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My love of reading didn’t come until I was an adult. In fact, I really struggled at first to learn to read and because of that, I hated reading throughout elementary school and high school. Honestly, reading still isn’t my favorite, but I love the option of listening to books. I can read so many more books this way and I can do it on my drive to work, the grocery store or Barnes and Noble ;).
Being someone who has suffered from depression and anxiety my entire life, I started dabbling in personal development in my twenties. I started with Tony Robbins (who is still one of my favorites). But I didn’t read as much as I could or should have. It was just in the last couple years where I realized to really be successful not only in my own personal happiness and self-love but also in my entrepreneurial aspirations I need to be reading books. And I need to read as many as many personal development books as I can. One of the best ways I’ve been able to get through so many books is through Audible. The small monthly fee is minimal and I can get a new book every month. It’s definitely worth the investment.
I really pumped up my reading game in the last six months and I’d love to share with you my favorite books that I’ve read so far and my honest opinion of them. Let’s get into my list of the best personal development books.
#1 – You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – by Jen Sincero
This book is my #1 for a reason. This book helped me to completely change my mindset. I really resonated with the author and what she says in this book was instrumental in helping push me forward and learn to love myself. This book is witty, funny, inspirational and one that you will want to binge because it’s THAT good.
#2 – You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
Just like my #1 pick, this book is by the same author and it’s fair to see why I would love this book as well. There are some repeat things in this book from the first one but it does go deeper into your mind blockage with money and really helped to open my mind to letting money into my life.
#3 – The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins is a get straight to the point, don’t take shit kind of motivational guru. She can get a little brassy, smart-assy and foul-mouthed at times and that’s what I love about her. This 5 second rule helped me in several aspects, including not hitting the snooze button in the morning. Anyone who knows me knows I’m NOT a morning person and I was the type of person who had to have several alarms on my phone to get me up in the morning. Along with this book, you can also get her 30-day email series of challenges and tasks that go along great with the book. If you get this book, definitely sign up for the emails as well.
#4 – Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Tony was the first personal development guru I tried when I first started my personal development journey. It was because of one of Tony’s programs that I got (which was very expensive, but well worth it) that gave me the tools to build my own confidence enough to know I needed to get out of my abusive toxic relationship with my ex-husband. Awaken the giant within gives you extremely productive actionable steps you can take towards becoming a better person and achieving your goals.
#5 – The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington
I swear this book really blew up last year and I was seeing it all over the place. Tons of people in my blogging groups were raving about this book and how it helped them to do exactly what the title says, get more done in 12 weeks. I have to say – the strategy that this book details is pure genius yet so simple to implement. If you have some big goals you’ve been putting off, you need to read this book.
#6 – Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop
As you could probably tell by the title if you’re easily offended by swear words you probably shouldn’t read this book. If profanity is ok with you, definitely read. This is a really in your face kind of book that helps you get honest about your fucked up life and how to flip it around.
#7 – The Goddess Revolution: Make Peace with Food, Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life by Mel Wells.
This is the book I’m currently reading and I’m almost done with it. So far this book is profoundly helpful in learning to overcome the struggle that so many women face with not loving their bodies and having food and diet issues. If this is something you’ve struggled with at any point in your life, get this book and put it at the top of your list to read.
#8 – Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
This is one of those personal development books that I swear every single coach and personal development person tells you to read. I read it and thought yes, it’s really great at explaining how your mindset has the biggest impact on your success. However, what kind of turned me off with this book was there were comments that were gender biased towards men. I ignored them and got through the book. But it was because of those statements that kind of turned me off a little about the book. I’m sure it was like that because of the timeframe when this book was written. This success book was definitely written for a man. However, there is another book out there that IS more geared towards women and will make my list.
#9 – Think and Grow Rich for Women by Sharon Lechter
The reason why I’m recommending this book is that I do think there is great value in my #8 pick Think and Grow Rich. However, like I said I believe it is more geared towards men. This version is geared towards women and gets the same points across without being biased towards a woman’s place in society.
#10 – No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy
I love Brian Tracy. He is a gentle soft spoken inspirer that truly tells it like it is. He’s not too in your face, but he’s honest about what you need to do to achieve your goals. This book is my favorite of his. I’ve also read Eat That Frog! which is also a great book, but this is the one that made my list.
So there’s my list of the best personal development books. Is your favorite book on this list? If not, what is your favorite personal development book, share in the comments!
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