I have read more than 1,200 nonfiction books over the past 30 years over many topics like trading, investing, nutrition, success, psychology, business, and human performance. I have been asked for my top picks for suggested reading of the ones I have found to be the best.

Here are my top 20 picks for the best nonfiction books I have read that have given me principles to make changes to improve my life, think more clearly, make better decisions, grow, or improve in some area. These books will give you a different type of education you didn’t receive in school.

  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  2. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  3. Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Anthony Robbins
  4. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  5. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  6. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: by Carol S. Dweck
  7. Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey
  8. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  9. The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco
  10. Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity by Stephen Palmer
  11. Trend Following: How to Make a Fortune in Bull, Bear, and Black Swan Markets by Michael Covel
  12. Market Wizards by Jack Schwager
  13. Trade Like a Casino Find Your Edge, Manage Risk, and Win Like the House by Richard Weissman
  14. Mastering the Zone: The Next Step in Achieving SuperHealth by Barry Sears
  15. Influence, New and Expanded: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  16. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  17. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson
  18. Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life by Barbara Fredrickson
  19. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  20. Choose Yourself! by James Altucher

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