Yesterday afternoon, I finished a big project that’s been hanging over my head: I sorted all of my books into Dewey Decimal order. This probably seems odd to new readers, but those who’ve been following my work for a while will be unsurprised.
Long-time readers know I’m a nerd. They’re used to my posts about comic books and computer games. They know I’m prone to tracking stats on housing markets and Presidential elections. They know I’m the sort of guy who might set aside a day to put book jacket covers on his entire library, then sort that library by subject.
Long-time readers also know that I don’t really write about money. Get Rich Slowly? That blog wasn’t about getting out of debt and learning to save. It was about the psychology of personal finance. Money Boss is more of the same. Sure, my goal is to help you achieve your financial aims, but really I’m hoping to help you find happiness.
No surprise to learn, then, that while my library contains plenty of 332.024 (general personal finance) and 332.6 (investing), I have even more books that fall into 158 (applied psychology) and its “children”. (Plenty of 158.1 and 158.7.)
Well, I’ve been thinking. I’m prepping to move Money Boss from the status of “hobby” to “business”. It’s going to become my primary focus during the day. As part of that, I want to pursue a handful of projects.
I plan to track all of my money during 2017, for instance. I feel like I’ve lost touch with how much I’m earning and spending. I also hope to launch a second (third?) blog to document what it’s like to try to earn a side income from a website. On a larger scale, I want to produce a series of courses. And, in the midst of all this, I want to resume reviewing books.
In the olden days, I read a lot. As I was digging out of debt, much of my time was spent reading about personal finance. Many of the books I read were forgettable. Some were awesome. I want to re-read and review these awesome books, plus tackle some of the stuff that’s come out in the five years since I “retired”.
Some of these books will be straight personal finance. Some will be about investing — especially investing in dividend stocks and real estate (two topics about which I know little but want to learn). But many of the books I want to read are about psychology. I believe strongly that folks seeking to progress along the path toward financial freedom are best served learning how to master their mindset than they are reading yet another book about digging out of debt or picking stocks.
One example of a book I’ve read and loved recently, one that I believe has practical applications for Money Boss readers, is Grit by Angela Duckworth. This book is all about passion and perseverance, about how these two qualities trump talent when it comes to achieving goals. Nothing in the book is specifically about money, but the entire thing is about finding and pursuing a purpose, which is the heart of smart money management.
To that end, I plan to set aside several hours a week devoted specifically to reading. (As a bonus, this task can be accomplished in the frickin’ bathtub. How amazing is that? Answer: Pretty amazing.) If I can read and review one book per week, I’ll be a happy fellow.
But which books? I have a relatively large library, as I’ve mentioned, but I know there are plenty of titles I don’t have and haven’t read. That’s where you come in. I want to read and review books that interest you, the Money Boss readers. Part of why I write this site is to help save you time. I’m here to digest material so that you don’t have to. (But I always make certain to point back to original sources so you can verify my work!)
So: Which books would you like me to read and review? Are there some money and/or psych books you’ve been meaning to get to but never have managed to find the time? Are there topics you want to know more about? Authors you’d like to have me explore? Should I review books about debt reduction? The stock market? Real-estate investing? Biographies of the rich and famous? Would you be interested in my take on books about personal development? Overcoming procrastination? Developing passion and perseverance?
This isn’t any sort of binding vote, but I’d love to hear from you. What books should I read and review for Money Boss?