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20 Books That Will Change Your Life in 2017 [Video]

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Have you ever read a book that changed your life?

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I’ve read tons. 

As Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

So, if you want to change your life in 2017, the answer is simple: Connect with more people and READ more!

To help you with the reading, I made a quick video that shares some of the books that have had the biggest impact on my life.

20 Books That Will Change Your Life

On Monday afternoon, I hosted a Facebook Live video for the BiggerPockets Facebook Page.

It was titled “20 Books That Will Change Your Life in 2017,” and I thought I would also post the video here for all of you guys to watch.

(But if you didn’t see it, it means you probably don’t “like” the BiggerPockets Facebook page, which is a travesty you should rectify right now.)

So, here’s the video. Enjoy!

Facebook Version (It’s backwards…because I used the front-facing camera on my phone!)

YouTube Version (NOT Backwards…so you can read the book titles!)

The Books

OK for those of you who didn’t want to wait around and watch the whole video (or couldn’t read the titles because they were backwards!), here you go!

  1. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss
  2. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
  3. The Unofficial Guide to Real Estate Investing by Spencer Strauss & Martin Stone
  4. The Book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner
  5. The Book on Managing Rental Properties by Brandon & Heather Turner
  6. The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down by Brandon Turner
  7. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracey
  8. The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield
  9. The Book on Tax Strategies for the Savvy Real Estate Investor by Amanda Han
  10. The Book on Flipping Houses by J Scott
  11. The Book on Estimating Rehab Costs by J Scott
  12. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
  13. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  14. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
  15. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki
  16. Lifeonaire by Steve Cook & Shaun McCloskey
  17. The ABCs of Real Estate Investing: The Secrets of Finding Hidden Profits Most Investors Miss by Ken McElroy
  18. Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert Kiyosaki
  19. The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings by Steve Berges
  20. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

Hope you all enjoyed the video!

And be sure to sign up for this week’s BiggerPockets Webinar! We’ll be talking about “How to Make 2017 Your Best Real Estate Investing Year Ever!

It’s going to be EPIC.

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast. He is a nationally recognized leader in the real estate education space and has tau...
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    Darren Sager Investor from Summit, NJ
    Replied over 3 years ago
    I was thinking about Tools of Titans. I guess Brandon since you recommend it I’ll add it to my shopping list!
    Brandon Turner Investor from Maui, HI
    Replied over 3 years ago
    do it! 🙂 I’m really enjoying it!
    Nathan G. Real Estate Broker from Cody, WY
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Brandon, thanks for sharing your list. There are a couple in there I wasn’t aware of.
    Brandon Turner Investor from Maui, HI
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thanks Nathan! Happy Reading!
    Ayana J. Rental Property Investor from Westchester, NY
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Good book list. Perfect timing. Time to add some new reads for the new year.
    Brandon Turner Investor from Maui, HI
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Enjoy! Thanks for the comment!
    Brandon Simms from Florissant, Missouri
    Replied over 3 years ago
    hey brandon i was messaging you i was wondering if you could assist me in getting some real estate investor coaching tips im fairly new & i have no experience at all i just need a little one on one too get me started in the right track i would appreciate if you could help me out
    Jessie Niu from Columbus, Ohio
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Where is Grant Cardone’s 10x?
    Ed O
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Couldn’t agree more! My book of the year in 2016!!!
    Janne Zaccagnino Investor from Arlington, Tennessee
    Replied over 3 years ago
    I’ve read about 1/2 the books on your list, great list. I just wanted to express my gratitude for the BP podcast #157 (Hal Elrod and “The Miracle Morning”). Though this book was #20 on your list, I’m assuming you left the best for last!! I accidentally listened to that podcast on my way to work last January 21st (or there about). I was instantly hooked and that book has revamped my entire outlook on life. Just wanted to say thanks for that and if you haven’t read that book, DO!!!!!
    Gwen Fyfe Rental Property Investor from Cleveland, OH
    Replied over 3 years ago
    I just don’t get why Rich Dad Poor Dad gets such love on Bigger Pockets. It seems like every guest on the podcast mentions it, and here Kiyosaki is on this list again. The guy is so guru-tastic, so judgmental of people who work for a living, and has so many pieces of controversial advice, like the tax advice that has gotten him in deep crud when he practiced it himself. Some of the basic things he says are good common sense, but there are other authors that say the same things without being jerks.
    Account Closed Professional from Dallas, TX
    Replied over 3 years ago
    AAAAND therein lies your first issue. you’re too worried about the delivery than the actual content. I don’t think he comes across as rude, he wants the reader to think “outside of the box” from what we’ve been indoctrined with as a “career”. Good luck on your financial independence journey.
    Levi K. from San Diego, CA
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thank you Master Brandon. I have some catching up to do. I am just finishing a book called “Money master the game” by Tony Robbins. Also, would like to add to the list great book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hills.
    Michael Swan Rental Property Investor from San Diego, CA
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Multifamily Millions, David Lindahl was a big game changer for me!! I went from 10 single family to 78 front doors in a matter of 2 years from November of 2014 until today all due to that book and Loopholes of Real Estate by Garrett Sutton (Rich Dad Advisor). Both books were and continue to be integral to my success. 100 front doors and beyond for me. I have Berges Book and McElroy’s book to. However, I keep going back to David Lindahl’s Multifamily Millions book time and time again. When I combined Sutton’s and Lindahl’s info in their books, along with attending a $500.00 two day seminar in Houston, at Lifestyles Unlimited and the owner Del Walmsley was with us for 16 hours for two days, I was ready and armed for action and I started 1031 exchanging all my pricey San Diego Real Estate. I traded 10 pricey San Diego condos for Apartment complexes in Ohio. I now have an 8 unit, 10 unit, 11 unit , 15 unit a 21 unit and 8 single family in Ohio and one Rental Condo left in San Diego, plus my two personal residences. Swanny
    Jerry W. Investor from Thermopolis, Wyoming
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Brandon, Thanks for the list of books. I have now read over 80% of them and am closing in on the rest. Here are my thoughts. Most were excellent. I was a bit disappointed i the Tools Of Titans, Tim Ferris has done some amazing things, initially I tried to stretch my mind to some of the concepts that he put out through some of the folks he interviewed, but the talking to God while using drugs, taking LSD etc pretty quickly reduced his credibility to about zero with me. While he did not come with these theories on his own, when he starts putting them in his book it reduced his overall credibility. You might want to add a Tony Robbins book in there somewhere. He does some amazing stuff without advocating taking LSD. His thoughts on overall investing and lifestyle are impressive. Of all the strange things, I have ordered extra copies of The Richest Man in Babylon and loan them out to my friends and relatives, but I never get them back. I am not sure why not. I need to follow up on that. I am amazed at how much it impacts some folks who read it for the first time. Anyway thanks for the list. there are so many good books out there that you can never list them all, but this was a nice list.