If you’re looking for a good book to read on vacation this summer, you’re in luck. This summer’s best wealth and wisdom reads are hopeful, humorous, and actionable, and they’re all a good length for reading on the plane! Here are five books we’re loving this summer:
1. Crushing It: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too
Gary Vaynerchuk gives us a good look at how modern entrepreneurs are rocking their businesses and shows us how we can implement their strategies into our own businesses right now. If you own your own business, or are thinking about starting your own business, Crushing It is a must-read.
I enjoy Vaynerchuk’s writing style. It’s approachable and his advice is very practical. I like that the strategies in the book aren’t the usual vague stuff we see in most career and business guides—this is a “so and so did it this way, and here’s how you can do it too” approach. A lot of his advice is on how to rock social media (Twitter and Facebook, but also newer platforms like Spotify, Soundcloud, and iHeartRadio), which is an ever-changing target if there ever was one.
2. You are a Badass at Making Money
If you aren’t rolling in fat stacks of cash every night, it’s probably because you have some deep-seeded belief about money that’s holding you back on your road to wealth. In You are a Badass at Making Money, Jen Sincero gives you strategies to break your money-repelling cycle so you can begin building wealth.
In some places, Sincero’s book is a little like a potty-mouth version of The Secret, but her advice is very good. She tells it like it is, and weaves short exercises for breaking through your money roadblocks at the end of every chapter. I’m not rolling in the dough yet, but maybe if I repeat “I love money and money loves me” enough times, it might just happen. You are a Badass at Making Money is a good before bed read to help you visualize the life you want at the end of each day.
3. What Color is Your Parachute? 2018
If you’re struggling with your career in any way, it’s time to pull out the job hunter’s bible, What Color is Your Parachute?
Even if you’ve read it before, the book is republished every year with the latest in job hunting and career soul-searching advice. It’s a fantastic read every year. Sadly, Richard Bolles died last year, but his son continues the tradition of updating the book for 2018.
Seriously, if you’re stuck in your career path, and you only have time to read one book, this is the book you must read.
4. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things are Better than You Think
If you haven’t heard, Bill Gates is giving all 2018 college graduates a copy of the book, Factfulness. There’s a good reason why. We are bombarded by media messages that life sucks and our planet is on fire. Hans Rosling proves that this simply isn’t true. The world is in a better place than it’s ever been.
Bill Gates describes the book in this short video:
This isn’t a political rant about “fake news” or that sort of thing. This is a logical look at what’s really going on in the world, and how we can change our perspective to continue making the world a richer, better place. This is a book about using our brains instead of our reactionary emotions. Hooray!
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5. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World
Despite the title, Make Your Bed is about the author’s experience as a Navy Seal and how it taught him to think about leadership, teamwork, and how making small efforts can lead to meaningful change. It’s about perseverance in the face of adversity.
William H. McRaven gives us 10 principles to follow to change our lives, and then the world. It all starts with making your bed (which you should do anyway. It only takes a minute!).