The Best Way To Spend $20, Today

May 15, 2008 • Paul Singh

]It’s already halfway through May and you should have received your [federal stimulus check][2] by now. Do you know what you’re going to do with it?

A few weeks ago, my friend Ramit quoted me when I said that [books are the most cost-effective way to invest in yourself][3]. If you buy one book per week, for $20 each, that’s $1,000 per year. If you get one good idea per week, it’s worth it. It’s true – you could spend thousands of dollars for a semester of classes or no more than $20 for a book that you can read in a weekend. Which would you rather do?

Now, just imagine if you could learn just one new idea from the book and then actually apply it the next day. How much do you think that might be worth? (Answer: a whole hell of a lot.)

I’ll keep things simple for you, buy these two books today and start reading this weekend. I’ve recently read them and can tell you that you won’t need more than 4 hours to quickly read through both:

“The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)” (Seth Godin)

“The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” (Timothy Ferriss)

Once you’re done, I’m sure you’ll have atleast one new idea you can try at work (or school) the very next day.It’s that simple, just get started.

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