Book Recommendations

My 3 Favorite Financial Books

I loved picking up a penny from a parking lot yesterday.  It gave me a feeling of abundance and appreciation.  Money/abundance is everywhere.  Do you pass it by?  It’s just a penny.  Or do you see it as a sign, as confirmation?

You can let it make you smile, stop, pick it up, even though the 98 degree summer sun has baked it and it burns you fingers, reminding you that sensation too can be an additional confirmation.  It was pleasurable.  Money constantly flows to you.  Pick it up, enjoy the sensations, add it to you growing pile.  Enjoy knowing it’s there, and spend it freely when opportunities like a great vacation, a cute bikini,  or yummy candles that “aren’t on sale” arise.

This has been my attitude toward finances this year.  And guess what?  I’ve made more money this year than ever before.  Not only that, I’ve had more surprise money dumped in my lap from nowhere than ever before.  It would appear there’s something to this abundance mindset thing.  Here are 3 of the books that have inspired my mindset shift.

 Rich Dad, Poor Dad   by Robert Kiyosaki  –This is the book that really got me interested in wealth.  Before I read this book, money was just something I let other people take care of for me.  First my parents, then my husband.  It bored me.  Raised in middle class family, surrounded by middle class friends, I didn’t know anything about money other than to go to college, get a good job, keep good credit, budget, and save your money.

I remember people trying to tell me about compound interest, real estate, and letting your money work for you, but it all just sounded like some up tight money-obsessed people trying to take my fun away.

And I’d never been in need, so I was never motivated to learn about money.  It was something that had just always been there.  When I got divorced, I decided I better learn to manage my money, save for the future, all that boring stuff.  This book was not at all what I expected.  It blew my mind wide open.  Instead of writing about budgeting and lack and saving for some dreaded fearful future, Kiyosaki explained how his “rich dad” taught him about  a wealth mindset.

Apparently you can use money like employees to make money for you!   Like, you don’t have to work a certain amount of hours to equal a certain amount of money.  You can make your money multiply itself exponentially, every month, forever.  5 years later, this information is still blowing my mind while I write this.  I have gifted this book to my kids and my nephew so they can start their financial empire now, before they get stuck in the middle class mindsets and habits that most people I have known are stuck in.

You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero –  Reading this book feels like a friend because she likes cracking herself up with bad words just like my friends and I do.  I think language is funny.  Reading about money sprinkled with F-bombs makes it a lot more entertaining.  Her message is also about changing your mindset.  She encourages switching from a mindset of fear, lack, and/or scarcity to a mindset of abundance.  It’s very “law of attraction”y.

I like the idea that something as simple as changing the way you think about money helps you make more of it.  Some people don’t like that approach.  All I know is that I’ve been trying it myself as an experiment, and the results speak for themselves.

Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control your Destiny by Suze Orman I felt like I should read something more conservative and “realistic” to balance out the mindset shift stuff I started with, so I read  Dave Ramsey and a few other similar books.  They were so fear-based and deprivation-heavy that it just didn’t resonate with me or my life experience or my personality.  They did all have chapters about gratitude and giving where they explained the abundance mindset idea.  You have to give to make room to receive.  So reading these books confirmed my confidence in the mindset approach.

Suze Orman also talked about fixing your mindset toward money.   I like her approach more than the other fear-based authors because at least she feels empowering.  So I use the advice in this book to balance me out when I feel like I should do something “more practical”.

I hope you find one of these helpful as well.  Thank you for sharing an adventure with me, and happy reading!

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