Lately, my reading of books has slowed to a grinding halt. I’m getting most of my info from podcasts these days. Nothing like a 24 hour travel day to Thailand coming up to kick start my reading again! I’ve got two on the list for the flight that I got from Dan Andrews, who seems to read about a book an hour:
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder Nassim Nicholas Taleb
I’m going to clarify the title by calling this “My top 9 favorite freedom books besides The Four Hour Work Week”, since that’s on everyone’s list.
(in no particular order)
1. The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
Great resource for changing your “money blueprint”, and organizing your funds so you are always moving towards financial freedom.
2. The Sovereign Individual by Lord Rees-Moog & James Dale Davidson
This book was written in 1997 and outlines predictions of what will happen when the end of the nation-state comes. It’s an amazing and uplifting look at the many positive things that may happen, such as the breaking up of the U.S. into smaller countries, and governments actually being forced to compete for people to live in their countries.
3. Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Empathy is a powerful thing. Non-Violent Communication (NVC) is a great communication tool that has helped me with conflict and understanding people. Basically, everyone is trying to get their needs met, and we all have the same needs. NVC helps to get beyond right & wrong and good and bad, and to the need behind whatever feeling is being expressed.
4. The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden
Fundamental to my growth in understanding myelf and becoming happier. Must read!
5. Real Time Relationships by Stefan Molyneux
This is the red pill. It shows how the reason we have government is dysfunctional families (which is almost all of them). This was my first introduction to the idea of describing your feelings in the moment you feel them, instead of launching into blaming or accusing. It doesn’t go as far as NVC in this realm, but it’s a fascinating book that opened my eyes to a lot of things both personal and global.
6. How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Harry Browne
What this site is based on, and how I try to live. Harry outlines all the traps we tend to get stuck in and how to break free of them.
7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Almost doesn’t need to be said but if you’re looking for financial freedom and don’t know anything about how to get it, start with this book. Many of his follow up books are also helpful.
8. Alongside Night by L. Neil Schulman
A fun story about a future society where an agorist community exists and thrives underground.
9. Choose Yourself by James Altucher
From the Amazon description: “The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.”