I have been reading a lot over the last few months and I have finally put together my list of top 10 great personal development books. Of course, there are many other great books. These are just the ones that have inspired me the most in the last six months and my recommended reading. Since the new year is around the corner, hopefully one or two of these books will inspire you.
Practical Organization & time management books
This book is highly motivating! Great ideas on how to start your day well. Talks about the benefits of early rising and offers nice suggestions for a well rounded morning routine.
Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastination, by Bryan Tracy
This is way more than just a time management book. It’s a priority management book with simple tips on how to master your to do list.
Business Books & Books on Leadership
Extraordinary Leadership, by Robin Sharma
Short and simple and yet it delivers a powerful message. My favourite line is, “If you don’t make time for your health now, you will be forced to make time for illness in the future.”
The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential, by John Maxwell
This book talks about leadership without sounding boring or repetitive. The teachings and principles feel fresh. It basically discusses the nature of relationships in a new light. For me, it had a lot of ‘A-ha’ moments.
Inspirational & motivational Books
On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, by John O’Leary
Great book. This is a memoir / inspirational story about how the author transformed a childhood tragedy into power, love & gratitude. It gave me a lot to think about on many levels including being a mom.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Oh so good! It offers very a interesting perspective on being an artist and being creative. I felt a huge sense of relief reading this book. I also liked how Elizabeth Gilbert talked about the success and the process of her book Eat Pray Love.
Home Improvement Books
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo
Changed my life. Read this and do what she suggests no matter what. The method of recreating space and joy in your home and in your life is wonderful and has very positively influenced the energy in my home.
Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well, by Meik Wiking
Love this book! It offers so many sweet ideas on how to cultivate joy and community with others as well as yourself. (Just don’t pay too much attention to all the sugar & meat!)
Spiritual Development Books
Be Feel Think Do, by Anne Bérubé
I like her story and her message. It’s gentle and feels Canadian, not overdone. Anne Bérubé is humble and grounded and you feel her through the book. It’s not super polished and neither it the message, which in many ways makes it more charming.
The Universe has your Back, by Gabrielle Bernstein
At first, I was not sure I would like this book or its author, because at first glance, it seems commercial and very American, but I loved it so much that I read it twice back to back. Amazing language to connect with Spirit in all circumstances.
PS In case you don’t have time to sit around reading great personal development books, however nice this is, I recommend you download the Audible App and get a monthly subscription. It’s the best incentive to read. I do a combination of paper and audio books. I listen to books when I walk with Koji and when I drive mostly. I enjoy it so much.
Please share your feedback if you read or have read any of these books or if you have other books to recommend! Thank you!
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Great list, thanks for sharing. I steer clear of books focused on financial success, although I’ve read some Robin Sharma before. I have trouble getting my nose out of a book, not into it, and spend a lot of time reading books on buddhist philosophy (Shunryu Suzuki) and mythology (Joseph Campbell). Oddly enough, I found a book at a garage sale recently that captivated me and is now full of post-it notes. Even though it seemed a bit dry and outdated, it was FULL of fascinating information about our emotional states and how we can better manage/understand our gut brain. I recommend it highly. Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence. http://www.danielgoleman.info
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