Books I wish I had read in my twenties...

Books I wish I had read in my twenties…

This is a collection of books I wish I had discovered sooner.

A quote I live by:

“The only two things that determine what you know now and what you will know in three year’s time is a function of the books you read and the people you meet”

I focus on reading great books and meeting great people. Some books have helped do both.

We all suffer from self-limiting beliefs, no matter who we are and what we have done. We all walk around with doubts and demons in our heads. Getting over those demons can free us to fulfil our real potential.

On Wall Street, 90% of it is a head game, if you don’t have your head right you will lose the sale, lose money and miss the trades.


The Big Picture

The Lessons of History – This is a simple and short book, but it provides timeless perspective on the lessons history can teach us.

Awaken the Giant Within – Everyone has heard of Tony Robbins. This book will help you destroy your demons and reach your potential.

The 4-Hour Workweek – almost a seminal text for the younger generation. Should be required reading in college. Tim’s mission is to learn faster, help others, free people from mundane jobs behind desks.


Social Skills

One of my Wall St bosses told me when I was 25 – “When you start off you get paid to learn, when you are in your late twenties you get paid for what you know, and in your thirties and beyond you get paid for who you know”. A lot of people miss this part of their life. DON’T.

Never Eat Alone – a masterpiece for an introvert like me. Made me realize how important friends and a network are. Literally a top 5 book for me.

The Start-up of You – like Never Eat Alone, but different. More big picture, and has Reid’s perspective, who is probably the best connected man in Silicon Valley.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – one of most important books in social psychology. Required reading for every sales person, investor, and any one who ever needs to convince another human being to do something. Lots of big ideas that are useful in all walks of life.


Investing Skills

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars – the market is a game. Do not get married to positions and definitely don’t invest your ego into them. How your investments do is not a measure of who you are as a person. Required reading to succeed in rough markets.

For a more detailed list on investing, check this out.


Read these seven books and you will go far.
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