10 Must Read Books on Personal Development

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As we discussed Wednesday in our Time Management Series I have really turned my life around thanks to personal development.

I have gone from overworked, stressed, annoyed, and irritable to positive and relaxed.
Since learning time management techniques, mindsets and adopted a healthier world view, like having an abundance mentality instead of a scarcity mentality, I feel much better; I am more confident, I am happier and I am more successful.

Some of the books that have inspired me most are these 10.
They all have great lessons and have helped me improve as a leader, teacher, time management expert and has helped me improve my confidence.

If you have any questions about any of the books please leave a comment and I will as soon as possible.

1. Getting Things Done by David Allen
David Allen’s book Getting Things Done is one of the most popular books written on Time Management. The system David has created is very effective and I have in fact incorporated it to my own time management system.

2. From Good to Great by Jim Collins
You have probably heard about Jim Collins book From Good to Great. After 5 years of research he and his team found truths about running a business that changed the way companies are built all over the world.

3. The Secrets of Power Selling by Kelley Robertson
My good friend Kelley Robertson who runs the blog https://www.fearless-selling.ca/blog/ wrote this book some years back. Kelley’s plan has been to make the book accessible to sales people with a lot on your plate.
It is split into 101 tips (chapters) that describe one part of sales; each chapter is between 1 and 4 pages long meaning you can read it during idle time between meetings.

4. Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy is one of my favourite authors in the personal development industry. His books are easy to read and easy to digest. He has a way with words that makes it easily accessible and interesting to read his insights.

5. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This is one of the most important and influential books on personal development ever written. By studying thousands of people, over 40 self made millionaires, among them Thomas A. Edison and Henry Ford, Napoleon Hill put together 13 steps to success.

6. How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking By Dale Carnegie
The ability to speak in public has changed the lives of many individuals, just look at Churchill, Napoleon and Abraham Lincoln who’s speeches literally changed the world. Being able to speak in public isn’t only about changing the world.

7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Covey discusses in depth the principles of living efficiently and what is required to succeed.
It is one of the most powerful personal development books ever written. It has helped me change my view of life and has helped me increase my confidence greatly.

8. The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey
The long awaited follow up to the 7 Habits. It is about leadership and how to find your true path. It has helped me find focus and purpose on my path.

9. Million Dollar Habits by Brian Tracy
Brian has really worked on trying to create a flow in the book that goes from step one (or habit one) to step 2, 3 and so on. When I read the book I actually typed up a list of all the habits I wanted to add to my repertoire.

10. What to do When You Become the Boss by Bob Seldon
The book starts from the beginning and draws you through the steps of being a leader, a manager, managing your peers, employees, your boss, it also included a chapter on managing yourself.

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8 Responses to 10 Must Read Books on Personal Development

  1. Hey Daniel,
    I’m curious, if you had to choose only one of the above ten which one would it be. Napoleon Hill’s book probably influenced me as much as any on the list. The Artist’s Way gave me the inspiration (and courage) to write a book. Some books are enjoyable and other are truly life changers. A good list.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hi Riley,

      If I am to recommend one it would be the 8th habit by Stephen Covey because it is of such high quality and is discussed so little. The 7 habits really are great at teaching you too grow but the 8th habit really struck a cord with me “Finding your voice and helping others find theirs”.

      You should have read the 7 habits first though,

  2. Guru Prasad says:

    A good compilation. However, I am little surprised that none of Robin Sharma books are present in this.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hi Guru,

      I haven’t read any of Robins books, yet, which is why they aren’t on the list.
      That might change by the next time I put together a list like this.

  3. Jesper says:

    I know a lot of thes kinds of books. But some of the books fx. Maximum Achivement was new. I’ve put the books on my reading list.
    Thanks for the inspiration:-)

  4. Hi Daniel,

    I have read 5 and 7. They really worked wonders for me since I started applying what they teach.

    My personal list of favourites are:
    1) Anthony Robbins -Unleashing The Giant Within
    2) Richard Branson – Screw it Lets Do It
    3) Jack Canfield – Success Principles

    I like books that offer unique and practicable advise on personal development.


    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Jimmy,

      Good examples.
      I haven’t read the three you mention but I have added them to my Amazon wishlist so I will make sure to soon.

      Thanks for leaving your advice!

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