Many people ask me how I was able to go from making $30,000 a year in a corporate 9 to 5 job to controlling over $265,000,000 in real estate. Here is a list of books, across four categories that I have read (or wrote) that I recommend you read to understand the ins and outs of entrepreneurship and of course apartment investing before or during the process of starting your multifamily real estate investment career. The links provided are affiliate links.



Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Four-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett

80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall

The Raving Fans by Kenneth Blanchard

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Mistakes Millionaires Make by Harry Clark

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Marketing Outrageously by John Spoelstra

Self-Made in America by John McCormack



Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Flow by Csikszentmihalyi Mihaly

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Mastery by Robert Greene

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

10% Happier by Dan Harris

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 by Tina Seelig

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Grit by Angela Duckworth

The Talent Code by Daniel Doyle

The Happiness Track by Emma Seppala

The Go Giver by Bob Burg

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Unleash the Power Within by Tony Robbins


48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillian, and Laura Roppe

Influence by Robert Cialdini

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

Win Your Case by Gerry Spence




I like to keep things simple because that'll increase your likelihood of sticking to it which will help you be more successful with it.

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  • Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever– real estate professionals give their best advice ever with a slant towards raising money and buying apt communities because that’s what I do
  • Apartment Building Investing with Michael Blank – as the name suggests this podcast is strictly focused on apt investing
  • Target Market Insights Podcast with John Casmon
  • Before the Millions Podcast - Exclusive access to the minds of millionaires & entrepreneurs who live their best life everyday through online business, investing and real estate.
  • BiggerPockets - long-form podcast that has some phenomenal multifamily investors on the show. If you haven't joined the community then go over there an set up an account because being active on the site WILL increase your bottom line.
  • The REI Foundation Podcast - Hosts Jason and Pili give you all the steps and missteps towards achieving your investing dreams. From Multifamily Mondays to Foundation Inspection Fridays.
  • Corporate Investor Podcast - Matt Nusbaum talks to successful real estate investors who began investing while working full-time in the corporate world.


  1. Spending time with the ones you love and love you.
  2. Having a big ole cup of water with a scoop of wheat grass every morning.
  3. Appreciating what you have.
  4. Volunteering.
  5. Reading lots of books then acting on the advice in those books that speaks to you.
  6. Creating something around something you enjoy then cultivating it daily for 90 days to determine if there's a biz idea within that venture.
  7. Focusing on the solution and next step, not what already happened. However, always try to find out how the bad thing happened to mitigate it from happening again.
  8. Putting yourself in the best position to be massively successful by identifying what you're really good at and then identifying a way to build a biz around it.
  9. When you think about doing something nice for someone do it at that moment in time. Stop everything and make a call. Send a text. Write a letter. Buy a present. Make an intro. Thoughts are just that - thoughts. They don't show up in the real world unless you act on them. And others can only experience the benefits of our thoughts by us taking action on those thoughts.
  10. Surrounding yourself with the right people. High achievers with strong morals and character. People who fill you up. Not drain you. "You are the product of the expectations of your peer group," says Tony Robbins. Be careful here. Be selective.