If you ever listen to the Eventual Millionaire podcast or read interviews from millionaires, the most common piece of advice you’ll hear them talk about, is how many non-fiction books they read each year (and how little TV they watch).
Depending on their business niche or what they’re passionate about, those are the kind of books millionaires read. And for me it’s a no brainer to start following their advice.
So, I made a New Year’s Resolution to read at least 12 books in 2012 and once I started, it was hard to stop! Here’s my top 10 must-read career books (and ebooks) for dreamers, freelancers and entrepreneurs. These are all books I’ve read or am currently reading and they’ve helped inspire me and my business ventures.
1. Dream Save Do: Stop Dreaming and Start Living by Betsy & Warren Talbot
The reason this ebook is #1 on my list is because it contains practical advice for actually turning your dream a reality.
This husband and wife team provide step-by-step instructions for not only defining your dream job or dream career, but creating a financial game plan to make it happen.
They cover everything from creating “Dream Porn” to calculating the cost of your dream, to revising personal spending habits. They share their journey and all their travel adventures on the blog, Married With Luggage.
If you’re still unsure what you want to do with your life and haven’t quite discovered your passion yet (or even if you have) this ebook is for you!
Scott believes everyone deserves to do meaningful work that they are actually good at. And in order to have a chance at finding it, you have to dedicate yourself to learning, improving and experimenting with all kinds of stuff. This book is a culmination of his blog, Live Your Legend.
3. $100 Startup: Reinvent The Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
Among the amazing things Chris Guillebeau has done, his latest book is one of the most inspiring. And unlike most authors, he talks very little about himself and his accomplishments.
Instead, everything in the book is made up of other people’s startup stories and business experiences. From a bicycle mattress delivery service to an Evernote guide that sold over 12,000 copies, this book has tons of amazing stories straight from the lives of people living them.
If you’re thinking of starting your own small business or microbusiness, this book can show you how. You can follow more of Chris’ story or buy his other books/guides at ChrisGuillebeau.com.
4. Quitter: Closing The Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job by Jon Acuff
Quitter is actually the book that started it all for me this year, and I even wrote up a full page review about what I learned. I wasn’t quite ready to take the leap to full time self-employment (and I’m not sure if I will be now either) but that’s why this book was so inspiring.
It taught me some great tips on how to become better at both my full time job and freelance biz. Once the time is right, I can fully recover what I’m passionate about and follow my dreams.
5. Turn Your Side Hustle Into a Full-Time Business by Alexis Grant
I love reading stories of how people quit their jobs and start their own successful freelancing businesses on the side. After all that’s what I’m striving to do one day!
Alexis shares very helpful advice for those of us looking to branch out in our careers. From everything to crushing your fear, creating a solid financial plan and leveraging the power of outsourcing, you’ll learn the tools and skills it takes to transition to freedom.
This ebook is one of many awesome ebooks she offers on her blog, AlexisGrant.com along with inspiring blog posts and a weekly newsletter.
6. Start a Freedom Business by Colin Wright
As the name implies, this book is about getting started as an entrepreneur and creating a Freedom Business. The concept is about building an asset or set of assets (your business, or other small ventures) that help you get closer to your ideal lifestyle.
I read this entire ebook in one sitting while on a 4 hour plane ride – yes it’s that good! Colin shares advice on finding money to fund your Freedom Business and how you can leverage your work to create the lifestyle you want. Plus it’s only $0.99 on the Amazon Kindle Store! Read more of Colin’s books and his adventures on his blog, Exile Lifestyle.
7. The Work Revolution by Julie Clow
This is one of those books I’ve been obsessed with ever since it came out. When anyone asks me what’s one of the top career books I recommend, I say “The Work Revolution”.
Each chapter was full of many enlightening moments and I even experienced several epiphanies of my own. This book is just the beginning of a wonderful movement (if nothing else at least a mindset change) for young adults and aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere.
Whether you work for yourself or another boss, there’s a TON of advice on increasing productivity and focusing on the right/important things.
8. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
The 4-Hour Work Week has become a phenomena among entrepreneurs and people every where who want to work less and live more.
Forget the concept of retirement and waiting the rest of your life to actually enjoy living. This books teaches us, that there’s no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times.
Whether your dream is escaping the rat race or experiencing high-end world travel and becoming part of the New Rich (NR), this book is the blueprint to make life happen.
One of the scariest moments an employee can face is when you realize you want to stop working for the man and start running your own show. In this book, the author shares practical yet inspiring advice on overcoming your fears and making a successful leap into living your dream.
You don’t need to be an expert to excel in your career field or to start a freelance business of your own. I’ve learned a ton from reading this book and it’s something I’ll keep referring to, for inspiration, in the future.
I’m currently reading this book after hearing an interview with him on a podcast, and it’s awesome!
Freelancing as an independent contractor is a lifestyle strategy that can help you reinvent your career, and make money from fun, flexible project work online while doing it. Which is something I’m working hard towards accomplishing in my life right now.
So this book is perfect timing for me! So far I’ve learned all the benefits of working online as a freelancer, like how it’s very low risk compared to other types of online income.
BONUS: Honorable Mention
While this isn’t a book or ebook, all of Barrie’s work has been very instrumental in keeping me going these past few months. Especially while I’m trying to balance work, life and my passions (like traveling). In this course, she offers modules, worksheets and templates to help you discover your passion and live the life of your dreams.
Her blog, Live Bold and Bloom is one the few blogs I read on a consistent basis. And for these reasons, I had to mention her course as part of this list.
Can you think of any other inspiring books (or courses) to add to the list? What’s one of your favorite books about career or finding your passion?