Occasionally I will post my choice for BOTW as I consider myself a reader in terms of business. Recently, I have grown very fond of reading to both educate myself and take some stress out of my otherwise busy days. The two topics I continually return back to for a good read and some inspiration pertain to financial freedom mindsets and startups. With that said, my nomination for BOTW is “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel w/ Blake Masters. For those of my readers who do not know, Peter Thiel is the co-founder of both PayPal and Palantir as well as being an avid investor. He has invested in the likes of Facebook, SpaceX, and LinkedIn to name a few. His biggest contribution to entrepreneurship however is the Thiel Fellowship. This program offers students funds and resources to get their entrepreneurial interests off the ground. This is why I chose to read this book. It combines a whole new outlook on what startups are and how to build the future for the better. I highly recommend a read, you won’t be disappointed.
1. Entrepreneurs on Fire w/ John Lee Dumas
First and foremost this is my all time favorite podcast. I listen to Entrepreneurs on Fire daily as it is a great way to kick start my mornings. Dumas really likes to get into the details of what makes the entrepreneurs that he interviews, successful. His never say never attitude, budding enthusiasm, and great insights only add value to this great resource for any entrepreneur.
2. Entrepreneurs and Coffee
This podcast is great for anyone looking for a laid back yet strongly informative way to begin your day. This podcast is usually shorter (5-15 minutes) and much more specific. It dives into ideas on branding, building a business, and how to keep a work life balance. I highly recommend this podcast to any entrepreneurs out there who are just getting their foot in the door of business.
I have a terrible habit (or great one depending on how you view it) of going on the internet and reading business articles for hours. I do it in the morning, randomly throughout the day, and especially late at night. With that said, I believe that all these hours spent reading up on how to be a better professional, leader, and entrepreneur will pay off. Most of the articles I read include top notch information from many industry experts. I want to share these resources with everyone and anyone that has dreams of succeeding in the business game of life. Here are the websites I visit everyday:
Hands down my favorite business website to visit to get my daily dose of information. Covers a variety of business and real life topics pertaining to bettering the individual. I would especially recommend checking out the Tech Enterprise, Finance Wealth Advisor, and Strategy Careers categories. These are very insightful and provide an abundance of valuable information for the millennial generation.
A very close second in terms of how often I view this site. This is the number one place I go to when I need some motivation to continue my dream of being an entrepreneur. It is also a great resource to have when you have questions about starting your own business and how to create an entrepreneurial mindset.
Last, but not least is “Young Entrepreneur.” This is in the same family as entrepreneur.com but geared slightly more towards the younger generation. It aims to focus on the young adults who are filled with creative ideas and looking to launch a new business. This is also another great resource for articles and studies on successful entrepreneurs.
These are the books that I am currently reading (or have just finished reading). I recommend these books to anyone interested in the idea of starting a business, money management, or real estate. Here are the three books in no particular order:
1. Secrets of a Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
I believe that this is a must read for anything interesting in succeeding in the money game of life. Eker dives into how millionaires think compared to the average person and why their money works for them. He also makes the reader take a look inside as to why he/she is not a millionaire do to their own personal thinking on money. Want to hard wire your mind to think like the rich? This is the book to read.
2. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
This book takes a more factual and statistical approach toward what makes a millionaire a millionaire. Through hard facts and surveys, Stanley shows how millionaires accumulate their mass sums of wealth and also how they keep it. This book is a great read for those looking to see exactly how normal people live their lives, save, and invest to turn themselves into millionaires.
3. How to Be a Real Estate Investor by Phil Pustejovsky
I chose to read this book as I had recently become interested in the possibility of being a real estate investor. Pustejovsky adds a lot of personal experience that makes a somewhat dry subject incredibly readable. He gives first grade advice on winning techniques that he has personally used to make his fortune through real estate. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to gain a beginner’s insight into becoming a real estate investor. An added bonus is that he offers it free online!
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