2017 is the year that I drafted out a path for the rest of my life. Books are my map to following that path.
Growing up, I had liked reading. I remember looking forward to assigned reading time during English classes.
It was great, I did not have to do any work and I got to lose myself in a book. It was always a win-win for me.
Unfortunately, reading seemed to become more like work as I grew older. It was another task that I was graded on in school. It took the fun out of reading.
Thankfully, I have found my way back to reading as of this year. I decided to take the advice from Tai Lopez and read to expand my knowledge.
This has led me to make a goal of reading a book a week which I have failed miserably at. That’s ok though because I’m in a much better spot now than what I was a year ago. I didn’t read at all a year ago, unless it was for class.
I may have failed at my goal, but I have still read a number of great books. I have also established a reading list that I look forward to working on for next year. These are all steps in the right direction I think.
Out of all the books I’ve read this year though, my favorite would have to be “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. It’s such an un-original answer unfortunately since most investors attribute this to being the book that makes things click for them.
In Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Kiyosaki continually compares his actual father to his friend’s father. Obviously, one of them is rich and the other is “poor”. Living pay check to paycheck might be a better way to describe the poor dad.
In the book, Kiyosaki makes powerful concepts and makes them easy to understand. For instance, he talks about what a liability is vs. an asset. He describes a liability as something that loses you money and vice versa for an asset. He goes on to give different examples of each.
This was one of the parts of his book that I enjoyed a lot. Once you understand how to label things as an asset and a liability, then creating and keeping wealth become much simpler. Just shy away from buying liabilities as best you can while investing your money into assets.
It’s a simple idea that can make a major difference in someone’s life. This book is filled with great tips like these to help you build wealth and keep it.
If you’re at all interested in creating a more sound financial future for yourself I would highly recommend this book. Don’t be afraid of the financial aspect being difficult to understand. I don’t remember there being any formulas or too many number in the book. It reads more like a story while dropping lessons to us readers. It really is a great style to help individuals that don’t have an interest in numbers learn how to become successful financially.
This is a 10/10 book in my opinion, and I can’t wait to buy my own copy so that I can consult it as I please.
If you’re at all interested in finances, planning for the future, or life lessons, then read the book. Don’t think about it, just read it. It just may be the book to change your life.