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My Go-to Books
Podcasts are fun, blogs are great places to discover new ideas, but books are central to my learning process. In order for me to upload information and use it, I need a hard copy that I can grab, flip, and write on. I do not have many books, but these are my foundation books that I will be using to carve a path to FI.
THIS… BOOK… ROCKS. I’m going to keep it #100 for y’all. I could not put this book down. This book blew my mind regarding the habits, looks, demeanour, and character of the wealthy (in this case, those with a net worth of $1 million). It is not what you think it is – not even close. When I read this, something clicked in a way that I haven’t experienced with any other finance book. Wealth is possible for the majority of us, if we only focus on creating wealth instead of consuming.
A great intro to the idea of financial independence and creating wealth. An easy-to-read book focused on following some key simple rules to live by and sound simple investing that will give you the confidence to get off the sidelines and take control of your investments. I wish they taught some of this stuff in school back in my day.
JL Collins is a well-established blogger in the FI community. He wrote his book, Simple Path to Wealth, as a series of letters to his daughter to help her understand how and why to invest in the market. As far as I’m concerned, he has reached Godfather status in the world of FI and set the tone for many to keep calm and carry on investing. He provides an easy-to-understand view of the stock market, shows the benefits of investing in low-cost index funds, and explains why over the long-term it is better to simply be in the market than to try to beat the market.
Bloggers are the thought leaders in the FI movement. It is because of these wonderful people that I feel confident that I can both find FI and blog about it. They aren’t the only game out there, but their material is accessible and well written. Bloggers take away the intimidation around personal finance. I love to geek out and follow these bloggers, because they add real value in my path to FI.
- Mr. Money Mustache
- Afford Anything
- JL Collins
- Million Dollar Journey
- Canadian Couch Potato
- Financial Samurai
I am a podcast fanatic. It is my favourite iteration of the internet and my main way to learn. I listen to podcasts during gaps in time like my commute to work, while doing dishes, grocery shopping, or running errands. Below are the podcasts that I have on heavy rotation.