Can’t believe another year has already passed by. It wasn’t long ago when I had written about the list of books that I hope to have read by the end of 2016. Admittedly, I did not have a chance to read all of those books (though I at least purchased them).

From that list, here are the books that I actually did complete. There were definitely others, and I’ll hope to have short reviews on those in the coming future.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Thoughts: I first listened to the audio book on YouTube. It was free…and after graduating college, I didn’t want to buy another book again. But this book had so much impact that I ended up purchasing the physical book afterwards anyways and start to follow The Tim Ferris Show podcast and occasionally check out his blog.

There have been some stories of people taking the book’s concepts to the extreme, such as the U.S. Programmer outsourcing his job to China, but the key to the book is rethinking how you work. Trading time for money tends to have an earnings ceiling, while if you can provide value for money you can tend to accomplish a lot more with less time invested.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Thoughts: Probably one of the most popular books that results in people pursing investments in real estate. I still keep one eye open with becoming a real estate investor (and eventually will) but what I got the most out of this book is how to look at spending money. There are many times where people make purchases as ‘investments’ when those are actually black holes for the money you do have. TL&DR: Your first purchase after graduating college should not be a brand new car.

Podcasts that I listen to that are similar to this:

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Thoughts: Understanding people 101. The value of emotional intelligence, identifying what makes people ‘tick,’ and how you as an individual can best interact with them. There are a lot of people that try to change everything around them, which is difficult. Instead, if you can learn to become the changing variable, things tends to come a lot easier.

Podcasts Unrelated to Any Above Books

I am a pretty ‘in your face’ type of individual when it comes to almost any discussion. I found that I am almost pretty receptive to those types of podcasts too. Here is a list of podcasts that I have been pretty drawn to in the past couple of months that keeps my attention.

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