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Hi All

Saw this on another forum. Anyone recommend a book that changed their life. It doesn't have to be a finance book
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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

It took me from painfully shy to confident and social in a group situation.
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TNT: The Power Within You.

Gave it to my daughter, she loved it.

Out of print.

Kinda/sorta Power of Positive Thinking.
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HotRod140 wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:38 pm Hi All

Saw this on another forum. Anyone recommend a book that changed their life. It doesn't have to be a finance book
Art of the Deal, Donald Trump
Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki
Multi-Family Millions, David Lindahl
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert Cialdini
The Closer’s Survival Guide, Grant Cardone

Books by Timothy Zahn (scifi), Raymond E. Feist (fantasy)
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The Checklist Manifesto: Atul Gawande
10% Happier: Dan Harris
Why Buddhism is True: Robert Wright
The Power of Habit: Charles Duhigg
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"Simplicity Parenting" has been very influential since becoming a parent.

"Suburban Nation" and "Cradle to Cradle" shaped my professional interests.

"The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark", "Silent Spring", "Walden", and "The Fountainhead" were the strong influences in my late teens while developing my sense of self and understanding of society.

"A Wrinkle in Time" left a strong mark on me as a child. I should reread it soon (before my kids do) to remember why.

I would say the Bogleheads Guide to Investing but since I had already read the wiki and browsed the message boards, it was really *this website* that helped me solidify my financial thinking. The book was just a handy reference that tied it all together.
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Random walk down Wall Street teaches you how to invest the best way and has held true for 45 years
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“The John Bogle Reader”

The Power of Positive Thinking. By Norman Vincent Peale
Upton Sinclair: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
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Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
Essentialism - Gregg McKeown
The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas Stanley
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I seem to have gotten a lot about values and right thinking from fantasy novels:

Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)

A Wizard of Earthsea (LeGuin)
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Business:
Guerrilla Marketing - Jay Conrad Levinson
Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business - Paul Downs

Fiction:
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Richest Man In Babylon by George Clason
Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

I had these on cassette tapes and listened to nothing else for several years. And, kept a journal on my progress.
I also read many of the inspirational "poor kid works his way up from poverty to weath" books by Horatio Alger when I was young.

Also:
Dao De Jing - Lao Tzu
Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening: being the teaching of the Zen Master Hui Hai, known as the Great Pearl
The Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation -- Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang

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Not exactly "life changing" but each influential

The One Minute Manager - Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel
Schaum's Calculus Outline - Not sure who wrote it, but was responsible for a major "ah ha" moment
Encyclopedia Brown (series) - Donald J. Sobol - made reading fun as a kid, fostered enjoyment/value of reading early in life
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The Millionaire Next Door
The Total Money Makeover
The Power of Now
The Simple Path to Wealth
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Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez

Rather unorthodox but encouraging. I corresponded with Joe a lot. He was preaching a lean early retire. I passed that and pressed for a fat retire. Cost me 2.5 years but worrh it!
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" Can't hurt me " David Goggins
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jjunk wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:31 pm 10% Happier: Dan Harris
Check out his book "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics."
jjunk wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:31 pm The Power of Habit: Charles Duhigg
I thought it was the best book on habits until I read "Atomic habits" by James Clear.

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The Tortoise and The Hare
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Ferrol Sams. When All the World Was Young.
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Foucault, Discipline and Punish.
Gramsci, Prison Notebooks
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OP,

"The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully" by Gerald M. Weinberg

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"Who moved my cheese?"
"Long walk to freedom"
"Your money or your life"
"Zen in the martial arts"
"The 7 habits of highly effective people"
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Financial Self Defense by Charles Givens....

Got me thinking about my financial future at an early age...Moved on from there!

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I think there was an older similar thread. In any case:

"Why I Am Not a Christian" Bertrand Russell
"Democracy and Education" John Dewey
“The only freedom that is of enduring importance is freedom of intelligence…”
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Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Kyiosaki.

Read it in 1999 when I was sick with the flu. It made me think about assets in a different way.
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Not changed, but influenced - A biography of Enrico Fermi.
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I'll take this in a different direction - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein. TANSTAAFL!
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I don't know of a single book that dramatically changed my life, but the most influential books in my life so far have probably been:

Religion and the Decline of Magic (Keith Thomas): Fascinating, non-polemical account of the function of magic and superstition in a society. It looked at sixteenth-century England and explained why/how people believed in magic and the utility that superstition played and why many of these beliefs eventually declined. It's helped me understand, even now, why so many people believe in objectively impossible things.

The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory (David Chalmers): This book made me more aware of my own intellectual limits because it was probably the first book I loved but found incredibly difficult. I'd never found reading so hard and so pleasurable as when I was reading this.

Warren Buffett's Letters to Berkshire Shareholders: Have read all of them cover to cover three times now and still find something new to learn every time I read it again.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Alice Schroeder): Best biography I've ever read. Loved it as an account of a life well lived. Fascinating and helped me think about what it would be like to live life with an "inner scorecard."

I'm not sure if the OP meant to include only positive influences, but as far as negative influences. It took me a long time to get rid of the kind of beliefs I grew up with and I wasted a lot of my life because of the Bible. But now that I personally approach it as a book of myth-making, it is like reading stories of the Greek gods and goddesses and I am able to enjoy it more without the baggage.
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Alcoholics Anonymous
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‘How to solve all your money problems forever” by Victor Boc
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1984 - by George Orwell.

Read this in high school and again in college. This book shaped my life, particularly in thinking about how institutional control of information can shape attitudes, politics and societies.

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

Turned me into a lifelong fact-checker.
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Irisheyes wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:29 pm Foucault, Discipline and Punish.
Gramsci, Prison Notebooks
Happy to see Foucault make an appearance. Very unexpected in this forum. Am a lifelong student of his work.
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There are a number of books, business and personal, that impacted my life. One that stands out is "What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School" by Mark McCormick, one of the first high profile sports agents. I was a young first time manager when I read it and it really helped me negotiate contracts and interact with people in general.
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No other book has changed my life more than the Bible.

KJV supplemented with NASB versions.
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The Soul of a New Machine - Tracy Kidder

Read it in high school. Switched from mechanical to electrical/computer engineering.

Retiring at 60.
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Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
The Last Don by Mario Puzo
Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way by Jim Lundy
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I am curious if anyone will ever name the book I am thinking of.
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TheTimeLord wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:39 am I am curious if anyone will ever name the book I am thinking of.
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells?
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elvisimprsntr wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:48 am
TheTimeLord wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:39 am I am curious if anyone will ever name the book I am thinking of.
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells?
LOL, awesome guess. Thanks that made my day, but that is not the book.
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WJW wrote: Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:38 am No other book has changed my life more than the Bible.

KJV supplemented with NASB versions.
+1.
The moment I stopped letting both sides tell me what was (and wasn't) in there and read it for myself was life changing.
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No question, "Your Money or Your Life".

Before that, I had read very interesting math and engineering books in high school that lead me to a tech career, but YMOYL taught me to understand the tradeoff of money vs time.
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There's been several, but the most recent was "Resilience" by Eric Greitens.
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Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis - taught me to look out for myself investment-wise, since bankers were only in it for themselves
Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham - I bet a lot of BHs would cite this one
Selfish Gene, The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins - Great writing about evolution & evolutionary biology
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Right, wrong, good or bad, these were books that, at the time, seemed to open up a new world of wild possibilities:

Stars: A Golden Nature Guide, by Herbert S. Zim. I read it around age six or seven. I couldn't understand how there could also be a planet out in space named Earth, and when my mom explained it to me it blew my mind. Honorable mention: the frontispiece in The Book of Knowledge showing airplanes flying from different planets to the sun and how long it would take to get there... maybe at 200 mph (which make earth to sun a fifty-year trip).

The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells, possibly at about age eight or nine

Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbott

New numbers: How acceptance of a duodecimal (12) base would simplify mathematics, by F. E. Andrews. I don't remember if I ever made a pest of myself trying to proselytize for base 12 numbers, but it was just a stunning mind-opener at the time. Whoever thinks of using a base other than ten until someone tells them?

Two books by John R. Pierce: Electrons, Waves, and Messages and Symbols, Signals, and Noise.

Some purple spirit-duplicator copies of some notes from some course my math teacher had taken, that explained barycentric coordinates, and the rudiments of linear algebra (which is hugely simplified if you use barycentric coordinates).

The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien. I read them just before they came out in paperback, when there was just a small coterie of fans... and when I bumped into a high school classmate who was studying Old Icelandic, we astonished each other with the discoveries that he didn't know Tolkien had ever written fiction, and I didn't know that Tolkien had been the man responsible for the reputation of Beowulf.

Here's the worst thing. There was a very important book whose name I just can't remember, let alone who wrote it. It was some kind of introduction to the ideas of calculus, aimed perhaps at a high school audience. (It had a red cover.) One of the parts I remember was a diagram of elliptical and circular orbits and some planet with a talk balloon saying to Kepler something like "I'm right here on the ellipse, where I should be! There isn't any circle." It wasn't necessarily a lost Great Book, but it was the right thing at the right moment for me.
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'Calculus' textbook by Purcell

I was a late bloomer in higher education and successfully working through this higher level mathematics for an entire year (4 quarters) gave me the confidence to carry on and succeed in multiple areas of my life.
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Saving to check later.

Curious to let this go for a while then find the overlapping books to start with...
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The Grapes of Wrath
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People of the Lie: Peck


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