I absolutely love books, even though I am slow reader and hardly ever give myself time to read. But those few times where I am actually able to read a good book are fantastic. Books used properly, change lifes. So here are 2 books that influenced my life in a big way.

1. Real Estate Riches

I still remember the day when my friend Gísli put this book in my hands and told me I should read it. I guess you might say that it was a changing point in my life. I had always been a slow reader and I had never enjoyed reading books much but this book changed that. When I started reading it I couldn’t put it down, I finished reading it in about 24 hours which was a first for me since usually it took me weeks to finish books. The book introduced me to real estate investing. I had actually thought about it before but I had never realized exactly how to do it. This book was the beginning of a domino effect in my life that ended up with a life long fascination with real estate. Following this book I read Rich Dad, Poor dad and then dozens of books about real estate investing. For the next 12 months I couldn’t stop reading and getting to know the real estate market in Iceland. I calculated the income for over 100 different properties and visited over 50 properties to get the feeling for the market. At the end of this 12 month period I bought my first real estate and after that there was no turning back I was hooked.

 

2. Think and Grow rich

This has to be one of the most famous books on personal success out there. When I red it it gave me a completely new perspective on business and success. It introduce me to many concepts that I use in my life today. I have the audio version and I often listen to it while I go out jogging and it always manages to inspire me. Instead of listing everything that is in the book I am just going to share with you this poem that is included in the book:

I bargained with Life for a penny
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have gladly paid

 

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