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3 Books to Make You Rich (And 2 to Make You Question Whether It Was Worth It)

Where do I begin? So many books…

Okay, so the five books featured in this newsletter are the latest books I have complete notes for on Patreon.

You can get the rest of my notes from 1,250+ books here for just $1.

But these five book notes/summaries today are completely free. Three of them even have complete breakdowns of all the key ideas, takeaways, and action steps that are also free.

If you missed the masterclass on my note-taking strategy I’ve used to read and organize the knowledge from those 1,250+ books, it’s now up on YouTube where it’s racking up a ton of views each day.

I actually should be getting monetized on YouTube next month if this keeps up!

Exciting times. Profitable, too :)

A few more things before I introduce the books…

  1. I’m working on a sweet referral program for this newsletter, where you can actually earn FREE BOOKS just for recommending The Reading Life to friends. More details on that very soon.

  2. There’s a new book breakdown coming soon, and it will feature 10X is Easier Than 2X, by Benjamin Hardy, a great business book that will help you achieve exponential profit (and personal) growth.

  3. I’m looking for 11 more people who want to add $1,000/month to their business in less than 90 days. Join here if you’re interested. High performers only.

I think that just about does it for announcements! You know I’m always working on something exciting, but I don’t wanna overload you with updates. Let’s just get into today’s books!

“I am passionately pro-education. There are few things I care more about than reading and learning constantly. Yet, the lives of the people profiled in this book show conclusively that education is most certainly not the same thing as academic excellence. We’ve conflated them, at great cost to ourselves, our children, our economy, and our culture.”

-Michael Ellsberg

Doing well in school has very little to do with how successful you become. In this new economy, the biggest factor in your success will not be abstract, academic learning but whether you develop the real-life success skills evinced by the people on these pages, and how early you do.

“The lesson is that the things we had thought were most important - achievement, affirmation, intelligence - are actually less important, and the things we had undervalued - heart and soul - are actually most important."

-David Brooks

If you've ever felt as though there's more to life than the relentless pursuit of money, success, and fame - you're right. There is. But even if you DO climb to the top of that first mountain and get everything you're supposed to want, your real climb awaits you on the "second mountain."

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.

Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.

But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing.

So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.”


I read this “moral essay” by the Roman statesman Seneca back in 2015, and since then, I’ve probably taken about 5 full years of my life back due to taking Seneca’s advice and rejecting everything that diminishes the value of my time, and placing my focus squarely on where I’m able to experience true fulfillment and purpose.

"By what conceivable right can anyone demand that a human being exist for anything but for his own joy? Your work, the material the earth offers you, and what you make of it, is the meaning of life."

-Ayn Rand

This powerful novel about an uncompromising young architect who willingly sacrifices everything for his ultimate vision has inspired more than 9,000,000 people to defy convention, relentlessly pursue what they want, and never, ever, EVER give in.

“If you can cut your attrition rate in half, it’s just like adding that number of new clients to your business or practice.

So if you’ve been losing 20 percent of your clients every year and you start with a client base of one thousand clients, you’ve been losing two hundred clients a year. And if you cut your attrition rate in half, that’s like adding one hundred new clients every year.

In ten years you’ll double just by reducing attrition. That’s a powerful thought to contemplate. Do nothing else but reduce the amount of attrition, and every ten years you double the size of your business.”

-Jay Abraham

Jay Abraham is one of the top executive coaches around, author of a ton of books, a marketing expert, and a big reason why I was able to grow my business in a relatively short period of time. He’s an overflowing stream of ideas, and the business advice contained in this great little book will grow your income streams too.

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OK, that’s it for now…

More excellent book recommendations coming your way soon!

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With that said, I hope you enjoyed this edition of The Reading Life, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Until next time…happy reading!

All the best,

Matt Karamazov

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