The Nomad Reading List: 26 books every Nomad Capitalist should read

Written by Andrew Henderson

As 2015 wraps up, we’re taking the next few weeks to look back at a year that’s been full of expansions in our offerings and new areas of outreach at Nomad Capitalist.

One of the developments of the past year is our new podcast.

In each one of the podcasts, I interview nomadic entrepreneurs who’ve successfully implemented many of the strategies that we talk about here at Nomad Capitalist.

To get into the mind of an entrepreneur, I believe it’s best to look at what’s on their bookshelf. Or, as Tim Ferriss says, “you are what you read”, so I’ve compiled a holiday reading list of the books that inspire each one of my guests.

The Nomad Reading List

Ep. 31, Sylvie McCracken – The Big Leap by Dr. Hendricks Gay

“It’s a huge mindset shifter.”

Ep. 30, Angela Hood – The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

“It talks about the different types of people you’ll encounter and how you should evaluate each one when you meet them, as well as how each type can help you. These descriptions of the several archetypes that you’ll meet will help you across cultures.”

Ep 29, Mark Peters – The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

“It’s a book on stoicism, and is a tremendously good read that puts life into perspective for people.”

Ep 28, Horst von Wendorff – Harvard Business Review

“Rather than a book, HBR’s where I’ve gotten most of my knowledge to set my business up properly and get it profitable and running smoothly.”

Ep, 27, Tony Simola – House of Morgan by Ron Chernow: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

“It’s about the history of the Morgan banking family and gives a pretty good overview of the US’s financial history as well.”

Ep 26, Nadine Hays- none

“I don’t read books. If you’re going to go on a nomadic entrepreneurial journey, you’re probably already brave and have business sense. Listen to music and other things that keep you upbeat, but books won’t help you. You need to keep yourself motivated and happy.”

Ep 25, Ana Gusso – Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Richard Kiyosaki

“It had an impact on how I see business today. I know it probably seems kind of lame, but it changed the way I think about money. I learned about investments and passive income which led me to where I am now.”

Ep 24, Matt Newton – The 7 Day Startup by Dan Norris

“The 7 Day Startup is the idea of taking a business from nothing to something very quickly. It’s about ideas that can be very quickly monetized. It’s great for nomads that need to make money quickly.”

Ep 23, Ladan Jiracek –  MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins

“The book shows you how good of a lifestyle you can have for how little money.”

Ep 22, Andrew Reich – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

“It’s essential to being a better leader. I require all of my new account managers to read it.”

Ep 21, Ben Wolford – Homelands: The Case for Open Immigration by Stephan Faris

“It’s about the international migration system, and how certain passports are more powerful than others. The overarching theme is that where you’re born is luck of the draw.”

Ep 20, Tim Tibbitts – Don’t Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk

“This book was very close to home and painful for us to read. It’s about exactly what we go through every day. It talks about what we did: packing up and moving to the Caribbean, dealing with red tape, immigration, and the different pace of life.”

Ep 19, Kisha Mays – From Failure to Fearless by Kisha Mays

“I wrote it!”

Ep 18, Kevin Chen – Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

“If you’re starting to run your own life and things are getting busy, having a system makes things more efficient. It helps you make sure you don’t forget things and don’t get overwhelmed when you have your own business.”

Ep 17, Carol Merchasin – Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans by Alan Riding, and the article by Ethan Watters – We aren’t the world

“Distant Neighbors is about Mexico and the culture there. Anything that helps us learn about culture makes us happier and more successful.

‘We aren’t the world’ is a tremendous reading piece for us to learn about people outside of the United States and our culture that we’re familiar with, it helps you understand culture and your place in it.”

Ep 16, Vincenzo Villamena – The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

“It was a quasi-inspiring book. It introduces the concept that anyone can be a nomad, even if you’re working in a regular company. One of the earliest books that inspired this concept. Kind of a bible for nomads.”

Ep 13, David Feldsott – Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi, and The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

“Never Eat Alone is a fantastic book about networking and trying to become a super-connector. It brings home the point that life really is all about who you know not what you know.

The Hard Thing about Hard Things is by Ben Horowitz and is about his life during the tech bubble and how he started his own company, had many failures and disasters, lonely nights, and depressing moments. It talks about the dark side of being an entrepreneur.

We’ve all been through this, but his story shows that if you push hard you can achieve great things.”

Ep 12, Erica Taylor – Meditation book

“It’s a book on meditation written by a former Fortune 100 company employee who quit her job to become a Buddhist nun. She wrote a book about how to be peaceful. It helps me living in India to be more centered when I’m surrounded by cows, cars honking and people spitting.”

Ep 11, George Millo – The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg

“It’s about how to have success without a college education, which is what young people need to hear.”

Ep 10, Brendan Tully – Living the 80/20 Way by Richard Koch

“Richard Koch’s ‘The 80/20 Principle’ is really hard to read, but this book is amazing and explained it in a much better way. It can be applied to all areas of life.”

Ep 9, Mike Darnell – Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

“It’s the first book that I read after I graduated from high school. Written by Professor Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize Laureate, and it reflects on human decision making and biases.”

Ep 8, Reid Kirchenbauer – The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman

“It’s not an economics books but it presents forecasts for what will happen in the next century, from economics, investments to where you’ll want to live.”

Ep 7, Bob Martin – 49 Ways to Make a Living in the Philippines by Bob Martin

“It’s my book!

If you want to come to the Philippines and make money here, you should read it. I’ve done 40-45 of the ways to make money listed in the book, and the remaining ones are stuff that I’ve seen other people do that will work. Even if you don’t do one of things in the book, it’ll get you thinking along the right lines for what will be successful there.”

Ep 6, Gregory Diehl – Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott

“It was written a couple hundred years ago from the perspective of a two-dimensional learning to perceive the three-dimensional world for the first time.

The major takeaway from this book is that the world is much bigger than you could ever possibly know at one time.

If you remember that the world is much larger than you’re possibly capable of perceiving, you’ll never run out of adventures on your nomadic journey.”

Ep 5, Lisa Vexler- The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

“It helped us consolidate our all of our business ideas and apply them to our family.”

Ep 4, Tim Beiko – Breakthrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump

“It teaches you how to read much more quickly. If you spend half an hour practicing per day for a month, you’ll read twice as quickly as you do now. Being able to do this changes your relationships with books and information, and how quickly you’re able to process it. When you’re traveling you’re bombarded with lots of information and new ways to do things, this book helps you process it more quickly.”

What books have you read that have inspired you? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments section.

Andrew Henderson
Last updated: Dec 27, 2019 at 7:10PM

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