Warren Buffett’s Net Worth: $85 billion

Jeff Bezos’ Net Worth: $182 billion

Oprah Winfrey’s Net Worth: $2.6 billion

Bill Gates’ Net Worth: $129 billion

Aside from mind-blowing wealth, do you know what these successful business leaders have in common?

They are extreme readers.

I firmly believe that success and reading are strongly correlated. You can do a quick Google search and find numerous benefits reading brings for your mental and physical health. Reading has the power to launch you towards success… whether success means more money, more intentional family time, better health, or whatever else it might be to you.

These are the books I aim to read in 2021!

My hope is that by reading these books, I will dive deeper into my journey of:

– improving my communication skills

– increasing my knowledge of history and how it impacts today

– becoming a more well-rounded financial advisor


Note: I’ll be “reading” some of these in audiobook format… cause let’s be real… my hands are usually busy typing on a keyboard or holding a baby!


1. “Truman” by David McCullough

This is an award-winning biography of Harry S. Truman, who presided over our country during excessively turbulent times. The book covers the first use of the atomic bomb, the start of the Cold War, the Korean War and more.

2. “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert

I never think to describe myself as “creative.” When I think of creative, I think of an adorable mom who can bust out crafts for the kids, beautifully decorate a home, and patch together a scrapbook with ease. That’s not me.

Yet, I’ve been creating content on The Everyday Advisor for almost a year and a half.  This book “shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear.” I hope I can take and apply that in my life!

3. “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight

This memoir is from the founder of Nike. It is an insider’s look at the growth of a globally iconic company that was branded to perfection. It looks like a book any ambitious business owner should read.

4. “Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation” by Edward Chancellor

I think stock market history is fascinating… but it doesn’t stop at the stock market! Trading and speculation have been part of society for thousands of years. I can’t wait to read about the history and evolution of investing.

5. “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi

I am coming to understand the emotional, professional, and spiritual importance of relationship building. I hate the word “networking.” I look forward to reading a fresh perspective on building, maintaining, and harvesting the benefits of professional relationships.


When I told an owner of Hixon Zuercher Capital Management, Adam Zuercher, that I would be writing this blog, he asked if writing it would actually make me read the books…

I said, “Yes!”

By writing my goals, I speak them into existence. Speaking it also gives my readers permission to hold me accountable, which is a powerful part of goal setting. So, I will check in at the end of the year and tell you how these books were! Plus, I must prove myself right to Adam. 😉