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Old 07-21-2014, 04:19 PM   #21
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Add me to the Millionaire Next Door crowd.

I also really liked Clyatt's book, a lot of the case studies in there made me wish I was them. That is good motivation.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:32 PM   #22
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A Random Walk Down Wall St showed me how to get there.
Required reading - 1974 - senior year econ.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:25 PM   #23
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Not a book but a magazine article. I read an article about early retirement in the mid 90s in Money magazine at the same time a family left my Silicon Valley medical practice to move to Oklahoma to retire. The parents were about 30 and had 2 young children. I realized that I envied and admired them.


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Old 07-21-2014, 06:32 PM   #24
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Like many here Your Money or your Life got things started, then The Wealthy Barber, Millionaire Next Door and many articles from Money Magazine ( I bought Wellesley/ Wellington, Mutual Shares and Selected American Shares from articles in Money Magazine nearly 30 years ago. Still own them). I read many other personal finance retirement books as a hobby since I find the topic quite interesting. Fortunately Rich Dad Poor Dad never made my favorites list...
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:55 PM   #25
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Fortunately Rich Dad Poor Dad never made my favorites list...
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:10 PM   #26
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Although like others here I got the LBYM / FIRE genes from my father, Millionaire Next Door was a powerful reinforcement. And like ejman above, I still have $$ in Mutual Shares that I invested in the early 1980s (although it was on my father's recommendation rather than Money).
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:30 PM   #27
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"A Random Walk Down Walk Street", 2nd edition was the first and most important.

"Cashing in on the American Dream", "Millionaire Next Door", "Work Less, Live More, and "How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free".
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:20 PM   #28
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The Millionaire Next Door changed my life more than any book ever has. It inspired me to put my plan to paper, which set me on a path to FI and early retirement at age 47.

I was also inspired early on by Rich Dad Poor Dad, which if nothing else introduced me to the Cash Flow Quadrant, a handy framework for living off of passive income.

Years later I read a few more books that had a big impact:

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Old 07-21-2014, 10:02 PM   #29
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The Retirement Myth by Craig S. Karpel, published in 1996, is the first book that got me seriously thinking about just what it would take to retire. It is almost 20 years old, but I would argue that it is still germane. He certainly was prescient about many things.

The Retirement Myth: What You Must Know to Prosper in the Coming Meltdown of Job Security, Pension Plans, Social Security, the Stock Market, Housing Prices, and More: Craig S. Karpel, Craig Karpel: 9780060927370: Amazon.com: Books
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:04 PM   #30
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For the book Your Money or Your Life. Is the author of the book Vicki Robin or Alvin Hall?
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:20 PM   #31
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For LBYM, “Millionaire Next Door” reaffirmed frugal living habits and put them it in the context of long-term wealth accumulation, adding both purpose and “panache” to being frugal.

Bob Clyatt’s “Work Less Live More” pointed to the real possibility of early retirement and provided a rough framework for achieving FIRE.

Paul Merriman’s “Ultimate Buy and Hold Portfolio” article (2014 version at: The Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy 2014 - Paul Merriman) and expanded book version “Live it Up Without Outliving Your Money”, first illustrated the value of global diversification across multiple asset classes in portfolio construction. I have followed a similar approach since.

This forum, bogleheads, and many of the oft mentioned classics also provided guidance over time, but the above three were probably the most resonant for getting started on a clear path to FIRE.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:11 AM   #32
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In the order that I read them as a very beginner investor at age 38...

1. Common Sense on Mutual Funds by John Bogle
2. Four Pillars of Investing by William J. Bernstein

I wanted to fully understand the terminology and investing approaches.

I have since read a few other books recommended by more experienced investors that I w*rked with. I did not find this site until after I FIREd in 2007.
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For the book Your Money or Your Life. Is the author of the book Vicki Robin or Alvin Hall?
Most of us probably read the Joe Dominguez edition of the book. But, he was Vickie Robin's partner, and she has (I believe) created an updated version of the original. I would say that one of the most poignant things about the original is that Joe retired early, and then died of cancer very, very young.

The investing advice in the original has not withstood the ravages of time (interest rates), but the philosophy is still very relevant.
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Even before I read Your Money or Your Life, I was in the mindset that if I want to buy X I'll need to work Y hours for it. But the book really hit home about tracking expenses and minimizing costs.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:38 AM   #37
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Amen.

Instead of studying how to make it worth men’s while to buy my baskets, I studied rather how to avoid the necessity of selling them.
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What book inspired me to FIRE?.... Every book my boss ever gave me to read... usually on topics like understanding and motivating Gen Y, continuous business process improvement, and how to synergistically maximize quality and productivity for less cost in an increasingly competitive global environment.
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I know these aren't typically thought of as investment books, but Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat, and Nickel and Dimed On not getting by in America have both been very influential to me in my thinking of money.
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Do magazines count? If so, I'd have to say Playboy. The mansion, cars, "etc", looked pretty good to a 15 year old farm boy. Motivated me to study how to build wealth.
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