Who wouldn’t want to be able to sit back with a Piña colada on their yacht and truthfully say “Yeah, I’m retired at 38.”? I don’t know anyone who would pass up an opportunity like that.

But for 38- year old Chris Reining, that is exactly the reality.

Reining’s hard work and dedication stemmed from habits that he swears by, including the well-known “rich habit” of reading at least an hour before bed every night. On his website, he shared five books that helped pave the way for his success, as well as his reasons for loving them.

 

1. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

“Know that this book is filled with driving analogies, it’s repetitive, and it doesn’t offer tactics or step-by-step instructions to do what you need to do to become a millionaire,” Reining explained. “But if you can overlook those things, and want a book that inspires you, it’s a good choice. … What it gets right is the mindset to become wealthy.”

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2. So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

“Most people don’t understand that how much money you make depends on your value. And you increase this value by building what Cal Newport calls ‘career capital,’ or honing more and more skills,” Reining wrote. “If I read this book when I started my career, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time in my 20s being stagnant. I would’ve known that to advance my career I needed to spend my time mastering more skills.”

Chris Reining Favorite Books
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3. Quiet by Susan Cain

“If you’re an introvert you should read this book to embrace who you are. And if you’re an extrovert you should read this book to understand how not everyone can spend hours socializing every day.”

Chris reining favorite books
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4. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“If deep down you know what you’re supposed to be doing with your life, and you’re not doing it, read this book.”

Chris reining favorite books
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5. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

“What I like about this book is when I’m struggling, it’s easy to pick it up and read a few pages to get a different perspective, and to see the hidden opportunity.”

Chris reining favorite books
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If you needed that extra push to start working toward your professional aspirations, Reining’s suggestions are a smart place to begin.

YouTube Channel: CNBC Make It.

 

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