Recommended Financial Planning Books


 

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff About Money

by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Replete with fascinating ideas and new concepts for everyone from businesspeople to those who manage the money in their households, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff About Money reveals how to live a life that’s more wealthy, productive, and carefree.

The Millionaire Next Door

by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. and William D. Danko, Ph.D.

Most of the truly wealthy in the United States don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue. They live next door.  In fact, the glamorous people many of us think of as “rich” are actually a tiny minority of America’s truly wealthy citizens—and behave quite differently than the majority.

Millionaire Women Next Door

by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D.

Millionaire Women Next Door presents a variety of groundbreaking concepts involving the personality, lifestyle, motives, beliefs, and spending habits of economically successful American businesswomen.

On the Brink

by Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

More than an account about numbers and credit risks gone bad, On The Brink is an extraordinary story about people and politics, all brought together during the world’s impending financial Armageddon.

The Starbucks Experience

by Joseph A. Michelli

Filled with real-life insider stories, eye-opening anecdotes, and solid step-by-step strategies, this fascinating book takes you deep inside one of the most talked-about companies in the world today.

Outliers

by Malcolm Gladwell

In this stunning book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

The Last Lecture

by Randy Pausch

A combination of humor, inspiration and intelligence, this book reminds us that leaving a legacy is about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment – it’s about living!

The Ultimate Gift

by Jim Stoval

What would you do to inherit a million dollars? Would you be willing to change your life? The journey may be a better gift than a million dollars.

Freakonomics

by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Levitt and Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of . . . well, everything.

 

ON A MORE PERSONAL NOTE…

Love in the Time of Cholera

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Many people know “Gabo” for his Nobel Prize winning novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, which was recommended to me by a dear friend and avid reader.  Although I enjoyed One Hundred Years of Solitude immensely (once I survived the first hundred pages), my favorite novel by Gabo is Love in the Time of Cholera.  It is a story about a young Florentino and Fermina who fall in love.  But, Fermina chooses to marry a wealthy man and Florentino, ever the romantic, reserves his heart for Fermina for over fifty years while engaging in some very peculiar behavior.  Her husband dies at last, and you need to read the book to find out the rest!  This book will bring tears to your eyes (it did with me), reminding all of us of the timelessness and endurance of love.

Another fun book by Gabo is Memories of My Melancholy Whores, a quick and easy read, also about passion and love, but in a most unconventional way.

Shawshank Redemption (movie)

based on the short story by Stephen King

Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies, as I fall in love with the characters and their stories over and over again.  So much to learn and all the time in the World for our friends Red and Andy to teach those lessons of friendship, hope, and redemption to us.  Many do not know that Shawshank is based on the short story by Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, from his 1982 collection Different Seasons, subtitled Hope Springs Eternal.

In this story, Andy is an unjustly imprisoned banker who seeks a strange and startling revenge after receiving a life sentence.  The book, like the movie, is a slow burn and builds up to a magnificent ending every time, and can be summed up in one of my all time favorite quotes: “Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”  Watching Andy methodically use the principles of geology, “time and pressure,” to accomplish his grand feat is a joyful relief for all those who believe in justice and dreams.  Andy admonishes us, “It always comes down to just two choices.  Get busy living or get busy dying.”  Need I say more?