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Old 07-23-2014, 02:09 PM   #61
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Since it hasn't been mentioned yet: The Richest Man in Babylon


Also, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

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Old 07-23-2014, 03:16 PM   #62
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The two books that I always suggest to people are The Millionaire Next Door and Your Money or Your Life.

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Old 07-23-2014, 08:41 PM   #63
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I always throw up when I read self-help books like Millionaire Next Door (other than Franklin's Autobiography, which is the exception that proves the rule).
Like imolderthanu, reading Walden--specifically the first two chapters "Economy" & "Where I Lived and What I Lived For"--at 15 made a profound impression, that I never forgot. Thoreau (influenced by Carlyle) measures work as time to pay for living expenses and argues that reducing your expenses frees time to experience life's value, in a nutshell.
I also was influenced by Keynes, Smith, Galbraith (history of depression and The Great Socity), Marx, Dickens (Micawber, etc), and Carlyle, but then I was a lit and poly-sci major. YMMV.

I like Bernstein a lot and Bogle but read them late, only a few years ago. (I gather one of Thoreau's arguments is essentially Your Money or Your Life, but I've only read some descriptions or references to the latter. )
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:40 PM   #64
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It was Diane Mc Curdy's _How Much is Enough_, about 5 years before we retired, sooner than we'd expected, that helped me get us more prepared for what was to come.

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Old 07-24-2014, 10:59 PM   #65
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I read 8 financial books before my retirement 7 yrs ago. The best? Coffeehouse Investor.
using an 8.5% withdrawal rate until SS kicks in
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:20 PM   #66
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Not a book, but an elective class in marketing.

No matter the product/service, it is all about making you want something you didn't know you wanted, or to desire something you didn't know you desired, or making "good enough" into "Premium" so you'll feel special.

IOW, it's about separating you from as much of your money as possible. The class was an eye-opener for me and I never looked at advertising the same way again.
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:56 PM   #67
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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.

Was that a positive motivation or a negative motivation? You know, the carrot or the stick. My guess is the stick. That stuff sounds as painful and annoying as continuous quality improvement in the medical field.

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Old 07-26-2014, 04:09 PM   #68
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No book motivated me. I immigrated to US at young age and washing dishes is what motivated me to do anything I can do attend and finish College.

That experience of having very difficult first 4-5 years of life in US made me very frugal, which I am no longer by most peoples standard.

But I must admit reading The Millionaire next door made big impression on me. It opened my eyes to the fact that people who look rich are NOT.
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Old 07-26-2014, 04:44 PM   #69
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