Helpful Resources

by Mike
Helpful Resources
  • Mr. Money Mustache: is the blog that introduced me (and millions of others) to financial independence retire early (FIRE). I read it from the first post to the last. While I am not hardcore “Mustachian,” I practice conscious spending that aligns with my values.
  • Raptitude: Not personal finance related but will make you a better person.
  • JL Collins Stock Series: is a must-read to understand investing and specifically why “FIRE Walkers” choose low-cost index funds as our preferred investment vehicle.
  • Getting Things Done: There’s no denying the impact David Allen had on the concept of productivity and time management through his best-seller “Getting Things Done” (or GTD, as disciples call it). In this podcast, David discusses various topics, such as technology, creativity, and improving mental flow, to help listeners get the most out of their time through the GTD system.
  • The ChooseFI podcast is a great financial podcast. It features actionable tips from the best bloggers in the FI community.
  • The Jocko Podcast has literally changed my life. It is not for everyone and not financially related. It takes commitment. And some of it is tough to hear. It has changed my perspective on life and slowly changing how I act for the better.

Personal Finance, Investing, and Wealth Creation

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your roadmap to financial independence and a rich, free life.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook is a concise read on investing concepts. You’ll feel empowered to manage your investments after reading this book.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. Ramit has a strange on again off again relationship with the FI community. However, roots are in personal finance and his first book provides basics to automate your personal finances.

Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street: This book was first published in 1940  and its lessons are relevant today. It is a humorous and pragmatic look at Wall Street. Basically, your financial advisor is getting rich, you are not rich, why not? Read this book for a fun look at the answer.

Think and Grow Rich: This is another old book that is (mostly) relevant today. This book contains foundational lessons for success. It is also interesting to read this book to see how many people have repackaged the ideas from this book into million-dollar ideas (e.g. The Secret or “mastermind” groups).

The Richest Man in Babylon: Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century (Paperback) – Common is a book that helped me pay down a debt to my father while saving money and not depriving myself. It is a good book for those that are still in debt and not in the wealth creation state.

The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn in College About How to Be Successful is a good book to get insight into wealth creation. It will get you thinking differently.

The Last Safe Investment: Spending Now to Increase Your True Wealth Forever. The author explains the value of investing in people and a tribe (or network). Investing in people as part of a career takes convincing for us introverts and I think the book makes a decent argument. The other well-explained concept is conscious spending.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain is the best book I have read on introversion. I recommend it for introverts and their spouses.


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich was the first book I read that sparked the desire to build a lifestyle away from a 9 to 5 office. This book described passive income before it was a buzzword among every internet blogger. This is a fundamental book to read on your financial independence journey.

Design Your Future: 3 Simple Steps to Stop Drifting and Start Living is an important book for introverts and financial independence. There is no point in releasing yourself from your office job if you have no planned and designed a life for when you gain your independence.