10 Money Mindset Books You Should Read

10 Money Mindset Books You Should Read

Is money a constant struggle? Does it feel like there’s never enough? Or maybe you swing wildly between having plenty and then scraping to get by. Whatever your particular challenge, you’re not alone if money causes you more stress than joy.

I help women overcome their limiting beliefs, and scarcity thinking is among the most common. If you’re ready to change your thinking about (and relationship with) money, these money mindset books can help.

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“Get Rich, Lucky Bitch” by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Unlock your hidden potential for abundance with sassy and smart advice from Denise Duffield-Thomas. She’s a bit more “woo” than me, so this book really dives into the idea of manifesting. But Denise tells it like it is, so I still highly recommend it even for practical-minded folks.

She says the reason women most settle for pennies instead of embracing true wealth isn’t not because they’re not smart or ambitious. It’s because they’ve been programmed to block wealth with guilt, shame, or embarrassment. Even if you’re unaware of these blocks and fears, she says, you’re probably not earning what you’re really worth.

“You can be richer starting today, if you’re brave enough to define exactly what you want.”

Denise Duffield-Thomas

“You Are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero

There’s plenty of adult language in this book, but if you don’t mind that then you’ll likely enjoy Jen Sincero’s humor and honesty. This is her manifesto on money, and why each of us deserves to make more of it. 

This book is much more of a pep talk than a practical guide. Don’t turn here for step-by-step tips or exercises (that’s where my Money Mindset Crash Course can help), but use it for inspiration and motivation.

“You can have excuses or you can have success; you can’t have both.”

Jen Sincero

“Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker

We each have a personal money blueprint ingrained in our subconscious minds, and it determines our financial lives.

Eker explains how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny, how to identify your blueprint, and how to revise it to create success. He also shares the 17 ways rich people think and act differently than most poor and middle-class people, including action steps you can practice to increase your income.

“It’s not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You have to be the right person in the right place at the right time.”

T. Harv Eker

Pep talks, manifesting, and inspirational stories aren’t enough to make lasting changes to your money mindset. I believe you also need to learn how to actually manage your money. After all, what good is attracting more wealth if you don’t know how to keep it?

In this book, you’ll get practical tips for ditching debt, saving money, and building wealth. Learn how to do things like build a budget (and stick with it), keep your credit in check, build a nest egg, and generally be accountable for your financial well-being.

“Yes, it’s important to dream—and to dream big at that—but there’s a difference between having your dreams become your reality and having your dreams stay out of reach: being specific with what you want out of life.”

Bola Sokunbi

“Profit First” by Mike Michalowicz

Like the last book, this one is about how to smartly handle your money. I implemented this financial accounting method in my business in 2019 and it not only made me feel like a badass CEO, it helped me dramatically increase my profit margin (ie, helped me make/keep more money).

It takes some work to put this system into action. In fact, it’s a giant pain in the ass. But I *PROMISE* you that it is worth the effort. This is one of the most important and powerful things I’ve ever done in my 15+ years of self-employment.

“A financially healthy company is a result of a series of small daily financial wins, not one big moment. Profitability isn’t an event; it’s a habit.”

Mike Michalowicz

“The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks

No list of mindset books is complete without “The Big Leap.” I believe it’s the first book anyone should read when working on their mindset.

This book can help you create a major perspective shift. You’ll learn about the four most common fears that hold us back, and begin to understand how you can push beyond them to achieve your full potential in work, relationships, finance, and all other walks of life.

“If I cling to the notion that something’s not possible, I’m arguing in favor of limitation. And if I argue for my limitations, I get to keep them.”

Gay Hendricks

“Mindset” by Carol Dweck

Believing you can earn unlimited money is a great example of a growth mindset. Sadly, many of us instead inherited fixed mindsets that are certain we lack some special something required to make more.

This book explains the difference between the fixed and growth mindsets, and offers ideas for how to shift your own. It’s a must-read for parents who don’t want to pass their own limited thinking onto their children.

“The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome . They’re tackling problems, charting new courses, working on important issues.”

Carol Dweck

“The Power of Broke” by Daymond John

Money mindset work is generally focused on thinking and acting wealthy. But I like adding in this perspective on the importance of staying hungry. It’s not about fostering a poverty mindset, but instead about thinking outside the box to make more out of limited circumstances.

John says this type of thinking is what allowed him to turn a $40 t-shirt business into a $6 billion company. If you’re like me, you find more inspiration from a “pull myself up by my boostraps” story than a “think happy thoughts” pep talk.

“Life is like business, 20% of what happens to you is 80% of how you react.”

Daymond John

“The Wealth Choice” by Dennis Kimbro

The money mindset discussion is dominated by white voices and marginalized people are, once again, pushed to the margins. It needs to stop, and that’s one reason I love this book.

Based on a 7-year study of 1,000 of the wealthiest African Americans, this book offers a trove of sound and surprising advice about climbing the economic ladder, even when the odds seem stacked against you. Learn how business leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities found their paths to wealth; what they did or didn’t learn about money early on; what they had to sacrifice to get to the top; and the role of discipline in managing their success.

“Our todays are what our yesterdays made them; our tomorrows must inevitably be the product of our todays.”

Dennis Kimbro

“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

Speaking of white people dominating the money mindset discussion…the “founding father” of the manifesting movement is Napoleon Hill. This is one of the books that started it all so, while it’s written by an old white dude, it’s worth reading.

“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

Napoleon Hill

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5 Books About Habits

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“Atomic Habits” by James Clear

I highly recommend this book that offers practical strategies for forming good habits, breaking bad ones, and mastering the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. I love the focus in this book on small, incremental change and how it can add up to a manageable and sustainable new habit. 

“The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

This book digs into the science about how habits are formed, how they function, how they can be modified, and how they influence our lives and our business world. If you’re looking for “hacks” to change your habits, this isn’t for you. If, however, you’re like me and love to really understand how your brain works, then you’ll enjoy the well-researched aspect of this book.

“The Willpower Instinct” by Kelly McGonigal

I love a well-researched book, and this is definitely one of those. It explains the science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve health, happiness, and productivity. This book is equal parts informative, inspiring, and practical with exercises to help you begin forming new habits.

“High-Performance Habits” by Brendon Burchard

Coach Brendon Burchard shares the six habits that he says move the needle the most in helping you succeed (based on his research with high achievers). The book includes exercises and daily practices you can implement to begin developing these important habits.

“One Day My Soul Just Opened Up” by Iyanla Vanzant

If you’re not into spirituality and self-help, steer clear of this one. If you are, however, this 40-day journal/workbook provides daily lessons and practices to help you think about and rewire your internal habits.

8 Books to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

8 Books to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Is there a little voice in your head that says things like, “you’re not good enough,” “you’re a fraud,” or “who do you think you are to do that?” You’re not alone. That’s your inner critic (also called Imposter Syndrome) and it can be incredibly debilitating.

I help women who own small businesses overcome their limiting beliefs, and imposter syndrome is one of the most common. I’ve done a lot of research and reading on this topic, and have found some great resources that can help with quieting the inner critic.

If you’re doing mindset work around inner critic/imposter syndrome, self-doubt, or self-judgment, these are a few books that may be incredibly useful to you.

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“The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks

No list of mindset books is complete without “The Big Leap.” I believe it’s the first book anyone should read when working on their mindset.

This book can help you create a major perspective shift. You’ll learn about the four most common fears that hold us back, and begin to understand how you can push beyond them to achieve your full potential in work, relationships, finance, and all other walks of life.

“If I cling to the notion that something’s not possible, I’m arguing in favor of limitation. And if I argue for my limitations, I get to keep them.”

Gay Hendricks

“Braving the Wilderness” by Brené Brown

Feel like you don’t measure up? Think no one will care what you have to say? “Braving the Wilderness” may change your mind—and life.

Brené shares her four-step process to find true belonging through authenticity, bravery, trust, and vulnerability. The book is about learning to stand confidently in yourself as you are, rather than always trying to fit in. And the included story from Viola Davis is worth every bit of the book’s price.

“The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.”

Brené Brown

“Playing Big” by Tara Mohr

Are you playing small, held back by fear and self-doubt? If you’re ready to instead start taking bold action and pursue your dreams, then check out “Playing Big.”

Each chapter includes a discussion followed by practical tips and exercises (including journaling questions) to help you move past the internal barriers that are holding you back. It’s all about finding your voice and mission so you can finally create the life and business you really want.

“Playing big doesn’t come from working more, pushing harder, or finding confidence. It comes from listening to the most powerful and secure part of you, not the voice of self-doubt.”

Tara Mohr

“How to Be Yourself” by Ellen Hendriksen

Suffer from social anxiety? So do I, Ellen Hendriksen, and many other successful people. In “How to Be Yourself,” Ellen breaks into manageable chunks the cognitive processes that make basic social settings feel terrifying.

She also shares tools and techniques to push past the wall of anxiety and develop confidence to feel comfortable in any situation. It’s all about learning how to reality check your inner critic, among other things, so you can more fully engage in your life and have the social experiences you desire.

“If you wait until you are ready to do the things that scare you because you feel like you aren’t ready, you will never get around to doing them. We gain comfort and confidence through being uncomfortable.”

Ellen Hendriksen

“Quiet” by Susan Cain

Being an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t also be wildly successful. “Quiet” may inspire you to see your introverted self in a new, grateful light.

Susan Cain’s extensive research shows the slow rise of the extrovert as the “ideal” for success. More importantly, she makes a strong case for the power of introverts and also how the two can personality types can cooperate. The book is a deep well of wisdom about human interaction.

“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.”

Susan Cain

“Banish Your Inner Critic” by Denise Jacobs

Feel creatively stifled by that nasty internal dialogue always telling you that you’re not enough? “Banish Your Inner Critic” can help you silence self-doubt so you can unleash your creativity.

Calling upon neuroscience, psychology, mindfulness principles, and self-compassion research, this book offers DIY techniques for putting the Inner Critic in its place. Learn how to defeat the barriers holding you back, and achieve success through a positive attitude.

“By giving the inner critic less of our bandwidth, we access, express, and cultivate our creativity; we take back our creative power. From this place of reclaimed creative power, we can go after even bigger challenges.”

Denise Jacobs

If you like straight talk, you may like “You are a Badass.” It’s a positive kick in the pants to help you stop doubting yourself so damn much!

Calling on the author’s own life experiences, this is a self-help book that shares old self-help ideas with a more straightforward bent. You’ll feel more inspired to stop caring what other people think, to figure out what you want but let go of controlling how it happens, and creating a support system and surroundings that will propel your inner badass into action.

“What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.”

Jen Sincero

“Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk” by Danielle Krysa

Dubbed as “duct tape for the mouth of every artist’s inner critic,” this book is a quick read filled with uplifting advice and practical exercises for silencing that stifling voice once and for all.

“Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk” introduces 10 truths creatives must face to defeat self-doubt. And this isn’t psycho-babble—it’s filled with anecdotes from successful creatives on how to silence your inner critic and build the confidence needed to create great work. 

“Do what you love, and the money will come. And if it doesn’t, you won’t care, because you’ll be happy.” 

Danielle Krysa