my journey from negative net worth to financial freedom




Here’s my library. A growing list of books I’ve read, am currently reading or plan to read (wishlist!). For the books I’ve read, I give a quick summary and a grade:

Real Estate

HOLD: How to find, buy and rent house for wealth – Gary Keller et. al

  • Teaches the basics. How to find, purchase, rent and manage properties. Additional info on metrics like cap rate, return on investment and cash on cash return. (A+)

Set for Life – Scott Trench

  • How to start a path to financial freedom. Introduces the concept of house hacking. Emphasizes the importance of keeping your living expenses low to save money. (C)

Multifamily Millions– David Lindahl

  • How to be a repositioning mogul. How to buy multi family properties under value, fix them up, get new tenants and increase rent (or sell to other investors for a large profit). (B+)

Building Wealth One House at a Time – John Schaub

Real Estate Investing Gone Bad – Phil Pustejovsky

Millionaire Real Estate Investor – Gary Keller

Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings – Steve Berges

Landlording on Autopilot – Mike Butler (finished)

  • Some of the info is a bit outdated (i.e. doesn’t discuss the techie systems and apps landlords can use to increase efficiency) but contains a lot of other great info (tax benefits of landlording, how to screen tenants, how to expertly manage tenants and contractors, etc.). Written in an easy to read format. (A)

13 Ways to Valuing Your First Multiplex: A Step by Step Guide – Ben Leybovich

ABCs of Real Estate Investing – Ken McElroy

The Book on Rental Property Investing – Brandon Turner

The Book on Investing in Real Estate with no (and low) Money Down – Brandon Turner

The Book on Managing Rental Properties – Brandon Turner (currently reading)

How to Make Big Money in Small Apartments – Lance Edwards

The Book on Estimating Rehab Costs – J. Scott

Building Wealth with Inner City Rentals: Success the Catalytic Landlord Way – Al Williamson

Small Business

The E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

Inner Growth

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

The Seat of the Soul- Gary Zikav

Self Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead – Nancy Ancowitz, Bernadette Dunne

The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World – Marti Olsen Laney

Personal Finance/FIRE

Rich Dad’s Cash Flow Quadrant: Guide to Financial Freedom – Robert Kiyosaki

Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey

Your Money or Your Life – Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, Monique Tilford


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Here are podcasts currently on my playlist:

Real Estate

The Real Wealth Show


Rental Income Podcast

Best Ever Show



Personal Finance/Growth

Peacefully Profitable

Journey to Launch

Clever Girl

Paychecks and Balances