Looking for the best personal development books to start your journey to changing your life? Or maybe you’re like me, in the way that I like to be constantly feeding my mind every day. No matter where you’re starting from, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this list!
6 of the Best Personal Development Books
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1. Success Principles by Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield has created many fantastic books worth reading, but this one stands as my favorite of his works by far. Success Principles is an excellent way to learn how to create goals that stick, so that you can achieve anything you want.
This book is one of the more thorough on my list of best personal development books. Beyond just effective goal setting strategies, this book is complete with self-improvement work that you can do to keep succeeding in more than just chasing after your dreams!
2. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
Oh, Tony. Everybody loves Tony, at least a little bit. It should be no surprise that he’d end up on this list somewhere. This book has impacted millions of people, even close friends of mine – as well as myself!
In Awaken the Giant Within, Tony discusses finding your life purpose, and learning what changes you have to make in order to fulfill it.
“Goals are like magnets. They’ll attract the things that make them come true.”
3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
One of the oldest best-selling books in the world of self-help, How to Win Friends and Influence people has even earned a place on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential books in 2011!
After reading it myself, I can definitely see why. If you haven’t already read it, I suggest picking up a copy or listening to the audio as soon as you can.
How to Win Friends and Influence People is straightforward and to-the-point in its title: Dale Carnegie talks about how to win the hearts of anyone, anywhere; both in everyday life, and in your business.
This book is one that anyone can benefit from, but especially those who work in a social environment and those who consider themselves to be shy or socially awkward.
4. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
In his book, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle explains the importance of conquering the ego to live a more purposeful, intentional life – and shows you how to do just that. An enlightening, inspiring read!
“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I, then? I am the one who sees that.” -Eckhart Tolle
5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This is a unique feature on my list of best personal development books, because it’s actually a long, immersive fable with important life lessons woven throughout; like The Book of Virtues for adults.
In short, The Alchemist is about the story of a shepherd boy named Santiago, who dreams of seeing the world and travels from Spain to Morocco in search of worldly success. Eventually, he finds himself in Egypt, where he meets an alchemist that shows him something far better than any other kind of riches: self-understanding and spiritual enlightenment.
I found this to be an enjoyable read, both for entertainment and the life philosophies it contains.
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.” -Paulo Coelho
6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This book is a comprehensive step-by-step guide for living each day with the principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
In it, Covey also explains one important, totally universal rule: if we want to make a change in our lives, we need to change our attitude and our habits.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been called one of the most inspiring books ever written, and I can’t say that I disagree!
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