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I’ve compiled two lists.  First, my picks for the TOP TEN must-read digital nomad/ entrepreneur inspiration.  This list was compiled from the second list which is an exhaustive list of books to read suggested by digital nomads and entrepreneurs from all over the world.

 

THE MUST READ LIST

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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 Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
• How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
• How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
• How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
• How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”

The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes:
• More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point
• Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than $8 a meal
• How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times
• The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either (From the Hardcover edition)

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Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankel

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (‘meaning’)-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, Man’s Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a ‘book that made a difference in your life’ found Man’s Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America. (from Amazon)

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Wisdom from the Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

By melding love, science, and religion into a primer on personal growth, M. Scott Peck launched his highly successful writing and lecturing career with this book. Even to this day, Peck remains at the forefront of spiritual psychology as a result of The Road Less Traveled. In the era of I’m OK, You’re OK, Peck was courageous enough to suggest that “life is difficult” and personal growth is a “complex, arduous and lifelong task.” His willingness to expose his own life stories as well as to share the intimate stories of his anonymous therapy clients creates a compelling and heartfelt narrative. (from Amazon)

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Zero to One by Peter Thiel

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places. (from Amazon)

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Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses.

What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You’ll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs they hate, victims of “downsizing,” and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages. (from Amazon)

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Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.  Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo — more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

The Industrial Revolution’s “under one roof” model of conducting work is steadily declining owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces and allowing workers to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together.  Today, the new paradigm is “move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace.”  According to Reuters, one in five global workers telecommutes frequently and nearly ten percent work from home every day. Moms in particular will welcome this trend.  A full 60% wish they had a flexible work option. But companies see advantages too in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages.  In Remote, inconoclastic authors Fried and Hansson will convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea–and they’re going to show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished. (from Amazon)

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen and James Fallows

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles. (from Amazon)

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Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much–just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work–to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully. (from the hardcover edition)

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Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping

Could there be a divine purpose behind everything that happens? If you’re willing to embrace this possibility, every aspect of your life can change. This is the theory behind Radical Forgiveness, Colin Tipping’s revolutionary method for liberating your energy for the soul’s highest expression.

“Radical Forgiveness is much more than the mere letting go of the past,” writes Colin. “It is the key to creating the life that we want and the world that we want.” With Radical Forgiveness, he puts that key in our hands. (from Amazon)

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama

This sparkling, wise, and immediately useful gift to readers from two remarkable spiritual masters offers hope that joy is possible for everyone even in the most difficult circumstances, and describes a clear path for attaining it. (from Publishers Weekly)

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Vagabonding! by Rolf Potts and Tim Ferriss

Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on:

• financing your travel time
• determining your destination
• adjusting to life on the road
• working and volunteering overseas
• handling travel adversity
• re-assimilating back into ordinary life

Not just a plan of action, vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit.
(From the Trade Paperback edition)

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THE COMPLETE LIST OF RECOMMENDED BOOKS

 

  • The Millionnaire Fastlane:  Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for Lifetime (MJ DeMarco)
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki)
  • Influence (Robert Cialdini)
  • The  Tipping  Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference (Malcolm Gladwell)
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Charles Duhigg)
  • Think and grow rich (Napoleon Hill)
  • 10x rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure (Grant Cardone)
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
  • Cashvertising: How to Use More than 100 Secrets of Ad-Agency Psychology to Make Big Money Selling Anything to Anyone (Drew Eric Whitman)
  • The richest man in Babylonia (George S. Clason)
  • The 4hour work week  (Tim Ferriss)
  • Blue Truth (David Deida)
  • Laptop millionaire: (How Anyone Can Escape the 9-5 and Make Money Online)
  • The Hidden Millionaire:  Twelve Principles to Uncovering the Entrepreneur in You (Anthony Morrison)
  • Mastermind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes (Maria Konnikova)
  • Start something that matters (Blake Mycoskie)
  • Content Inc: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses (Joe Pulizzi)
  • As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen (Rev. Sun Myung Moon)
  • Zero to One (Peter Thiel)
  • The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that win  (Steve Blank)
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Ashlee Vance)
  • Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
  • Outrageous Openness (Tosha Silver)
  • Vagabonding! (Rolf Potts)
  • Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World (Rita Golden Gelman)
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experiene (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
  • The Power of Habit Unllimited Power (Tony Robbins)
  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (Dalai Lama)
  • Radical Forgiveness (Colin Tipping)
  • Radical Acceptance (Tara Brach)
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (David Allen and James Fallows)
  • Rework (Jason Fried)
  • Remote (Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson)
  • Man’s Search For Meaning (Victor Frankel)

 

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