I started reading the book, "Think and Grow Rich", as recommended by a friend (thanks Shawn!). The book was published in 1937, and contains principles that are timeless. In fact, you fans of the film "The Secret" will find the principles, many using the same words and language, contained in this old book by Napolean Hill.
I read part of the introduction. Then found it interesting enough that I read part of the story aloud to my wife. 3 hours later, we had read the first 2 chapters and begun following the advice in the chapters, making plans for our future.