Best personal development books of all time
Her email closed with – “are there any books you like? what should I read?”
“Easy question” I thought to myself, as my fingers flew to the keyboard and I rattled off 10 books, then 20. I could have gone on, but I stopped.
More Items Does Not Make the List Better
I took a step back, and realized that my reader didn’t need yet another long lists of books – there are plenty of those online, and if you want an endless list of reading material, check out this at Amazon (1, 140 at last count).
No – she was asking for my help, to sort through it all. The more items I gave her, the less helpful I would be.
A better approach would be to give her a list that provided the best value – a list of the best personal development books, and the shorter better.
This was a much more difficult problem. After much reflection, here is my list.
The Best Personal Development Books Reading List – A Practical, Short List
Let’s get right to it – I’ll lay out the list for you, and then explain each of my choices.
- by Og Mandino
- by Dale Carnegie
- (GTD) by David Allen
This book is the perfect place to begin. The “scrolls” (self affirmations/positive self talk) at the end are what make this book worthwhile. As recommended, I read each one to myself 3 times a day for a month. I now read them at least once a day and alternate the scrolls each week. The main purposes of this book are to:
- Instill the discipline to stick to the process daily.
- Provide a starting point for future personal development with broadly applicable lessons.
- Show tangible results.
Once the you’ve had a taste of personal development, and developed the habit of committing to it daily by following, it’s time to start working on interpersonal skills, for a few reasons. The primary things I gained from this book are:
- Effective Conflict Resolution
- Breaking down social interactions into patterns
- Leadership Training