Each of my 'must read' recommendations has been carefully selected as a 'golden nugget' from among the countless other books in my library. This list only includes the most valuable and informative books that will help you leapfrog ahead of the competition and dominate life.

The biggest thing you won't learn in college is how to succeed professionally. 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 gaps by interviewing a wide range of millionaires and billionaires who don't have college degrees, including, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, and Pink Floyd songwriter and lead guitarist David Gilmour. This book is your guide to developing practical success skills in the real world. Even if you've already gone through college.

The mainstream financial gurus have sold you blindly down the river. You've been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by recklessly trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the housing market, the stock market, and the job market. This impotent financial gamble dubiously promises wealth in a wheelchair  Accept the 'Slowlane' as your blueprint for wealth and your financial future will blow carelessly asunder on a sailboat of HOPE. However for those who DON'T want a lifetime subscription to mediocrity, there is an alternative; an expressway to extraordinary wealth that can burn a trail to financial independence faster than any road out there. The Fastlane.

Life. Liberty. And the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship.
It is waking up in the morning and pinching yourself black-and-blue that OMG, this is my life, and it is freaking awesome. You live in your dream house, but there's no mortgage. No alarm clock, no boss, no bills. No claims on the day's time other than what you choose. It is making more money before breakfast than you made for an entire week at your last job. It is a crazy expensive car parked in your garage, a victorious symbol that your dreams no longer sleep in fantasies, but are awake with reality. Make no mistake, this life exists. I know, because it has been mine for nearly 20 years. And in a few short years, it can be yours as well. Better, you won't need 5 tedious decades of soul-suffocating frugality, thankless jobs, and patient investing with our trusted friends on Wall Street.

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get rich easily, while others are destined for a life of financial struggle? Secrets of the Millionaire Mind reveals the missing link between wanting success and achieving  Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is two books in one. Part I explains how your money blueprint works, you will learn how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn how to identify your own money blueprint and "revise" it to not only create success but, more important, to keep and continually grow it. In Part II you will be introduced to seventeen "Wealth Files," which describe exactly how rich people think and act differently than most poor and middle-class people. Each Wealth File includes action steps for you to practice in the real world in order to dramatically increase your income and accumulate wealth.

Felix Dennis is an expert at proving people wrong. Starting as a college dropout with no family money, he created a publishing empire, founded Maxim magazine, made himself one of the richest people in the UK, and had a blast in the process. How to Get Rich is different from any other book on the subject because Dennis isn't selling snake oil, investment tips, or motivational claptrap. He merely wants to help people embrace entrepreneurship, and to share lessons he learned the hard way. He reveals, for example, why a regular paycheck is like crack cocaine; why great ideas are vastly overrated; and why "ownership isn't the important thing, it's the only thing".  How to Get Rich is unlike any business book you've read before.

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan, there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint. This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want. How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist and how to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”.

Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life, You must be prepared, when you read this novel, to check every premise at the root of your convictions. It is truly life changing. Filled with heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. Rated  the 2nd most influential book in America after the Bible, Atlas Shrugged is a true modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism - her groundbreaking philosophy. It offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.

What motivates a creative thinker? Is it a selfless desire to benefit mankind? A hunger for fame, fortune, and accolades? The need to prove superiority? Or is it a self-sufficient drive to pursue a creative vision, independent of others’ needs or opinions? Ayn Rand addresses these questions through her portrayal of Howard Roark, an innovative architect, an individual fighting for survival in a society that refuses to accept him. Who, as she puts it, “struggles for the integrity of his creative work against every form of social opposition.” The Fountainhead is a masterpiece, integrating theme, plot, characterization and linguistic craftsmanship together in one tightly wrapped story that will remain in the hearts and minds of the American culture for decades to come. Initially rejected by twelve publishers as “too intellectual,” The Fountainhead became a best seller within two years purely through word of mouth, and earned Rand enduring commercial and artistic success.

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents - in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations. Author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step by step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity - principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Millions of people around the world have improved their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In How to Win Friends and Influence People, he offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding. His advice has stood the test of time and will teach you how to become a better speaker, become a better salesman, network more effectively, build stronger relationships and be more persuasive all while remaining charismatic.