There are a few books that I have read, and even before I finished them, realized that they changed something significant about my life. Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins is one of those.

It wasn’t that the principles here are new to me. The concepts are actually pretty simple to grasp.

  • Don’t operate out of fear, or invest according to emotion. Make your decisions based on logic.
  • Invest for the long term. Compounding interest always wins.
  • Minimize tax liability and fees.
  • Diversify to protect yourself when down times come.
  • Invest more when everything is on sale.
  • Rebalance your investments, preferably annually.

Just because I shared these basic highlights does not mean you do not need to read the book. Far from it. They absolutely mean you need to read it, because all of the principles in the list make sense, and you can know you should do them, but unless you know how, that knowledge is useless.

You could flounder about on your own: I have done so most of my life. You can remake the mistakes others have made, and learn on your own. But that will be (and has been) an expensive choice.

You can sit on the sidelines, living in fear and keeping your assets and investments in cash rather than getting into investing at all. This is the surest way to lose, especially with today’s low interest rates.

Or you can instead learn from the masters. Read Tony’s book and not only will you learn from him, but you will learn from those he has known and worked with, some of the wealthiest and most successful investors on the planet. You will also learn how to choose a financial advisor of your own, where to set up your retirement funds and how, and even more.

I can’t say enough about this book, but I can’t leave the review without talking about the final chapter, something I have been talking about and trying to master the last few years. Tony tells you of his journey and gives you his advice about how to be personally wealthy–in a beautiful state rather than a suffering state no matter what your circumstances.

This takes a disciplined mind, and it is only a disciplined mind that will follow the advice outlined in this book. The biggest obstacle to your success in any area is you, and this book will teach you how to overcome that in more than just your finances.

Five stars. Well done. Well edited and written. If you don’t read another book about building wealth and finances this year, make reading this one a top priority. You won’t regret it.