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Over the years, I have become a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to personal development books. I was introduced to my very first personal development book, Eat That Frog!, in about 2006, and ever since then, have read–on average–a new book every other month. It has become an essential part of my life, career, and general outlook on life.
Since I have read so many personal development books, I have several that have left lasting impressions on me, and that I come back to again and again for their words of guidance and leadership. Many friends and colleagues have come to me, asking for my personal favorites, so this blog post is somewhere I can now point people to who really want this information. Without further ado, may I present my top 10 favorite books for personal development!
Top Ten Favorite Personal Development Books
I originally purchased and began reading this because it was a book club selection, and I wanted to be able to contribute to conversations with real-life people and sound smart doing it. Hey, when you work from home, you take your socialization where you can get it (my mail lady & I are tight…). Then I really got into it. Angela Duckworth focuses on how having “grit” to accomplish your goals can be way more impactful than a natural genius for different subjects pertaining to those goals. She also gives insight into the Hard Thing Rule, which has absolutely made an impact on my life.
This was another book that I originally picked up as a book club selection. Honestly, when I first read the review and synopsis, I thought I pretty much had it all figured out. I was so wrong! The more I dug in, the more I realized that my own “stuff” was holding me back from the levels of success that I truly desired. Mel Robbins does a fantastic job of helping others take charge of the moment and really dive into succeeding at what they want to succeed at.
Way back in the day when I was still questioning life and my role in it, this book was a total eye-opener for me. I had no idea what it was that I was meant to do with my life–both personally and occupationally. This book really helped me to figure it all out, and I can’t recommend it any higher to anyone else who might currently be stuck wondering. Steve Olsher really helps you to figure out your personal step-by-step guide to sharing your very unique gift with the world and never looking back.
I first nabbed this book after discovering Gary V on his podcast (yup, I am an avid podcast addict) and was seriously pumped about his knowledge and enthusiasm. This book is a huge win for beginning entrepreneurs to really get their voice heard in the crazy world of social media. Gary V helps you to figure out how to put together high-quality content that really gets the attention of the public in a positive and profitable way.
I’m gonna be real here… I originally bought this book because Toni graduated high school with my husband, and they were friends back in the day. Then I read it. Toni is a genius when it comes to all the details to helping you follow your heart in entrepreneurship. She’s not only an entrepreneur and business development coach, but she’s also a lawyer who makes sure you’re taking care of business from all angles so that your business will succeed.
This was another book I “discovered” after being introduced to a podcast. I’d originally heard of Elizabeth Gilbert from her book Eat, Pray, Love. I never got around to reading that book (or watching the movie…) due to my not “being into rom coms” and that’s what I mistakenly thought it was. I should probably remedy that at some point soon, eh? Anyway, I was absolutely mesmerized by Elizabeth Gilbert’s unique way of helping readers let go of fear and really embrace love and creativity to help each of us figure out who we really are. I know it sounds kinda hokey, but Big Magic is real, y’all. The more you allow it in your life, the more you see it. I can’t really tell you much more than that… and to read the book!
4. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (Brian Tracy)
This is a classic. Pretty much anyone who’s been in any sort of personal development or entrepreneurship mindset for more than a few years has been exposed to this book. And with good reason! Brian Tracy is a personal development guru who really knows how to help you get over yourself and get stuff done. In a very timely manner. I fully admit to being in the running for “World’s Best Procrastinator” before reading this book, but honestly, after reading it and making the stuff in it a part of my daily life, I get SO MUCH MORE accomplished in any given day than I could have ever imagined in the past. If you are one of the few who has not read this book yet, get to it. You will not regret it.
This is yet another masterful classic that is a “must read” for anyone that is interested in personal development. John Maxwell is the author of a TON of personal development books, and although they’re each amazing in their own right, this one is my favorite. It basically boils down to “if you want to live like you’ve never lived before, you have to do what you’ve never done before.” Well worth the read!
Another classic by another guru that is an absolute “gotta read it now!” for entrepreneurs. Darren Hardy lays it down simply, giving readers solid examples of unbelievable success coming from small, easily-repeated actions over time. I’ve been following this advice for several years now, and am constantly amazed at how potent the results are.
This one is along the same lines as The Compound Effect I wrote about above, but it gets more into the nitty gritty of really helping readers understand their own power to make huge changes in their lives by making small changes. Everyone has the ability to succeed in their chosen paths by following their own “Slight Edge”, and Jeff Olson lays the groundwork to help you achieve it.
Do you have any other suggestions for great personal development books that I didn’t list here? Be sure to leave me a comment below, letting me know what they are! I’m constantly searching for awesome reading material. Oh, and be sure to check out all my latest posts about Entrepreneurship while you’re here!