The Book on Rental Property Investing (Denver, CO: BiggerPockets Publishing, LLC, 2015)

The Book on Rental Property Investing, written by real estate investor and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast Brandon Turner, contains nearly 400 pages of in-depth advice and strategies for building wealth through rental properties. You’ll learn how to build an achievable plan, find incredible deals, pay for your rentals, and much, more more! Real estate investing will never again be the same!

If you’ve ever thought of using rental properties to build wealth or obtain financial freedom, this book is a “must-read.”

The Overachiever’s Guide to Getting Unstuck: Replan, Reprioritize, Reaffirm (Durham, NC: Linda Prentice Cohen, 2013)

Do you feel trapped by your own plans, expectations, and priorities?

As a CPA, successful entrepreneur, consultant, volunteer, husband, father, and martial arts enthusiast, author Bill Reeb knows first-hand how easy it is to let your own goals and ideas keep you from moving forward. He’s spent years analysing the roadblocks he regularly encounters in his own life, in addition to the obstacles that he sees his high-achieving clients struggle with on a daily basis.

Drawing on his experience as a leading business consultant and his years of martial arts training, Reeb developed a logical and dynamic process for getting more out of life and avoiding the pitfalls that are often part and parcel with a high-achievement mind set.

Being “stuck” takes on many forms, from simply failing to change course when you know you should, to circumstances that are complicated by family commitments and financial constraints. Reeb’s process of replanning, reprioritizing, and reaffirming is flexible enough to apply to any barrier, big or small, that you run into.

Rely on the advice and tools in this book to help you:

  • Determine what drives you
  • Recognize the early signs of being “stuck”
  • Learn to work “better” instead of “harder”
  • Balance conflicting priorities
  • Set boundaries
  • Manage your time
  • Align what you think with what you do
  • Move past roadblocks
  • Derive a greater sense of fulfilment from what you take on in life

At the Crossroads: The Remarkable CPA Firm that Nearly Crashed, then Soared (Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008)

Joe Abriola has a problem—a big problem. Managing partner of a prosperous Minneapolis CPA firm, Joe has just learned that his partners are on the vergeof mutiny. Why are they so upset? It’s him!—or, rather, it’s the way he’s let their practice slide intocomplacency. Why are other CPA firms growing so fast when theirs isn’t?

The partners want answers—fast. If not, Joe may find himself out in the cold . . . and it gets awfully cold in Minneapolis in the winter. What will he do?

What Joe does forms the backbone of this delightful new growth parable from Gale Crosley and Debbie Stover. In years of teaching CPA firms how to grow, Crosley—who heads Crosley+Company, an Atlanta-based CPA consulting firm—has developed a dynamic approach called the Practice Growth Model.

In At the Crossroads, that model gets put into place, and in the process, we learn what it takes to transform a sleepy, uninspired CPA firm into a powerhouse. Will all the partners survive? Will Joe survive? What about know-it-all Frank, too-lofty-to-care Charles, orcounting-the-days-till-he-retires Harold?

And what about the staff? The business developer who dresses like a dream but doesn’t have a clue about bringing in business . . . the marketing director the partners won’t take seriously—even the mailroom guy gets in a few licks!

Does this firm, with its head in the sand, blithely ignoring the complexities of a changing marketplace, look anything like yours? Would you like it to? Especially when the makeover is complete, and they’re chalking up phenomenal growth, with a win rate on highly qualified opportunities of seventy percent?

If your firm is underachieving or growing inefficiently, and you’d like to know how to change all that, At the Crossroads may hold the key to a bright new future.

The Soul of Enterprise: Dialogues on Business in the Knowledge Economy (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

The world’s economy has been transformed from a twentieth-century materials-based economy to the Age of the Knowledge-Based Economy — and the currency of this realm is ideas, imagination, creativity, and knowledge. According The World Bank, 80% of the developed world’s wealth now resides in human capital.

Written by Ronald Baker and Ed Kless, hosts of The Soul of Enterprise: Business in the Knowledge Economy, the popular radio show on Voice America’s Business Channel, The Soul of Enterprise: Dialogues on Business in the Knowledge Economy sounds the clarion call that organizations can no longer ignore this seismic shift that has occurred in the economy since 1959. The Soul of Enterprise introduces the three components of Intellectual Capital — human capital, social capital, and structural capital — and how to leverage them to create wealth in today’s economy, by revealing:

* The physical fallacy — why wealth no longer consists of tangible things, but of ideas, imagination and knowledge from human minds
* The best learning tool ever invented: After Action Reviews
* Why Frederick Taylor and the Scientific Management movement was a fraud and the wrong focus for knowledge workers
* The fact that effectiveness always and everywhere trumps efficiency
* The First Law of Pricing: All value is subjective
* The Second Law of Pricing: All prices are contextual
* The Morality of Markets: Doing well and doing good
* Why your organization — and you — need to be driven by a higher purpose than profit

The Soul of Enterprise will inspire and challenge readers to unlock the enormous financial and competitive power hidden in the intellectual capital of their organizations and knowledge workers

The ValueReporting Revolution: Moving Beyond the Earnings Game (New York, NY: Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001)

In order to decide whether or not a company is a good investment, analysts and investment professionals need to know as much as possible about the company’s tangible and intangible assets, as well as a variety of critical performance measures. Written by an international team of experts, The Value Reporting Revolution clearly explains why corporations must move toward greater transparency and, more importantly, it provides a comprehensive framework for achieving that goal. Among other important lessons, readers learn how to identify the gaps between how corporate managers perceive their disclosure practices versus how the markets see them, as well as how to leverage their organizations’ electronic communications technology and tools to ensure easy access to vital information and more meaningful data analysis.

The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership (New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2014)

In this book, Richard Branson shares the knowledge and insights accumulated over the course of his career as he built an empire of diverse businesses.

From an educational and inspirational perspective, The Virgin Way ranks in the middle of the pack.  I do not recall learning much that I could apply in running my business, but the individual (i.e., Richard Branson) and his story make for an entertaining read. The book’s content is presented in the form of life lessons learned from Branson’s experiences, and it is delivered with a laid-back, casual tone.

In short, this book is best suited for the casual reader interested in enjoying the story of an entrepreneur and his journey.

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else (New York, NY: Portfolio, 2010)

Asked to explain why a few people truly excel, most people offer one of two answers. The first is hard work. Yet we all know plenty of hard workers who have been doing the same job for years or decades without becoming great. The other possibility is that the elite possess an innate talent for excelling in their field. We assume that Mozart was born with an astounding gift for music, and Warren Buffett carries a gene for brilliant investing. The trouble is, scientific evidence doesn’t support the notion that specific natural talents make great performers.

According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, both the hard work and natural talent camps are wrong. What really makes the difference is a highly specific kind of effort-“deliberate practice”-that few of us pursue when we’re practicing golf or piano or stockpicking. Based on scientific research, Talent is Overrated shares the secrets of extraordinary performance and shows how to apply these principles. It features the stories of people who achieved world-class greatness through deliberate practice-including Benjamin Franklin, comedian Chris Rock, football star Jerry Rice, and top CEOs Jeffrey Immelt and Steven Ballmer.

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing (New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006)

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham, taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing” — which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies — has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s principles.

Vital and indispensable, this HarperBusiness Essentials edition of The Intelligent Investor is the most important book you will ever read on how to reach your financial goals.

The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie (New York, NY: Penguin Group, Inc., 2006)

Here, for the first time in one volume, are two impressive works by Andrew Carnegie himself: his autobiography and “The Gospel of Wealth,” a groundbreaking manifesto on the duty of the wealthy to give all of their fortunes back to society.

Carnegie practiced what he preached in terms of giving back to society.  In fact, Mark Twain (a close friend of Carnegie) dubbed him “St. Andrew” while Prime Minister William Gladstone singled him out as the “example” for wealthy aristocrats.

The story of his success begins with a $1.20-a-week job at a bobbin factory where he learned the values of hard work and frugality.  Clearly, these tenets stuck with him, as he amassed (and subsequently gave away) an unprecedented fortune by the end of his life.

The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn in College About How to be Successful (New York, NY: Penguin Group, Inc., 2011)

Some of the smartest, most successful people in the country didn’t finish college. None of them learned their most critical skills at an institution of higher education. And like them, most of what you’ll need to learn to be successful you’ll have to learn on your own, outside of school.

Michael Ellsberg set out to fill in the missing pieces by interviewing a wide range of millionaires and billionaires who don’t have college de­grees, including fashion magnate Russell Simmons and Facebook found­ing president Sean Parker.

This book is your guide to developing practical success skills in the real world: how to find great mentors, build a world-class network, make your work meaningful (and your meaning work), build the brand of you, and more. Learning these skills is a necessary addition to any education, whether you’re a high school dropout or graduate of Harvard Law School.