The goal isn’t to make the ‘perfect’ decision about money every time, but to do the best we can and move forward. Most of the time, that’s enough.”
6. The Truth About Money by Ric Edelman
A reference for anyone overwhelmed with financial advice. Edelman, acknowledged as one of the leading financial advisors worldwide, lays out everything you need to know about investment to retirement, getting out of debt, portfolio allocation, and so forth. Its readers describe this as an encyclopedia and manual on personal finance.
“Hope is not a financial plan.”
7. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
A perfect practical handbook for beginners. Sethi provides an easy to follow financial plan, to be implemented over six weeks. Each chapter is devoted to a weekly task, with an explanation on why these steps make perfect sense.
“The easiest way to manage your money is to take it one step at a time – and not worry about being perfect.”
8. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
A realistic strategy for those struggling to break free from debts and loan cycles. Ramsey guides you through 7, actionable steps to keep your financial house back in order.
“For your own good, for the good of your family and your future, grow a backbone. When something is wrong, stand up and say it is wrong, and don’t back down.”
9. You’re So Money: Live Rich, Even When You Are Not by Farnoosh Torabi
A witty, sensible read for the twenty-something who is aiming to be with financially independent. Torabi, a millennial herself, provides sensible advice on how you can live within means but still enjoy lattes and late night outs with friends.
“Want a Mercedes more than anything in the world? You can make it happen …but probably not while sharing a summer beach house with your friends.”
10. Smart Couples Finish Rich by David Bach
A “do-it-together, win-together” book. This encourages partners to start a meaningful conversation about planning their money. Bach provides simple tools and exercises to identify your values and dreams, and how to translate these into a financial strategy.
“When you work together on your finances, you can compound the results. When you don’t, the same can be said for the mistakes you will invariably make.”