Poor people have big televisions, rich people have big libraries.
This sentence actually already shows the most important difference between poor and rich people. While poor people want to be entertained, successful people are always eager to develop themselves.
Even as a child, I devoured books. While back then it was “The Three ???” and Karl May, today it is mainly informative non-fiction and inspiring biographies that I read.
So that you too can build up a huge wealth of knowledge, first throw away your TV – and then devour as many books as possible. I have put together a small selection for you, which you can use as a guide!
“The Winners Laws” by Bodo Schäfer
I recommend this book to you especially as an audio book. You can listen to it like a mantra over and over again to internalize how a stable, successful winner thinks and acts. Especially if you start with personality development now, you will quickly realize how fundamentally different the unsuccessful and the winners are.
“Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
The absolute basic work on the subject of financial intelligence. Robert Kiyosaki, like many of us, came from a classical academic/university background. He had two teachers: his academic, birth father, who had no idea about money, and his school friend’s rich, successful father, who taught him all the secrets of getting rich and staying rich.
“Richer than the Geissens” by Alex Fischer
This book was one of the first books I read when I started my own business. I always highly recommend it if you want to educate yourself in a comprehensive and structured way on all areas of personal development.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger – The Biography” by Marc Hujer
No, it is not his autobiography, but the biography about him; written by Marc Hujer. I recommend this book to you, not only because Arnie’s life as a bodybuilder, action star and governor is so exciting, but also because this work is very well and reflectively written. An absolute must read for Arnie fans!
“Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi
If you want to take your networking to another level, you can’t go past this book! My large network and successful networking is practically based on this doozy. The number one networking book for me!
“How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
If you want to know how to truly treat other people with respect and make them feel good about being around you, there is no way around this standard work.
If everyone would internalize this book, there would be only harmony in the world!
“The 4-Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss
Especially if you have already built up something and now want to automate your business, I recommend this exciting book. Tim Ferriss shows you how to use outsourcing and other hacks to save valuable time and use it for the important things in life. The standard work of the digital nomads!
“The Power of Capitalism: A Journey Through Recent History Across Five Continents” by Dr.Dr. Rainer Zitelmann
As a liberal, it is always a feast for me to see how the supposedly so evil capitalism in the end ensures that ALL achieve a higher standard of living. Don’t you think so? Then don’t waste time and buy this book!
“Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith
Still not convinced? Adam Smith’s classic teaches all the basics it takes to understand how economics works. Should be a standard work in school, in my opinion, to put an end to the appallingly inadequate economic education in this country!
“Startup-DNA” by Frank Thelen
Frank Thelen not only impresses with his successful life story, which encourages every founder, but also introduces the exciting future. A very inspiring book!
However, according to my information, it is only published in German. Maybe that’s a reason for you, if you don’t know German, to learn it now. 😉
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“Awaken the Giant Within” by Tony Robbins
The chief mufti of personality development has written an absolute standard work. He shows you unusual ways that have probably never occurred to you before. Very comprehensive and inspiring!
“Zero to one” by Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel thinks completely differently than 99.99% of people. That’s why he is one of the greatest visionaries of our time. If you really want to tread different paths of thought, then go!
“The Invention of Nature: How Alexander von Humboldt Revolutionized Our World” by Andrea Wulff
Another great role model is the explorer Alexander von Humboldt, who laid the foundations of modern science in the 19th century and undertook numerous daring voyages of discovery. Especially if you are interested in history and explorers, this book is great for you!
“The Game” by Neil Strauss
Flirting properly has to be learned. An unfortunately more and more rare art. Neil Strauss describes how he went from being an absolute loser to one of the greatest seducers of our time. If you have not yet found your dream partner, then this is a clear reading recommendation!
“Cashkurs” by Dirk Müller
There were times when I had absolutely no idea about finances and investment opportunities. To get an overview of the possibilities in this topic, this is a good beginner’s book.
Unfortunately, this book has also only been published in German so far.
“The Road To Financial Freedom” by Bodo Schäfer
How to program your mindset and walk the successful path to a million, that’s what Europe’s Moneycoach No.1 Bodo Schäfer tells you. With over 15 million copies sold to my knowledge, it is virtually the bible for getting rich.
“Ecommerce Evolved” by Tanner Larsson
You want to build an online store and don’t know how? Tanner Larsson tells you how! In simple steps he helps you to understand and apply the business.
“Around the World on 50 Bucks” by Christopher Schacht
In this entertaining travelogue, the author uses many anecdotes and experiences to show you how to come to a solution in any situation. And just get going to discover the world. Definitely an inspiring read for your next trip around the world!
“How to Stop Worrying and Start” Living by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie, the old master of advice literature has also taken on those who often worry too much. How you can get rid of your worries or at least minimize them, you will learn in this book!
“The Art of Thinking Clearly” by Rolf Dobelli
We make thinking mistakes all day long. Most of it happens subconsciously. Nevertheless, we can arm ourselves if we make ourselves aware of the mistakes we regularly make. To help you avoid these thinking mistakes, I recommend this entertaining book.
“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo has earned a reputation as THE cleaning pope par excellence. She shows how to get a much more organized room and life, especially by permanently clearing out unnecessary things. Since I only own the most necessary things, I have much less problems with tidying up. If you hate tidying too and want to finally get tidy, there’s no way around it here!
“The Everything Store” by Brad Stone
This is the biography about the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos. Reading this book reveals the unwavering faith you must have to achieve greatness. Want to create an empire? Then this book will inspire you!
“The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason
In vivid stories set in ancient Babylon, the author pictorially shows what the path to fortune looks like. A true classic of wealth literature.
Reads very quickly and easily. That means you can start implementing it right away.
“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
Probably the most famous book of the success literature must not be missing in this list. Napoleon Hill interviewed the most successful people of his time on behalf of the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. The quintessence of his observations is presented in this book. Go ahead, grab it!
“Yes To Life” by Viktor E. Frankl
The topic of resilience is important to surviving in the harsh world. Viktor Frankl was exposed to the most extreme harsh world ever: Auschwitz. He gives a vivid account of how he managed to survive and get through this time. How he managed to do so, especially mentally.
A very moving book, which should not be missing in your library!
“Lebensweisheiten eines Jugendlichen” by Jon Keno
Last but not least, I recommend the book of a very good friend of mine. Already at the age of 15 he started to ask himself different exciting questions about life. He wrote down his findings in a diary and published it when he was 18. My secret tip for you!
Like one or the other in this list, this one is also published only in German.
And which books can you warmly recommend yourself?
I hope you enjoy reading them!
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