2018 Reading List

For 2018 I want to become more of a boss. I know I want to eventually run my own business, but I realized business owners don’t just wake up and have everything they’ve ever imagined. They have to be knowledgeable.

The books that I chose mostly align with becoming an entrepreneur and becoming financial literate. I want to learn about investing, and making my money work FOR ME. I don’t want to work for money. So! With that in mind here are the books that I plan to finish by the year out. Enjoy.


Rich Dad, Poor Dad
by Robert T. Kiyosaki
I chose this book because most of our bad money habits are learned. A lot goes back to how we view money, and how we saw our parents use it and their parents so on. This book is a contrast of the lessons learned from the author’s “poor dad” and  his “rich dad”, who was essentially a friend’s dad who showed him the ins and outs of business and money. 


Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
by Charlamagne Tha God
Honestly, the title alone had me intrigued. What is Black  Privilege? Right? Charlamagne believes that we have to create the lives we want, and I completely agree. This book is about living an authentic life and allowing that to be a guide to get everything you’ve ever dreamed. It’s about accountability, confidence, and walking in your own truth. 


Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
by Gary Vaynerchuk 
I had a friend to recommend this book a while ago, he’s very social media savvy. Not just posting, but posting intentionally. [Shameless Plug] Check him out! Amazing graphic/content designer (IG: @iam_hank). But yeah! I’m looking to improve how I use social media to promote myself and my blog. This book focuses on how to develop high-quality content, and how to tailor it to different social media platforms. How you interact with your audience isn’t the same for every outlet. I want to master integrated communication.


Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice
by Dennis KimbroNapoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is originally by Napoleon Hill, which is a success guide to change your mindset to get rich. Well, Mr. Dennis Kimbro redesigned this version with a sprinkle of culture. It still is inspirational, and models the steps to success. He includes success secrets from Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, Dr. Selma Burke, Oprah Winfrey, and others. I can’t wait to get into this one!


The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage
by Daymond JohnDaniel Paisner
Daymond John, the founder of FUBU, and star of the TV show Shark Tank talks about how being broke breeds creativity. He believes that his drive and hard work comes just from that. He says that starting with nothing forces you to use your resources effectively, desperation breeds innovation. With wanting to design my own innovative fashion product, I think this is a great place to start. 


The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
by Kelly McGonigal
I discovered that my willpower is a little low, lol! My health and fitness journey taught me this more than anything. This book explores the science behind self control and how we can use it to improve our health, happiness and productivity. Just what I need. 


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert B. Cialdini
With wanting to bring an innovative product to the market, I need to know how to sell myself. This book focuses on the psychology of getting a “yes”. I’ll need that for investors, sales, even in personal relationships. 


Rich Habits: How to be successful with fingertip habit changes
by Stephen Dalton
This book is self-help for people who are easily distracted, and jump between tasks. It focuses on small changes we can take to ensure productivity and financial success!


The Intelligent Investor (Collins Business Essentials)
by Benjamin GrahamJason Zweig (Contributor)Warren Buffett(Contributor)
So Benjamin Graham wrote “the bible of investing” as a lot of people call it. He’s known as the greatest investment advisor of the 20th century. Jason Zweig and Warren Buffet use the same principles from his book but with a contemporary twist to reflect today’s market. I’m reading this basically so when I get rich I know how to make my money make money. 


The Magic of Thinking Big
by David J. Schwartz
If you haven’t noticed just yet.. changing how I think is my biggest goal! I realized I have to change my perception to change my habits and then my life. The Magic of Thinking Big deals with just that. David believes that success isn’t dependent on intellect or talent but our thinking habits and learning to behave to reach that success.


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