11 of the Best Books for Men to Read if They Want to Get Rich and Live the Life They Want

11 of the Best Books for Men to Read if They Want to Get Rich and Live the Life They Want

This is a list of books that I have read in my own life that have truly changed the way that I handle, use, save and earn money.

If you are really interested in learning more about how to generate wealth outside of a 9-5 job, then each of these will get you moving in the right direction.

Making money, building wealth, and getting out of debt requires extreme focus and discipline, but anyone can do it.

Think of these books as a team of mentors that are interested in your success.

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15 Books that Every Man “Should” Read in his Lifetime: About Men, For Men, and Written by Men

15 Books that Every Man “Should” Read in his Lifetime: About Men, For Men, and Written by Men

There are a lot of bloggers, people, and websites that tell you that you "should" read certain books if you are a man, and they focus on things like how to dress, or how to behave.

Most of them tell you that you should read “The Great Gatsby”, or “The Catcher in the Rye.”

Those books are decent, but boring, at least in my opinion. I believe that a man needs to read books that he’s actually interested in. He shouldn’t read a book because he thinks he has to, or because everyone else is.

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Living a legacy: 5 Things Every Man Should Seek to Accomplish in his Life

Living a legacy: 5 Things Every Man Should Seek to Accomplish in his Life

Every man wants to be great.

He wants to leave a legacy, be remembered for something.

Unfortunately most of the time, that's as far as it goes, it's only a thought. Rarely do dreams become realities through thinking alone.

A man has to strive to take action on his dreams, and his goals. When he doesn’t he becomes lethargic, depressed, envious and restless. Things that lead to an early death.

Not necessarily a physical death, but a death within, a death of the spirit within him.

The light burns out.

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Lessons on people pleasing from Machiavelli and Robert Glover: From Nice Guy to the Assertive Man

Lessons on people pleasing from Machiavelli and Robert Glover: From Nice Guy to the Assertive Man

Are you a "Nice Guy?"

We all have the makings of “Nice Guys”, and our culture loves for us to be those guys, but the people around us suffer for it, our society suffers. What we need are assertive men, that get in front of problems, confront stuff that is wrong, say what they mean, and learn how to have their needs met and fulfilled without means of manipulation, secrecy or deception.

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If you do these 3 things everyday you will be more focused, more intentional , and stronger

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Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general
— Mark Rippetoe

What if every morning you woke up, you had 3 extra hours to yourself, you knew exactly what you needed to do, you were super focused on accomplishing those tasks, and you could get more done in those 3 hours than anyone got done in their whole day?

Does this sound likes something that could add value to your life?

Do you believe it to be true?

Do you believe that you can do it without taking any special pill, or diet? You don’t need any superhuman ability or genetic inheritance to do this.

The only thing you need is a desire to succeed.

There are a lot of books and gurus out there that will tell you that you can have a miracle morning, or achieve a perfect day in 5 simple steps. I am not going to tell you that.

What I am going to tell you though is that there are several things that you can do, and if done consistently, over time you will see positive results. It might be instantaneous for some, and for others it might be gradual. Results may vary.

Every person is different, but these habits do not change.

 

1) Have a to-do list or a Daily Action Plan

In all reality, you should have this done the night before. It’s very simple and it only needs to include those items that are going to give you the biggest bang for your buck.

If you are new to this, things like sending an email, taking out the trash, making an important phone call, writing a page of a book are good places for you to begin. The point of the action plan is to build habits.

The more that we do something a certain way, the more likely we are to continue doing it.

Mike Rother wrote a book called Toyota Kata, mainly geared at the automotive industry. However, I believe that it really points out the human reality also:


There are perhaps only three things we can and need to know with certainty: where we are, where we want to be, and by what means we should maneuver the unclear territory between here and there. And the rest is supposed to be somewhat unclear, because we cannot see into the future! The way from where we are to where we want to be next is a gray zone full of unforeseeable obstacles, problems and issues that we can only discover along the way. The best we can do is to know the approach, the means, we can utilize for dealing with the unclear path to a new desired condition, not what the content and step of our actions – the solutions – will be.
— Mike Rother

The daily plan is to show you where you are, and it subsequently points to where you want to be.

It is a guide, not necessarily a solution. As you work on where you want to be, you will inevitably come across things that you missed, things that came up, or obstacles that need to be overcome. That’s the point.

If you are never trying to get to where you want to be, and instead continue to stay where you are at, your threshold of knowledge will never be challenged or grow.

We set an objective we want to achieve, but there may be smaller steps or challenges in between.

 

2) Read a portion of a book (At least 20-30 pages)

There is no doubt that Teddy Roosevelt was an avid reader, and probably one of the most well-read men in history. He would read 2-3 books a day. That’s incredible especially with the type of schedule that he had.

Not all of us set out to be Teddy Roosevelts, we can certainly strive to have his discipline, and approach to reading books.

So what is his advice?

  • Despite all the lists that are out there telling every man what he should read, it is not necessarily true (Even the lists I make). I never tell people that they are less of a man for not reading a book, that’s just not the case, and in the same sense, Teddy Roosevelt said the same thing. “Not all books are best for all men, because every man is different.”
  •  The books that you read should be interesting to you, at this point in your life. Some people tell me that every man has to read the great Gatsby. I thought it was boring, and unrelated to my life. I didn’t find it enjoyable at all. Someone else might like it. You make the choice on what you want to read. Just read.
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  • Read books that you love, because you love them
  •  Read books to meet your own needs not because someone told you to read a book.
  • Don’t pretend to be interested in something you are not.
  • Don’t always read non-fiction books on leadership or business, because you think it’s trendy. I know guys that do this, and they think that because they are in a leadership position that they only need to read leadership books. Bro, I am telling you, SciFi and fiction books such as Enders Game will teach you a lot more about Leadership than some of the crappy leadership books out there today.

My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo, there are more leadership and life lessons in that book than any modern day book that could be written.

Some of my other favorites are the book of Proverbs, James, and the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Why? Because it is jam packed full of daily wisdom and insight on how a man should live and conduct himself in daily life. These books also have a way of getting in your face, they aren’t afraid to confront you.

If you are interested in looking for good books to read, you can check out My Reading List, which is a list of books that I have read since the beginning of 2017, also the 360 Man Library, and if you want a couple book lists:

 

3) Do some sort of Physical Exercise

Men need to be challenged. They need to have a moment in the day where they expend physical energy.

This can’t be compromised.

I hear a lot of excuses from men who say they don’t have time to exercise. I say, you can’t afford not to. You are hurting yourself, those around you, and those that you take care of. This needs to be a non-negotiable in your life.

In earlier times the thought of checking a scale or wanting to count calories wasn’t even a thought. Fitness or rather “Functional Movements” was a way of life.

Unfortunately, now, we have way more exercise equipment, technology and access, but we are way less fit and athletic than our ancestors. Seems ironic.

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Things like running, jumping, squatting, climbing, lifting heavy objects, throwing heavy objects, swimming and wrestling were commonplace.

Now, our culture plays video games and watches movies about other people doing that stuff, but they don’t actually do it themselves. Kids watch other kids play video games, or play with toys on YouTube. They are taught a false sense of reality.

You have a problem.

As a man, you set the example for your family. If video games, toys and phones are what you spend your time on, what kind of example are you setting?

It’s time to start getting serious about the type of man you are becoming.

Fitness, exercise and strength are paramount in a man’s life.

Don’t believe me. Start lifting weights, your mind will change, and you will start singing a different tune.

What is more appealing to you? A man who doesn’t know who he is, who doesn’t take a stand or have boundaries. Or man who is confident, strong and has principles and a code that guides his life?

It’s just like Steve Rogers before he became Captain America. Right now, you are Steve Rogers, you need find or define the principles and code that guides your life.

Then you need to start stepping into that, and watch as you transform into Captain America.


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A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by.
— John Wayne

Start doing these things and see your life transform for the better.

I have personally done these for the past 5-6 years and have done some incredible things, such as paying off $55K in debt, getting in the best shape of my life, running an ultra-marathon, starting this website. I know if you stay consistent you will have good results.

Don't wait for the right time. Start Now.

-Stephen


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10 Navy SEAL books for men who want to push their limits and succeed on a higher level

10 Navy SEAL books for men who want to push their limits and succeed on a higher level

They are not special in any way, they just don't quit. They are common men with an uncommon desire to succeed.

Most of us quit at the first sign of opposition, or the second we think our workouts at the gym are too hard or inconvenient.

These men train for opposition and inconvenience, in other words, instead of trying to be comfortable, they train in uncomfortable situations until nothing is uncomfortable to them.

One of my favorite Navy Seal Quotes quotes is: "Mind over matter, if you don't mind it doesn't matter."

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The model of a mans life: What we can learn from Disney's Mr. Incredible

The model of a mans life: What we can learn from Disney's Mr. Incredible

What I am saying though, is if you don't understand this principle, then a resentment, and discontentment begins to rear it's ugly head, and casts us into a dark place. One that will begin to have a huge negative impact on our lives.

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15 books every ambitious and hungry man needs to read

15 books every ambitious and hungry man needs to read

If a man wants to grow and learn, he needs to be a reader. The problem often is not wanting to read, but knowing what to read. This blog will give you the best 15 books to read for the ambitious man. The topics range from Finance to Fiction.

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