9 Best Personal Development Books

With so many personal development books on the market, it can be a challenge in itself to know which ones cut the mustard… So we’ve made it that little more simple, with our concise list of ‘must-read’ books for anyone who wants to get the very best out of their time on this planet…

1. How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

How Successful People Think

Maxwell’s, How Successful People Think, didn’t make it onto the Wall Street Journal bestseller list for nothing. If you’re looking for advice from the USA’s most prominent leadership expert, then reading his book is the perfect place to start.

The book outlines that there are 11 key ways to changing your thinking, leading to the one that’s the most effective. Once you can master this, then you’ll clearly be able to see the path to whatever the successes are that you wish to achieve.

2. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass

You Are A Badass is a New York Times Bestseller that advertises itself as ‘the self help book for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don’t want to get busted doing it’.

Ha! That’s funny, because d’you know what? You really do have it in you to make some serious changes for the better in your life. And if that, in other peoples’ eyes, makes you a ‘badass’, then so be it…

But seriously, this book is a refreshingly honest (and highly entertaining) guide that shows you exactly how to identify the self-sabotaging beliefs you probably don’t even know you have. And once you’ve done that, it’s but a small step to begin to change the way you deal with life in order to create one that you love to bits…

3. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

The Compound Effect

The Compound Effect is THE personal development book for those who can’t stand the bling-bling, the flashy advertising, the gimmicky, or the ‘new world’ way of bettering yourself. This is a true, non-BS book that is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny.

Follow this easy, step-by-step plan to help you roar your way to success, achieving any desire that’s within your heart. An ordinary book for those who crave to be extraordinary…

4. How Successful People Lead by John C. Maxwell

How Successful People Lead

Yes, yes… We know it’s a second book by Maxwell. But they’re both sooooo good! How Successful People Lead is a wonderful read for anyone who aspires to become as successful as possible in whatever sphere they choose. Of course, employment is the first aspect that springs to mind. But what you’ll learn in this book is how becoming a great leader can be positively applied to every single aspect of your life.

5. The Rules of Success by Marc Pierce

The Rules of Success

The Rules of Success discusses the simple to follow, 20 rules that successful people use to get to where they want to in life. And the great thing is… These rules can be learned! Pierce’s book outlines the proven knowledge that will see you taking control of your life once and for all.

If success always seems to be that one step far removed, then this could be the book that will change your life around.

6. The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

The 10X Rule

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure, to give it its full title, is all about learning the little-known 4th degree. (In case this in itself is a mystery, it’s believed that most people only use three degrees of action: no-action, retreat, and normal action). The 4th degree is the principle of ‘Massive Action’, and is also known as the 10X rule.

And while the book tends to specify that you have to be after ‘big’ goals to take advantage of said rule. As far as we’re concerned, ANY goal that’s personal for you is a big goal. And discovering the words of wisdom within these pages can truly help you achieve whatever it is you desire.

7. The 5am Club by Michael Lombardi

The 5 AM Club

Sleep is for the weak, right? Well, actually, that’s not quite so true (no matter what some ‘go getters’ might have you believe). But it is true that those early hours of the morning tend to be the time that most people manage to be most productive.

But what if you’re less of a ‘lark’, and more of a ‘night owl?” Well, The 5am Club is all about how to naturally be able to function at this time of the day. Imagine… No distractions from phone calls, texts, or other communication! Just a few, peaceful hours where you can do whatever it is you need to do to achieve your goals. If you want to learn about peak productivity, then you need to read this book.

8. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic

Gilbert’s, Big Magic, has been acclaimed in so many places (New York Times, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Seattle Times…. The list is endless) that we have to include it on this list.

There’s no ‘ perfect person’ that this book is intended for; instead it’s aimed at all of us, because we’re all members of the same species – the Human Race.

Elizabeth Gilbert has helped so many people over the years, and this book discusses how to make the most of your creativity – even if you think that you’re not that creative to begin with. All of us have ‘hidden jewels’ within. And when discovered, they can truly help us crack open a more passionate and mindfulness existence.

9. Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt

Get Over Your Damn Self

We love the title of this book. But in addition to being an entertaining read, Get Over Your Damn Self is also full of a whole lot of fab advice.

Winner of the Nonfiction Author Association Gold Award, and a Foreword Indies Book of the Year finalist, if you want to learn how to improve yourself and those around you, then this is THE book to read. The book is written primarily for business building, but in all honesty, there’s a whole lot of information in there that can be used in every walk of life.