5 Inspiring Must Reads for the New Year

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    Five inspiring reads for the new year 2017

With the new year only days away it’s important to narrow our focus on 2017. I’ve listed some of my favourite books talking about everything from money, psychology, travel, biography and personal performance.

I consider these book crucial to anyone who wants the inspiration needed to make 2017 their most successful year to date.

Rich Dad Poor Dad- What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money

rich-dad-poor-dad By Robert Kiyosaki

If you haven’t read this book yet, it’s an absolute must. Rewire your thinking of “time is money” and make money work for you while you stop spending time trying to make it. Robert Kiyosaki delves into strategies to create passive income by buying assets instead of liabilities. For example, rental properties versus a car. This is explained in great detail throughout the book. Personally I held off on reading this book because I thought it was a little cheesy but I’m extremely glad I finally did. I now apply this thinking to my investments through dividend paying stocks and plans of purchasing rental properties. This book can truly teach you how to make money while you sleep.

The Power of Habit – Why We Do What We do in Life and Business

By Charles Duhigg 

Power of Habit .jpg This book was a featured book at the entrance display in my local bookstore. This will quickly inspire change in your life through the understanding of why we act out habits. I learned how to break bad habits and make new lasting good habits by changing small aspects of my daily life. This book covers the science behind habit without scientific terminology or technical writings that would otherwise be above my understanding. Charles Duhigg does an exemplary job of making the science applicable to daily life and business.

The writing follows several scientifically studied stories of patients and regular people. For example one of the stories is about a man who suffered from memory loss. If you would have asked the man where the crackers are inside his pantry, he’d stare at you blankly as if he didn’t even know he had a pantry. However if you instead asked him to grab the crackers in the pantry habit would guide him through the process of getting up, walking into the kitchen, opening the pantry and grabbing the crackers without needing to objectively think of the process.

This book was an interesting read for me personally because I was able to ask my father who suffered from a serious head injury the validity of some of these stories.

A Walk in the Woods

By Bill Bryson 


Bill Bryson is a fabulously funny writer with a quite a few best sellers under his belt. A Walk in the Woods is a true story that follows Bill and his friend Katz on their journey hiking the Appalachian Trail. The late middle-aged men are out of shape and lacking the experience needed to hike a 2,100 mile trail. I wouldn’t read this book in public because you will be snorting and laughing hysterically throughout the story. This is my all-time favourite book that constantly inspires me to try new things. Remembering two middle age men attempted to through hike the Appalachian Trail makes it tough to come up with valid excuses. This is truly a hilarious inspiring story. I would recommend picking up this book up for some inspiration and laughter.



Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Story

By Arnold Schwarzenegger 

This is an auto-biography by one of the most successful foreigners in the United States. Arnold was once considered the best bodybuilder in the world, a top actor in Hollywood, the governor of California and now author. Needless to say Arnold has attained a wealth of success throughout his lifetime. His inspiring story can teach great tools to attract success in your own life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

By Stephen R. Covey

7habitsThe book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is often considered a must read for business minded individuals. The book is not focused exclusively on any position or career. Much of the advice is easily applied to both your work life and relationship life. This book is credited for changing the lives of teachers, parents, presidents and CEOs alike.

Given the broad advice given in the book it is often seen as a philosophy for being better at all you do. You may very well know the 7 habits already, but reading this book will help you understand and apply it successfully to life.


What are you reading this year?

Have you read any of these books yet?

In the comment section below feel free to recommend me must-read regardless of the genre!

Happy new year. I’m looking forward to our best year yet.

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Connor Graham

Connor Graham

Hi, I'm Connor Graham. I help others achieve financial freedom and self-improvement through my tips, ideas and insight. Combining my knowledge of real estate, finance and marketing, I describe creative ways to manage your finances and invest in yourself.

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  1. Brittany says:

    Definitely going to go out and buy these books to read! I have a couple of books to read this year but need so many more!!

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