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How Not to Be Broke—10 Powerful Books to Learn about Money Management

How Not to Be Broke—10 Powerful Books to Learn about Money Management

Let’s face it: only few people in the world actually know how to manage money. We think we know how to do it, but if we actually did, banks wouldn’t have created credit cards. I was curious to know more about the things that matter in life, and given that money can enhance how we experience our lives, I started reading books related to money management. The following 10 books are certainly worth reading before you pick up your next novel.

Let’s take a look at these 10 books.

1. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

    This is undoubtedly a book that will make you re-think what you do with each coin you earn. If you make a small investment in this book and apply each of the “6 laws of wealth,” it will take you down the road to financial success.

    This book takes place in Ancient Babylon. You may think, “What? A money-management book about Babylon?” Well, it turns out that Babylon was one of the richest civilizations that has existed.

    If you have ever read or listened to Jim Rohn, he mentions that this book was a great part of him becoming millionaire. Jim Rohn also has an awesome book that you will see as part of these top 10.

    So, what can you expect of this book? You will learn to keep more of what you earn, earn from your savings, get out of debt, invest wisely, earn more, and keep your fortune safe.

    2. Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert T. Kiyosaki

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      This is a classic, and it blew my mind when I was in high school. I read the Spanish translation of course, and I’ve read it again in English, and it just doesn’t stop making sense. Now, you will find this book very easy to read and you may get lost in the story and forget to take in the great message.

      Robert Kiyosaki is famous for his book Rich Dad Poor Dad in which he talks about two people giving him different advice. One of them advises him on entrepreneurship and how to be financially independent, and another one teaches him how stay financially safe.

      In this book, he expands on the rich dad’s advice to become financially independent, touching on the difference between being a business-owner and being self-employment, and how to accelerate the cash flow to breakthrough to financial independence.

      This is a highly recommended book for those looking to start a business or thinking of investing their money wisely.

      3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

        I read this book when I was starting up my business. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read. This book provides research on over 40 millionaires and how they got there. I’ve read this book twice simply because, as with anything else in life, what this book teaches is a process.

        Think and Grow Rich will lay out for you the steps to becoming a millionaire. Now, I should say this: it is not easy at all. If it was easy, everybody who read this book would be rich. It takes consistency and hard work, but reading this book is the first step.

        4. 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness: Power Ideas from America’s Foremost Business Philosopher by Jim Rohn

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          If you’ve never heard of Jim Rohn, it’s probably because he hasn’t been involved in entrepreneurship much lately. Well, Jim Rohn was a great public speaker, motivator and the mentor of Tony Robbins. He is a self-made millionaire who, after being broke, put all he had into making himself rich and happy.

          In this book, Jim Rohn shows the steps you need to take to live a better life—not just financially. This book will teach you how to set goals, seek the right path for yourself, seek knowledge and finally, control your finances the right way.

          This book is a great, all-around opportunity for life improvement. See, life is not all about money; money just enhances life, and that’s why you must learn how to manage it properly. Your personal improvement is what will take you to where you want to be.

          5. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

            Just like Tony Robbins, Darren Hardy mentions Jim Rohn as a mentor. Given that Jim Rohn (cited above) wrote one of the best books regarding money management and life, I don’t wonder how Darren Hardy came up with this great success-related book full of easy, small hacks that will get your life on the right path to wealth and improvement.

            If you are looking for a grounded opinion on how to manage money and achieve success, this is the right book for you.

            6. 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire: So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World by Devin Thorpe

              There is a saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Well, this what I did with this one, and it was well-worth the judgement.

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              This is a great book full of easy-to-follow ideas that you can really get to work. It has great tips, like coming to an understanding with your family regarding money matters, teaching your kids how to use it properly, etc.

              This is a great book for those with families (like me). It’s definitely worth the read.

              7. The One Week Budget: Learn to Create Your Money Management System in 7 Days or Less! by Tiffany The Budgetnista Aliche

                OK, this one is a real taking-action book. It shows you how, in seven days, you can get things out of the way and get onto the road of money management. This will take you by the hand on getting things done.

                This is not a good read—it’s a good money-management manual. If you want to start from anywhere, start from here.

                8. How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any by Erik Wecks

                  All the books up to number 5 were about how to get money and manage it, whereas number 7 was about getting to manage what you have in 7 days. But, what if you don’t have any money?

                  This is where this book comes in. It is a great read when you are struggling to get by on a monthly basis. This book works on your beliefs more than your actions. So, if you are looking to really change your perspective and get your finances right, this is the place to start.

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                  9. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying by Suze Orman

                    Financial freedom is the final goal and worrying is the usual struggle. Here, they meet together. Suze Orman sets out a plan for financial freedom and an ease for your worries. What else could you want?

                    The author uses 9 steps for you to work on your finances, starting with your understanding of behavior, family and money. This book will create a great mindset and help you understand how you use money in your life and how it affects almost everything you do.

                    10. Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By by Cary Siegel

                      This is a question I’ve asked myself many times. Why is it that in school, they never teach you anything about money management? Everything starts from, as the author says, marrying the right person—they don’t need to be wealthy or a genius, but rather, someone who uses money effectively. Another option is to, of course, become educated together as you go. This is a great read for those in relationships or with a family.

                      There you have it: 10 powerful books that will teach you and help you achieve your financial goals in life.

                      Now, everything won’t fix itself just by reading; you have to, in fact, take action. As I always mention to any of my students, this is what makes the difference in everything we do in life. Action! It doesn’t need to be perfect—and never will be—but it will surely make a difference once you start applying some these teachings.

                      Over to you.

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                      Published on May 7, 2019

                      How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

                      How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

                      When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

                      Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

                      Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

                      You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

                      Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

                      1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

                      Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

                      But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

                      • Will you spend more time with your family?
                      • What does retirement mean to you?
                      • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

                      Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

                      Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

                      2. Figure out When to Invest

                      “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

                      It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

                      The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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                      A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

                      Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

                      3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

                      Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

                      Why?

                      Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

                      Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

                      Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

                      Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

                      4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

                      Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

                      If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

                      You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

                      1. Vanguard
                      2. TD Ameritrade
                      3. Charles Schwab

                      5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

                      Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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                      Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

                      That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

                      Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

                      A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

                      6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

                      The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

                      Robo Advisors

                      Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

                      Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

                      Bonds

                      Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

                      Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

                      Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

                      1. Treasury bonds
                      2. Government bonds
                      3. Corporate bonds
                      4. Foreign bonds
                      5. Mortgage-backed bonds
                      6. Municipal bonds

                      Mutual Funds

                      Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

                      One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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                      Real Estate

                      Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

                      Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

                      This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

                      But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

                      Savings Accounts

                      Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

                      7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

                      Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

                      So how can you master delayed gratification?

                      By building your discipline.

                      Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

                      Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

                      8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

                      I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

                      It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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                      More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

                      But, how can you invest yourself?

                      Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

                      Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

                      But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

                      Retire Happy with Excess Money

                      The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

                      It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

                      I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

                      Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

                      One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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