10 Personal Development/Self-Help Books that you must read
Personal Development fill the shelves of bookstores and shopping carts of Amazon users daily. Every type of book has its pros and cons. However, whenever you read a book, it should change you for the better. Today we will go over 10 books I believe are must-read out of the thousands of self-help books out there.
Knowledge is power only when applied. So, get to reading these and applying the principles they have as soon as possible.
I highly recommend reading and revisiting this book throughout your life. It will aid in making you a better speaker whether in informal settings or professional settings. One of the most important skills in life is being able to speak and to speak well. Many run or shy away from public speaking, but this skill will help open opportunities in life you might never thought possible. These include running for political office, obtaining capital from investors for a business idea, presenting to stakeholders of an initiative, persuading people to a common cause, and so on. Being able to communicate effectively will be a powerful tool in your arsenal wherever you go in life. Don’t take speech for granted, get on to learning more about it.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is another great book by Dale Carnegie. This teaches more on the aspect of emotional intelligence and being able to relate and interact with others. In a world today where everyone is plugged in with social media it’s vital to be able to genuinely connect with others. It’s better to have quality over quantity in terms of your friendships and relationships. This book teaches you how to become interesting and attract other interesting people. As more conversations go online, you’ll be that rare breed who can still hold an engaging conversation in person and do so with poise and grace. Humans are social creatures so exercising and developing this skill is a must not only for yourself but for the sake of us all.
- The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Despite being able to speak, you must first conquer your mind. One of the greatest philosophers of antiquity was the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. This book provides recollections of events in history and his personal accounts of them even diving deep into his personal life. I recommend reading this book and taking notes of how he encourages us to self-reflect, practice stoicism, and not be deterred by material possessions, glory, and thoughts of others. We must live our lives truthfully not only to others but our own selves. Philosophy and deep thought are something everyone should set time for. Don’t just go through the motions in life. Be deliberate in what you do, have a purpose, and make being accountable and self-aware a daily part of your life.
This book leans in the area of finance, but the principles it speaks of transcends that in my opinion. The book teaches prudence, diligence, seeking knowledge, and so on. However, it also teaches us responsibility. In life we are responsible to ourselves, our families, and our society. We must take ownership in whatever we do. We can’t blame external circumstances and do nothing and expect change. We must take the initiative and be proactive if we want change to happen. Seeking help from others, gaining mentors, trial and error, and pushing ourselves for the better is what we should do. Never settle for less, always strive for what’s best.
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Everything we do is formed from habits. Habits are very important as they will make or break us. It’s imperative to develop good habits and replace bad habits with better habits. This book goes into detail showing you how to make your days, weeks, months, and years effective. Being able to reach your goals and becoming a better person on the way. I recommend reading this book as soon as possible.
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
Very few books teach us how to frame our thoughts and how we perceive things better than this one. I believe it should be given to kids as young as 9-10. Being able to think differently and outside of the box not only improves one’s outlook on life but aids in even becoming a one who leads society to even better standards. This book will help develop the problem solver, the entrepreneur, and the scientist in you. Being curious and being able to think outside the norm is the key to propelling your life even farther. We are taught in school to think one way, but now I implore you to think bigger.
- The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
This book dives deeper into love, values, tradition, spirituality, and faith. It’s important to feed your mind, but it’s important to feed your spirit as well. This book dives into the struggles of a Christian, an Atheist, and those of pressing life issues. Sometimes there aren’t any easy solutions, or quick answers. Sometimes a journey must be done, and sometimes the path you take might affirm or negate what you were expecting. Not to spoil too much, but each person reached a conclusion they didn’t foresee in any way possible.
- The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
The life of the former CEO of Disney. He goes into great detail of how he started behind the scenes of production and his climb and to the C-suite. It was by no means easy nor was it certain. He goes into great lengths to describe his journey. What went well and what did not. He doesn’t sugar coat anything, he lets the reader glean from it what they may and leaves it to them to accept the core ideas he wants to share.
Malcolm Gladwell writes very intriguing books and this one teaches us not to underestimate the underdog. Everyone has innate strengths or weaknesses. It’s up to us to cultivate and use our strengths and account for our weaknesses. Amazon was once a small bookstore, today it is an e-commerce giant. Giants can be slayed by underdogs, and vice versa. Nothing in this world is certain what can be gleaned. This book will take you on a thought- provoking ride you won’t regret.
As the title says, how will you measure your life when all is said and done? Will you have dreams or memories? It’s important that we live our lives as best we can. Never take things for granted like your family, friends, your health, and so on. Always live with that in mind that any day could be your last. For those who will attend your viewing, what will they say about you? Take those calculated risks, make time for those important to you, and do unto others what you would want to be done to you.
I have personally read or listened to each of these books, and they have been so helpful to improving my life. I hope you could get value from them as well.