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Money mindset books are an inexpensive way to change your negative money beliefs into a positive money mindset.
A positive money mindset leads to more opportunities to increase your income, better financial decision making, and brings peace of mind to your finances and life.
If you had read even a few of the books on this list 10 years ago, you could be 10 years ahead of where you are now financially.
This could mean:
- More savings
- More in your retirement accounts
- You would’ve started investing sooner and have a larger portfolio
- You’d have more of your mortgage paid off
- Be closer to buying your first house or investment property
- Or you could be way further along in your business
I’m writing this article because I know how it feels to have money problems.
And so do the authors of the money mindset books listed below.
The anxiety and dread. Feeling like a failure. Wanting to be anywhere other than where you are financially. And sometimes wanting to be someone else just for the chance to start fresh.
Feeling jealous and resentful of people who have more money than you or have it easier than you.
Especially the people who’ve never had to face the problems you’ve had to face or make the decisions you’ve had to make.
The people who’ve always been naturally good with money.
Of course, you can’t be someone else or go back 10 years to avoid the high interest rate debts, the overspending and undersaving, the collection calls, sleepless nights, or the bankruptcies.
But what you can do is read up on the topics of money mindset and financial literacy. So you can avoid repeating the same money mistakes in the future.
I’ve compiled this list of money mindset books, researched the authors, and read through the reviews in order to save you the time and effort of doing it yourself. Hopefully this’ll help make your buying decisions faster and easier.
How I Chose This List of Money Mindset Books
I chose books that will not only improve your money mindset but will bring you more abundance in all areas of your life.
- Physical and material wealth
- Spiritual abundance – A life of purpose and meaning, inner peace and fulfilment
- Better relationships and a sense of community, belonging
- Mental, physical, and emotional well-being
Yes, it’s a wide range of areas, but growth in each area begins with a change of mindset.
Each book on the list can also help you learn:
1. What your current money beliefs are and where they came from.
2. How the negative money beliefs are affecting your life.
3. Why you continue to hold onto negative beliefs and how much they’ve been costing you.
4. How to replace them with positive, empowering money beliefs.
5. How to move forward and take action using your new beliefs.
And each book must contain proof, testimonials, or real-life stories from the authors, people they’ve worked with or interviewed who have made it through this type of process and changed their lives for the better.
I understand that every person is different, with different belief systems, and coming from a different financial situation. That is why I’ve included books from different viewpoints and with slightly different focuses.
Some are completely abundance mindset focused and theoretical, meaning they’re about changing you from the inside out.
While others are more practical with step-by-step instructions, examples, exercises, and action steps.
Most of the money mindset books are a combination of the two approaches.
Whatever your background (and current circumstances), I’m confident that this list will have a book that resonates with you.
By Ken Honda
I plan to read this book first since it focuses completely on the mindset side of things, which is where everything else stems from.
I won’t go into too much detail on this one since I wrote a lot about it in my article What ‘Happy Money’ Author Ken Honda Taught Me About Changing My Relationship with Money.
Ken Honda helps people heal their past traumas about money so they can be at peace with their money while feeling happy and fulfilled with their lives.
He does this by helping you:
- Realize that you already possess the tools to heal your relationship with life and money, and then teaches you how to use them.
- Learn how to treat money like a welcome guest that can come and go with respect and without resentment.
- Improve your money EQ (your emotional connection with money).
- Learn to both give and receive money with gratitude and generosity.
What the Reviews Say About Happy Money
Words that kept coming up in the reviews were:
- Incredibly powerful
Some reviewers praised the author’s ability to make complex topics and ideas, simple and easy to understand.
Others called it the best book on money you will ever read.
This is because Ken does such a great job of explaining our relationship with money from an emotional intelligence view point.
A common reference was that money is energy. So if you learn to change your emotional state (your energy) when dealing with money, it will change your life.
You do this by choosing what energy to give money as you pay it out or take it in. Ken recommends choosing gratitude and high vibrational (happy) emotions because the quality of energy you put out is what comes back to you.
Several readers thought it was too similar to other books on this topic or wished there were more practical steps to take or questions to answer. For example, they wished there was a workbook to accompany the text.
This book focuses on changing your mindset and emotional relationship primarily, so it seemed like the negative reviewers were looking for a more practical, personal finance or budgeting type book. This isn’t that type of book. There are other books further down on the list for that.
By Dr. Paul McKenna
Dr. Paul McKenna is a world-famous author, hypnotist, and behavioral expert who has been described as a mixture of Dr. Phil and Tony Robbins.
He’s sold 10 million books over the past 10 years (8,000 books a week in 35 countries). And has helped millions of people in all areas of life, including money.
For example, he’s helped them:
- Quit smoking,
- Lose weight,
- Sleep better,
- Gain confidence,
- Manage stress
He has a show on Hulu where he interviews other famous/successful people (ex. Tony Robbins, Rachel Ray, Simon Cowell).
Long story short, personal development is his life.
He’s spent a decade studying the mindsets of people who were both rich financially and rich in the other important areas of life (health, relationships, happiness).
Using that research, he created a system that uses proven psychological techniques to “help you install” that same mindset in yourself.
He teaches you how to do this through behavioral changes and hypnosis.
The book includes either a CD or a link to a downloadable audio recording.
What the Reviews Say About I Can Make You Rich
Reviewers say that Dr. McKenna is both motivating and inspiring, which caused them to feel better about their own finances, businesses, and wealth-building opportunities.
Readers also said he helps you live your life in a more positive and proactive way. By changing your entire outlook on life, you begin feeling more rich and fulfilled.
It’s about finding “richness” in all areas of your life, which helps you realize how rich you already are.
Dr. McKenna takes information, ideas, and quotes from famous wealthy writers and puts it all into one place.
They say the book ignites a passion within you that inspires you to buy other books on the subject to continue learning.
When it came to the hypnosis audio, several reviewers said that you don’t need to believe in hypnosis for it to work. He has a soothing voice and accent that people seem to enjoy listening to.
They reported feeling more positive afterwards.
A few readers stressed that you have to do the exercises and commit to doing the work for the changes in your life to happen.
A few readers said they had a problem getting the audio to download, so I’d recommend looking for the copies that come with a CD.
By Napoleon Hill
I read this book 15 years ago and it helped me fall in love with studying the mind, subconscious mind, and the principles of the universe.
It changed my view on how the universe worked, where I fit into it, and how to get more of what I wanted out of it.
I went from feeling like everything was random and beyond my control to feeling empowered.
Millions of people have read (and reread) this book over the past 83 years, and for good reason.
Think and Grow Rich and a similar book, The Science of Getting Rich, are two of the most highly recommended books to read on the mindset of getting rich.
Although it was written in 1937 and some of the terms are dated, Think and Grow Rich is just as useful and enlightening today.
The book includes the collective philosophies of over 500 brilliant business minds. And the version I have linked has been updated with modern stories that are said to help “bring the content to life”.
What the Reviews Say About Think and Grow Rich
Reviewers described it as:
- A game-changer
- Timeless wisdom
But to achieve your goals, you’ll need to do more than just read the book. In order for the process to work, you have to train your subconscious mind through daily exercises.
For example: write down and recite your goals and action plan daily.
The negative reviews fell into two categories:
- You have to be careful which version you buy because there are so many scanned copies. And some copies have formatting errors.
- People who didn’t understand the importance of mindset training, how it relates to the subconscious mind, or the spiritual principles that influence how the universe works. They were looking for a different kind of financial book. And didn’t understand how this book would help them.
Quantum physics (everything in the universe is energy and interconnected) and metaphysical understandings (our thoughts and emotions are energy and influence our reality) have been scientifically proven long ago.
4) Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
By Robert Kiyosaki
My sister let me borrow this book over a decade ago when she found out I was interested in starting a business. I loved the content and his teaching style.
It was my first time being exposed to financial literacy type information. The first time I’d ever heard the term financial literacy actually.
Reading the Kiyosaki’s information confirmed my feelings about being an employee versus being an owner or investor. And confirmed that I’d never get to live the lifestyle I wanted to live by being an employee for the rest of my life.
This book dispels so many of the money myths we (the poor and middle class) hear growing up. For that alone it’s worth reading.
The main ideas I remember from the book are:
■ Stop working so hard for money and learn how to make your money work for you.
■. Stop trading hours for dollars. Start buying (and building) assets that turn your money into more money instead.
■. You only have so many hours in a day, so the amount of money you can make as an employee (or self-employed) is limited.
■. And work to learn, not to earn. Meaning, work a job to learn the industry/business that you might want to invest in or start your own business in.
To do that, you’ll need experience in that field and business skills like cashflow management, sales and marketing, etc. Skills you can learn on the job. So look for jobs that can train you in those skill areas.
What the Reviews Say About Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Reviewers say this book can change your thinking and your life, but you have to apply it and do the work.
It changes your thinking by changing your mindset from an employee mindset to a business owner/investor mindset.
The book is best for those who were never taught financial literacy growing up and don’t understand why they’re stuck in debt or living paycheck to paycheck…even though they work hard.
Some reviewers didn’t like how the author was repetitive while explaining his ideas. Because he explains the same concepts in different ways and by using different stories to make his points.
It might click for some people right away, but others might need to read something from a few different angles before the mindset shift happens for them.
Some found it more theoretical than how-to formatted. They didn’t get the concrete, step-by-step instructions on how to do it that they were hoping for.
It was not recommended for those who already have a good grasp of financial literacy, already understand investing, or are looking for a book to teach them how to budget and track expenses.
This book is more about mindset, why you think like you think, get the results that you get, and how to change that.
Reviewers also recommend avoiding the “mass market paperback” version, and get the regular paperback version.
By Jen Sincero
I have to check this book out to see what all the hype is about. It’s been referenced and recommended in so many of the money/abundance mindset articles I’ve read recently.
Plus, I just love the title!
The author is self-made. She went from broke to multi-millionaire by first learning how to change her mindset about money.
She believes that creating wealth and abundance is an “inside job” that starts with mindset and that we already have a natural ability to grow rich.
That inside job starts with identifying and removing our limiting beliefs about money. This helps you change how you think and talk about money.
Jen Sincero was still broke and “bad with money” at the age of 40, so it shows you can still change your life and finances at any age. I’m almost 40 so it’s relatable and inspiring to me.
The author seems to be funny and a great storyteller, so the book should be entertaining. Comedy usually helps me relax and retain information better.
Based on the synopsis, it seems like the kind of book where you start reading and time flies by because you get lost in it and can’t put it down.
(This turned out to be true! Read my update at the bottom of this section.)
What the Reviews Say About You Are a Badass At Making Money
This book was said to be “life-changing” and called a very useful, and humorous book on changing your relationship with money.
Basic personal development principles and philosophies are used, such as:
- developing self-awareness
- uncovering your limiting belief systems
- adopting a healthier mindset
To help you habitually become more positive, see and attract better opportunities, gain confidence, and take more actions and risks.
Readers said it gives you exercises to do and the book makes you feel like you can accomplish your goals.
Some reviewers didn’t like that it deals completely with mindset change through stories showing the law of attraction in action instead of through practical steps, so some will not find value in it for that.
(Update: These negative reviews were not accurate. Some of the exercises do have step-by-step instructions that you can use for every negative belief that you come across.)
She does talk about the law of attraction and universal intelligence and how to work with it, so this book is not for people who aren’t spiritual, don’t like new age books, and aren’t open minded enough to believe in metaphysical/energy type subjects.
I believe in synchronicities (have had plenty) so that is fine with me. It helps me feel more connected to the universe and like I’m on the right path.
I experienced a synchronicity while researching the author, actually.
When I Googled up her bio and net worth, I stumbled upon a few interesting looking articles about her path from broke at 40 to best-selling author and coach. The one I picked to read mentioned her reading the book The Power of Now (even though she was reluctant and struggled through it).
Well, I’m currently rereading the same book. A book I hadn’t taken off my shelf in 13 or so years, until I decided to see if it’d help me with the anxiety attacks I was having a few weeks ago.
It has helped. And feels like a completely different book from what I remember.
This is probably because I’ve learned and grown so much in my own understanding over the past decade.
Long story short, I know I’ll relate to the author and that it’ll be the right book for me at the right time.
My guess is that even the most negative reviewers have had experiences in their life like these but didn’t recognize that it was their own thoughts and ‘energy’ that attracted the situation to them. And they just wrote if off as coincidence or dumb luck. Or as something outside of their control.
But what if we can learn to control it?
Updated: As I was writing this blog post and researching the author, I decided to buy the book… And I love it so far.
It’s definitely geared more towards changing your mindset, but that’s not all it is. There have been practical exercises throughout the first few chapters.
- Lists to write. All geared towards positive uses and benefits of money. (Why you deserve money, how you being rich will benefit money, beautiful things that exist thanks to money)
- Suggested positive, empowering money themed affirmations to recite or write
- Workbook type gratitude themed phrases to finish in your own words
- Uncovering your unhelpful thoughts about money and going through her step-by-step process to turn them into helpful thoughts that change your relationship with money
I started a new Google doc to write down my answers to the questions and work through the mindset changing exercises. I’m calling it my Badass at making money workbook.
It’s an enjoyable read, full of stories and first hand experiences. If it wasn’t for the writing exercises, I would’ve probably read it straight through in a couple of days!
But the exercises are worth working through. It’s about changing your own mindset, not just reading about hers.
By David Ramsey
I read this last year. It inspired me to focus on building an emergency fund first, since that’ll keep me from relapsing into credit card use everytime an unexpected expense comes up.
And then to start paying off debt using a method it teaches called the debt snowball method.
This is for those who learn better from a “tough-love”, “tell it like it is” approach.
This book focuses more on the financial parts than on the mindset but at the same time Ramsey teaches you what kind of mindset it will take to get out of debt the fastest way possible.
Dave Ramsey overcame his own debt problems and developed his system from what he learned.
He likens your financial shape to your body being in or out of shape. Carrying too much debt was compared to being overweight. And that really painted a thought-provoking picture for me.
It means that it’s not about how much you have or how much you make, it’s about how you take care of it. In other words, your overall financial health.
Ramsey is recognized as an expert and a trusted voice in money and business.
He’s sold more than 7 million copies of his books and has a successful radio show on the same subject. I’ve listened to the podcast while driving. He answers questions from his callers about their specific situations.
The book has a similar feel. It’s filled with real-life stories of people who overcame their financial problems. Enough stories that you will find at least a few of them relatable.
There’s even a companion workbook that you can buy to use alongside the book.
He teaches you how to:
- Pay off your debts faster using his debt snowball method
- Save up an emergency fund that can cover three to six months worth of expenses
- Maximize retirement saving
- Pay off your mortgage faster
- Fund your children’s college funds so they won’t have to take out loans
- And he teaches what order to do everything in
What the Reviews Say About The Total Money Makeover
This is another book on the list that has been called Life-changing.
It has helped so many people pay off their debts in a short time, as well as raise their credit scores.
Several reviewers commented about Ramsey’s proven step-by-step plan. They say it works as long as you commit to it and work the steps.
His “down to Earth” financial advice focuses mainly on becoming debt free and staying that way through lifestyle and money relationship changes.
Readers who were already fans (aka students) before they bought the book said even though he has tons of information on his website and YouTube, the book makes a good reference and goes deeper into each step than you’ll find anywhere else.
International reviewers commented that although the information and principles are written for a US audience, they can be applied to a global audience.
The only two problems that negative reviews seemed to mention were:
- Some of his math seems off when it comes to the investment return percentages he uses in his examples.
- And he seems to treat all debt as negative and unnecessary. Even when it comes to student loans and real estate investments.
By Brad Hewitt and James Moline
From what I’ve researched, this book focuses on our emotional ties to money, materialism, as well as teaches us how to be more generous. Therefore, it seems relevant to this list.
Brad Hewitt is the CEO of Thrivent Financial and James Moline is a licensed psychologist. What they have in common is they both believe in examining their attitudes about money and making sure they are aligned with their core values.
What this means is you need to make an inner change (spiritual and mindset) before you can change your money habits. In their words, “it starts with your heart”. The book is written from more of a Christian perspective.
You make this inner change by cultivating an abundance mindset (they refer to it as surplus) through gratitude and generosity.
In the book, Brad and James take you through their Money Mindset Assessment Process to help you identify your current attitudes towards money. Attitudes you need to work on in order to develop an “openhearted attitude to life.”
This also helps you develop a healthier relationship with money.
What the Reviews Say About Your New Money Mindset
Readers said the book was easy to follow, with plenty of examples and anecdotes to illustrate the main points.
They said that understanding where your current attitudes about money came from helps you break your emotional ties and break away from materialism. This is important because of the materialistic messages we are constantly bombarded with as a culture.
One idea from the book that readers seemed to remember was generosity is the key to happiness.
No pun intended…but definitely appreciated! Don’t you wish it that easy? I know I do. 😀
By T. Harv Eker
T. Harv Eker is an author, motivational speaker, and businessman who went from zero to millionaire in two and a half years.
In the late 1980s, Eker used a $2,000 credit card loan to open “one of the first fitness stores in North America.” It was so successful that he was able to grow it into a chain of ten stores.
He eventually sold his stores for $1.6 million dollars and went on to become a motivational speaker, traveling the continent teaching his “Millionaire Mind Intensive Seminar”, that people come from all over the world to attend.
Eker has studied the science behind why people behave the way they do and how it affects their level of success. From this, he has concluded that success is a learnable skill.
He believes that thoughts lead to feelings which leads to actions which leads to results. And if you think like rich people do, you’ll get better results too.
His philosophies sound similar to what mindset coaches teach. And like a mindset coach, he has his readers and students think back to their childhoods and recall the negative beliefs they passively learned about money from the people around them.
Eker argues that “poverty begins, or rather, is allowed to continue, in one’s imagination first, with actual material life becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.” But he believes that there is a cure for that.
Your current relationship with money is referred to as your money blueprint.
This book is designed to help you revise your current money blueprint thus changing your relationship with money. Otherwise it will stay the same for the rest of your life … and so will your finances.
What the Reviews Say About Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
Reviewers say the book feels like being at a motivational conference and will change your life if you follow the steps.
You have to invest in financial education and know what you’re doing with your money and why you’re doing it to be at peace with it. Because an inner change is needed before an outer change will happen. And this will help you reprogram your brain for success.
One reviewer praised the book for waking him up to the subconscious programming that was holding him and his wife back financially. He went on to say that within days of putting Ekers principles into practice, he started “making more sales in his business and having more cash in the bank” than ever before in his life.
According to the readers, the book doesn’t just deal with mindset, he gives money management techniques and activities to participate in in the book.
One activity that several reviewers loved was starting a splurge fund. This is money you budget in to spend for fun. They said it motivates you to make more money so you can keep doing it.
They say he also gives advice on other books to read and other successful people to study.
Readers also liked that he doesn’t repeat the same catchphrases throughout the book like some authors do.
The only negative reviews I saw said that the author does a lot of self promotion and marketing for his other products. But that’s to be expected from someone who runs a personal development empire.
By Joan Sotkins
Joan Sotkins is a prosperity coach who struggled financially most of her life. She’s experienced financial problems like: underearning, debt, and bankruptcy.
What finally solved the problem for her was learning the connection between money and emotions.
Now she helps others create prosperity inside and out using the same principles. In other words, she helps people get “unstuck” with their finances.
Joan believes that our beliefs about ourselves determine our financial situation. And has a holistic approach to finances. It’s about personal growth and healing, not quick fixes.
The book provides exercises, charts, and checklists to help you uncover your money beliefs and develop financial awareness.
What the Reviews Say About Build Your Money Muscles
According to the reviews, this book is worth reading if you want to change your relationship with money from the inside out.
It helps you get your money beliefs back on track and makes you look at money differently.
Readers also said that most people don’t even realize that they are working out their issues through their money. The book helped them understand that through an easy to follow step-by-step guide.
Build Your Money Muscles is recommended for beginners and those who are really struggling or feel “stuck”.
It deals mostly with negative thoughts and feelings about money, so it’s not for people who already have a positive relationship with money and want to improve that even further.
10) I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works
By Ramit Sethi
Here is another book I’ve seen recommended and advertised dozens of times over the past few years. Plus I follow him on Instagram and have been on his email list for awhile now.
No complaints here. I love his content, teaching style, and philosophies. So I’m pretty sure I’ll find his book useful as well.
While Remit was studying psychology and human behavior at Stanford, he lost half of his scholarship money by investing it in the stock market. After that, he decided to learn how money works.
Unlike most financial experts, he doesn’t give you a list of everything not to do. He doesn’t tell you to stop buying your daily coffee or stop going out with friends. His goal is to help you live a rich life in all areas of your life.
I Will Teach You to Be Rich offers you a “no-BS”, 6-week program that covers so many different areas of finance. It is designed to help you change your money mindset beliefs and teach you what to do at each step along the way.
The updated version has been modernized with 80 new pages.
- How to automate your money so it automatically goes where you want it to go each month.
- How to set up high interest rate bank accounts that don’t charge fees.
- How to talk to your partner/spouse about finances, word-for-word, so you can work together and be on the same page.
And like many of the other books on this list it includes plenty of testimonial stories from readers who have used the book to turn their lives around.
What the Reviews Say About I Will Teach You to Be Rich
Readers could tell that he lives by what he teaches and really knows his stuff.
He was able to simplify dry, complicated financial topics and make them fun to read.
They wrote that if you follow his advice you’ll make a huge return on the investment of buying the book. He can help you save hundreds or thousands of dollars by helping eliminate bank fees, loan interest, and by lowering your bills using his word for word scripts.
The book contains financial action plans for all different types of situations. So it isn’t a one size fits all approach.
One tip that was repeated throughout the reviews was that automating your finances can change your life. It makes saving up for big expenses and retirement easier.Automating your finances can change your life. It makes saving up for big expenses and retirement easier. Click To Tweet
The motto was, “set it and forget it”. They said automation makes changing your behavior a lot easier. You won’t have to depend on having enough willpower each time.
Readers called I Will Teach You to Be Rich a great book for people just starting out.
And older readers recommend it to their kids, friends, and younger siblings because they wish they had read it when they were younger.
This is probably because so many of the readers realized how much they were doing wrong financially. They learned about so many investment options that they didn’t know existed. And this was true for people who were even in their late 40s.
As was written before, the book is geared towards younger people or people with credit card or student loan debt. So it won’t be as useful for people who are already good with money or debt free.
By Lynne Twist
This book was at the top of the results for a “relationship with money books” Google search. And that’s usually a good sign.
So I looked up her bio and decided it needed to be shared.
“Lynne Twist is a co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance, and founder of The Soul of Money Institute. She has dedicated herself to alleviating poverty and hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.”
In addition to her 40+ years of global poverty relief work, she’s been featured in more than 10 films, interviewed by dozens of media outlets, and has traveled the world speaking (and teaching) alongside other influential humanitarians. These include: Deepak Chopra, the Dalai Lama, and Stephen Covey to name a few.
Her book shares what they explore, practice, and teach at the Soul of Money Institute.
Lynne Twist teaches that by understanding our relationship with money and realigning it with our core values and goals, we can transform our lives.
What the Reviews Say About The Soul of Money
Reviewers called this book a “life-changing manifesto” that teaches us how to examine our beliefs about money and material wealth both individually and collectively.
They say it’ll help to change your dependence on money to make you happy. You’ll stop obsessing over accumulating money.
It also helps you develop an abundance mindset and realize there is enough money to go around.
“Through moving stories and practical principles, Lynne demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity and guilt with experiences of sufficiency and freedom.”
She shares stories and insights from the lessons she’s learned from meetings with some of the richest and poorest people in the world.
Some reviewers didn’t like that she talked so much about her fundraising and didn’t give enough practical advice on how to make the mindset change.
Start with whichever book resonates with you and feels most applicable to your unique financial (and life) situation.
You owe it to yourself to try.
And Amazon has a great return policy so you won’t lose any money if you decide to try a different book instead.
Keep in mind that you’ll want to have a notebook or journal nearby if you choose one of the books that are full of money mindset exercises.
Try this Rocketbook reusable notebook if you want one that can be wiped clean and used for something else once you’re finished using it with the book.
Remember, doing nothing about your current money mindset, money blueprint, or relationship with money (whatever you want to call it) will guarantee that your life (and finances) will continue to get worse … or at the very least, stay the same.
The sooner you take action and do something about your money mindset, the sooner your money problems will go away.
I believe in you!
Here’s another copy of the table of contents so you don’t have to scroll back up to the top to see the book list.