I often get asked what I’m currently reading or what blogs I follow. And to give credit where credit is due, I’ve had a lot of help and inspiration along the way. Below are some of my favorite resources in the realm of community, travel, finance, minimalism, and intentionality.
The Art of Non-Conformity | WORK-LIFE
Chris Guillebeau writes about work, travel, lifestyle, and entrepreneurship. He traveled to 193 countries over the span of 10 years. His titles include The Happiness of Pursuit, The $100 Startup, Born For This, and of course, The Art of Non-Conformity.
Early Retirement Extreme | FINANCE
Combating the old notion of forty-year careers, Early Retirement Extreme shows how fives years of serious saving is all you need to retire from the Rat Race and start living your life.
Exile Lifestyle | TRAVEL
Every four months, blogger Colin Wright has his readers vote on which country he will call home next. He is an observant, insightful, and very skilled writer. His take on society, politics, travel, and personal life will make you think differently in the best way possible.
The Flight Deal | TRAVEL
TFD monitors the cheapest domestic and international airfare deals. Their daily email provides me with a snapshot of inexpensive flights to cities around the world.
Four Hour Work Week | PODCAST
If I could only recommend listening to one podcast, this is it. Tim Ferriss’s interviews deconstruct the routines, habits, and lifestyle of the most successful people around. His guests are from a variety of words: fitness, entertainment, writing, marketing, and much more.
Million Mile Secrets | TRAVEL
This is my go-to resource for all things travel hacking. Interested in never paying for a flight again? Million Mile Secrets has your back. Learn about the skilled art of opening and closing credit cards to rack up immense piles of airline miles.
The Minimalists | MINIMALISM
Josh and Ryan are two average guys who left their draining corporate jobs, sold all their stuff, and discovered the incredible value in minimal living. They travel the world encouraging others to question the purpose of all this stuff in our lives.
Mr. Money Mustache | FINANCE
If I could only recommend one blog to read, this is it. Mr. Money Mustache has an immense following of people who want to retire early and live badass lives. Framing rampant consumption as a horrible disease, Triple M preaches the good life with less.
Trash is for Tossers | ENVIRONMENTAL
Able to fit her last four years of trash in a single mason jar, Lauren Singer is a champion for the zero-waste movement. She goes to show how small, intentional changes can vastly reduce our environmental impact on the world.
Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez | FINANCE
One of the most famous personal finance books of all-time, Your Money or Your Life helped me envision my finances in a whole new light. But this book is so much more than just dollars and cents. You will see money as a tool and begin to understand how to organize your life with increased freedom and decreased financial anxiety.
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau | ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The AONC encourages anyone dissatisfied with their work-life balance to challenge the status quo. His entrepreneurial spirit reminded me to harness my inner creative and begin making changes to how I thought about my career and my lifestyle.
The Circle of Simplicity by Cecile Andrews | COMMUNITY
Cecile has a long track record for bringing people together to discuss simplifying their lives. Her book revolves around creating study circles in which citizens can share ideas, make conversation, and feel accepted.
Path to Purpose by William Damon | PSYCHOLOGY
Intrigued by the ‘failure to launch’ phenomena, Damon’s research focuses on how children develop and execute a life purpose. He quantifies the factors that lead young people to remain curious, give back to society, and life a happy and healthy life.
Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker | FINANCE
Jacob is one of the internet’s financial independence champions. His book is a beautiful blend of philosophy and tangible actions towards rethinking personal finance, the economy, our values, and what we need to live.
Essentialism by Greg McKeown | LEADERSHIP
For those of us seeking to be stronger, more effective leaders in the work place, Essentialism is the answer. Greg teaches us how to see through the clutter, prioritize work, and spend our time more essentially.
The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss | ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Long-touted as an entrepreneurial favorite, 4HWW reveals the incredible benefits of creating and sustaining a passive-income generating machine. Tim’s business and lifestyle insight is useful for anyone considering ditching the 9-to-5.
Human Transit by Jarrett Walker | TRANSPORTATION
Drawing on 30 years of consulting, Walker details the basic principles of transportation planning and the difficult questions we must face when designing public transit. His graphics and explanations make the 7 Demands of Transit clear for any politician, bus driver, engineer, or curious citizen to understand.
The Intelligent Asset Allocator by William J. Bernstein | INVESTING
The vast majority of financial media is both misleading and extremely overwhelming. Enter the Allocator. Bernstein’s book is chock full of historic data to help you understand the basics of long-term investing. I would consider this a must-read for anyone looking to invest in their future.
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn | PHILOSOPHY
Beautifully intertwining religious, philosophy, and the environment, Ishmael was an instant classic for me. I feel as if I finally understood more about human’s place on Earth and the ways in which we’ve impacted the world.
Me to We by Craig and Marc Kielburger | PHILANTHROPY
Bringing countless tears to my eyes, Me to We chronicles everyday people and their simple acts of kindness, philanthropy, and altruism. The authors have founded countless non-profits and discuss turning our materialistic society from a me-centric competition to a we-centric solution.
The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen | SOCIOLOGY
Journalist Anu Partanen believes the American Dream is alive and well–except in Finland. Detailing her Finnish upbringing and subsequent life in New York City, Partanen debunks myths about the so-called “nanny states” and calls for America to embrace a more equitable and efficient government.
The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom | ORGANIZATIONS
As a community leader and former employee of large corporations, The Starfish and the Spider provided me with new insights into leaderless organizations. The authors identify how decentralized organizations can pose a threat to centralized, hierarchical entities.
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts | TRAVEL
Long before travel blogs existed, Rolf Potts was living every adventure’s dream. One of my favorite books around the concept of travel, Vagabonding discusses the fears, challenges, and exciting rewards of world travel. Focusing on the philosophical rather than the practical side of travel, Potts will inspire you to take that next big trip.
Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock | WORK CULTURE
Laszlo leads Google’s attraction, development, and retention of employees. While he touches on the flashy benefits of Google culture, he also provides a behind-the-scenes peek into the hiring process, compensation structure, and incredible benefits of working for one of the world’s most successful companies.