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    Daniil's Book List -

    [LIST UPDATED MARCH 2019] *New books are marked with “[New]”

    Reading is very important to me.

    I can trace some of the most impactful decisions and “pivot points” in my life  to a few books that I happened to read.

    Some of these books caused a huge light bulb to go off in my head and led to MAJOR shifts in my life and business(es).

    Others simply enticed me to some seemingly minor, but (in hindsight) very important “pivots”.

    Below are just some of the the books that influenced me or ones that I have found really insightful.  Feel free to add your book suggestions for investors in the comments section at the bottom!  I’ll keep adding great real estate investing books to this list as I come across them.

    These are the books that have had the most impact – must read for anyone!

    “Rich Dad Poor Dad” – Robert Kiyosaki

    I read this book for the first time around 2003 and this is what originally got me really interested in real estate.

    The premise of the book is so simple yet so profound, that it eludes most of our country’s population (because of poor financial education):  The wealthy in this country get wealthy by buying ASSETS (houses, bonds, stocks, etc) while all the poor worker bees and chumps chase around liabilities (cars, personal residences, credit card debts, etc).

    4 Hour Work Week”- Tim Ferriss – inspired me to create an online business and gave me a different perspective on entrepreneurship.

     “Free – The Future of a Radical Price” – Chris Anderson  Chris is the editor of Wired Magazine and one smart dude when it comes to the future of E-commerce.  This book is responsible for me deciding to give away free software instead of selling it, which in turn resulted in me earning far far more money.  Very insightful book when it comes to various pricing models and where online commerce is headed.

    “Atlas Shrugged” – Ayn Rand  No commentary needed here.  If you haven’t read this book, GO NOW and read it!

    “What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow… And 36 Other Key Financial Measures” – Frank Gallinelli.   

    If you call yourself a real estate investor, you should understand most of the concepts in Frank’s book.  Not an exciting read, but essential to anyone who wants to make money in real estate.

    Great Real Estate and Negotiation Books:

    “Landlording on Autopilot”Mike Butler.   Awesome book if you’re buying rentals and want to manage them correctly to maximize cashflow and minimize vacancies and headaches.

    “Trump Style Negotiation”George H. Ross.  George Ross has been Trump’s right-hand man for decades and is one sharp deal-maker.

    “Powerhouse Principles:  The Billionaire Bluprint for Real Estate Success”Jorge Perez.  A lot of great real estate insights on development and negotiation here.

    “Never Make the First Offer (Except When You Should)”Donald Dell.

    “Start with No”Jim Camp

    “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It” – Chris Voss

    “Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant”Robert Kiyosaki

    “Negotiating With Giants:  Get What You Want Against the Odds” – Peter D. Johnston

    Great Personal Development, Health and Wellness Books:

    “The Miracle Morning” – Hal Elrod

    If you read reviews of this book, it has literally changed thousands of lives in a very profound manner.  The most pivotal part of your day – the part that dictates how the rest of it will go – is your morning routine.

    Change your morning routine = change your day = change your life

    “The Power of Habit – Why WE Do What We do in Life and Business” – Charles Duhigg

    “Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” – Greg McKeown

    “War of Art” – Steven Pressfield. We all struggle with “resistance”, which blocks our creativity and ability to produce our best work effectively.  This book defines this invisible “resistance” and shows you how to overcome it.

    [new]  “Head Strong: The bulletproof plan to activate untapped brain energy to work smarter and think faster – in just two week” – Dave Asprey.  This book has been a gamechanger for me.  From doing away with food in the morning and only sticking to bulletproof coffee, to taking cold showers in the morning, to changing how I eat and sleep, the takeaways from this book are many.  I’ve literally doubled my productivity and energy levels each day since implementing what I’ve read here.

    [new] Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday.  Ton of behavioral and mindset wisdom distilled from countless historical figures over multiple centuries.

    [new] “Tribe of Mentors” – Tim Ferriss.  Tim interviewed a group of top achievers in their fields and asked them the same very specific questions.  Result is a pretty thick book of mindset and performance wisdom and tips from a very diverse group of people.

    [new]  “10% Happier” – Dan Harris.  If you ever wondered about meditation, then you’ll like this book.  Dan was a huge skeptic that over course of time, research and practice became a die-hard convert.  Meditation is a “secret tool” that almost every top performer in every field uses to achieve more inner calm, peace and higher productivity.

    [new]  “Discipline Equals Freedom” – Jocko Willink.  Jocko is a badass ex-Navy Seal who now basically will shame you into waking up at 4am and crushing the entire day like you never have before, while making ZERO excuses and doing ZERO bitching.  No mind-blowing insights here but great for mindset and improving your performance daily.

    [new] “The Obstacle is the Way” – Ryan Holiday.  First and foremost, this is a book about resilience and about having the right attitude in the face of any problem, issue, setback or obstacle.  Ryan is basically the Robert Greene of our generation.  He distills hundreds of years of philosophy, historical figures and their wisdom, and various teachings into easy to digest and easy to internalize principles that everyone can apply to improve themselves. Great, easy read.

    Great Business, Marketing, Sales and Ecommerce Books:

    [new]  “Expert Secrets” – Russell Brunson.  If you want to sell online, you MUST read this book.  If you want to sell from stage, you MUST read this book.  If you want to create a following of loyal, hungry clients, you MUST read this book!

    [new] “No Lie: Truth is the Ultimate Sales Tool” – Barry Maher  The “Skeleton Protocol” will show you how to make your skeletons dance and sell for you.  Instead of trying to hide your perceived weaknesses, use them to your advantage, increase trust in your and your product, and increase your sales!

    [new] “The Tall Lady With Iceberg: The Power of Metaphors to sell, persuade, & explain anything to anyone” – Anne Miller.  Title explains itself.  Very useful book.

    [new] “Leaders Eat Last” – Simon Sinek.  Very good book not just on leadership specifically, but on managing people and employees effectively.  There is a very big takeaway here that I haven’t seen anywhere else central to the book and has made me make some big shifts in my management style. But I won’t spoil it for you!

    “Story Wars – Why those who tell and live the best stories will rule the future.”  – Jonah Sachs.  Good book on marketing and brand building.

    “YOUtility – why smart marketing is about HELP not HYPE”.  – Jay Baer

    “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die” – Chip Heath and Dan Heath

    “The E-Myth Revisited”Michael Gerber.  ** If you only read one book on this list, other than Rich Dad Poor Dad or Atlast Shrugged, read this one.

    “The Medici Effect – Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts & Cultures”Frans Johansson

    “Business Model Generation”Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur.  Your head will explode from reading this.

    “Never Eat Alone” –  Keith Ferrazzi.  Keith is the man when it comes to relationship-building.

    “Guerrilla Marketing” Jay Conrad Levinson.  This speaks for itself.

    “Happiness at Work”Srikumar S. Rao.  Great book for getting a better handle on your emotions, time, etc.

    “Hypnotic Writing”Joe Vitale.  Great copyrighting book.

    “The Pumpkin Plan”Mike Michalowicz.  Excellent book on “going deeper” rather than “wider” in business-building.

    “The Laws of Subtraction”Matthew E. May.

    “Delivering Happiness – A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose”Tony Hsieh

    “The Thank You Economy”Gary Vaynerchuk

    “Getting Real”37 Signals

    “ReWork”Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson (37 Signals)

    “Get Rich Click – The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet”Marc Ostrofsky

    “Made in America” –  Sam Walton.

    “No B.S. Wealth Attraction in the New Economy” –  Dan Kennedy

     “Finish Big:  How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top” – Bo Burlingham.


    [new] “The Lessons of History” – Will and Ariel Durant  Highly recommend this book, especially if you’re a student of trends, cycles, and historical patterns repeating themselves (which they always do).

    [new] “What Would the Rockerfellers Do” – Garrett Gunderson.  Ok, so this book is basically a disguised, “backdoor” sales pitch for whole life insurance.  BUT, 1) It got me to let my guard down and actually learn about life insurance and 2) MUCH more importantly, it opened my eyes to a new way of estate planning that will ensure that my assets do not get divided among my heirs, do not create “trust fund babies” out of my kids, and rather preserve my legacy and create opportunities for empowerment for my descendants many generations into the future.  See next book recommendation for more:

    [new] “Entrusted: Building a Legacy that Lasts” – David York and Andrew Howell. This book came as a result of reading the book I recommended above.  This is a completely different take on estate planning.  Honestly, my mind has been totally blown by the idea of creating a Rockerfeller style trust that stays strong and grows generation to generation, empowering my heirs to be productive and thriving members of society rather than a bunch of rich spoiled fucks, which many childred and grandchildren of the wealthy typically become. If you plan on leaving behind at least a decent chunk of wealth to your heirs, READ THIS!


    Comments (30 comments so far)

    1. Hannah

      Thanks, Daniil! This list is freakin awesome! Looking forward to filling in the gaps with the ones I haven’t read yet.

    2. Mark Mynhier

      I cannot believe that the “father” of all self-improvement books isn’t listed. There was one man who started it all, and that probably everyone on the list refers to: “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Spend $0.99 and get it on your Kindle (https://www.amazon.com/Think-and-Grow-Rich-ebook/dp/B00AIR8CMS/ref=la_B000APAMYE_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380562334&sr=1-1). I absolutely LOVE Tim Ferris (all of his books) and “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. But Napoleon Hill is the originator and the founder of all of this and his insights are invaluable.

      Thank you for the rest of the list…now I have a few more on my “to do” list.

    3. Don Slater here., Thank you for sharing your book list.
      I will start to read each one. All my adult life, well since
      1963, I have been self employed. I satrted out in refrigeration
      and air conditioning. That lead to plumbing and pipefitting.
      When I started my own business, I knew how to do the work,
      but not the business. The Good Lord watched over me.
      I married a young lady that I dated for 5 years in 1950.
      We raised 2 children, have 4 Grandchildren and 3 GreatGrandchildren.
      My Bride of almost 61 years left me on Good Friday 2011.
      I’m now 84. I still want to earn money working for myself,
      now it’s on-line.
      You encourage me. Thank you.

    4. Kaz

      Great list

      I have some of these books in my collection
      Already. Such as “what every investor should know about cash flow and the 4 hour work week.
      Anything by Robert Kyosaki is essential. I read tax loop holes for real estate investors too
      If I can remember correctly that was the title.

    5. Greg Henricks

      Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T.Harv Eker. Easy read and learned alot as a beginning real estate investor, that I still use daily..

    6. Rhoan scarlett

      1. The richest man in Babylon by George Clason.
      2. Think and grow rich by Napoleon hill
      3. Write it down make it happen
      4. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carneigi.

    7. Marge Bynoe

      Thank you for sharing and over delivering Mr. D’ I counted 23 awesome books. Whoa!
      To add to your list: Think Big…’Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence’ by Ben Carson, M.D.


      Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich, The Road to Riches, Tax Free Retirement by Patrick Kelley


      Daniil, Thank you so much , this is awesome!! Will add this list to my “To Read Books” list.
      Couple more books for your list: Napoleon Hills: Outwitting the Devil, The Law of Success 16 principles

    10. Great advice Daniil. If you’re not learning something new everyday then you have wasted a day (My opinion). A great book to put on the list is Napoleon Hill: The Law of Success in 16 Lessons.

    11. A number of books I would add are already on others list particularly “Think & Grow Rich”
      I would add “Why “A” Students work for “C” Students” by Robert Kiyosaki & “The Art of Raising
      Capital” by Darren Weeks.

    12. Jeff Olson’s The slight edge
      Turned my life around

    13. Donald Lillesve

      Thanks Daniil!! One more suggestion is The Answer by John Assaraf and Murray Smith. This one will shift your thinking.

    14. Mark Broadway

      Great authors and great reads!

    15. David W Brinton


      Great list and I know for sure that a few of them will next be in my library. May I add, “Self Made Millionaire in America”. For sure it is an older print, but then so are many on your list. They still work because the principles are timeless.

      Look forwarrd to someday meeting face to face, I’ll even pay for dinner.

    16. Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson,M.D.
      Its about dealing with change and your attitude.
      Daniil, thanks for sharing your book list and there probably isn’t a single person that is successful in business that doesn’t take the time to read. (period) We learn from others as much by our own actions.
      Again thanks,
      Chuck Jones

    17. Maurice

      Thanks Daniil! Good list! I’ll share some of mine at a later time! On another note, people need to keeo their personal beliefs/opinions , personal! Not mentioning Napoleon Hill is not a dis-service and neither is Napoleon Hill the “exclusive” source of all self help books or knowledge! Known or unknown, there were others prior to the late Mr. Hill! Recognizing your reason for sharing “your” list, you’d think, would out way not recognizing one of many, who sought to inspire others,which obviously, is what you’re doing! Thanks again! Keep it going!

    18. Teresa

      Thanks for the book recommendations. I like to tap into the minds of those on the pathway of positive achievement & inspiration – that’s what I so much need to quench & water into my soul to keep on.

    19. Keith Macewicz

      I just got your email today, Daniil, which directed me to your book list
      Thank you for the great list of books to read!
      I’d love to learn how to do the new construction business; how to know the right market to work in; how to sell correctly; and how to get the financing and/or partner(s) to do them.
      Have a great week!

    20. Carolyn Stewart

      Thanks for the list of books Daniil.. I will check them out.

    21. Asha Ramlall

      Please add The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

    22. Dan Nicholson

      Thanks for the great list Daniel. I look forward to reading them.
      Their common theme seems to be business success and wealth building.
      In today’s litigious society we also need to be concerned about protecting
      the our family’s wealth and possessions against those who would use the
      legal system and contingency lawyers to rightly or wrongfully take the fruits
      of our labors from us. I have read many books on the subject of asset protection.
      The most complete and comprehensive book on this topic I have found is
      Another excellent FREE pdf book on asset protection for doctors can be downloaded
      at http://WWW.RJMINTZ.COM. While geared to wealthy high risk medical professionals, the
      principles are just as relevant to everyone wanting to keep their wealth and possessions
      out of the grasp of creditors and predators.

    23. Mario

      Thank you Daniil! I’m an avid reader myself and appreciate the gesture. Happy Holidays.


    24. please send me a copy of a assignment contract at my email: sterlinganderson1948@gmail.com thanks

      • JacobC

        Hi Mr. Anderson,

        Since you’re a premium member you can find all of the contracts when you login to Rehab Valuator, go to My Resources, and click on Bonuses (They’re bonus #2). We will also email you a copy of it as well.

    25. Dawn Casey

      I just found this website and am interest as first and foremost, how to find out if the homes for sale have clear, marketable title, giving the present mortgage landscape in today’s wrongful foreclosure’s and document destruction and creation to alleged a beneficial interest in a loan, when nothing could be further from the truth.

      Does anyone know how to check the title status of a possible investment, prior to sitting at closing table only to learn that the title is NOT clear and Marketable??

      I welcome any input anyone has on this charade of mortgage documents being shown as legitimate in our courts during foreclosure process.

      thank you for your help,

      Dawn Casey

      • Admin Admin

        Dawn – that’s what title searches are for. Any competent attorney or title company can do this for you prior to closing.

    26. Jerry

      Agree with comments, I’d like to find an expert book on how to expand my reading speed or some service to condense a book’s content to consume more knowledge…..get the brain to accept more information.

    27. Luis L

      Mr Daniil K. don’t cease to amaze me….! any time I get into his gigs (by the way almost free!!!) -He always take the ball out of the park
      Way to go Mr Daniil! Much success!!

    28. Michael White

      After reviewing your awesome list of books, I have some recommendations to add to your list.
      The first book is “THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON” by George Clason. It’s a great book about how building wealth really works and how it fully applies to any economic time period from ancient times to the present.
      The second book I recommend, is “OUTWITTING THE DEVIL” by Napoleon Hill. He also wrote the world famous book, “THINK & GROW RICH!”. These are great books on manifestation, the power of thought and how to align out thoughts with realizing our true dreams in life.
      NOTE on the “Think and Grow Rich”. Be sure to acquire the ORIGINAL 1937 version as subsequent have been edited and redacted for a more modern audience. I believe in reading the original version, you will attain the greatest, most complete resource available regardless of which era we live in.
      Last but not least is read most any book written by either Robert Kiyosaki or his wife, Kim Kiyosaki. I would concur with Kiyosaki that true Financial Education = the roadmap to financial freedom and is crucial towards understanding how to build the lifestyle we desire. Ultimately, it’s how to make money work you rather than being a hamster on a wheel. Happy Manifestations.