Common Sense Living

Recommended Reading

“The Success Loop” by Paul Ricci offers a framework for success.  Many people are not taught success principles when they are younger, and therefore lack this perspective. The Success Loop looks at success as a “process”, as opposed to something that just happens by accident to people.

“The New Case For Gold” by James Rickards explains why gold is the safest asset to own, and why it should be seriously considered as a component in every investment portfolio. This USA Today and Wall Street Journal best seller makes a solid case showing that as currencies such as the dollar come and go, gold has been steadfast for thousands of years.

“Financial Fitness” by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward exposes the “financial matrix” to readers. The “financial matrix” is a modern form of debt-based slavery and control propagated by the Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world. Chris and Orrin help their readers get free from the financial matrix through 47 solid principles that focus on financial defense (getting free from debt), and financial offense (building more income).

“The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas Stanley and William Danko is a great book to read if you are interested in the habits of wealthy individuals. The habits may surprise you, as it did the authors when they performed their research.

“The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman teaches couples how to communicate with each other. This book has saved many marriages that struggle with communication, where she is one page, while he is on another. When we talk in a language our partner doesn’t understand, the relationship suffers. The five love languages are: Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

“Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki describes two male parental figures in Kiyosaki’s life. One who held a safe, good paying job, and one who ran his own business. The good paying job didn’t work out anywhere near as well as the “dad” who ran his own business.

“Flags of Our Fathers” by James Bradley depicts an incredible journey of discovery about his father, John Bradley, during World War II. John Bradley was one of the 6 flag raisers shown in the most famous photo of the 20th century. This is a book about courage, war, friendship, heroism, and the long lasting effects war can have on individuals and families.

“One Up On Wall Street” by Peter Lynch is a fantastic read describing how the average guy actually has an edge over the professional investor. Written in the 1980s, the book is a little dated in stock research technology, but the principles outlined still hold true today.

“The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey talks about basic money management. Unfortunately, they don’t teach this stuff in high school, and many grow up financially unprepared for life. They get themselves into debt, and have trouble getting off that treadmill. Avoid these mistakes, and take Dave’s advise early in life.

“His Needs Her Needs” by Willard F. Harley, Jr. is a book about having a successful, affair-proof, marriage. More than 50% of marriages end in divorce. If you are satisfying the true needs of your spouse, and they are satisfying yours, your marriage cannot help but be a success.  This book talks about the needs of the typical man, and the needs of the typical woman when it comes to marriage.  The rest is up to you!

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