From an early age my dad always encouraged me to read good books. he was always getting me different books to try and expand my mind and make me a better person. I pretty much always brush them off and just thought it was my dad being my dad. he was always a dreamer and had goals and he knew back then the importance of expanding your mind in order to reach those goals.
As a teenager I thought I knew it all and had no reason to waste my time with any books other than what I was required for school. However, as an adult and an entrepreneur I’ve come to realize the importance of feeding your mind and growing as an individual. Sometimes when people see me reading they’ll ask what book it is. When I tell them what book it is I usually get a response of “ Oh it’s a self-help book”, to which I respond “ No, it’s personal development”. I think that sometimes personal development books get a bad rap and a bad name because no one wants to admit that they need help. and no one wants to be seen reading a “self-help” book. But I’m telling you right now that the best way to grow your mind, your person, your business, your marriage, your relationships, and your life is to pick up a good book and read.
In the last year I have probably read more books than in the last five years combined. So here is a list of my top 10 favorite personal development books and some reasons why I like each of them. Whatever your goals are or wherever you may be in life I feel like one of these books can help you. When was the last time you read a good book that made you a better person?
1. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
This book is good for anyone no matter where you are in life. It’s title really explains it all and it teaches you how small decisions and small events can compound over time to produce big results. The principles in this book can really be applied to any area of your life. Relationships, weight loss, goals, finances, etc.
2. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
This book is very similar to the Compound Effect in the sense that it talks about how you really only need a slight edge to be more competitive and more successful than most. Many people think that you need to make huge decisions or massive change in order to be successful when in reality the only difference is actually is very slight.
3. Girlcode by Cara Alwill Leyba
This is a great read for any female entrepreneur who is ready to unlock the secrets to success, sanity and happiness not only in business but also in your personal life. I don’t think I could put this book down when I got it. I absolutely loved it and will for sure be reading it a second time.
4. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Ummmm….the title to this pretty much sum up the book. But in case you need a little more explanation here it goes. This book is funny, an easy read, no nonsense and truthful to the core. Learn how to really become the person you were always meant to be and let out that inner Badass who doesn’t take any crap from anyone and become someone who is ready to live the life you were always meant to live.
5. Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
OK so let me just put it out there that pretty much anything by this man is incredible. Learn that failure just means that you are going in the right direction. If you’re not failing then you’re not working hard enough.
6. The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
In this book you will realize that you need to work 10X harder than you ever thought. Create goals 10X bigger. Dream 10X larger. You get the drift. Another that I couldn’t put down and I have highlighter all over. This book has absolutely changed my life and my mindset,
7. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
8. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
The creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books has some great words of wisdom when it comes to success and what is required to get there. One of my favorite parts of this book is where he guides you through finding your purpose in life. Without knowing your purpose you’re really just aimlessly wandering through life wishing and hoping.
9. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
It is so important that you eat that frog every day. Do the one thing you don’t want to do or the one thing that you fear the most, and get it over with. Don’t leave it until the end because that is probably the most important thing to do.
10. The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
What are some of your favorite books that you could add to this list?