Updated on 07.10.09

The Simple Dollar Podcast #8: My Top Personal Finance and Personal Development Book Picks

Trent Hamm

The eighth episode focuses on the ten personal finance and personal development books that made a difference during my personal, financial, and professional turnaround. Hopefully, some of these can help you in your own life. Total length: 20:24.

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Episode Notes
Here are some additional notes that go alongside the comments in the podcast. Approximate times for the corresponding links and notes are listed.

0:00 – The theme song is a snippet of a Camper van Beethoven concert on October 25, 1986, shared via their very open taping policy. Listen to the concert in its entirety.
0:30 – This pretty efficiently summarizes what, why, and how I read.
1:37 – Here’s my extremely detailed review of book #1.
2:31 – Some tips on finding your core values.
2:50 – Here’s my review of book #2.
3:31 – Some notes on this kind of intensity.
4:08 – Here’s my review of book #3.
4:31 – Seven big additional tactics along these same lines.
6:11 – Here’s my review of book #4.
8:38 – Here’s my review of book #5.
10:11 – Here’s my review of book #6.
12:08 – Here’s my review of book #7.
12:11 – I absolutely loved the opportunity I had to sit down and talk with Amy.
12:50 – One example – I found the flexible casserole recipe surprisingly useful.
13:39 – Here’s my review of book #8.
14:46 – Here’s my review of book #9.
17:15 – Here’s my review of book #10.
17:55 – Deliberate practice is key.
19:40 – Here’s that radio show, if you didn’t hear it.

One thing I’d like to do in a future episode is have an audio reader’s mailbag. If you have a microphone on your computer and can record an MP3 of a simple, short question you might have on personal finance, careers, pop culture, or anything else you’d like me to answer, record it as an MP3 and send it to me. Keep the total recording under 15 seconds, please. Also, if you use Skype, feel free to ask your question that way – my username is trenttsd.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

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  1. I am totally in agreement with you. Reading a good book enable you to think at what the author is getting across to you and so it will more imprint on your memories. Especially in the world of personal finance you want to read both books and articles.

  2. Victoria Vargas says:


    This was a great podcast. I’m an unapologetic bookaholic (the library and paperbackswap are my best friends!) and, based on an earlier article you wrote about five books that heavily influenced you, picked up several of those and have to say that several of them were just as powerful to me as they seemed to have been for you. This new podcast gives me a few more to consider. Thanks for that! I was wondering, given you appreciation of Dave Allen’s Getting Things Done, have you read his latest, Making it All Work?

    Keep those book reviews coming – they’re very helpful!


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