What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

An enjoy­able read with some good life lessons regard­less of whether you’ve made it to a mil­lion yet or not. This book helps us approach our suc­cess with humil­i­ty as a way to express grat­i­tude for the part of our suc­cess that didn’t have any­thing to do with what we’ve actu­al­ly done.

Like this quote:

Personalizing suc­cess­es sets peo­ple up for dis­as­trous fail­ure. They begin to treat the suc­cess as a per­son­al reflec­tion rather than the result of cap­i­tal­iz­ing on a good oppor­tu­ni­ty, being at the right place at the right time or even being just plain lucky.

The high from “being right” the mar­ket and mak­ing all that mon­ey is unbe­liev­able. It can­not be dupli­cat­ed with drugs. You are total­ly invin­ci­ble. You are imper­vi­ous to all pain. There’s noth­ing bad in the world.

It reminds me of anoth­er of my favorite books (The Four Agreements) that reminds us not to take any of life per­son­al­ly because it’s not per­son­al.

The Elephant in the Room has a Paycheck cover

The Elephant in the Room has a Paycheck (New York City: Infinite Probabilities, 2016)

A fun and social­ly con­scious plan to get you start­ed invest­ing. Written by yours tru­ly! Yeah, this is my book.

During the edit­ing process, I read my book over and over. There were times when I was feel­ing down about the pub­lish­ing process — whether how long it was tak­ing, or how dif­fi­cult some of the stages were. I’d read my book and be inspired.

I believe I’ve told a unique sto­ry that will help peo­ple who are not friends with num­bers get start­ed invest­ing. Technology is mak­ing it eas­i­er than ever to get start­ed, but peo­ple still need a sto­ry to hook their inter­est. Here it is.

It’s a quick read, shouldn’t take more than a cou­ple or a few hours. But be pre­pared to re-read it, espe­cial­ly Part Four where I out­line spe­cif­ic action­able steps to get start­ed.

I’m also work­ing on a free email course to take that sec­tion even fur­ther for peo­ple who start invest­ing mod­est­ly with the pur­pose of learn­ing more about invest­ing. Subscribe if you’d like to be noti­fied when it’s avail­able.

30 Lessons for Living

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans (2012)

I love lis­ten­ing to old­er people’s per­spec­tive on life.

There’s a good quote from this book, it talks about how impor­tant it is to con­nect with oth­er peo­ple. I couldn’t agree more, as it’s some­thing I learned too late in life. In fact, help­ing my chil­dren be more con­nect­ed with oth­ers is one of my top par­ent­ing pri­or­i­ties.

Read this book when you have time to chew on it.

Raising Financially Fit Kids (2013)

As a par­ent of two small kids and some­one who’s always equat­ed mon­ey with free­dom, I want to make sure I teach my chil­dren sol­id mon­ey val­ues. Joline’s book is great for help­ing par­ents under­stand what chil­dren of a giv­en age can com­pre­hend about mon­ey and how to build a foun­da­tion for sol­id finan­cial val­ues.

I keep this book handy, and con­sult it reg­u­lar­ly. In fact, I even used it for inspi­ra­tion on my own book’s lay­out.

Have you read this book? If you have, let me know what you think in the com­ments.