The Knowledge Cooler – Books

The Knowledge Cooler: Storing the Freshest Milk from All Over the World!

The Knowledge Cooler is a simple collection of books that have had a positive impact on my quest for financial independence. For each book in this library I will write up a few things:

The Basics:

A very brief teaser of what the book is about. I emphasize the word brief because if you want more details/information then there is a very easy solution to your problems: Google it!

All the Feels:

How did I feel after reading? Amped up, stupid, hungry for more, confused, enlightened? You get the point.

My Main Takeaway(s):

Every time I read a book I try to take away at least one key point/message. The things that resonate most with me wont always be aligned with the authors main points, but that’s why this section is called “My Main Takeaway(s)”.

Personal finance is a lifelong journey, you need to keep learning. The worst action is inaction – if you do nothing, then nothing happens. You need to get the wheels in motion and the perfect way to do that is though education.

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits

Perfect for: Building good habits, Breaking bad ones

Length: 320 pages

Depth: Fun to read and try his methods as you go

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Zillow Talk

Zillow Talk

Perfect for: Fun facts to tell your tell estate inclined friends

Length: 304 pages

Depth: Lots of numbers thrown around but content is simple and light

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The 10X Rule

The 10X Rule

Perfect for: Motivation, Thinking Big

Length: 240 pages

Depth: Quick read, more motivational than dense

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Hyperfocus

Hyperfocus

Perfect for: Productivity, Focus, Compartmentalizing

Length: 256 pages

Depth: Need a pen to jot down notes – a lot of actionable advice in here

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How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

Perfect for: Emotional Intelligence, Relationships, Listening

Length: 272 pages

Depth: Non-technical, full of stories

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The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Perfect for: Rethinking your routines, Understanding the importance of good habits

Length: 416 pages

Depth: Collection of entertaining stories

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Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich

Perfect for: Mindset, Mamba Mentality, Career

Length: 320 pages

Depth: Dense with actionable advice

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Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life

Perfect for: Introduction to Financial Independence, Relationship with Money, Overall Financial Health

Length: 368 pages

Depth: Easy to understand, but requires dense actions to implement

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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Perfect for: Learning to Meditate, Controlling your Mind

Length: 304 pages

Depth: Easy to read, Hard to Practice

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The Millionaire Next Door

The Millionaire Next Door

Perfect for: Financial Independence, Basic Money Management

Length: 272 pages

Depth: Light read; requires reflecting on your spending decisions

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The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

Perfect for: Financial Independence, Basic Money Management

Length: 144 pages

Depth: Quick and light

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The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

Perfect for: Foundation to Investing

Length: 304 pages

Depth: A lot of numbers thrown around but the main ideas of the book are easy to grasp

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Principles: Life and Work

Principles: Life and Work

Perfect for: Broader Thinking, Handling and Learning from Failures

Length: 592 pages

Depth: Very dense if you self-reflect and try to relate his principles to your life

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The Truth About Money

The Truth About Money

Perfect for: Introduction to Personal Finance, Foundation to Investing

Length: 736 pages

Depth: Can be dense at times – covers a large range of personal finance topics, some more in depth than others

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The Book on Rental Property Investing

The Book on Rental Property Investing

Perfect for: Foundation to Rental Property Investing

Length: 362 pages

Depth: Light-Medium depending on your prior knowledge of real estate investing

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Set for Life

Set for Life

Perfect for: Introduction to Financial Independence; roadmap to achieve Financial Independence

Length: 236 pages

Depth: Inspires heavy self-reflection about lifestyle choices. So light for some, heavy for others.

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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Perfect for: Realizing life is a marathon, not a sprint; Appreciating that there is more to life than your career

Length: 447 pages

Depth: Easy read, but contains a lot of surf terminology and vocabulary

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Finding and Funding Great Deals

Finding and Funding Great Deals

Perfect for: Experienced real estate investors seeking non-traditional deals, Understanding the general lifetime/process of a real estate deal

Length: 239 pages

Depth: Dense if you are a new real estate investor

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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Perfect for: Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Realism

Length: 400 pages

Depth: Light and non-technical read

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Emotional Agility

Emotional Agility

Perfect for: Personal Development, Stress Relief, Patience

Length: 243 pages

Depth: Light to read but may spark heavy self-reflection

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