10 Badass Books That’ll Educate, Entertain, and Inspire You

I read a lot.

Sometimes too much.

You should read a lot too.

Don’t know what to read?

Here are 10 badass books that’ll educate, entertain, and inspire you.

Note: This list is in no particular order, but numbered for ease of reading.

1. The Millionaire Fastlane – MJ DeMarco

TMF will show you how to go from sidewalk walking bum or slowlane driving chump to a fastlane speeding champ (in a Lamborghini, of course). What DeMarco calls for is a major shift in mindset, going from consumer to producer and finding ways to separate your income from your time to build TRUE wealth.

Also check out The Fastlane Forum if you’re looking to connect with like-minded go-getters.

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

In this classic, Dale Carnegie gives plenty of great techniques and tactics for starting and maintaining successful relationships.

Look, as a human you’re a social animal. This means that your relationships with other humans are a critical piece to your overall happiness and success. Don’t neglect them.

3. The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Although this book is geared more towards artists and entrepreneurs, anyone can be a victim of the Resistance. The War of Art is all about overcoming this Resistance, turning pro, and actually doing what you need to do so that you can create something great.

4. The MAX Muscle Plan – Brad Schoenfeld

This book will serve anyone looking to gain muscle well. As a matter fact, lifters of every level would do well to skip all the bullshit and use this book as their muscle-building manual.

5. Artist of Life: The Essential Readings – Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was not just a martial artist and actor, he was also a philosopher and thinker. This book dives deep into his philosophies, many which will change the way you look at life.

6. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

Fight club is a riveting read that deals with lots of modern-day men’s issues. It gets crazy and can be tough to follow at times, but there are tons of lessons hidden within.

7. Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder – Arnold Schwarzenegger

From his humble beginnings growing up in a small Austrian village to the Mr. Olympia stage, Arnold’s story is inspiring. This book will surely give you a nice kick in the ass.

8. Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder – Sam Fussell

A man literally drops everything to pursue the dream of becoming a champion bodybuilder. This book is very entertaining, and anyone who’s ever been into lifting weights will get a kick out of it.

9. Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

A REAL look into the mind and world of entrepreneur Elon Musk, and it’s not the glamorous “save the world” image most guys have. We’re talking 18-hour workdays, non-stop travelling, always being the “bad guy”, and the constant pressure of progress at all costs. Also listen to him on the Joe Rogan Experience.

10. Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha – Adam Bornstein and John Romaniello

This book is all about optimizing hormones and building size and strength—written in a fun and interesting way. Those into science-fiction (especially Star Wars) will get a kick out of this book.


And there you have it… 10 badass books. Check ’em out!

Let me know what you think after you’ve given ’em a read.


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