“Traditional education will make you a living. Self taught education will make you a fortune.”
If you don’t know by now, I’m a big advocate in self-teaching. In the era that we live in now, there is no reason to be ignorant to anything. Knowledge is free, abundant and everywhere. That’s the paradox of a formal “education”.
Colleges and universities want you to think that knowledge is expensive and hard to gain unless you shell out $100k for a fancy, cotton and linen blended piece of paper.
College textbook- $120
Book on Amazon- $10
The irony is that the 10 dollar books on Amazon are written by bonafide people who speak in results, not MBAs.
I’ve seen some bright students struggle to get through a college textbooks. Who can blame them? They’re hard to read. Not applicable to the average person. And the most ironic thing, the business books are written by average people, not by millionaires.
But enough ranting… Here are the books that I would recommend every self-taught king. Please keep in mind that this is by no means a complete list but instead will give you a solid foundation of knowledge that will cost you 1000x less than a college degree.
Health & Fitness
- Primal Body, Primal Mind– I swear that you can’t be online for more than 20 minutes without some “guru” boasting on the discovery of a “diet pill” or new “workout formula”. It’s all rehashed shit with a “secret” thrown in. Primal Body, Primal Mind is a paleo lifestyle book (note; not diet book). This is the book on nutrition, health and supplements without all the marketing bullshit thrown in.
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius– The original philosophy. Marcus Aurelius as a Roman Emperor who ruled from 161-180 AD. Meditations are his personal thoughts on how to live a life full of health and zest. Marcus Aurelius’ philosophy is often re-hashed into modern translations and given as “the secret” or some other re-hashed book. Do yourself a favor and get yourself the original.
- The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson– Good ole’ Ralph. The founder of the translational movement. Ralph was a believer of choosing yourself. To not look outside of yourself for money, resources or happiness. “There are voices which we hear in solitude, but grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. Society everywhere is in a conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.” That was in the 1800’s, before social media, TV or Instagram ass models were even though of.
- 48 Laws of Power– Often criticized for it’s harsh and un-orthodox advice, the 48 Laws of Power is a book that every aspiring entrepreneur should read. It draws influences from The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. In a nutshell this book is about the assimilation of power. If you read the book closely, you can relate the laws to… *cough* *cough* Ole’ mate Trump.
Business & Hustle
- Spin Selling– Marketing is everything. In the attention economy where our attention is bought and sold as ad-space on a website or TV, you have to know the basics on how to sell things. As the competition for jobs increases at an exponential rate, the price of consumer goods increasing, while salaries stay the same, if you want to get ahead in life you must know how to build your personal brand and put yourself in the highest light available.
- Tested Advertising Methods– How to sell yourself at a job interview, how to write copy for a website, how to write a good product description are all included in this book. Great for the beginning blogger, vlogger or Instagram ass model.
Relationships & Mindset
- Models– This isn’t one of those seedy pick-up artists books. “FUCK 10 WOMEN TONIGHT BY SAYING THESE 3 SIMPLE PHRASES.” No. If there were 3 phrases I would know of them by now. Instead this book preaches the simple philosophy of honesty as a means to talk to girls. To be your true-self. Some girls claim that they feel as though they’ve known me for years even though it’s only been a few days. Honesty and being my weird, unorthodox self is the key.
- The Rational Male– Most of the things that I say on this website the average person would be **triggered** by. Perhaps it’s my views on the USA, relationships or black people. This book is no different. I would consider this book dangerous reading and is not for the male who hasn’t been exposed to the truths of women and relationships. My favorite quote- “The person who cares the least in the relationship has the most power“
- Undisputed Truth, Mike Tyson– When most people think of Mike Tyson they think of a fuckboy. Although I can’t deny that, I can say that he has one of the most interesting lives of any modern man. He came from a shit, drug riddled youth to becoming the richest athlete (300 million) to losing it all in an extreme hedonistic manor. My favorite quotes comes from this book- “My life depended on succeeding. If I didn’t, I would just be a useless piece of shit”.
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X–