So you are on the hunt for some new personal development books to add to your library. Or perhaps like me a few years ago, you are looking for your first book. If the latter is you then soon enough you will have a full bookshelf of personal development books.
You may not like what I am about to say, but you need to hear it. To be fair, as you are reading this post you probably already know it. There is one thing in the way of you and whatever you define as your next level of success. Know what it is? Clue…. It looks right back at you when you look in the mirror…. yup, its YOU!
Wherever you are in life, in business, in relationships, in any area of life is a result of your actions and decisions. I am not saying that unfair crap doesn’t happen to everyone, but how we react to those situations can be wildly different.
Our mindset is key to growth in all areas of our life and I am excited that you are here to check out some books that will help you develop your mindset and take your life to the next level.
So grab a couple of books and get to reading ….
1.Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
This should be made a MUST READ in all schools. I don’t care who you are this has to be the next book you read. The way we think is the controlling force in how we live. If you believe you will be successful, then you will be. This is a book that I read once a year, and have on audiobook in the car. The lessons are key to creating a life of abundance. Get it now!
2. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
A few of the new editions to this years reading list are short stories and fables, and this is one of them. Stories are how lessons are passed through generations. This is such an amazing story and I also grabbed the audio version too. There are so many lessons in this short story about a shepherd who wants to find the riches of the world.
3.The Obstacle Is The Way – Ryan Holiday
The ancient art of turning adversity into advantage. In this book Ryan Holiday reframes this forgotten formula for success in todays world, and shows us may examples. Such as how John D Rockerfeller saw an opportunity in adversity and got rich in a recession. How Steve Jobs made the impossible possible on a routine basis, and so many more.
The great men and women of this world didn’t have exceptional luck, talent or experience. Al the had was a single maxim: ‘What stands in the way becomes the way’.
4.The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
Darren shows us how the small daily actions can overtime result in major success, or in fact failure. You see success is a habit. And the one McDonalds you have today won’t kill you, but the one McDonalds that you have everyday, overtime will almost certainly end up in you being overweight and suffering from the consequences of being overweight and unhealthy. On the other, more positive, side of it, reading for 30minutes everyday will greatly increase your knowledge, improve your mindset and set you up for success. Or calling 1 extra lead each day. 1 lead today might not make a difference but over the course of a year that a lot more people you connected with.
5.The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone has an amazing way of showing you, no, challenging you to push yourself. Throughout this book you see your goals and just want to 10X them! Aim for more, aim higher, make exciting goals and then go smash them! Whatever your goals are now, double them, no in fact 10x them. If you can figure out how to achieve that giant goal then achieving your current one won’t be a problem. In fact it might be easy! A great read.
6.The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson
Similar to Darren Hardy’s compound effect. Jeff Olson takes us through how small daily efforts can improve every area of our lives, from business to relationships, to our health. This is a way of thinking, that will allow you to make better choices, better decisions. It is not the major decisions, but the little ones we make each day, often without thinking about them. Snacking on that chocolate bar, not calling the client, not responding to that email. These apparently ‘insignificant’ decisions can be life changing over the course of time.
7.Mindset: How You Can Fulfil your Potential – Dr Carol Dweck
This was one of my favourite books that I read in 2015. Carol Dweck compares the growth mindset and the fixed mindset and shows us what we need in order to be successful in all areas of our lives. She shows us how to improve our businesses, our abilities as a parent, a coach, a teacher, and our lives in general. Change the way you think to get incredible results in your life. She not only gives you the research based facts, that those with a growth mindset will always be more successful, but she gives you the way to create a growth mindset in yourself and others around you. Often the language you use actually stops others from succeeding. For example, by telling a child that you thought they were good enough to win, even if they didn’t, could result in them not learning a new skill they need to be able to win, as they believe they are good enough and were just unlucky.
8. The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
After listening to an interview on a podcast with Shawn, I ordered this book immediately and I couldn’t put it down. Shawn shows you all the research that proves that happier and more positive people will be more successful. That they will in fact be “luckier” not because they are actually luckier, but because the mind is more open to opportunities when you are in a good/positive mood. Negative people can be presented with the same opportunity and literally not see it. He also shows us that happiness is not a destination, and in fact we are most happy when on a journey, when striving to reach a goal. Achieving the goal is not what gives us true happiness, but the process of getting there is. Want to know how to be more successful? Then get this book.
9.The Richest Man In Babylon – George S Clason
George S. Clason takes you back to Babylon in his enlightening, insightful book on financial investment and financial success. This series of delightful short stories teaches economic tips and tools for financial success that have withstood the test of time and are applicable still today. Enjoy reading, and start saving today!
10. Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers
We all suffer from it. FEAR! Whenever we think about taking on a big project, launching a business, doing something new, something that challenges us, fear is there. Fear is often the thing that stops us from achieving our goals, in fact it often stops us from even starting. So how we can we get over that fear. How can we face fear and say screw you I am doing it anyway! Susan Jeffers provides some fantastic insights in this book and the 5 truths of fear were posted on my pin board for a long time.
11. The Magic Of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
Achieving incredible things, being the leader you know you can be, facing fear and smashing through it, and how to create action. The Magic of Thinking Big is a fantastic book which will guide to setting and reaching BIG goals. We often limit our own success by thinking that things aren’t possible, or they are not realistic. How do we know what is realistic? How do you know what you are capable of?
12. Be Obsessed Or Be Average – Grant Cardone
Whether you’re a sales person, small business owner, or 9-to-5 working stiff, your path to happiness runs though your obsessions. It’s a simple choice: be obsessed or be average. Cardone was broke, jobless and addicted to drugs but he never stopped dreaming big regardless of his situation and people telling him he couldn’t do it. He’s now built 5 successful businesses and counting and wants to teach you to do the same!
13. Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind – T Harv Eker
Have you ever wondered how some people work really hard but one will be very wealthy and the other struggling financially? Learn here how to not be that person! Being wealthy is all part of your mindset, so change your mindset… Change your wealth!
14. Ego Is The Enemy – Ryan Holiday
We insist the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside world. In fact, the most common enemy lies within: our ego. Early in our careers, it impedes learning and the cultivation of talent. With success, it can blind us to our faults and sow future problems. In failure, it magnifies each blow and makes recovery more difficult. At every stage, ego holds us back.
15. The Energy Bus – Jon Gordon
Gordon shows 10 rules to live by to fuel your life and work using stories and examples to enlighten us! His main moto being forward thinking leads to great success!
So there you have it, a list of 15 books to add to your bookshelf! Go on to Amazon right now and grab them!
If you haven’t been around the world of personal development then you may also want to check out, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
I would love to hear which are your favourite personal development books, so leave a comment below and let me know! What books do you feel are missing from the list?
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