Top 25 Transformational Book List

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Just like cross training for sports, I believe Real estate investing requires more than just real estate knowledge. To do this big, it must be treated as a business, and you must act as a CEO. For most of us, that means learning an enormous amount of new material like management, budgeting, accounting and taxes, sales, communication, planning, partnerships, corporate structuring, fund management, capital raising, and much much more. So, after 10 years of entrepreneurship, I attribute the vast majority of all success to reading.

Admittedly, reading was never a big part of my life growing up. Falling flat on my face when moving to San Diego was the catalyst for my newly found love for books. Starting with books like "The Business of Belief" by Tom Asacker and "Money: Master the Game" by Tony Robbins, the snowball effect quickly took over, turning into well over 100 books/audiobooks and thousands of podcasts. "Failing" has always taught the best lessons, so why not learn from others and fail just a little bit less? Fail fast, learn fast, improve fast, and it's amazing where you'll end up.

Read my full list here. 

Preview of the list (no order)...

  1. So good they can’t ignore you - Cal Newport
  2. Outliers - Malcom Gladwell
  3. Solve for Happy - Mo Gawdat
  4. The EMyth - Michael E Gerber
  5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Patrick Lencioni
  6. Principles - Ray Dalio
  7. Crucial Conversations - Kerry Patterson
  8. The Four Hour Workweek - Tim Ferris
  9. The Dichotomy of Leadership - Jocko Willink
  10. How to win friends and influence people - Dale Carnegie

These are all awesome!!  Check these out:  1. Range by David Epstein, 2. Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond (not a business book but the scope of the book changed the way I looked at the world and improved by ability to process information), 3. Business Model Generation, by Alexander Osterwalder (currently reading this), 4. No B.S. Direct Marketing, by Dan Kennedy.  

Lencioni is fantastic.  Dalio is brilliant.  Tim Ferris's podcast is AMAZING.  The Carnegie book is such a classic!!!  Thanks for posting this, there are couple of here that I will check out... Reading is such an important part of my life as a business person.  Each time I have faced challenges in my professional life, I have been lucky enough to find a book that helped me think and feel differently; I have felt stuck many times and then read about things others have done and been unstuck immediately.  

People discount the value of perpetual education because they are unaware of the importance of emotional balance in business.  Books help me see beyond my day to day and as a result have helped me create a better version of my day to day.  

Happy 4th dude & thanks again for posting this!!! 

@Moises R Cosme oh man couldn’t agree more!! So happy you have had such similar experiences with reading your way out of life problems. No BS Marketing is great, I don’t think it made my 25 list, but that doesn’t mean anything - So many good books and so many times where some are better fits than others. In other words, I’ll always be updating my top 25 list! Haha

If you are down for a fun read.. Check out Scott Patterson's Dark Pools - I've read that book a few times & each time I fly right through it because its so entertaining (it also motivated to design software for one of our businesses).  Happy 4th dude!!!