Okay, so I’ll call this series of letters ‘Dear Africa’. I received a handful of complains about addressing the first letter to black people only. People thought it should relevant to all people, regardless of their color. I agree. But, those people must chill. This is like the ‘Blacks Only Comedy’. Open to all races, except kids who have trust funds.
So, I just found out on Twitter that today is apparently #WorldBookDay. Whatever that means, I can never keep up with all these unregulated days. I always miss the WorldBeerDay and the NoPantyDay. I must actually diarise those 😉
Okay, back to books. Seeing that we are celebrating books today, I thought it makes a nice topic to start off my series by highlighting some of the books I’ve read over the years, which I think shapes and informs some of my financial decisions.
South African books:
Become Your Own Financial Advisor: The Real Secrets to Becoming Financially Independent by Warren Ingram
Another book written by a lady, I can’t seem to remember the title or her name, but she uses the ‘cookbook’ style for personal finance, if I remember the name, I’ll update this.
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki. Cheesy ne? I know. I read this book long time ago, back when I was still at varsity and my monthly allowance was R500.
Richest man in Babylon. I only read this book just a few months ago, but I strong believe it is the the gospel. The Bible of financial education. It was published in 1926, but it is still relevant to this day. Not more than 150 pages long. If you buy one book from this list, buy this.
The monk who sold his Ferrari.
The Millionaire Fast Lane – MJ DeMarco
The Millionaire Next Door
Non finance books:
The 4 hour work week
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg
24 hour work week by Timothy Ferriss.
7 Habits of highly Effective people by Stephen Covey
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Capitalist Nigger – Chika Onyeani
Websites and blogs I read regularly:
www.jamesclear.com – about habits
http://www.jamesaltucher.com/ – ex wall street hedge fund manager
www.monevator.com – UK based but still useful.
Books which I haven’t read, but come highly recommended.
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Zero to One
I love reading, this list is but a tiny subset of my book list, I posted the complete list a while ago. I should post an updated version soon.