"Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki

This is a fantastic book and last I heard it became the best selling book of all time in its category and I can see why. It is a perfect example about how we are "trained" to think about money. One dad had a really good "job" as a school administrator and his friends dad was an entrepreneur who teaches both of them hard lessons about money. Until I read this book I was completely lacking in one part of my "goal-setting" and this book helped me put it in perspective. Real wealth is when you have enough assets paying for your cost of living with dividends, interest or cash flow without touching the original asset. So I made a goal to have a specific dollar amount of assets spinning off a certain return and set off for the financial goal. Before this book, somehow I was not clear on something so important.
He also explains it to you like a third grader what the difference is between a "liability" and an "asset" which sadly, most people don't know.
This book is timeless and should be required reading for everyone (especially High-School kids). Seriously one of the best of all time and a must read. I have probably purchased 8 copies over time and handed them out.


"The One Thing: The Surprising Simple Thing Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller

Well, early in this book the authors challenge six widely popular beliefs and confront them as lies.

1. Everything Matters Equally
2. Multitasking is Good
3. Success Requires a Disciplined Life
4. Willpower is Always on Will-Call
5. A Balanced Life is Required
6. Big is Bad

They thoroughly discuss each point, although I am sure one could write a book about each of these topics. But that's not what this book is about. This is about ONE thing, and that's FOCUS. Being successful, according to the authors, requires less discipline than you think. It's about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. So if you wish to thrive, prosper and flourish...decide what things you're not going to do!

Bottom line... this is a self-help book and I have read hundreds of self-help books, even written some. I can vouch that it's always way harder to create, write and compile your many thoughts into a string of words that deliver a powerful message. Gary and Jay have done a great job! The book is an easy read with good structure, commonsense illustrations and a singularity of message. I would most certainly recommend reading the book. It will definitely challenge you to recalibrate some things in your life.

In closing, and on a lighter side, here are three of my favorite sayings from the book:

* "Multi-tasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time."
* "Life is too short to chase unicorns."
* "Success is an inside job."

Stefan Swanepoel
New York Times Best Selling Author of over 20 books:


The ONE Thing has made more than 175 appearances on national bestseller lists, including #1 Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today. It won 12 book awards, has been translated into 20 languages, chosen as one of the Top 5 Business Books of 2013 by Hudsonís Booksellers and one of Top 30 Business Books of 2013 by Executive Book Summaries. People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Sales teams are boosting sales. Churches are conducting classes and recommending from the pulpit. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by deepening their faith, building their careers, strengthen their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.

YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And whatís the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotionsóand lots of stress. AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTHóLESS AND MORE. In The ONE Thing, youíll learn to...

ï cut through the clutter
ï achieve better results in less time
ï build momentum toward your goal
ï dial down the stress
ï overcome that overwhelmed feeling
ï revive your energy ï stay on track
ï master what matters to you

The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your lifeówork, personal, family, and spiritual.