10 Books That Changed My Life

Ten Books That Changed My Life: A Summary

Over the last three months, I have been reviewing the ten books that changed my life. Each one shook my world view, made me reconsider who I was and the actions I put forth, and left me facing a new direction than the one I faced before. Here are all ten in one place, with …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #10: Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin Changed my life in April 2006 Right after my financial meltdown (if you haven’t read about the road to my financial armageddon, you should – it’s pretty interesting), I realized that I didn’t know anything at all about personal finance, so I basically went to …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #9: Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done David Allen Changed my life in September 2005 During the early stages of my adult life, my time management was truly awful. I would waste time in complete idleness on a daily basis and spend other times simply struggling to know where to start with larger projects. I was fairly strong in …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #8: How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie Changed my life in May 2002 Even though I spent most of my life filled with anxiety in social situations, I took a position in mid-2002 that was, at least in part, a sales position. One large portion of my position was to sell people on …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #7: The Conscience of a Conservative

The Conscience of a Conservative Barry Goldwater Changed my life in October 2000 I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.- Barry Goldwater Don’t let your idea of what the word conservative means …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #6: Joy of Cooking

Joy of Cooking Irma Rombauer Changed my life in March 2000 Given my earlier advice that both How to Cook Everything and The New Best Recipe are more essential cookbooks than Joy of Cooking, some of you may be surprised to see this book pop up here. But it was a stained, beat-up copy of …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #5: Invisible Man

Invisible Man Ralph Ellison Changed my life in January 2000 Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you? When I was a little boy, laying flat on my back on the hallway outside of my bedroom as a child, reading obsessively, I dreamed of being a writer. I dreamed of writing …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #4: Titan

Titan Ron Chernow Changed my life in January 1997 During my first semester in college, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Even worse, I felt completely as if I didn’t belong there. I grew up rather poor, no one in my family had ever attended college beyond a …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #3: Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis Changed my life in October 1996 It’s probably safe to assume that some readers will simply shut the door on this blog right now because I dare to mention the “C” word, especially on a personal finance site. After all, given the political climate in America for the past twenty years, …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #2: Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Changed my life in October 1994 I spent my high school years reading approximately two books a day, many of them quite lengthy. I eschewed having a lot of friends then because, well, I simply had no interest at all in most of the high school social games. I generally kept …

Ten Books That Changed My Life #1: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Changed my life in October 1991 In January 1991, I started keeping a journal, one that I’ve kept persistently ever since. Each day, I would write down some of the big events that happened during the day, what the weather was like, and so forth. I also kept detailed notes on …