10 Best Books for Real Estate, Health, and Wealth | BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast with Brandon Turner and David Greene

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  • Co-hosts David Greene (@DavidGreene24) & Brandon Turner (@BrandonAtBP) discuss the books that positively influenced their real estate careers; but also, how they shaped their views on wealth and achieving true happiness
    • “It’s one thing to read a book, it’s another thing to put it into practice” – Brandon Turner

David Greene Recommendations

  • Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff
    • “The author breaks down how to develop the ability to get people to see things from your perspective” – David Greene
      • Extends past any investment or sales pitch, it pertains to general conversations as well
      • Frame Control: how you establish credibility in conversations
      • Discusses the various compartments in the brain (croc brain, mid-brain, neocortex) that evaluate information and perspective that often cause miscommunication with others and ourselves
        • Croc brain: evaluates every bit of stimulus coming your way
        • Mid-brain: based on this stimulus, how is this information relevant
        • Neocortex: Uses logic, reason, and rationale
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
    • Saved David’s life early on, helping him through battles of depression and pain
      • David’s mental state was that he was afraid of failing and deemed all his success as luck
      • Based heavily on the spiritual context
    • Describes the strong correlation between having a father figure and understanding the confidence required to handle life
      • Great perspective and potential identity diagnosis for those who lack that role model
  • Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
    • If you’re the leader, assume everything is your fault
      • At a restaurant, it’s not the chef’s fault for making a mistake. It’s the leader’s fault for hiring the wrong person or not training them correctly.
    • Personal responsibility is contagious, people tend to be selfless when people around them are also willing to be selfless
      • This applies to both work environments as well as personal relationships
  • Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
    • Incredibly simple stories that highlight principles of wealth-building that have stood the test of time
      • David says he references this book multiple times a week in his decision making
    • A couple of principles include:
      • Only invest in things you understand
      • Never take on somebody else’s problem if it is going to negatively affect you
      • And more…

Brandon Turner Recommendations

  • Lifeonaire by Steve Cook & The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
    • Both of these books have a similar theme – life is meant to be more than hustle and wealth building
      • “It’s a relief valve on your life” – Brandon Turner
    • The goal of the ‘game’ determines how you play the game
      • The goal of Monopoly is to bankrupt everyone else, what if the goal was to own the most railroads?
        • You would play a different way
      • Now ask yourself, what is the goal of life? If the answer is not money, why do we still play the game of life as if that is the goal?
        • People so often play somebody else’s game
        • “People end up bitter because the rules change because they didn’t know they were playing in someone else’s game” – David Greene
    • Take sabbaticals – life is worth living, not waiting for
      • Is there anything in your life that you are doing right now that you love but is slowing you down from something that matters even more?
  • Who Not How by Dan Sullivan
    • Shift your thinking from ‘how am I going to get this done’ to ‘who is going to get this done’
      • Life is much more like football than golf – business and life are team sports
    • Outsource for expertise – Brandon and David both credit this strategy to making their real estate ventures successful
      • Remember, there are tons of musicians, authors, content creators that have a team behind them helping contribute to their product (sometimes in the majority)
  • Traction by Gino Wickman & The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney & Sean Covey
    • Both of these books describe how you run an effective business
      • How to set goals and how to achieve those goals
    • Traction model – there is freedom in structure, rigorous systems provide more opportunity for creativity. Be disciplined in the necessities.
      • Brandon mentions that this is the strategy they use at OpenDoor Capital
  • The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
    • Brandon found this incredibly valuable when he was struggling with finances, spending habits, and credit card debt

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