8 Must Read Personal Finance Books for 2017

8 must read personal finance books 2017

Budgeting and managing money may seem easy, but if it were, most millennials wouldn’t be drowning in debt. Here I will list the top 8 must-read personal finance books for a better 2017. Millennials – these books will help you get your personal finances in tip-top shape:

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

In Think and Grow Rich the author provides thirteen principles through which you can become as rich as you desire. Written in the 1930’s, this book’s principles are based on the minds of people like Andrew Carnegie, which Napoleon Hill knew personally, and Henry Ford whom Hill studied intensely. Hill takes the methods from people like Carnegie and dissects them into processes the common man can follow to achieve high economic status.

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2. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

MJ Demarco takes a unique approach in teaching you how to acquire wealth. He raves, there are three options when it comes to wealth, the fastlane, the slowlane, and the sidewalk. If you want to acquire real wealth read this and discover how to shift from the sidewalk to the fastlane.


3. Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

As the title suggests Eker breaks down the mind of millionaire and compares it to that of a poor man. In doing this the reader is able to find a clear distinction between the poor man and the rich man. Thus showing wealth starts with a mindset and can be achieved no other way.

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4. The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley

The basis of The Millionaire Mind is to provide an overview of the average millionaire, notthe fortune 500 millionaires, but the ones that made their money through a very attainable means. The author takes the approach of supplying the reader with statistics about the average millionaire, which makes the reader feel like becoming a millionaire is no longer a wild dream but an attainable goal.

5. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret is a book based on the law of attraction. A universal law that when learned how to harness, anyone is able to attract the amount of money they desire. Byrne gives multiple testimonials of people applying the law of attraction and getting exactly what they imagined many years prior.

6. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

One of the greatest books in it’s category. If financial literacy is what you seek then look no further. Ramsey takes a very educated approach to teaching his readers how to properly handle their money. He does this by using factual evidence and saying things like, “A new 28,000 car will lose about 17,000 of value in the first four years you own it. To get the same result, you could toss a 100 bill out the window once a week during your commute.” The author provides practical, baby steps that if taken, will help you learn how to properly handle money.

7. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley

Yet another book that teaches people the proper steps and attitude to attain wealth. One of the main points made by Stanley is that it’s not how much you make that makes you wealthy it’s what you spend. He gives practical steps for the reader to follow in order to help you out of a debt creating lifestyle.

8. The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason

One of the most commonly known books for money management. Jim Rohn, a very successful motivational speaker, attributes a great amount of his success to this book alone. This book provides multiple money management principles to live by through the telling of a parable. These principles include save, invest, do work you love and become excellent, watch out for self serving brokers, andeducation never stops. Through these principles you can set the foundation for a wildly successful life.

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  1. I just want to add my own recommendation, what I’d consider a #1 personal finance and debt-eliminating title:


    I just “shouted” the name of the title because I really, truly highly recommend it. The steps are invaluable, and there’s also a bit of spiritual and 12-step content, with the goal of changing your thinking/attitude, and uplifting your lifestyle while getting out of debt.

  2. The Richest Man in Babylon, I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! BUT, I do recommend not reading it, but listening to it. I got it from our library and put it on my iPhone. It is the single greatest most interesting and most entertaining book I have ever listen to on CD. Mix Shakespeare with money principals and you got yourself a great read/listen.

    I agree that it is more for beginners, but it has some great principals.

    Thanks Brian

    • Audio books are increasingly popular. But with finance books, I wonder if the experience of listening to a finance book over reading it, could we label one “better”?

      I agree with you that it has some pretty solid principals. I would say I’m savvy with money and formulating budgets, but I know that the lessons I learned in that book has taken my finances to another level.


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