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150+ Best Self Help Books In 2017 [Picked by Influencers]

(Last Updated On: December 14, 2017)

 

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Good Books to Read

Self-help, self development, personal development or self improvement. Call it whatever you like but there’s no doubt that this is a huge area with lots of ‘gurus’ out there teaching and preaching their beliefs. You can say it’s almost cult like. Either way, we all know how important reading is. So how do we separate the pretenders, block out the noise and find where the real value is? Who should you be following and which books should you read? It’s easy to get confused by all the hype surrounding books. Do you go for the best seller? A friend recommended the book? Or maybe you saw it on tv.

“Books showed me there were possibilities in life, that there were actually people like me living in a world I could not only aspire to but attain. Reading gave me hope. For me, it was the open door.” – Oprah Winfrey

This post will make your choice easier. We’ve compiled all these influencers and asked them this question:

What is the best self help book you’ve ever read and why is it different from the rest?

I know that there’s no best book of all time. Different people go through different things and need a different push. Some relate to certain authors, writing styles or even niches. This post is here to give you a list of the number 1 book that has helped these influencers tremendously in their lives. Some books are best sellers, some you might hear for the first time. Some books are almost a hundred years old, some just written. But all the books listed are great in their own way. See how you can learn from books more efficiently using Blinkist or MentorBox.

Audiobooks

Audiobooks can be a great way to read books and learn. If you find it difficult to finish a book, this is definitely a great option. If you’re short on time, you can listen to it while driving or exercising. It helps you relax while and lets you learn from the book. The time saved is incredible. I can listen for hours a day, hours that I would never have had reading a physical book. I love physical books but audio books can be a very good option too. You can try Audible or Audiobooks for free (trial) if you’re looking for a good one.

How To use This List

I truly believe this list will bring a ton of value to you. My suggestion would be to bookmark this page and come back whenever you need a new book to read. The list is filled with hundreds of great books that each have their own special message.

Enjoy!

Please remember to share if you like it and comment below if you see your book or have one that is not listed!

Top Books Chosen By Our Experts

Here is a list of the top books. It might not be a round number (eg. top 10, top 50, etc) because we go by what the influencers picked. These are books picked over and over again by different influencers and and it is clear why they picked these books! This list is arranged by the number of picks it got but that doesn’t mean that the top book is the best book of all time. There are over a hundred books in the whole post and here are the ones mentioned the most. I know for a fact that you can get as much value from book#11 as you can get from book #1.

We have a good diversity of books recommended from self help books for women and men, books about productivity, speaking, sales, psychology, autobiography, storybooks and lots more. I’m sure that if you’re looking for helpful books, you’ll find one that will have a massive impact on your life. With over 150 books in this post, here are the top books as chosen by the influencers:

 


“How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
How To Win Friends and Influence People

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“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now

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“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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“The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer
The Untethered Soul

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“The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements

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“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad, Poor Dad

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“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist

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“You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero
You are a Badass

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“The Compound Effect” By Darren Hardy
The Compound Effect

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“Essentialism” by Greg McKeown
Essentialism

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“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck
Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck

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“Rising Strong” by Brené Brown
Rising Strong

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“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss
The 4-Hour Workweek

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“Mastery” by Robert Greene
Mastery

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“The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron
The Artist's Way

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Bible

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The Contributors

We’ve worked hard to gather all these influencers who are successful in their own way. The one thing they have in common is that they all read and are always striving to get better. We’re happy to have some really big names on this list. We even have authors on this list that other influencers recommended on this list.

Here are the influencers with a shortcut to their answers:

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Please leave a comment at the bottom of the post and let us know if you agree with the top books, your favourite authors and which influencer brought you here!


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“A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle

It’s more clearly explained what he shared in his bestseller The Power of Now and it expanded upon the ideas in that book. And it was the book that changed my life by helping me to live in the present moment, to accept what is and plenty more. Simply, this book helped me to make big change within and to live a lighter, happier and more peaceful life ever since I read about 9 years ago.


Erin Falconer

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“The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell

My favorite self improvement book is Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘The Tipping Point.’ I love how the responsibility of getting good, better or best at something is put squarely in the individual’s hands, taking away all excuse for excuses. It also breaks down, how if you’re not willing to do the work, maybe you’ve been tricking yourself into a false passion, or the idea of something as opposed to the actual thing it is your going for. I say all the time that it is the inability of people to actually do the real, tough hard work (and get out of their heads) is the crux of all great self-improvement set backs – and this book highlights this point, eloquently, bluntly and with fabulously interesting examples!

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“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

The best book on self development, developing relationships and the most valuable social media book ever written was published in 1936… How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Simply put it is all about Return on Relationship™ and how to get it, and give it. Return on Relationship™, ROR and hashtag #RonR… simply put the value that is accrued by a person or brand due to nurturing a relationship. ROI is simple $’s and cents. ROR is the value (both perceived and real) that will accrue over time through connection, loyalty, recommendations and sharing… and is used to define and educate companies, brands, and people about the importance of creating authentic connection, interaction, and engagement.

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“Astrology for the Soul” by Jan Spiller

One of our favorite books on personal growth (with a cosmic twist) is Jan Spiller’s Astrology for the Soul . It talks about the north and south nodes in the birth chart, which are the “destiny points”. The concept is that we all bring in karma and things we’ve mastered from past lives. After all, how can you explain someone who can sit down and play piano by ear or is born a math genius? That can be pinpointed by the south node. But we also have a karmic “job” or learning curve, called the north node, which is a new set of skills and self-awareness that we came to develop in this lifetime. This book speaks so compelling about what the nodes are here to teach us—it left our jaws on the floor. Whether or not you believe in past lives, it explained so much and put our struggles in perspective, framing them as a karmic journey rather than a senseless uphill battle.


Farnoosh Brock

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“The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul will stay with me forever. The first time I saw this book was at a previous yoga teacher’s studio. It took me 5 years to find my way to reading it, or rather, listening to it and I have to say that the narration was key to how much I LOVED loved loved this book. Peter Berkrot does a remarkable job of enunciating and pausing and emphasizing and storytelling … oh my god, it felt like he was right there in the room or in the car next to me, reading me every word, every sentence, every chapter and making me pause and think. Fantastic job of narration! The Untethered Soul did not disappoint one bit. I have to admit, the first couple of chapters are very deep but soon, it took on a more practical approach. What Singer teaches in this book takes a lifetime to absorb, these powerful concepts of LETTING GO, being in the moment, living with love, choosing happiness, and seeing the miracle in being alive. As I get older, I am far more interested in the exploration of the inner space and going inward and understanding how much lies behind the surface of my body and skin has been the most fascinating journey. Training and retraining the mind and body to respond with more JOY to life, that alone makes this the most incredible journey.

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“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

It’s different from the rest because although it’s known as a classic in its realm or genre, it’s never really been mimicked. It gives you a comprehensive look at what it takes to truly become successful as an individual, a small business owner, an entrepreneur, or anything else for that matter. It talks about things like the importance of being proactive in everything you do, why it is important to prioritize things that need to get done as far as what is urgent and what can wait, and how to live a life that is productive but built for sustainability as well. And it also broaches the importance of being a good listener, which is an essential quality in just about anything you do.

Ivan Widjaya

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“The Millionaire Messenger” by Brendon Burchard

The latest motivational-inspirational book I read is Brendon Burchard’s The Millionaire Messenger. It’s a personal-growth-slash-business book that caters both my interest in business and personal development. Unlike some other titles in the similar genre, this book is not a “ra-ra” style book. In the book, Brandon shared his “before-famous” life, including surviving his accident, receiving the second chance to turn things around, and eventually finding success through his mentoring and speaking gigs – and teach us the ins-and-outs of the industry.  A must read for those who want to change their life and others.

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“E-Squared” by Pam Grout

I’m rather partial to my own book, E-Squared, the international bestseller that has been translated into 40 languages. It’s different because it offers nine real-time experiments, set up with lab report sheets, to test the laws of the universe. It’s funny and easy to read. I get emails every day from readers who try the experiments. They usually start with “You are NEVER going to believe this!”


Laura and Mark Tong

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I cannot name one book because every book I have read has either shown me things I never knew or made me question what I thought I already knew. And in their own way, they have all been equally valuable. And I have so many more I want to read. If pushed however, I’d have to say Dr Seuss has some of the best self-improvement books around:)

Marelisa Fabrega

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“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck

I highly recommend “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”, by psychologist Carol Dweck. Dr. Dweck explains that instead of believing that intelligence and talent are fixed traits, everyone should develop a Growth Mindset. People with a Growth Mindset believe that abilities and talents can be cultivated through instruction and practice.


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“Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. The best self-development will get you out of yourself. 🙂


Luminita Saviuc

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Not sure if this falls under this category, but this book, The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of The Cross is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. This book came to me while I was going through my own dark night of the soul and it helped me to make sense of what I was going through.(I tried finding answers to the many books and courses present out there, but none of them could tell me what was happening to me, and this book was the only one who did.) It’s a great book that will give you strength and will help you to keep on going when you no longer want to.

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“The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy

It’s different because it talks about the basic principles of success. He doesn’t share hacks to get happier in 7 days or be rich in a month. He shares the real habits of successful people like what they do and how they think. That book helped me change my mindset. I realized I needed to be more patient and not always expect instant results which always doomed me.

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“The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

There are so many excellent personal development books out there but I have to say that the one that always sticks with me is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s different from other books because it’s short, to the point, easy to understand and easy to implement immediately. And once you start practicing the four agreements, you see an immediate shift in your life.

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“The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield

If I had to pick just one book, it would be Jack Canfield’s book, The Success Principles. This served as my bible when I started my business because its emphasis is on mindset rather than strategy. Over the years, I’ve learned that an entrepreneurial mindset is far more important for success than any strategy you can learn.


Phoebe Lapine

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“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

I truly believe that we are all creative beings, and yet our creativity is the root of so much fear. This book has no modules or exercises or how-to’s. Gilbert is a story-teller (one of the world’s best) and her tales of courage under creative fire are will help anyone face down their own demons. Every time I feel fear rear its ugly head, I open this book.


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“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck

The book has transformed my thinking. It showed how many times I gave up in life because of the fixed mindset. The book is full of inspiring stories with thought provoking theories designed to improve your attitude in life. I recommend this book for people looking for extraordinary growth in all areas of life.

Sean Russel

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“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

Best book on self-improvement I ever read is called Power of Now. Why? It made me realize that happiness can never be found in the future. You can do all self-development you want but if you don’t understand that you will never feel like you arrived, so I believe that this is one of the most important pieces of insights to understand!


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“Better Than Before” by Gretchen Rubin

Reading Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before was a game-changer for me. The book is about habits and motivations and is packed with really useful ideas for changing both. Identifying my tendency has really changed my approach to things and I feel more in control of my habits and life in general (Rubin has a new book coming out which focuses exclusively on the four tendencies)


Cynthia Sue Larson

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Cynthia Sue Larson

This book takes readers on an experiential journey into seeing and feeling how we are not our thoughts and feelings, but instead observers of thoughts and feelings passing through. And as soon as we do that, we’re beginning to make a shift that can transform our lives.

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“I’m OK- You’re OK” by Thomas Harris

My favorite self development book is the first one I read: I’m OK- You’re OK, written by Thomas Harris and published in 1967.  I read it in 1969 when I was in college.

I’m OK-You’re OK delves into the theory of transactional analysis.  But it does so in an easy to read and non-theoretical manner.  Dr. Harris created a simple two by two matrix that lists four life positions: 1) I’m OK-You’re OK, 2) I’m OK-You’re Not OK, 3) I’m Not OK- You’re OK, and 4) I’m Not OK-You’re Not OK.  He explains that human communication suffers when participants in a conversation come from any position other than the first one.

This book has helped me greatly.  When I am feeling in a one down position, I remind myself that I’m OK.  When I’m upset with another person, I remind myself that he or she is OK.  This life stance has helped me work through some potentially difficult interpersonal conflicts.


Richard Darrel

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I have read countless books on the subject of self-development, however, I could not pick a book that is better than the rest. I would say that the best self-development advice anyone could ever get is that every single step, significant or not, towards success, is a step you have to take. Things will sometimes progress slowly and sometimes fast, both are equally important to one day reach your goal. Success doesn’t exist without either of the two. A step forward will always be a step forward.

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“When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times” by Pema Chodron

The best self-development books were the ones I read when I needed them. There is no best book for me, but right now I like Pema Chodron’s book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. It seems real to me and embraces all of life from warts to wonderment.


Kerrie McLoughlin

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“Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

Essentialism by Greg McKeown is different from any other self-development book I’ve read because it encourages you to rest more, play more and do less to accomplish more. It’s like a personal organizer for your life and it’ll really make you evaluate how you see everything.

Kevin Halloran

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“Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

I have found Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown vital for my self-development. We have never had more opportunities or distractions in life. If we don’t learn to say “no” to lesser things, we will never truly say “yes” to the greatest.

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“It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be” by Paul Arden

The book is like no other. It’s short, visual and a real shot in the arm. I can’t remember the number of times that I have recommended this book to people. Like the book, I’ll keep my recommendation and reasons very short: Buy it, read it, read it again, think about it, do something about what you learned and then consider giving it away to another deserving soul.

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“Better Than Before” by Gretchen Rubin

Hard to narrow this down to just one, but I would say Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before. It’s all about effective and long-lasting habit formation. I nearly didn’t read the book because I’d already read so much about habits and couldn’t see what else could be added to the conversation. What Gretchen added was her genius ‘Four Tendencies’ framework that explains why some people find it easy to make new habits and why some really struggle. This has been a game-changer for so many people I talk with and I can’t wait to read Gretchen’s next book which is all about those Four Tendencies.


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“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

It’s difficult to choose one self help book that stands above the rest since there are so many good ones. My personal favourite is still the classic, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie because of the focus it puts on empathy being key to success and personal development. In order to move forward personally, you have to understand how to engage others toward moving forward with you.


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“The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success” By Darren Hardy

The “best” self-development book I have read? Hmm…difficult to choose one. But, let me pick the one book which I have actually implemented in my own life the most. The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success (By Darren Hardy). I know how radical transformation can be. This book cuts through most of the B.S. and says it like it is — “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” We know it. But we need this as a reminder every single day.

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“Think Small” by Rory Gallagher and Owain Service

It focuses on setting small, daily habits to help you achieve big goals. I’m using it to train for an ultramarathon (by running and stretching twice a week) and write a book (by writing for an hour on my lunchbreak, four times a week). The latter discipline has got me to 80,000 words over the last 12 months.


Joel Brown

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The Bible

My top Self Development book is “The Bible”. I have read hundreds of books on self development and I’d have to say the Bible is unparalleled when it comes to learning about adversity, wisdom, compassion and faith. There is a reason why the bible has sold over 2.5 Billion copies worldwide. The parables are memorable, the stories are groundbreaking and the promise of God’s Love and Salvation gives me faith in my darkest of hours.


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The self development book that helped me change my life is, No More Monday’s by Dan Miller. Back in 2009, when I was miserable at my 9-5, I used to crawl into bed with that book

every night and get inspired to start my own business. I took Dan’s advice and made six figures my first year as an entrepreneur and have never looked back!


Tanya Korobka

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The book is about the surprising truth what motivates all of us. Why was this book better than other similar? I’ve always knew that there was something much more profound to work motivation than just money, but I was never able to quite articulate it. This book brought clarity. Pink’s writing is engaging, it just makes sense.


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“Attitude Is Everything: Change Your Attitude … Change Your Life!” by Jeff Keller

I was a student when I read it. I was unemployed and I was struggling with financial issues. I had a low confidence in myself. I felt worried but I didn’t know what would be the best solution.This book helped me a lot because, in addition to offering positive advice, it also included a lot of examples of highly successful people that had a rough time when they were younger. Some even went through suicide attempts or extreme poverty (like being homeless). This made me realize that my situation wasn’t so bad as I imagined.


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“The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

am a huge believer in incremental change being something that is very powerful. It’s all those small changes you do and keep up on a daily basis that has the most impact over the long term. Duhigg’s book helps you identify those ‘bad’ habits you have and shows you how to transform them into habits that are more positive. it’s these small positive changes that can trigger a domino effect over time.

Lidiya K

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“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” – by Mark Manson

This book is mind-blowing for a few reasons. First, Mark is a writer who’s known for not being afraid to say things the way they really are. And that’s why each chapter is an eye-opener. Then, there’s the language he uses. Powerful, harsh, and yet doing exactly what the books wants – to make us question all that we think we know and actually take some action today to improve our life.

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“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

Its main power lies in providing actionable thoughts and approaches can really transform the way of thinking and doing things for everyone. Highly recommendable!

Dorothy Tannahill-Moran

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“The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

My pick for a great self-development book is: “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.  Ruiz has provided four simple concepts to live your life by.  Keep in mind: simple doesn’t always mean easy. He’s realistic about the challenge however your life will be peaceful & joyful if you do.

Michelle D. Garrett

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“Live Your Best Life” by Karla Cauldwell

I recently completed Live Your Best Life by Karla Cauldwell and the author’s take on improving one’s life through five choices is presented in a way I hadn’t read or responded to before. The practical steps, exercises and resources to make shifts towards your journey to living the best life you are destined to have are simple to follow and apply. This is more of a resource than a book – something that can be re-read and continuously applied.

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“The Solution to Social Anxiety” by Aziz Gazipura (and 2 more)

I like this question: Self improvement is such an ever more important and popular topic. There are a number of books out there that give poor advice—and I, as someone who averages 10 books a month, had my fair share of them (perhaps even of writing one such book that “doesn’t have all the answers”) and yet there are also a good number of truly excellent books. I wish to swiftly present three such ones that one could consider “best.”

The first is Aziz Gazipura’s The Solution to Social Anxiety. The Solution to Social Anxiety, in brief, is such a terrific book because it really digs into the whole issue of our fears, gets amazingly close (in my studies I’ve so far found few things to amend), and—actually presents us with solutions. The Solution to Social Anxiety is not all there is to say about how our psychological reality works and how we conquer what haunts us, but it strongly points into the right direction so to start overcoming deep-seated fears.

The second is David Deida’s classic, The Way of the Superior Man. This is such a wonderful writing because it touches on aspects of our sexuality and identity as barely an author and book may have done; and it advocates a view of us, as men and women (and everyone in between and around) and our relations to another that is healthy, energizing, eye-opening. Perhaps it’s not a standard self development work but I deem The Way of the Superior Man decisively important for everyone to read.

The third, Gary Keller’s, The One Thing, is not the typical self-help book anymore, either, unless one considers writings that make us pay attention to our purpose and priority and our responsibility to become more focused—(self-)helpful. I’d deem this a smart consideration, and The One Thing an incredibly useful book, if only to get us internalize the great power of the focusing question, “what’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

These, then, are three of the best self help books I’ve so far read, and they’re different from the rest because they have the potential and use their potential to change our lives. They did change mine.


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“Lord Of The Rings” by JRR Tolkien

Self-development through pure passion. Not only are there moral and character development narratives within the book, but Tolkien’s own passion and level of detail are an inspiration for generations later. A true legacy builder and certainly never designed as a self-help book!

Nir Alony

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“#AskGaryVee: One entrepreneur’s take on leadership, social media and self awareness” by Gary Vaynerchuk

Best self development book i ever listened to ( i like to listen to audio books ) is ” #AskGaryVee: One entrepreneur’s take on leadership, social media and self awareness “
Gary Vaynerchuk is my mentor when it comes to business for a few years now, and his approach to life in general and to business specifically have really hit home with me. The book and the man is different in the way he tells it like it is, he simplifies things and he talks raw which i love. He puts a huge emphasis on WORK and positivity and hustle. All of which i can relate to very much.

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“Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight

I know this sounds odd, but my answer is Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. It’s the biography of the the Nike founder. I was never so inspired to work on myself and build my calculated risk-taking and resilience as when I was reading this book.


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“How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can” by Amy B. Scher

My favorite book is How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can because it’s the book I wrote to help others who were feeling lost, sick, and frustrated from trying everything to get better. During my own healing journey from chronic illness, I read so many books with great techniques. But there was no book that combined techniques into a practical method or system. Eventually, I created my own healing system that integrated everything I had learned while healing myself permanently and completely; and I put all of that in a book for others so they could do the same.


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“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

I am actually currently reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It has been translated into 30 languages because of its enormous success, over 2 million sold copies, that made me really curious about it.The book is about living a more fulfilling and compassionate life, about the practice of mindfulness, about embracing life and the present moment. Tolle subtle forces you to go in a confrontation with your alter ego and to question your own state of mind. It might be a matter of age or maybe the sad experiences in life that have made me dive into this profound book.Luckily I have, it is very eye- and mind-opening. My next read will be The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, that a friend recently left with me after her holiday finished. Really looking forward to that one.

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“David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

The title is different from the rest because it captures it all in a very down-to-earth way. The book makes you reflect on how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, and how much of what is beautiful and meaningful in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

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“Broken Open” by Elizabeth Lesser

I read Elizabeth Lesser’s book, Broken Open, during the first year after my suicide attempt. Using the intimate details of her life and others as examples, she suggested to me that I could give myself a break and a little kindness and use my past mistakes to learn and grow.

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Personal “Power and the follow up book Awaken the Giant within” by Anthony Robbins

Personal Power and the follow up book Awaken the Giant within by Anthony Robbins.  Changed my life.  Helped me redesign my life, scotomas holding me back and design a new life.  My life would be hell without it.

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“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell

“Outliers” takes a scientific look at what it actually takes to achieve success. Unlike some of the other books on the market, it does not give a specific list of the things you need to do to achieve success. Instead, it looks at very interesting anecdotes that support the main point of the book, that success is not achieved by luck, attitude or even skill, but that the only real measurement is the time we put into our skills.

Genius is overrated. Success is not just about innate ability. It’s combined with a number of key factors such as opportunity, meaningful hard work (10,000 hours to gain mastery), and your cultural legacy. Random factors of chance, such as when and where you were born can influence the opportunities you have.


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“The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale

This has been one of my favorite reads. The world is filled with so much negativity, I felt like I was being swallowed into a negative atmosphere. Reading the Power of Positive Thinking helped me change the process. For example, my job requires me to spend a lot of time on Social Media. And we all know that social media if filled with negativity. After reading The Power of Positive Thinking, I was able to remove the negative thinking people from my life and surround myself with positing thinking individuals. The results ended in my daily life being much more pleasant. The main difference is this book verses compared to others I’ve read is that it gave examples of discipline to follow. Thus making it much easier for me to follow along and implement into my daily life.


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“The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz

There are a lot of different self-development books out there and sometimes it can be hard to cut through the noise. One of my favorites has to be ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’. The concept behind the book is simple, and it’s necessary for a successful life. So I recommend that everybody reads this book at one point or another, and starts to think bigger than they are thinking right now.


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“The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k” by Sarah Knight

The book takes a humorous approach to self improvement and may seem like it’s just a funny parody book, but underneath the swearing it carries an important message about how we can’t be truly happy if we spend all our time worrying about fitting in and doing what makes other people happy.


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“The Science Of Getting Rich” by Wallace D Wattles

Of all the 50+ books I’ve read on the subject of self development my favourite would be “The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles.” I know; the name sounds so far from the subject and related more to money or wealth, but that’s the thing. I think I had this disconnection with trying to apply all that I’d learned and studied on the subject and I needed a way to fuse it all together. That’s what the Science Of Getting Rich Did. It opened up my mindset on a different wave length. To embrace my now, to understand the concept of the law of the universe and to really give myself the opportunity to live fully. To be me.


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“Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

I really got a lot out of the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown – it’s a fundamental lifestyle and mindset change that can help you focus on the idea of Less but Better. It’s a simple (but not easy) concept that can have a huge impact on how you achieve success.


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“Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God?” by Dr. Margaret Paul

“Here, in the treasure that you now hold in your hands, is a method for recreating yourself as a powerful, spiritually connected, loving adult self, capable of taking personal responsibility for your own feelings and behavior….This book offers you a process through which you may do that…I am very excited about this material. It takes the truths found in Conversations with God and other of the newest wisdom literature, and renders them functional in everyday life. Anything that takes a huge wisdom and turns it into a practical tool is a treasure indeed. It is one thing to behold the wisdom and quite another to be able to use it. Margaret Paul has for over a dozen years been working with, and teaching to others, a process which allow people to do just that….Now everything you could want to know about that process, and the eternal truths which underlie it, has been placed in a book. This book. This marvelous gift that that has come to be placed before your eyes.” -NEALE DONALD WALSCH, author of “Conversations with God” and “Friendship with God” (From the Introduction)

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“Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman” by Gail Evans

When I read Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman by Gail Evans several years ago, I was regretted not having it read it sooner. My career progression would have moved much more quickly. It helped me understand that men were not purposely being roadblocks to my career.

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“Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book is life-changing. It’s not a traditional self-help book which is why I love it. Because it takes you on a journey and then gives you an opportunity to reflect and become more self-aware. This book is different because it’s the author’s personal journey. She wrote about her own life and shared what she wanted to share and in this story she invites us along to participate in our own life adventure.

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“The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino

I read this book more than 30 years ago. It was published in 1968 (the year before I was born). It’s an easy read, but the words are powerful. It was written by a man whose life was difficult: alcoholic, lost his wife, homeless. It’s a story of building good habits and living in the now. Read it and repeat.

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“The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer

This book really opened my eyes to how easy it is to ask for help, and how much doing so helps others. Learning to be vulnerable is something that I’ve struggled with and this book along with the works by Brené Brown have really helped me.


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“Running on Empty” – Jonice Webb

“Many of us have no idea why we think, feel and subsequently behave the way we do, or that we have power over these aspects of our being. Jonice Webb has been instrumental in bring greater understanding about the adult we are today – because of the child we were.


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“A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle

I’ve read some excellent self-development books, however one that has made a lasting impression is A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle. This book is better than the rest because it explains the importance of not allowing your ego to get in the way of your happiness. It gives you the map for healthy joyful living.


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It’s a story about Don Elijio Patti one of the last surviving and most respected traditional healers in the rainforest of Belize. It taught me that everything is connected.  For every ailment on Earth there is a remedy found in Nature to heal it.  It is a true story about a man who dispute the names he was called he moved forward to help heal people through prayer, spirit, and connection to the Earth. He had a mission to heal and his gift was his purpose. This book started me on my spiritual journey and it reminds me to stay true to the path of healing, faith and staying opened minded because the invisible world of spirit within plants and guardian guides on the other side are very real.

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“The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

I thought of many many many and the unlikely answer that popped up is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. The entire premise of the book rests on 4 simple principles that incorporate everything else I’ve ever learned about personal development. While it’s not touted as a PD book, it provides the simplest and most practical (albeit not that easy to follow 😜) “rules” of happiness and self actualization. Be impeccable with your words, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. What could be more powerful than that?


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“The Value in the Valley” by Iyanla Vanzant

Without a doubt, the most powerful self-help book that I’ve read is Iyanla Vanzant’s The Value in the Valley. Vanzant says during challenges we must ask ourselves “What’s the lesson to be learned?” The common theme throughout is that difficulties in life are educational and a chance for immense personal growth.


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“The Power of Less” by Leo Babauta

It started a journey of self-discovery on how to remove the excess from my life, using habit changes, that eventually led to a new career.  His non-judgemental style speaks kindly to the scariness of change.


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“Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap. Face Your Fears. Love Your Life.”  by Lauren Handel Zander

One of the more recent books i’ve read is entitled “Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap. Face Your Fears. Love Your Life.”  by Lauren Handel Zander.   This book is punchy, practical and impactful — and essentially at its core, it’s about getting really honest with yourself and being accountable to your choices and actions.  It offers sound advice and easy steps (effectively leads you by the hand) to turning things around for yourself.  On the other side of the exercises Zander shares is the opportunity to truly live your best life – you can do it!


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“The Compound Effect” By Darren Hardy

My favorite book on self development has to be The Compound Effect By Darren Hardy. This book inspired me so much. I learned that the biggest changes you can make in your life start with small changes you make in your daily life consistently. It was so inspiring, I plan on reading it again this year!


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“Making a Living Without a Job” by Barbara Winter

Making a Living Without a Job, by Barbara Winter, is my choice. Whether you want to be a digital nomad (be location independent), launch your dream side gig, or just improve your lot, Barbara’s book (and seminars) educate, enlighten, and support your missions. She has talked about the “new way to work” (my words) for over 30 years and concepts like multiple streams of income are empowering now as they were then.


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“Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek

When I read Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek, I was in shock-and-awe. Sinek used a unique take on the way military leaders eat and used the technique to show leaders how they should lead. After reading Leaders Eat Last, you will want to eat last because of how your actions will impact your team.


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“The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

The agreements in the book are so simple but yet can be difficult to apply. It stands out from other books that I’ve read because it’s the one that I reread almost every year.

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“The Hero With A 1,000 Faces” by Joseph Campbell

Right now I’m reading The Hero With 1,000 Faces by Joseph Campbell. Throughout human history, we’ve been telling our story. Regardless of where you come from, we face the same ups, downs, and challenges. When you realize that they’re all part of the same story, your perspective increases immensely.


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“Tao te Ching” by Lao Tzu

In a world of filled with noise, this ancient Chinese book reminds us to slow down, align with the Tao (ie, Universal Power) and let our life flow from there. It’s the perfect antidote to modern living and a gentle balm to the soul filled with powerful wisdom.

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“Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

Recently I’ve been reading many books but the one that I’ve read three times and keep getting back to is “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown, which prompted me to change many things in both my personal and business life to keep focusing on what’s truly important and how I can make the most impact with my life. The subtitle of the book says it all: “the disciplined pursuit of less.. but better” – and it’s a constant challenge in our lives when from all over we’re prompted to do more, be more and want more… and try to be and do everything… and it’s harder for us to find focus to make the biggest contribution we can.

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“Mastery” by Robert Greene

It was first recommended to me by a good friend in 2015 and I haven’t been able to put it down since.

Many of the chapters I’ve read 10 times, others 20, a few 50. Each time I open its pages or listen to the audible version, I find myself in a dreamlike state – imprinting the lessons deeper into my subconscious.

If you have decided to find your path, independent of social conditioning, this book is for you. It reads like a collection of 1,000 masters who dominated in their industries and were peak performers during their time. It provides a framework for how they were able to awaken their creative genius and change the course of history forever. There’s something in Mastery for everyone. “


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“You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero

My favorite self-development books has got to be “You are a Badass”. It blends sassy humor (which always wins in my book), with real-life action steps that meet you where you are in any stage of life. It doesn’t hurt that she followed that book with another called “You are a Badass a Making Money”, which totally flipped my relationship with money on its head! She’s super raw and makes you feel like your human flaws, which can feel rare and isolating, are totally normal.


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“How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World” by Harry Browne

This book gave me such a different perspective on life. We tend to get stuck in the mindset of what everyone else does or by living and working in traditional aways.  It also explores all of our decisions (work, family, etc.) in the context of our whole life and in the context of enjoying the present and not being so stuck on future promises or future events that may never happen (or never happen the way we expect them to). I love that this book challenged me to further define the life I crave ad what my particular values and tastes are without considering the influence that I have had from others in my life.


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“Start With Why” by Simon Sinek

This is the book that resonates most with me when asked this question. I say that because it really gets you thinking about what your “why?” is.. why do you do what you do, what is your purpose? It got me thinking about why I am a documentary filmmaker and it has also helped me in making films about people and why they do what they do. I’d say that is why it is different.


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“The Willpower Instinct” by Kelly McGonigal

The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal changed my life and my work: making choices, scheduling my day, overcoming procrastination, managing stress, eliminating bad habits, creating good habits, getting laser-focused, and pursuing opportunities… Success in each of these areas is achieved by the willpower mastery she teaches in her book.


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“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek may not be a typical self-help book. But in my view, it’s an essential read for any one interested in leveraging digital entrepreneurship and lifestyle design to ditch the conventional 9-5 life.

While others self-help books have taught me the fundamentals (thinking positive, law of attraction, relationship building etc), this book is different as it taught about some super practical and innovative aspects of the modern lifestyle design including:

– finding your muse and investing in it in a safer manner
– learning the art of delegation and automation (so as to free up more time that you can invest in chilling out and/or learning)
– passive income generation
– location independence

I think it won’t be wrong to say that I attribute at least part of my success as a serial entrepreneur, digital marketer, to this book. It has helped me automate tons of things. My ability to manage work with colleagues and clients from offshore locations while traveling and what not has surely been inspired from the location independence mantra of Ferriss.

He is surely an unorthodox thinker. And I’ve borrowed some of the same mentality to be able to write for and/or get citations from some of the largest publications globally apart from getting local and international speaking gigs and what not.


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“The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman

My recommendation is ‘The Way of the Peaceful Warrior’ by Dan Millman – the first mind/body/spirit book I ever read. It’s different because it’s more like a novel. It’s based on an amazing true story but wavers between biography and fiction, so you never quite know what is true and what is imagination. It’s a powerful reminder of what we are capable of when we set intentions and pursue our dreams, and also how to deal with the obstacles life throws our way. It’s one of the few books I have read multiple times, and each time it feels magical.

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“I Am Jackie Chan” by Jackie Chan and Jeff Yang

When I meet a personal development teacher, I ask them three questions. What is your method, what does it promise, and how can we know that it really works? For this reason, one of my favorite how-to books is actually a memoir: I Am Jackie Chan.  We know that he succeeded; and we know that if his method works for us, our success will take a different form.  We will never become Jackie Chan, but we can become great in our own way. His method?  Perseverance.

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“The Alchemist” – Paul Coelho

It was the book that encouraged me to follow my dreams. After reading that book, I started my blog, started writing books and started creating courses for my site.  Paulo Coelho reminds us that we each have a personal legend and have sacred duty to find it and live it. He put the thought in my mind if I really wanted something, the universe would help me achieve it.

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“Turning a Mind into an Ally” by Sakyong Mipham

I would recommend Turning a Mind into an Ally because it talks about building a stronger relationship with yourself. If you struggle with stress, like I do, it will help you understand how your mind can be calmed with well tested buddhist based techniques.

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“The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne

My most favorite book on self-development is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I started reading it when I was in college and since then, my life has changed. The book can be summed up in three words: Ask, Believe, Receive. Whatever you ask from the universe, believe that it will come to you and receive it with open arms. Knowing this has really helped me in improving myself. It made me feel that I am always in control.

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“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck

Scott couldn’t pick between the 2 books so he include both!

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck.  This book is phenomenal to reshape the way you view situations, and how you can change your mindset.  It opened my eyes to how I can be a better influencer in business, as a parent, and a person, and how I can grow from failure.

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman.  Ove is a grumpy and depressed old man intent on offing himself.  His persevering new neighbors, and a stray cat, help him form a new outlook on life.  It’s quirky, it’s fun, and the characters can show deep insights into how we build relationships and bond together.


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“The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz

I read this when I was 15! Greatest lesson: Anything is possible — it starts and ends with your thinking. There is no way I would have achieved what I have so far from the unstable, extremely humble, nomadic upbringing I had without learning and believing these principles. I adore the 1950s vantage point too. I got a few chuckles when re-reading this book recently — how success is defined by how I “can provide the best opportunities for my wife and children” and how it’s important “to treat my secretary with respect!”


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“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

I love this book because it really drives (more than any other book) the notion of how pursuing your dream can have a huge impact on your life and the world. All you have to do is have faith, work hard, persevere, and move forward!


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“Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success” by Deepak Chopra

This book shifted my understanding of productivity and how to spend my time on things that will make a real impact. I had worked myself into a major stress and Chopra’s idea that success should not be forced really stroke a chord.

Success should not be difficult and should come to you naturally, if you keep making a reasonable effort! I’ve been working more efficiently and enjoying every moment of it without focusing on the outcome. My business has moved forward due to big creative ideas and bold implementation, not because of stressful long working hours and long to do lists.


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“Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur an Aliebn Too” by Jomny Sun

Because I’ve read so many books on self-development and the answer is likely to change based what’s recently inspired me, this is a tough question to answer. At the current moment, the one at the top of my list is Jomny Sun’s Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur an Aliebn Too. Reminiscent of The Little Prince (another one of my top self-development picks!), it’s an illustrated story of an alien sent to observe Earth. Along his journey, he meets all sorts of creatures with various perspectives on life, love, loss, self-awareness, and happiness. The life lessons are woven into the story but not in a cryptic way; they are clear and powerful and endlessly inspiring.


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“The Wisdom Of Menopause” by Christiane Northrup

As a woman of a certain age, oh heck, let’s be honest—as a woman going through menopause, the best book I’ve read on self-development in the past 10 years is Christiane Northrup’s THE WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE. Brilliant, insightful, and humorous, it’s a self-development book that shows why and how to view this life stage through a positive lens: as a time to turn away from so much nurturing of others and toward giving birth to and nurturing “a whole new me” and “a whole, new me.”


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“Feel Free to Prosper: Two Weeks to Unexpected Income with the Simplest Prosperity Laws Available” By Marilyn Jenett

There are many books that have helped me improve my life. But the content of this one is what got me started on the path that lead me out of an abusive marriage and onto a gradually improving journey of self discovery, increased self-worth and eventually a relationship with a man who loves me as I am and supports my entrepreneurial dreams. Jenett’s Feel Free to Prosper shares her story of discovering Universal Laws and her unique approach to embodying them in your life. This book includes the first lesson of her ground-breaking program that has brought 100s of people results, including myself. It is well-written and well-worth the read.


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“Getting Things Done” by David Allen

My #1 self-development book is David Allen’s Getting Things Done.  Originally published in 2002, this book is a complete guide to getting everything out of your head and into a trusted system. His technique works on everything from stray thoughts about mundane to-do-list items to big dreams, and I’ve found the structure to be paradoxically freeing!  When executed well, the methods in this book will allow your mind to escape from the overwhelm into a state of relaxed creativity, which is not only productive but a much more enjoyable way to live.

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“The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron

It’s a book to actually do, to dive deep, to have more permission to explore and understand how we are creating our lives with our creative energy and to viscerally experience that energy multiplying every day as the book progresses. elevating + game changing.


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“The 4-hour work week” by Tim Ferriss

While authors of personal development books speak about increasing your self confidence or communication skills or getting more out of a working day, Tim Ferriss speaks about doing less work yourself and reducing your work load to a minimum. Often, in our busy schedules, we tend to lose track of where our lives are heading, where our businesses are heading. By moving away from daily work, one gets a better perspective, be in better control and can give a better direction to the future.


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“Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

There are many good books that helped me but if I have to choose just one I would pick “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. It opened a new whole world to me. It made me understand how money works and wealthy people think.


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“You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero

It is different from all the rest because it takes all the concepts I’ve heard and read about in the personal growth space and organizes them in to one place. The book is totally conversational, funny, and relatable while being insanely inspiring, uplifting, actionable, and genuinely helpful. I really loved it and have even reread it a couple times.


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“Our Universal Journey” by George Kavassilas

It is not your ordinary or cliché filled self improvement book that most of us are used to reading. This book is about empowering the reader with information that exposes the Cosmic Matrix while at the same time giving the reader the most profound understanding of what it is to be a Universal Creator.  I have come across a few self-development/self-empowering books but many still impose limitations on the human potential and human soul. Limitations?  You as a Universal Creator means a self-expression of infinite potential and infinite power.  This is what I rediscovered reading George’s book and has empowered me to reclaim my spiritual sovereignty.


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“What Makes Olga Run?” by Bruce Grierson

I originally picked this book up because I am a former track athlete and can’t wait to hit the minimum age to qualify for Masters Track. But this book wasn’t just a biography on Olga, it was a combo of scientific inquiry into all the factors that may or may not have contributed to her athletic success at such an old age. Working with scientists the author, Bruce Grierson, gives an understandable overview of DNA traits Olga had as well as break down of the different kind of genetics that affect athletic performance. I was finally able to learn why I struggle so much at distance running but adore sprinting, turns out I have the power ACTN3 gene versus the endurance, and a genetic test confirmed this. Besides the science, the book also digs deep into lifestyle choices that can also affect your body as you age. One of the biggest take aways for me is that starting a sport at an old age was actually an indicator for a longer life! If you want inspiration to age well and age healthy, while being inspired by a true story, this book is the perfect combination.


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“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

This is my all time favourite Self-Development & Inspirational book. It is more special for those who have a desire to follow their dreams because it’s the story of a young boy who followed his dreams. You will feel that his journey is yours and no other books can give you the courage to follow your dreams like this one.


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“You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero

You are a Badass offers the perfect balance between a kick-in-the-butt to get moving on your dreams, a pep talk telling you that you are already doing great, and a reality check putting your problems into perspective. I highly recommend it for anyone experiencing self-doubt or stalling on the way to pursuing their dreams!


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“Mastery” by Robert Greene

What differentiates this book is that is it is heavily researched and offers easy-to-grasp mastery protocols based on what other “masters” (like Einstein, Da Vinci and others) have done to achieve success in their field. The weight of the research backing up the book makes it very credible, and the stories author tells are memorable and profound. Unlike many other personal development books that are forgettable, you will remember the stories and facts shared by Greene for years to come.


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“Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline Myss

There are so many books that have influenced and shaped me so it was really tough for me to pick one! If I had to choose one that had the biggest impact on me, it would be Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss. She does an amazing job at blending both practical and spiritual concepts to create a masterpiece that explain how our sense of power and our physical health is strongly tied to our beliefs and the choices that we make in life. This book gave me tons of breakthroughs and made me see my life from a big-picture and non-superficial perspective. My experience of life is deeper, enriching and more meaningful after I’ve come across Caroline’s work.


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7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is the best self-development book I have ever read.  It’s different because it removes the fluff and gets right to the point.  All of the habits are about not sitting, get planning, and then start acting. Simplicity is powerful.


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“The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson

A lot of self development books deal in airy idealisations or advocate complete changes in routines or ideologies which I’ve never been any good at. This book is really simple; it just says “do small things every day and they will eventually become big things.” I’ve used this principle to make several small changes in my life that have quickly built up to become big changes – most notably over 100 consecutive days of meditation which sounds like a big deal, but just started with committing to a few minutes on day 1.


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“Your Brain At Work” by David Rock

I’d have to say ‘Your Brain At Work’ by David Rock because it takes a scientific look at how the brain works and how we can effect change utilizing our knowledge of neuroplasticity. If you read this book, then you have no excuses not to change if you really want to.


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“Personal Development For Smart People” by Steve Pavlina

Steve Pavlina’s Personal Development For Smart People is my favourite book of all time. Because it takes a very holistic approach you can apply his book to all areas in your life. It really helps you grow and create your life.


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Emma ScrivenerPsalms, the Bible

They’re the song-book of human experience; and it covers the full range of our emotions; from grief and joy to despair and doubt.  It doesn’t give us answers or a programme to follow; but points to the God who joins in in our sufferings at the cross and then rises again to bring us new life.  In him we can die to the people we were and become the people we were created to be; not because we try harder, but because He carries us.


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“Make Today Count” by John C. Maxwell

It’s hard to choose the best book I’ve read on self improvement but one that I find myself recommending over and over is Make Today Count (also published as Today Matters) by John C. Maxwell. How is it different from the rest? I love the fact that it is not only inspiring but also practical. The author shows that anyone can live a life of significance by making the right decisions in twelve areas of life and managing those decisions daily. These areas include attitude, priorities, health, family, thinking, commitment, finances, faith, relationships, generosity, values and growth.

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“The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy

My favorite personal development book is “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. In the book he talks about how small changes in our behaviour can lead to greater success over time.  There’s no “get rich quick” method to success.  Simple, basic changes done over time build on each other, thus compounding the effects of your efforts.  He also helps you focus on the fundamentals to get measurable and sustainable results that will change your life.

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“Mindsets” by Carol Dweck

Helps you see where you might be holding yourself up as far as personal development. Working for a growth mindset is essential to personal and business growth.

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“The Buddha, Geoff and Me” by Edward Canfor-Dumas

A friend suggested me to read it and, even if I didn’t become a Buddhist, it taught me a very important thing which is that I should never expect other people to do what I don’t. It may sound banal, but it really changed the way I deal with some aspects of my life and, most of all, the way I behave with other people. I think that what makes this book different from others is that it you don’t even have to identify with the protagonists to learn from their story.

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The Bible

“I have read so many self-development books and keep searching for more. I believe our quest to become better individuals and wiser souls stops the day we take our last breath. By far my fav book for all wisdom and leadership development has to be the Bible. Not only does it educate my mind, it also fills my spirit with accurate truth and never-ending applications for everyday living and for my legacy.
 

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“Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting” by Lynn Grabhorn

This book literally changed my (business) life.  The author offers a very practical way to focus your attention on what you really want in your (business) life.  It’s a wake up call for those of us that become distracted by failure and unwanted circumstances; Positioning ourselves for more of what we REALLY want!

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“You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero

My favorite book about self help has to be You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. I love this book because it’s an easy read and full of tough love. I can be a pretty blunt person when it comes to giving advice, so I feel like Sincero and I have that in common. The pages are full of hilarious stories and scenarios that teaches you how to stop self-sabotaging and gain more confidence in yourself. My all-time favorite thing about this book is the importance is puts on self-love. To achieve what you want in life you have to learn how to love your badass self.
 

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“Karmic Management” by Geshe Michael Roach,  Lama Christie McNally, and Michael Gordon

Karmic Management by Geshe Michael Roach,  Lama Christie McNally, and Michael Gordon published in 2009 is a little book that helps people to discover that success can be increased in their lives and businesses by helping others to become successful FIRST. Others include your customers, co-workers, suppliers, stock holders, and even competitors. Caring for all stakeholders and helping them to succeed, helps the person and business to succeed in return. We used the principles in this book in one of my previous businesses to become very successful while competing with three Fortune 20 businesses.

Here are a couple more classics that I love!

    1. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen published in 1902. This little book has influenced the work of many respected personal-development leaders. Allen shares that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Allen helps readers to understand that thoughts and character are inseparably intertwined. Allen provides a lesson of personal responsibility taking precedence over thoughts and actions. He advises that we should set aside focused time to reflect and discover ourselves and our dreams, and to put forth energy and time to make those dreams reality.
    2. The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shin published in 1925.  The author uses simple stories that everyone can identify with to illustrate the lessons about living with greater success, happiness, and freedom. She teaches that words, thoughts, and emotions attract to us the life that we’re living.  If we want a different life, we need to change our words, thoughts, and emotions to be in line with what we desire


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“The Little Book of Big Emotions” by Erika M. Hunter

The author focuses on the 5 primary feelings of human existence:
-Mad
-Sad
-Glad
-Ashamed
-Scared

I read the book and tried many of the simple exercises following my mom’s death. Even though I teach and write about emotional intelligence, I learned a lot.  Sadness was easy to identify while other feelings lied deeper.  The book helped me to identify and feel them.  I know this helped me to navigate my mom’s passing with grace. 


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“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

It has helped me in maintaining a friendly and a positive relationship with my colleagues at Business and Friends in social life and at the same time influence and if need be in managing change. It certainly has helped me in shaping me to understand, forgive, and have self-control. 


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“Oneness” by Rasha

The book Oneness is the most profound book that I’ve read since my awakening journey began about 3 or 4 years ago.  It is definitely in the very esoteric category, so it certainly will not resonate with everyone, but one thing is for sure ― it is definitely unlike anything you’ve ever read before.  It will either make your head spin, and you’ll put it down before finishing the first chapter and never come back, or you will be hooked.

Oneness is an in-depth guide to the great transformation of consciousness that is in progress on earth, the ascension process, the true nature of ourselves and our existence, and how we create our reality with our thoughts, beliefs, and more. The book is very detailed and touches on some very advanced metaphysical concepts that you may have never heard of before.  There is much practical advice about how to navigate the process of self-transformation, self-empowerment, and self-mastery ― including mastery of your creatorship.

Note that all of the information in the book was channeled through Rasha from a source calling itself “Oneness” which most presume is a synonym for Source or God.


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“Stealing Fire” by Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler

There are far too many personal development books to choose from that have really helped me grow. So my favourite right now is one from this year,  Stealing Fire.

Having spent the last 20 years exploring non-ordinary states in helping people become more creative, Stealing Fire is the most comprehensive, exciting and up-to-date account of how others have been exploring this field from many different angles.

After reading it I realised that I was not alone in this pursuit.  It really makes life more extraordinary.  If only once a day we can become more conscious of who we are our lives will be enhanced beyond belief.


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“How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

I would say “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie, and it’s different because you finally learn to put the focus on other people and that’s what really takes you places. A focus on yourself will only take you so far.


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“The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

The most influential book I’ve ever read was “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. I learned that our life experience is about remembering what we came into the world already knowing, but simply forgot. This lesson taught me to pay attention to words, people, and places that resonated with my spirit — and that has made all the difference!


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“Every Word Has Power; Switch on Your Language and Turn on Your Life” by Yvonne Oswald

Learning to change our vocabulary from disempowering words to empowering words is probably the technique that has brought the most change to my life. It’s like learning a new language, taking practice, but the results can be life-changing. Many books mention it, but it is the sole focus of this book.


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“Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

As a designer, I found that authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans speak my language, but you don’t have to be a designer to get it or to like it. This isn’t the standard “personal development” stuff that makes you feel broken or incomplete. They don’t get all metaphysical either. Their approach is a lot like the scientific method. Make hypotheses and assumptions, take small risks to prototype, and then test, rinse and repeat.

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“The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown

Many years ago, I watched a TEDx talk from a woman who was not well-known to most people at the time. Her name was Brené Brown, and she was speaking on vulnerability. I would later want to read more by this fascinating research professor as research was something that I loved to do when writing a paper. Her book called The Gifts of Imperfection has to be read slowly and savored as there are many key points you can miss in just one reading. One of her most profound points, for my work, is this line “It’s also pushed me to think about the important differences between professing love and practicing love.”


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“Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide To Joy” by Sadhguru

It’s my experience that the book I’m reading at that moment in my life seems the best ever for the insights it brings. I’ve had many favorite self-development books both non-fiction and fiction. Each one expanded me in new ways. My favorite today is Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide To Joy by Sadhguru. Its depth of wisdom seems endless. 


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“I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” by Frank Turek

There is no book which has influenced me more than Frank Turek’s “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.”

Turek challenged my scientific training with piercing truths, facts and information to challenge my beliefs and notions of God and an afterlife. It was organized well, easy to read and yet engaging. The provoking title pushed me closer to a belief in Jesus Christ and pulled me away from the lies of secular humanism.

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“Women Who Run With The Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“It essentially kick started my journey to ‘me’ which is what all true self development is – a deep awareness of ones self. This book was such a real and raw look into womanhood and it wasn’t afraid of the dark side/shadow side. So, I was able to fully explore all facets of myself. This book gave me that permission I so badly needed to go deep.”


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“The Way of the Wizard” by Deepak Chopra

The Way of the Wizard – Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life you want by Deepak Chopra
A must read for the soul-seeker who is focused of mastery and looking for answers to their life’s quest. It’s a magical and fascinating insight for those on the path of purpose, transformation, fulfilment, peace and joy in life as Deepak invites us to re-member what we’ve forgotten. The author uses the metaphor of Merlin teaching the future King Arthur in the crystal cave to convey to the reader 20 lessons that will turn their thinking inside out and transform their perspective. First the author conveys the lesson through the story then he explains the crucial understanding of the lesson and finally he moves on to integrating the teaching by living the lesson which is the practical application aspect. It’s a slim book so a quick read but packed full of life’s wisdom!


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“Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch

While it’s important to exercise critical thinking while reading this book (as with anything) 95% is pure gold. Twenty years (and numerous readings) on, and I have yet to find any other writing that cuts to the heart of human affairs with more honesty, precision and clarity.


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“The Gift of Change” by Marianne Williamson

“The Gift of Change” by Marianne Williamson was one of the most pivotal books for me. It’s different from others because it goes so far beyond the normal “how to love yourself and create positive change” and instead starts on the vein of “you made those changes–now what? How do you keep all that love inside you during difficult times?” then offers practical tips for continued growth.


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“The Motivation Manifesto” from Brendon Burchard

Written in powerful language, poetry, and metaphor, the Motivation Manifesto speaks right to the reader’s heart and soul. In each paragraph the author, Brendon Burchard compelled me to lean in, listen and take note. As such, I use sections to read out loud each morning to motivate me and encourage me to live my fullest.

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“The Success System That Never Fails” by William Clement Stone

Stone delivers more than you pay for in this wonderful roadmap to reaching your success and realizing your potential.  Written in 1962 he gives you the simple formula for finding your mysterious sources of power, finding wealth and opportunity, and answering what the true riches of life really are.  Stone keeps it simple and that’s why this is different from all others.  I’ve been reading and re-reading this book for over 30 years.


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“Getting To Yes” By Roger Fisher & William Ury

This is the best book I’ve ever read on the subject of negotiating your way to a successful outcome in any sort of conflict. It doesn’t matter if it’s your life mate, teammate, band mate, business partner or your next door neighbor. I have more yellow highlights in this book than any other I have ever read.


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“Unfolding Happiness” by Vijay Jain

We all hunger for ways to feel better, be better and do better. A book I’ve found  with some clear instruction for doing that is “Unfolding Happiness” by Ambika Devi MA and Vijay Jain MD.

Devi and Jain’s recipe for happiness is rooted in the practice of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation. Unlike many other books that promise more than they can deliver, “Unfolding Happiness” defines a simple clear path; a change in behavior that leads in a change in attitude, rather than the other way around.


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“Happier” by Tal Ben-Shahar

I’ve read so many good books, but if I had to pick one it would be Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar.  I thought I was pretty well-versed on the positive psychology field, but he takes it to a new more practical level.  It’s not just how we think about our life (which is very important), but the concrete proactive steps we can all take to become happier and in turn improve the lives of those around us.


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“Deep Work” by Cal Newport

Deep Work by Cal Newport transformed the way I approach learning discipline, my business growth, and gave me some tools to enable better real focus in my life. There are no “switches to flip”, just solid, evidence-based guidance.


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“Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” by Richard Bach

When I was 17, I read a book called Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach, and it blew my mind! It was perhaps the beginning of my education on what I now understand as the law of attraction, but from a very different perspective. Ironically, I don’t believe the book was MEANT to be a personal development book, but for me, it was probably the beginning of me becoming the person I am today.


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“Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow” by Elizabeth Lesser

This book was recommended to me when I was going through a rough rough time in my own life. I felt like Elizabeth Lesser was putting the exact words on my wounds and aches. I have offered this book more than 30 times to women around me going through hard times and every time they came back with tears of gratitude saying how much this book had helped them, had made them feel less alone, and not only part of a big community but also enabled them to move somehow forward.


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“The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews

My favorite self-development book of all time is The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews. This book has such a powerful message. The author takes you on a journey through time where the main character who has hit rock bottom in his life – has a chance to visit with historical figures to learn life-changing lessons that help him get his life back on track. This book is brilliantly written. I highly recommend it!

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“Winning Every Day” by Lou Holtz

In the book, Lou talks about the challenges he faced on getting his team to focus on winning. He focused on the Power of Attitude, Adapt or Die, and Commit to Excellence among many other things. He gives powerful advice that will inspire anyone to change their game plan to be a champion.

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“The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron

The book is different because of the breadth and depth of the exercises this six week course-in-a-book contains. If you take action on it, it will certainly develop your creative (in all senses of the word) self, and probably change you in profound ways you could never expect.

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“Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man that Invented the 20th century” by Sean Patrick

I would not call it a self-development book really, but it is a book that not only changed the way I see the world, but also changed the way I see myself. Nikola Tesla is a man who invented a lot of wonderful things we are using today, but that was not what grabbed me as I read the book.

I saw a man who was not afraid to dream and then did not give up until he found a way to actualise his dream. This was remarkable. I am a dreamer, but I never really tried to create the things I dreamt about. After reading this book though, it changed everything. It has opened my mind to a world of possibilities that I did not dare imagine before now.


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“The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein

Without question, Gabrielle Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back is my favorite self-development book of all time. It helped me to reconnect my mind, body, and spirit, while restoring my faith in myself and my role as the creator of my own destiny. I felt empowered reading every page!


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“First Things First” by Stephen R. Covey, A Roger Merrill & Rebecca Merrill

The Authors believe that Principle-Centered approach is the essence of living a happy and prosperous life. Once you learn the art of prioritizing your tasks based on values based principles, you develop an inner-guide who provides you a sense of direction in everything you do and eventually everything seems to work together to make things happen. To develop this, you need to focus on self-awareness, conscience cleaning, independent, creative imagination and positive thinking. It’s a highly recommended book for Time Management and Life Management.


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“Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques” by Michael Michalko

The book I recommend is Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques. The reason is that the modern world changes quickly and it expects us to think more creatively, to see new possibilities, to solve problems and innovate. This book is full of creative-thinking techniques that are useful for looking at problems in unconventional ways to see different solutions.


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“The One Minute Manager” by Ken Blanchard

Books can give you only a mental frame. They rarely give you the answers you are looking for. This book though helps you bring your own answers up and provides completely unconventional management lessons.


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“The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

​’The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg is up there with the best books I’ve read in recent years. ​It’s an eye-opening read that dives into the science of habit formation, bit perfectly combines this with a strong narrative and real world stories. You don’t know how fundamental your habits are until you read a book like this. One I would recommend to just about anyone.


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“The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron

I’ve given out so many copies of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, I’ve lost track of the number. In my line of work, speed to market is key, and there’s little room for true creativity and reflection. The Artist’s Way is a reminder to slow down a bit, refill your well of energy and inspiration, and reflect on the world around you.


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“Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown

There is many times when we feel as though being vulnerable is a bad thing. This book is a reminder to use daring, being fearless and vulnerability to achieve your passions and be successful.


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“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield

In the War of Art, Steven Pressfield offers a powerful way to fight against resistance – that difficulty we all face when attempting to do creative work. We hesitate, procrastinate, and we say no, not because we are incapable, but because we’re afraid. This book is different because it addresses the underlying cause of our pain, and offers a simple solution to improve every aspect of our work, and our lives.


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“The Conscious Parent” by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

The Conscious Parent taught me that to raise a well-adjusted kid, I have to start by elevating my own level of consciousness. This revolutionary idea is different from every other parenting book out there, and I recommend it to anyone who is willing to view parenting as an invitation for personal growth.


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“You the Healer” by Jose Silva

When your entire bookcase is loaded with self-development books, and you have been reading them from the age of 13, learning something from each one,  it is one of the most difficult things to do to answer what’s the best book you’ve read on self growth. Yet in truth with me having so remarkably taken back my health partly due to rereading ‘You the Healer’ written by Jose Silva it has to get my vote. It was life changing.


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“The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel

This book captures the importance of being impeccable with your word. Usually this would mean to watch the words you say about others, but in this book, Miguel talks about the importance of being mindful of the words we speak about ourselves. This important point is not only life changing but gives freedom and a new perspective to the reader so that they can live their lives to the fullest. Helping them to break free from their inner critic and let go of limiting beliefs, “The Four Agreements,” expands the mind and offers solutions that are easy to apply to the complexity of the mind.

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“A Kick in the Seat of the Pants: Using Your Explorer, Artist, Judge, and Warrior to Be More Creative “by Roger Von Oech

As a young women returning to work after being “at-home” with children, I didn’t have a clue on how to break into the work world. More than any other author, Roger’s positive, powerful approach empowered me to find the courage and ideas for embarking on a satisfying career.


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“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” – by Mark Manson

I’ve gotten to know Mark’s ideas through his blog and this book is the highlight of his writing. Despite not always agreeing with his point of view, I have yet to find a writer who has such an uncanny ability to change your core values in a positive way.


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“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kyosaki changes your paradigm and the way that you view money and value. The first lesson Robert learned from his Rich Dad was that the rich do not work for money. They create assets and produce value for others. They understand that if they create assets and businesses that solve other peoples challenges and problems and that produce value for people, that money and value will flow back into their own lives. They keep reinvesting their money into assets and businesses that provide value and solve problems so that their money works for them and the perpetually multiply their money.

The more people the assets and business they create provide for others and the bigger the challenges and problems they help solve, the more money and value will flow back into their own lives. Money is simply a medium of exchange for the value they create and problems they solve.


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“How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Self-development books have been at the core of my work since I launched my business five years ago. Of the many great texts that have helped me, one that stands out is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Initially, something about the title of this famous book kept me away—to me, it sounded like a way to game people for your benefit, which I didn’t like. But when I finally read it, I realized this book shows you how to communicate with others for everyone’s benefit. Come to find out, this was my grandfather’s go-to text when he was running his business many decades ago.


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“Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holliday

My favorite book on self-development would probably have to be, “Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holliday. In life we are constantly asked the question – “To be, or to do?” In other words, “do I want to be important?” Or “do I want to do important things?” “Ego is the Enemy” is unique because it focuses on the latter.


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“Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson

In life and in business one of the most valuable assets we can develop is our ability to adapt to and welcome change. Change brings opportunity, unimaginable experiences and unforeseen blessings.


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“The Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes is one of the most honest and hilarious books I’ve ever read. By telling her story on how she challenged herself to start doing things that scared her, Shonda makes you consider if you’re really saying, “Yes!” to living the life you want.


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Spanish Writer Pro logo“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

My favorite self-development book is El Alquimista or The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I love how he explains the human search of happiness. But also how we can learn through a novel that is absolutely engaging. Many people say self-development is boring and this novel is the proof that it hasn’t have to be that way.


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“Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

It has made a huge difference in my life as the book logically proves that house and car aren’t your assets but liability. The book is very different from other self-help books as it presents a blunt and non stereotypical reality.

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“What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard N. Bolles

Although this book’s subtitle is “A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers”, there is much more to be gleaned from it than just career-related advice. My favorite chapter introduces the “Flower Exercise”, which is designed to help the reader identify their true interests, a satisfying salary range, desired level of responsibility, ideal places to live, and more. I got a lot out of this book and look forward to returning to a newer edition of it sometime in the future (a new, revised edition is published each year).


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“How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

The book is different from others because it sort of takes the focus of you and places it on your relationship with others, so you learn how to build better relationships and not just manipulate others to get what you want.


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“The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer

It is so simple in its message that the mind is likely to dismiss it. But it is this very simplicity that is the key to freedom. Starting with the voice inside the head that everyone will recognise, it takes you to inner peace with every word.


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“Conversationally Speaking” by Alan Garner

The book that had the biggest impact on me was “Conversationally Speaking” by Alan Garner. It’s different because it’s so practical. It teaches effective, “any situation” social skills (the most important skills anyone can learn really). And it actually includes a system to sharpen them. Take that Dale Carnegie!


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“Strengths Finder 2.0” by Tom Rath

It’s rooted in psychology, sound research and practicality. It offers you a self assessment along with in depth understanding for your own strengths and ways to “act” upon them in the most useful ways.  There are 34 themes that helps you understand your top 5 strengths, areas to work upon and the best ways to capitalize upon them.

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“50 things You Can Do Today to Beat Depression” by Paul Vincent

When I was really down in the ground with depression, I needed something that ‘spoke’ to me, something that was practical, non-patronising and bite-size – something that you can dip in and out of whether up or down.  ’50 things You Can Do Today to Beat Depression’ by Paul Vincent was just the book I needed.  It has a prologue to give practical advice, including nutrition but what worked for me (and I mean really worked), were the 50 tasks or exercises.  Call them what you will but they were practical things that could be done quickly, could be revisited and that really did help me to bring myself out of depression.

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“1984” by George Orwell

I recently read 1984 again. It has made me angry and more fired up. This book is a blueprint of what is happening in the world at this time. It left me saddened about the world we live in. About our society and the way we treat each other. If only more people could realise at what an important crossroads in history we are. The truth needs to be exposed. The truth needs to be shown.


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“Anything Can Be” by Jessica Dimas

Anything Can Be by Jessica Dimas.  This book has helped improve my life a lot. Starting with the fact that it is written by a person, just like me. In other words, it is not a high degree doctor who sees thousands of patients, which there is nothing wrong with that, it is written by someone who has gone through life difficulties and explains how to attract positive energy and letting go, all through her own mindset. This is what makes it different because it is just like talking to a friend.

Learning to let go, something that for is hard, learning to forgive myself, something that is harder for me, has all become easier thanks to this book. It opened my heart to new things that come my way and to continue living my life as happily as I can. And if that wasn’t enough, there is a worksheet bundle, which is extremely helpful. Jessica lists the steps you need pursue what you want with all the extra information you need in order for you to succeed. As for last, I also kept a journal at hand while I was reading, everything helps in the road to self-discovery.


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“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

It’s so simple, yet interwoven with an infinite number of layers to integrate. The Power of Now directly addresses the most fundamental aspect of being. The present moment is all that truly exists, and it’s the portal to all transformation.


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“Awaken the giant within” by Tony Robbins

By far, “Awaken the giant within” by Tony Robbins. It’s the most comprehensive book that looks at the change process in a very detailed manner. Also it used the power of story-telling to drive home the points.

“You Are A Badass” offers the perfect balance between a kick-in-the-butt to get moving on your dreams, a pep talk telling you that you are already doing great, and a reality check putting your problems into perspective. I highly recommend it for anyone experiencing self-doubt or stalling on the way to pursuing their dreams!


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“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

It opened up my mind for the first time on the concept of financial independence and the ways to achieve them. Robert gave an alternative definition of classifying Assets and Liabilities based on cashflow which really put a meaning behind the saying “Cash is King”. He also introduced another important concept of the Cashflow Quadrant which helped me to think through how we should make money work for us instead of us working for money. I have read this book nearly 15 years ago but the concepts taught in this book has left a profound impact in my life.


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“Power of the Magdalene” by Joanna Prentis and Stuart Wilson

These two have written a number of books based on past life regression sessions with various people who were incarnated as part of the inner group and community around Jesus and what his true intentions were and why they were. Thought to earth at the time, which is NOTHING like the distorted version of Christianity that has ruined the Western World. And more importantly, the male priests who wrote the women disciples — especially Mary Magdalene — out of history and subjugated them to the shadows.

This doesn’t work for the world to be in balance and for us to actually move forward. And as more and more people are coming into a new age of consciousness, they are questioning the history presented to us as unalterable fact.

This is significant to me because I am not a woman who sits quietly and watches the world fall apart around me. My job as a craniosacral therapist is to help those understand a deeper level of consciousness and my job as an empowered female business owner is to lead by example to bring other women into their power.


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“Rising Strong” by Brené Brown

Rising Strong by Brené Brown changed the way I think about failure. Her book will give you a sense of control and ownership over your values and how you practice them, and will make you reflect long and hard about integrity, failure, and your inner strength. Worth a read.


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“The One Thing” by Gary Keller

Besides my own book #BeBetter, I highly recommend reading “The One Thing” by Gary Keller. Whilst at first this book seems basic, it gives you a framework and honest answers to your everyday productivity. It’s supported by a great podcast.


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“The Biology of Belief” by Bruce Lipton

‘The Biology of Belief’, a book I picked up with an urge to figure out my being, notably changed the way I perceive and believe life is. Bruce H. Lipton, with his engaging writings, beautifully explained the power of consciousness, matter and miracles buttoned up in the speller revealing the pledge of environment in what we receive and defies the theory that had prevailed for multi fold years that voice, ‘OUR BIOLOGY SHAPES OUR BELIEFS’, conjointly lifting to reprogram the subconscious with smooth balancing of mind, body and soul. The enlightened lessons assisted heal my seldom physical and mental illnesses.


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“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

My favorite self-development book of all time is a classic: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. Covey’s book is a no-nonsense, timeless manual for living that demonstrates how to be most effective within the laws of the universe while taking into consideration what is most important to the individual, irrespective of what “should” be important or may be important to someone else. The book provides a clear path for self-direction. Two of my favorite principles are: #3 – Put First Things First (knowing the difference between urgent and important. Huge) and #7 – Sharpen the Saw (ALWAYS being on a path of self improvement and renewal so the goose who lays the golden eggs, you, can keep, well, laying the golden eggs without burning out!)


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“Grit” by Angela Duckworth

This novel changed my outlook of “tenacity” and all that encompasses it. This is a fantastic love that I believe all parents, teachers, businessmen and women need to read. This is an important quality that needs to be taught and talked about more. This book gives a great outlook on enduring through hard times, which is something that needs to be taught and talked about these days.


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“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss

Yes, the book is a bit ridiculous and unrealistic at points, but it is the book that made me realize I could design the life that I really want.  And it taught me that small habits can make a huge difference in your life (e.g. not checking email first thing in the morning or last thing before bed).  Ultimately, this is the book that got me hooked on self-development and ignited a passion that has lasted for over a decade now.


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“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

I adore this book, because it’s self-development “disguised” as adventure; growth is in the journey, anyhow. Though we may set out with the intention of finding gold, we’ll probably end up discovering something much more valuable along the way — like ourselves, and the “Soul of the World.” We might even learn that we’re more powerful than we’ve given ourselves credit for. The adventure is always worth it, and this book is worth reading more than once.

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“The Surrender Experiment” by Michael Singer

Imagine a book about how to be in the world without even a thought of attempting to control the world.  Imagine taking life on its own terms, accepting what comes and what happens, and living as if everything that arrives and occurs is meant to be.  What could happen? Mickey Singer’s story is nothing short of miraculous, and incredibly inspiring to those of us who haven’t learned to let go that radically.

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“You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay

She is the grand dame of affirmations and the first time I read her book it blew me away. Reading it, things clicked for me that I knew intuitively but never put to words. She discusses ways to change our thoughts so we may also change our bodies and our lives. Something to note though, we co-create our lives and that means there are certain things that are out of our hands.


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“You Can If You Think You Can” by Norman Vincent Peale

In my experience as a wellness and career coach, healthy lifestyle blogger and former HR manager in the United Nations – any change comes from understanding that change is needed. The book: “You Can If You Think You Can” by Norman Vincent Peale is a classic but literally stops your busy thought flow . The whole idea that you are at the core of what needs to shift. You therefore make the difference. My coaching clients are often stuck in a circle of indecision which is fuelled my low self esteem and confidence. I recommend this book on my site and to my clients as it provokes you to shift to a new tune. You can see how you are able to trigger your own change – be it a career transformation or a healthier lifestyle. To change you need to understand that its needed, and then actively choose to change and participate body, mind (and soul) in each step. You can change – but you have to believe that you can! And this is why this book really motivates you to look at things through a different lens.


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“The Untethered Soul” by Michael A Singer

More of a spiritual guidebook than a self-help book, this is an explanation and exploration into the ways in which we keep ourselves closed off and protected from really living a full and spiritual life. Following Michael Singers experience of living this path himself over many years we receive in-depth firsthand lessons to apply to our own lives and outlook.

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“Desire Map” by Danielle Laporte

It’s a spiritual and emotive approach to goal setting and life purpose, which is a major aspect of all our lives and this book completely changed my relationship and outlook with what I focus on daily and why it matters for me personally, and my attitude about goal setting.

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“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

I have read several books on self development, but the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle shook the very foundations of my belief system. What sets this book apart is how it crumbles the shells of a “life-story” we develop over the years. It illuminates the present moment and dissolves the illusion of time (the past and the future). It’s the coming together of all the religious teachings in the world. It’s the theory of everything, if you will. There are several books on the importance of the present moment, but the power of now is so methodical and simple, that it leaves you changed no matter what your prior belief systems comprised.

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“You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay

I have been using the book ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ for years now. It is written by Louise Hay. I think that people could be turned off by it because it talks about changing your mindset as well as affirmations and energy. I think people can feel uncomfortable sometimes when energy is talked about. It is kind of woo woo. 🙂 I however am a complete believer and believe that you can set your future up by your thoughts. I think that is also why this book is different then other self help books. I love it and suggest it to all my clients and friends.

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“The Greatest Salesman in the World”  by Og Mandino

The reason is it is the most “inward looking”  as apposed to looking outward for answers. This philosophy has helped me establish Idaho Tiny House an association to build tiny houses for homeless.

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“The Joy Diet” by Martha Beck

One of my all-time favorite books on self development is The Joy Diet by Martha Beck.  She gives ten daily life practices that help contribute to a more joyful life. They are simple steps, though hard to follow. Many other books I’ve read include many of these principals as well, but this book is so fun and encouraging to read that I find myself returning to it again and again.  The first and most important practice is taking time to be quiet every day. Do nothing, for at least a few minutes each day.  I think in our society, we need this message to create clear spaces of time to let ourselves unwind and become more aware of what’s going on inside. This is ridiculously hard for me, but I always feel better―and work more effectively―when I follow this advice.

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“The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod

He explains how we can make our morning routines something we enjoy so that getting up is easier and we’re more productive for the day! This book doesn’t give a bunch of ‘just think positive’ advice – it gives suggestions we can all do that really work.


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“The Obstacle Is The Way” by Ryan Holiday

A book that really helped me through difficult times was “The Obstacle Is The Way” by Ryan Holiday, which really changed my perspective on how I deal with challenges. I recommend it to nearly everyone because it teaches valuable tools to use to overcome any roadblocks that come your way.


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“Mastery” by Robert Greene

It differs from many other books in that it looks into the lives of many different masterful people throughout history and connects the dots between their success. This book has opened up a lot of new ideas for me.


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“Thank & Grow Rich” by Pam Grout

My favorite self-development book so far is probably “Thank & Grow Rich” by Pam Grout. Pam’s personality is awesome and there are many books written on the topic of gratitude, but this one is the most practical, engaging, and persuasive. Simply being grateful for what you have can do so much to improve your life!


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“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield

My favourite powerful and personally relevant book was The War of Art written by Steven Pressfield. This book came at a time when I began the process of writing my own books and needed to move through self inhibiting beliefs. Both motivational and on point, the book gave me the tools to push past my boundaries and reach my personal creative and entrepreneurial goals. I read this over two years ago and still refer to it often for myself and for my clients.


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“The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations On Wisdom, Perseverance And The Art of Living” by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman

The book that comes to mind is one I start my mornings with, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations On Wisdom, Perseverance And The Art of Living by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman.  I love this book because it’s a magical combination of positive, practical philosophy which helps me set the right frame for the day ahead. Each idea is just a page so it’s easy to incorporate into already crazy mornings and unlike other self improvement books, the daily format keeps the ideas fresh and alive to me.


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“The One Thing” by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

One of the most eye-opening and remarkable books full of insights how to discover yourself, to move forward and to become more productive in life. Simply put, this book gives you the answer you need to know to do things that matter in life.”


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“Pre-Suasion” by Robert Cialdini

Why it’s different – I really liked this book because it shows you how to be a better communicator and to think about how your messages will land for your audience. Effective communication is such a big piece of personal development and this book is different because it challenges you to really think about how you frame entire interactions and not just what to say in the moment. You’ll get a better idea of how you make decisions, how to make better decisions and how to be a more effective asker.


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“How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

I like a very popular self-help book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It may not be the best, but it’s a great book to start with. This book can change the way you look at your life and other people’s lives.
In every chapter, Carnegie talks about a principle that can help you handle people, make them like you, win them by your way of thinking and become a great leader. The principles are basic and important, which many education systems fail to teach. That’s why I say, the sooner you read, the better.

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“Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch

Back in 1997 my mother passed away and I was fifteen yeas old at the time. Someone handed me a book called Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch and told me to read it. At that time, I did not even consider reading it although for some reason I found it to be extra special to me and I just could not let it go. I kept the book packed away in a box with all my other valuables and kept it with me, even throughout all of the moves I had in my life (and I moved from house to house a pretty decent amount of times). Fifteen years later of carrying this book around with me, I have finally opened it and read it. I seen how that 15 year old young girl inside of me was just not ready for the spiritual transformation that took place after I read Conversations with God as an adult. I feel this book has dramatically helped me have more closure on my mother’s death and helped me gain more clarity and insight in my life. This book put what I felt into words. It helped me be able to understand more of what I was internally going through which also gave me confirmation of what I have already known deep within. This book helped me to accept some things in life that I did not think I could have accepted before. It also allowed me to be more open, curious and explore my curiosities. This book caused me to look within myself and to listen. This book changed my life for the better.


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“Good to Great” by Jim C. Collins

My book is Good to Great by Jim C. Collins.  One of the best ideas from this book is his concept of placing the right people in the right seats on the bus. Once I discovered what “seat” I was best suited to occupy, it greatly enhanced my leadership skills.


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“Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain

Probably the most impactful book I’ve ever read probably wouldn’t exactly be classified as self-development: Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I always thought something was wrong with me because I wasn’t naturally outgoing and often preferred to be by myself. Reading Cain’s book made me understand for the first time that introversion is nothing to be ashamed of and is how 50% or more of people are also wired.

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“How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

If I am to pick one book over the others, then it will be Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. Although there are countless other books including notable ones from people like John Maxwell, the philosophies presented by Dale are mostly the roots of what other leadership experts talk about. Of course, for the readers, one thing to keep in mind that reading does not make one grow. It is the conscious effort of putting into practice each philosophy and making it a habit that improves a person.

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“No Excuses” by Brian Tracy

The reason this book has been a success for me is because it broke down the information so that it could relate to where an individual maybe currently in their lives. It also gave personal testimony, which helped me to connect with the writer and understand that I was not alone in improving in this area. The book also had actionable exercises after each chapter and great tips to begin to practice to improve your self-discipline. Some of my favorite highlights of the book were Tracy’s seven steps to the top on how to exactly increase your performance/income by 1,000 person. He also had great tips on forming better habits and letting go of the old ones.

This book helps you to see that you can in fact be in the top percentile for income and success, but you must be willing to work for it.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone trying to improve their self-discipline, form better habits, and increase their likelihood of success.

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“Linchpin” by Seth Godin

The over-arching theme in the chapter titled “The Resistance” has always stuck with me. The Resistance is your lizard brain, that only knows how to be scared and hungry; that listens to people who say “you can’t do that”; it’s the thing that keeps you from shipping work because you’re afraid of what people may say.

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“The Obstacle Is The Way” by Ryan Holiday

I wish it was in print 20 years ago when I got my start.  The first business book I ever fell in love with was: The Tipping Point.  It became my goal to create a business that would do the same and I’m still working on it, successfully!

The best self-help book I LOVE to give out to other’s is: The Gifts of Imperfection.


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“Rising Strong” by Brené Brown

Rising Strong is an engaging read on how to recognise and support our own self-worth, to live life bravely and wholeheartedly. Brené references both her research and personal experiences to provide useful insights and guidance on identifying shame-influenced perceptions and activating our courage.

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“Composing a Life” by Mary Catherine Bateson

Byron Katie’s book “Loving What Is” gives the reader an approach to questioning their thoughts, especially the stressful ones.  She fills the book with real examples of how to use  the simple but not easy format of The Work, and how it can change thinking that changes lives.

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“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

It’s a book about communicating in a humble, open, constructive, and empathetic way both with yourself, your kids and others. I love that it acknowledges that conscious changes to communication is kind of like learning a second language – it’ll always feel a bit uncomfortable and foreign, but hopefully your children will grow up native speakers.


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“Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott is the only self-help book I’ve read on repeat. Those interested in self-development who have little or no interest in learning about writing needn’t be put off by that part of the title, as Bird by Bird has so much else to say about how to take things a step at a time and how to eschew perfectionism and generally how to be in the world, and author Lamott does this without being preachy or clinical or annoying. Lamott writes in such a clear, humorous, self-effacing style you just feel like she’s your friend who cares about your well-being.


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“The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer

In The Untethered Soul, Singer explains the need to surrender. Not because we must, but simply because we cannot control the universe. We can only control ourselves. Attempting to control others only takes away from our present and our purpose, throwing us off balance. Also, living in the past or the future will not allow one to remain present. This is a theme and subject Michael explains with detail. No matter what your beliefs, if any, The Untethered Soul takes you on a journey of truth, purpose, and understanding.

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“Rising Strong” by Brene Brown

Everyone, at one point or another, has fallen. We’ve all felt low at some time during our lives. There is a comfort in learning that it is ok to fall, and we would not be who we are without those low times. Brene Brown helps readers learn how to rise from the rubble and come out even stronger than before.


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“Time to Think” by Nancy Kline

Being a good listener is not always easy. Yet listening is without a doubt one of the most important ingredients for successful and rewarding interpersonal relationships. This applies to our personal life as well as life at work. ‘Time to Think’ by Nancy Kline transformed my listening skills. It is the book that shifted my perspective.


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“Composing a Life” by Mary Catherine Bateson

My favorite book on self-development is Composing a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson.  The book’s focus is on women, especially mothers, and how they should cope with constant changes in roles and responsibilities in their lives   I like that this book delves into issues on a macro-level, examining global, social and anthropological angles to address different realities around the world.

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“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

It goes beyond techniques to make you feel good about yourself or get what you want form others. The first 3 habits send the reader on a profound journey of self-discovery to achieve private victory or independence, and the next 3, aimed at achieving private victory and interdependence, offer an abundance of ways to create win-win relationships.


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“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” really transformed my perspective as a shy, aspiring writer. Speaking as a writer herself that found fame and still struggled with fear, I admired her honesty and how she empowered fellow writers and creatives by addressing all our fears, noting that fear is not something to be suppressed but something we should learn to live side by side with. After reading the book, I noticed a shift in my perspective in that I no longer saw fear as a barrier to my passion but as a fuel and necessary evil. Because if it’s something that plagued and continues to plague the author of Eat Pray Love, then why should it stop me from accomplishing anything?


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Cecilia Gorman

“How to Develop Self-Confidence & Influence People Through Public Speaking” by Dale Carnegie

Despite how the title reads, this isn’t just for public speakers. Anyone who wants to have a stronger presence and a more confident voice would be served well by this book. It was written in 1905 and though the prose reflects the charm of that era, it contains examples and stories that are relevant and timeless.


Francis O’Neill

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Francis O'Neill

“Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting” by Lynn Grabhorn

This is a book on the Law of Attraction. What makes it so different is the emphasis Grabhorn gives to “feeling” and how to “open your valve” to what you want to have happen. The book is easy to read, and provides great tips and advice. Her Thirty Days to Breakthrough chapter is a must-read for working with the LoA.


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Nicolas Charlet

“Money Master The Game” by Anthony Robbins

Money Master The Game is an excellent read for anyone looking to master their finances and their lifestyle. 

I love this book because it not only features excellent and simply-explained tactics for building up your financial freedom. It goes beyond and integrates life skills and mindset tricks to see your world in a whole new way.

Tony Robbins, the author, is a master peak performance coach and has mastered all there is to master from a human experience. He provides a phenomenal breakdown of how to create a powerful lifestyle.

Highly recommend this one. 


Josh Medeski

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Josh Medeski

“Getting Things Done” by David Allen

Getting Things Done by David Allen. It’s a wholistic and timeless methodology that can be understood in a few hours, but takes a lifetime to master. It was also one of the first self help books that really got me excited about improving my life through a systematic approach to productivity.


Andrea Guevara

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“Fearless Living” by Rhonda Britten

One of my top choices is Fearless Living by Rhonda Britten. The premise that most of our decision-making is based in subconscious fears was life-changing. Though I resisted at first, it changed my life. Now over a decade later, I still use the tools for taking risks, releasing expectations, and moving past fears.


Mara Enid

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Mara Enid

“The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield

My favorite book on self-development is The Celestine Prophecy. It’s the book that got me on the self-development path and taught me how to go within for guidance and look to signs and synchronicity to help to propel my life forward. It’s different from other self-development books because it uses fiction to entertain the reader while sharing the important insights.

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