Here is a list of 20 books on personal development that cover different aspects of life. Along with their titles are small descriptions of the books. Reading these will give you a good introduction to the genre of self-help books and provide you with enough insight to further pursue your development and education.
How to Win Friends & Influence People By Dale Carnegie
This is a timeless classic and has been described as the grandfather of books on people-skills. You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing insult or arousing resentment. It’;s one of the books on personal development that is great to start out with.
The Definitive Book of Body Language 9th Ed. By Allan and Barbara Pease
Now here is a book that is well illustrated and really breaks down how body language can be interpreted as well as how to alter your own in order to communicate more effectively. It demonstrates how non-verbal communication affects your professional, relationship, and personal life. Really is a great read if you want to take your people skills to a much higher level.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits are a remarkable set of inspirational and aspirational standards for anyone who seeks to live a full, purposeful and good life, and are applicable today more than ever, as the business world becomes more attuned to humanist concepts. Covey’;s values are full of integrity and humanity, and contrast strictly with the process-based ideologies that characterized management thinking in earlier times.
The Art of Seduction By Robert Greene
From Cleopatra to John F. Kennedy, from Andy Warhol to Josephine Bonaparte, The Art of Seduction gets to the heart of the character of the seducer and his or her tactics, triumphs, and failures. The seducer’;s many faces include: the Siren, the Rake, the Ideal Lover, the Dandy, the Natural, the Coquette, the Charmer, and the Charismatic. This book sheds light on the political power gained through successful seduction and shows how it can make the world your oyster.
The 4-Hour Work Week By Tim Ferris
This book shows you how to take yourself from the typical 9-5 to a more enjoyable and successful lifestyle is divided into four sections, each of which explores one of the components to lifestyle design: Define, eliminate, automate, liberate. It is filled with dozens of tips and tricks that will help you to optimize your life on many levels.
The 48 Laws of Power By Robert Greene
This book uses the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers, and is a practical guide for anyone who wants power, observes power, or wants to arm itself against power. The 48 Laws of Power are a distillation of 3,000 years of the history of power, drawing on the lives of strategists and historical figures.
Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill
Here is another classic book on personal development. This book conveys the experience of more than five hundred men of great wealth who began at scratch. Here you have the entire philosophy of money-making. It describes what to do, also, how to do it!
What To Say When You Talk To Yourself By Shad Helmsteter, Ph.D.
Shad Helmsetter’;s simple but diverse techniques, based on an understanding of the processes of the human brain, have enabled thousands of people to get back in control of their lives. By learning how to talk to yourself in new ways, you will notice a dramatic improvement in all areas of your life.
Be The Hero: Three Powerful Ways To Overcome Challenges In Work And Life By Noah Blumenthal
This little book is full of insights into how people perceive others, situations and themselves. It contends that we view each of these to paint others and ourselves as a victim, villain, or hero. In almost every instance, though, we have the choice on which one will apply.
Confessions Of A Public Speaker By Scott Berkun
This book reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. It provides an insider’;s perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It’;s a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans By Karl Pillemer Ph.D.
This book contains over one thousand extraordinary Americans sharing their personal stories and wisdom that they have accumulated over their lifetime. These stories focus on marriage, money, career, and aging. Common themes areose that providing these 30 lessons.
Creative Visualization By Shakti Gawain
This book focuses on the art of using mental energy to transform and greatly improve health, beauty, prosperity, loving relationships, and the fulfillment of all your desires. Shakti Gawain provides easy-to-follow exercises, meditations, affirmations, and other techniques to make positive ideas and concepts a total reality.
I Had It All the Time: When Self-Improvement Gives Way to Ecstasy by Alan Cohen
This book provides practices and techniques to improve your life by helping you realize that happiness comes from within. Chapters Include: If You Can not Fix It; Feature It, Looking in for Number One, You Can not Steal Home with Your Foot on Third, etc. There are also 30 Master Keys to Creative Living and 27 Self-Discovery Exercises to activate the principles in your daily life.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich By Ramit Sethi
Ramit Sethi’;s 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds, is a fully practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what he says. It is based around the four Pillars of personal finance- banking, saving, budgeting, and investing, as well as the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.
Awaken The Giant Within By Anthony Robbins
This book shows you effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, body, relationships, finances, and your life. He provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
The Inner Game of Tennis is a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. The book looks at the competition between a player’;s opponent as well as with himself. The concepts learned in this book translates to all aspects of life and helps you perform at your best.
Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson
This exemplary book on personal development is based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years-as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and collections. He revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’;s Wisdom for Daily Living By Bruce Lee and John R. Little
Many people are familiar with Bruce Lee’;s presence on the big screen or legendary abilities in martial arts. However, few know of his philosophical and intellectual side. With a library of over 3,000 books, Bruce Lee accumulated a vast amount of knowledge on an array of subjects. John Little, who was granted exclusive access to Lee’;s notebooks, presents Lee’;s writings on his philosophies of daily living including acting, fatherhood, and the martial arts.
The Hero with a Thousand Faces By Joseph Campbell
This piece combines the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today – and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.
Jack Canfield’;s Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams By Jack Canfield
This book is a simple how to guide for using the Law of Attraction to create the life you desire. Within these pages, Canfield clearly explains not only what you need to know, but what you need to do, in order to attract what you want in your life. Jack Canfield’;s Key to Living the Law of Attraction addresses the important issues of clarity, purpose, and action. This thought-provoking guide will take you step by step through the processes of refining your dreams, goals, and desires.
These books should not only be read but applied. Some may take a pass or two in order to fully absorb the material. With daily practice, these concepts can truly enrich your life and help you see the world in new ways.