THE LIFESTYLE Accountant’s Library: The Must Read Books for accountants As of 2017
Over the years, I've read a handful books that have helped me ignite several breakthroughs during my accounting career. These books will help you make massive improvements in your accounting career and overall life.
Remaining Relevant - The future of the accounting profession by Rob Nixon
My friend and business partner, Chris Hooper, sent me a copy of this book when I first started working with him. The book was so insightful, I couldn't put it down and finished it the very same day I received it in the mail. It's a how to guide for surviving in 'accountapocolypse' (another Chris Hooper gem).
This book was probably meant for CPA firm owners, however, it's a must read if you want to work remotely. I guarantee you (100% 60-day zero money back) if you read this book and mention it in your cover letter/job application about how it's impacted your outlook on the accounting profession, you should be at the top of the talent pool.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
Like many people who read the 4-Hour Workweek, I absolutely loved the case-studies presented in that book. This was a game changer for me and sparked so many ideas in my head and had a huge impact on the way I thought of working and a career going forward. When I was just a staff accountant at the time, I was trying to figure out how I could apply the 4HWW to my own life and be able to work anywhere in the world. Concepts such as geoarbitrage, travel hacking, the new retirement, and outsourcing the stuff you don't want to do were things I started thinking about and changing in my life. Ultimately, I would escape the 9-5 years later, but it was this book that sparked the fire inside me to start getting the wheels in motion. In fact, it was this book that really opened my mind to traveling to such places as Thailand where the cost of living is insanely inexpensive and I would go on to quit my job and travel there for a few weeks. I am so thankful that Tim Ferriss wrote this book as he started a massive movement.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
I received a copy of this book from my former boss. In fact he bought copies for the everyone in the Accounting Department I worked with. Talk about investing in your employees, because this book is a great investment. If you want to start getting shit done in business then this book is MUST READ. The title pretty much explains it all. If you want to be highly effective in business and life, then you need to start building these habits into your daily ritual. And this is the type of book that you can read slowly and let the concepts marinate in your brain. It's also a good idea to read multiple times as to really make sure you are continuously practicing these habits and making strides.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
I wish I could remember the person who recommended this book to me years ago because I would thank them for sharing this with me. This book changed my mindset on how to interact with people. After reading it, you start thinking about other people more and will be less focused on you. You start creating win-win situations and getting more out of life than you imagined. The title of the book makes it sound a little bit shady, but trust me, all it really means is that you will be able to start finding common ground with anyone in life and build relationships which is key to having a wealthy life.