General must read/listen to books

We recommend these first couple of books regardless of whether you want to be a property developer, property investor etc. They help with your mindset towards life and towards your finances.

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie 1936

Dale Carnegies books are a must read if you want to understand people, human relations and selling. This specific book is a classic and you may have read it before. But it is worth reading again and again.

It teaches you how to behave in ways to change how you interact with other human beings.

You could give this book to an Alien or a Cyborg, someone with no human emotions and by following these instructions everyone would like them.

Our only criticism is that because it was wrote in the 1930’s, some of the language and turn of phrase is very outdated. We listen to it regularly in audiobook form and some of the stories are really unrelatable and a bit dry to say the least.

Also, the book has so much good information in it that you will forget most of it by the time you finish it. By this we mean that all the good advice you heard at the start of the book and made you go ‘YES that is a great idea’ will be forgotten by the end of the book. So take notes throughout and read or listen repeatedly.

It is a solid gold book so we would encourage you to read or listen to it.

Here are the chapter contents:


Part One : Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
Chapter 1 : “If You Want to Gather Honey, Don’t Kick Over the Beehive”
Chapter 2 : The Big Secret of Dealing with People
Chapter 3 : “He Who Can Do This Has the Whole World with Him. He Who Cannot Walks a Lonely Way”
Part Two : Six Ways to Make People Like You
Chapter 1 : Do This and You’ll Be Welcome Anywhere
Chapter 2 : A Simple Way to Make a Good First Impression
Chapter 3 : If You Don’t Do This, You Are Headed For Trouble
Chapter 4 : An Easy Way to Become a Good Conversationalist
Chapter 5 : How to Interest People
Chapter 6 : How to Make People like You Instantly
Part Three : How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking
Chapter 1 : You Can’t Win an Argument
Chapter 2 : A Sure Way of Making Enemies – and How to Avoid It
Chapter 3 : If You’re Wrong, Admit It
Chapter 4 : A Drop of Honey
Chapter 5 : The Secret of Socrates
Chapter 6 : The Safety Valve in Handling Complaints
Chapter 7 : How to Get Cooperation
Chapter 8 : A Formula that Will Work Wonders for You
Chapter 9 : What Everybody Wants
Chapter 10 : An Appeal that Everybody Likes
Chapter 11 : The Movies Do It. TV Does It? Why Don’t You Do It?
Chapter 12 : When Nothing Else Works, Try This
Part Four : Be a Leader
Chapter 1 : If You Must Find Fault, This is the Way to Begin
Chapter 2 : How to Criticize and Not be Hated for It
Chapter 3 : Talk about Your Own Mistakes First
Chapter 4 : No One Likes to Take Orders
Chapter 5 : Let the Other Person Save Face
Chapter 6 : How to Spur People on to Success
Chapter 7 : Give a Dog a Good Name
Chapter 8 : Make the Fault Seem Easy to Correct
Chapter 9 : Making People Glad to Do What You Want

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How to stop worrying and living by Dale Carnegie 1948

Again like ‘how to win friends..’ this book is a classic and you may have read it before. But it is worth reading again and again.

It helps people identify the source of any personal worry and helps to alleviate these worries.

Again, like ‘how to make friends..’ some of the language and turn of phrase is very outdated.

Also, like ‘how to make friends..’ the book has so much good information in it that you will forget most of it by the time you finish it. By this we mean that all the good advice you heard at the start of the book and made you go ‘yes that is a great idea’ will be forgotten by the end of the book. So take notes throughout and read or listen repeatedly.

These Dale Carnegie books are excellent and you need to read them over and over each month.

They are instructions on how to live well and to enjoy life and be liked and to let yourself like others.

Here are the chapter contents:

Part One Fundamental Facts You Should Know About Worry
Chapter 1 How this book was written and why
Chapter 2 A magic formula for solving worry situations
Chapter 3 What worry may do to you
Part Two Basic Techniques In Analyzing Worry
Chapter 4 How to analyse and solve worry problems
Chapter 5 How to eliminate 50% of your Business worries
Part Three How to Break the Worry Habit Before It Breaks You
Chapter 6 How to crowd worry out of your mind
Chapter 7 Don’t let the beetles get you down

Chapter 8 A law that will outlaw many of your worries
Chapter 9 Co-operate with the inevitable
Chapter 10 Put a stop-loss order on your worries
Chapter 11 Don’t try and saw sawdust
Part Four Seven Ways to Cultivate A Mental Attitude That Will Bring You Peace and Happiness
Chapter 12 Eight words that can transform your life
Chapter 13 The high cost of getting even
Chapter 14 If you do this, you will never worry about ingratitude

Chapter 15 Would you take a million dollars for what you have ?
Chapter 16 Find yourself and be yourself, remember there is no one else on Earth like you
Chapter 17 If you have a lemon, make a lemonade
Chapter 18 How to cure depression in fourteen days
Part Five The Perfect Way to Conquer Worry
Chapter 19 How my mother and father conquered worry
Part Six How To Keep From Worrying About Criticism
Chapter 20 Remember that no one ever kicks a dead dog

Chapter 21 Do this, and criticism can never hurt you
Chapter 22 Fool things I have done
Part Seven Six Ways to Prevent Fatigue and Worry, and Keep Your Energy and Spirits High
Chapter 23 How to add one hour of day to your waking life
Chapter 24 What makes you tired and what you can do about it
Chapter 25 How to avoid fatigue and keep looking young
Chapter 26 Four good working habits that will help prevent fatigue and worry
Chapter 27 How to banish the boredom that produces fatigue, boredom and resentment
Chapter 28 How to keep from worrying about insomnia
Part Eight How I Conquered Worry

  • Six Major Troubles Hit Me All at Once by C. I. Blackwood
  • I Can Turn Myself into a Shouting Optimist Within an Hour by Roger W. Babson
  • How I Got Rid of an Inferiority Complex by Elmer Thomas
  • I Lived in the Garden of Allah by R. V. C. Bodley
  • Five Methods I Have Used to Banish Worry by Professor William Lyon Phelps
  • I Stood Yesterday. I Can Stand Today by Dorothy Dix
  • I Did Not Expect to Live to See the Dawn by J. C. Penney
  • I Go to the Gym to Punch the Bag or Take a Hike Outdoors by Colonel Eddie Eagan
  • I Was “The Worrying Wreck from Virginia Tech” by Jim Birdsall
  • I Have Lived by This Sentence by Dr. Joseph R. Sizoo
  • I Hit Bottom and Survived by Ted Ericksen
  • I Used to Be One of the World’s Biggest Jackasses by Percy H. Whiting
  • I Have Always Tried to Keep My Line of Supplies Open by Gene Autry
  • I Heard a Voice in India by E. Stanley Jones
  • When the Sheriff Came in My Front Door by Homer Croy
  • The Toughest Opponent I Ever Fought Was Worry by Jack Dempsey
  • I Prayed to God to Keep Me Out of an Orphans’ Home by Kathleen Halter
  • My Stomach Was Twisting Like a Kansas Whirlwind by Cameron Shipp
  • I Learned to Stop Worrying by Watching My Wife Wash Dishes by Reverend William Wood
  • I Found the Answer by Del Hughes
  • “Time Solves a Lot of Things by Louis T. Montant, Jr.”
  • I Was Warned Not to Try to Speak or to Move Even a Finger by Joseph L. Ryan
  • I Am a Great Dismisser by Ordway Tead
  • “If I Had Not Stopped Worrying, I Would Have Been in My Grave Long Ago by Connie Mack”
  • I Got Rid of Stomach Ulcers and Worry by Changing My Job and My Mental Attitude by Arden W. Sharpe
  • I Now Look for the Green Light by Joseph M. Cotter
  • How John D. Rockefeller Lived on Borrowed Time for Forty-five Years
  • I Was Committing Slow Suicide Because I Didn’t Know How to Relax by Paul Sampson
  • A Real Miracle Happened to Me by Mrs. John Burger
  • How Benjamin Franklin Conquered Worry
  • I Was So Worried I Didn’t Eat a Bite of Solid Food for Eighteen Days by Kathryne Holcombe Farmer

Audible audiobook version Dale Carnegie How to stop worrying and living

Secrets of a millionaire mind, mastering the inner game of wealth by Herv T Eker.

This book is a powerful tool to change your approach to how you think about your finances and money in general.

We strongly recommend it because it is a short read but packs a mighty punch. You can read it in several hours.

Eker introduces the concept of the book which is that rich and wealthy people think differently to people who have little or no money.

He points out that human beings think the way they do because of what they have learnt from their parents, school friends, family, their community etc. This is their financial blueprint.

Eker tells you how rich people think and encourages you to think like they do.

By thinking differently, you increase your chances of being successful.

It might sound a little ‘new-agey’ etc but its got some really good lessons in there.

Remember, you don’t have to buy everything the author is saying but pick the ideas that work for you.

It is worth the cost — its ideas on simplification will at the very least save you thousands each year.

Here are the chapter contents:

Who the Heck Is T. Harv Eker, and Why Should I Read This Book?

Part One: Your Money Blueprint

Why is your money blueprint important

What is your money blueprint and how is it formed

Steps for change: specific instances

So what is your money blueprint set for ?
Part Two: The Wealth Files: Seventeen Ways Rich People Think and Act Differently from Poor and Middle-Class People

Wealth file 1 Rich people believe I create my life, poor people believe “Life happens to me”

Wealth file 2 Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose.

Wealth file 3 Rich people are committed to being rich. Poor people want to be rich.

Wealth file 4 Rich people think big. Poor people think small.

Wealth file 5 Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on obstacles.

Wealth file 6 Rich people admire other rich and successful people. Poor people resent rich and successful people.

Wealth file 7 Rich people associate with positive, successful people. Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people

Wealth file 8 Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their value. Poor people think negatively about selling and promotion.

Wealth file 9 Rich people are bigger than their problems. Poor people are smaller than their problems.

Wealth file 10 Rich people are excellent receivers. Poor people are poor receivers.

Wealth file 11 Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to get paid based on time.

Wealth file 12 Rich people think “both”, poor people think “either/or”

Wealth file 13 Rich people focus on their net worth. Poor people focus on their working income

Wealth file 14 Rich people manage their money well. Poor people mismanage their money well.

Wealth file 15 Rich people have their money work hard for them. Poor people work hard for  their money.

Wealth file 16 Rich people act in spite of fear. Poor people let fear stop them.

Wealth file 17 Rich people constantly learn and know. Poor people think they already know.

So What the Heck Do I Do Now ?
Share the Wealth

Audible audiobook version T. Harve Eker Secrets of a millionaire mind, mastering the inner game of wealth

The Bhagavad Gita (Classic of Indian Spirituality) (Easwaran’s Classics of Indian Spirituality)

This is a great spiritual book. Its a Hindu scripture book but non Hindu people can get great insight into their purpose in life.

We read it every morning by opening to a random page and reading a couple of lines. You can spend the morning with these lines rattling around your subconscious and its very refreshing, calming and spiritual.

It won’t really help you make or save money but it will help you remember that they do not matter so much.

Here are the chapter contents:



  1. The war within
  2. Self-realisation
  3. Selfless service
  4. Wisdom in action
  5. Renounce & rejoice
  6. The practice of meditation
  7. Wisdom from realisation
  8. The eternal Godhead
  9. The Royal path
  10. Divine splendor
  11. The cosmic vision
  12. The way of love
  13. The field and the knower
  14. the forces of evolution
  15. The supreme of self
  16. two paths
  17. The power of faith
  18. Freedom and renunciation




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Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life Paperback

Tony Robbins is THE self-help guru no matter what he claims. He is the ultimate salesman and manages to research and regurgitate his learnings in a way that helps others.

He is not an original thinker but he is an excellent communicator. He also writes books that are almost impossible to finish. But his books are great to dip into when you need some motivation.

His chapters cover most issues a human being could ever experience and are incredibly concise and helpful.

Audible audiobook version Awaken The Giant Within:

The Alchemist Novel by Paulo Coelho

This is a book that is very important to the property development course.

The Alchemist is a book that is very well known. It has been bought by over sixty two million people.

The book is presented in the form of a parable that explores a persons purpose in life and following your own soul.

Just read it. It takes a couple of hours, it is childlike easy to read and it will stir something in your soul. We sometimes read it when we are tired but cannot sleep and it really sends you off to a calm, blissful sleep.

Audible audiobook version The Alchemist

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Robert T. Kiyosaki is a controversial guy. He is a little bit of a dodgy character in real life but his first book is pure gold for teaching you useful financial viewpoints you just will not hear elsewhere.

This book is very well known there is a reason for it.

The author takes solid lessons on personal finance and skillfully teaches these stories through an analogy of sorts. He compares his poor dad and the reasons why he was poor to the rich and successful dad-figure that he found in a local businessman.

It is a good book and not difficult to read. Here is the book outline.

Chapter 1 The Rich do not work for money

Chapter 2 Why teach financial literacy

Chapter 3 Mind your own business

Chapter 4 The history of taxes and the power of corporations

Chapter 5 The rich invent money

Chapter 6 Work to learn, do not work for money

Chapter 7 Overcoming Obstacles

Chapter 8 Getting started

Chapter 9 Still want more ? Here are some to dos

Final thoughts

About the Author

If you are tired of working for an employer and want financial independence then this is a great book.

Remember, one book does not cover everything — read books and expand your sources of knowledge.

Audible audiobook version Rich Dad Poor Dad: 20th Anniversary Edition What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!