Reading a patrician tier book is like injecting your mind with steroid. It’s more then printed words on a page – you’re reading the triumphs, sage wisdom and advice from the greatest people who lived, both past and present.
I read 30 books a year. The secret? Just read 25 minutes every morning.
Below is the best of the best recommendations.
Books on getting rich – how to be your own boss
For those aspired to become your own boss, this is for you. “How to get rich” by Felix Dennis is my #1 recommendation because he’s been there, done that. He tells you the truth without sugarcoating anything.
How to Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets by Felix Dennis.
This book is gangster – it’s the real deal. Felix Dennis (1947-2014) was worth around 500 million dollars – he had a publishing empire. This book was not ghost written. Felix Dennis wrote this book, I think, as a service to future entrepreneurs who want to get filthy rich.
He dispense sage advice, like “If it flies, floats or fornicates, always rent it – it’s cheaper on the long run”, “the follow-through…is a thousand times more important than a ‘great idea’…if execution is perfect, it sometimes barely matters what the idea is”, and “How do you judge your own aptitude? Trial and error is the only way I ever heard of”.
Felix is the real deal. Never read “get rich” books by people who advertise their consultant service or seminar. That’s right, they’re not rich in the first place.
The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco
This book is an introductory “get rich” entrepreneur book that debunks common misconception – like working 9 to 5 is a good idea. He laments that you’re reading 5 days of the week to trade 2 days for free. Or working 50 weeks to trade for 2 weeks of vacation.
This book is more about convincing working Joes to build their own business by creating their mindset. He also give tips on the mechanism of starting a business, if I remember correctly.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
For some people, Timothy Ferriss comes across as a snail oil sales man. None of the less, his book is inspirational and provides solid advice, like creating a location independent business and hiring virtual employees from India and Philipines.
I remember reading this book in 2007 and my mind was blown. “I want to create a location independent business too! And work 4 hours a week …”
Working 4 hours a week is possible for some people. But I think a hardcore work ethic is better – if you love what you do, you wouldn’t mind putting in 60+ hours a week.
Mind set – develop wisdom and properly conduct your life
Get the proper mindset to guide you through life. As a default, people are conditioned by society on how to think and behave. What if the social values are wrong? Read books from the wise, both past and present. Absorb what’s useful and disregard what isn’t.
Meditation by Marcus Aurelius
This book dispense sage advice, like “you have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”, “everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”, “begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.”
This book is a guide on conducting yourself through life. Think of this book as a anti-degenerate way to live.
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
The most manly as fuck book, written by a deadly samurai who sliced people in half for a living. This is the best selling business book in Japan because the principles in this book are timeless. I read this book over 12 times over the year and I still haven’t fully grasp everything.
Reading this book is like an injection of masculinity.
Here are some quotes from the book: “today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men,”Do nothing which is of no use,”generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death”
Check this book yourself – and see how far the rabbit hole goes …
The Three Pillars of Zen by Philp Kappleau Roshi
Apparently, you can intuitively answer these questions if you meditate long enough. Philp was the first American who brought Zen back to America.
People see Zen as an esoteric “religion” where people wear funny robes and do rituals. But Zen is more down to earth – it’s about living in the present moment. Instead of conceptualizing everything, we merely perceive the way things are without judgement, so we can live in harmony with everyone and everything.
A down to earth, yet fascinating read.
Biography of great people – you’re admiring, bro?
Read about great people – both present and past – to aspire you to the highest level. Know that it’s your destiny to become great. Read about their triumphs and set backs. One is thing for sure: winners never back down.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
Elon Musk is truly an ubermensch – he co-founded paypal, owns Tesla and is the founder of Space X. So basically this guy revolutionize the way we do banking on the internet, found an electric car company because there’s too much pollution on this planet and his ultimate goal is to populate Mars with people in case Earth gets fucked up.
Read his journey from his childhood days to finding his first company (Zip2) where he slept in the office and showered in the gym because he was poor to risking all his fortune to build rocket ships.
Also he has a hot wife who’s 20 years younger than him.
Truly an ubermensch. His name will go down on the history books.
My Fight, Your Fight by Ronda Rousey
The current undefeated woman’s UFC champion. What does it take to be a winner. While Ronda Rousey is a woman, she has the mind and body of a fearless warrior. Read her heart-felt journey to become the baddest, strongest female fighter in UFC’s history.
I enjoyed reading this book because it wasn’t ghost written. This book is raw and visceral as fuck – you can feel her rawness of emotions jumping off the page, as you dive deeper into the mind of a champion.
Ronda is hot and buff.
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
Genghis Khan – from a nobody nomad in the plains of Mongolia to a King who conquered most of Asia, Middle East and part of Europe. One of the most feared conquerer in history. He battled, pillaged and strategize his way through Eur-Asian.
Chinese emperors, middle eastern Kings and European rulers paid money to Genghis Khan, because he made them his servants.
Epic fictions …
I’m not a big fan of reading fiction – even ought I understand there is tremendous value. Stay away from pleb tier books and stick to the classics (1984, Atlas Shrugged, Animal Farm, Crime and Punishment etc)
Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era by Eiji Yoshikawa
Hailed as a “sword saint”, Musashi killed his first opponent in dual when he was 14. At aged 16, he went to war. At aged 28, he killed the most skilled sword man in Japan then he retired. Over his life time, he killed over 48 people in individual duals and fought 2 great wars.
This book is a 1000 pages long. It’s an epic read of the most manly samuari who ever lived. Apparently Miyamoto Musashi was a virgin because he was too busy slicing people up and relentlessly practiced his art. A highly recommended read.
More book recommendations to come …