The 15 Best Personal Development Books

I read….A LOT.

Personal development is my favorite genre during the day. At night I stick to fiction (to change my mindset into a more relaxed state to get ready for a good night’s rest). While doing an online training today, I mentioned I keep a list of the books I read that have the highest impact….so of COURSE I’m going to share it with y’all! Here they are, in no particular order (cause that’s like picking your favorite child….):

15 Best books

  1. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis: Rachel has this way of talking like she’s your best friend. She’s real, she’s funny, she has a way of throwing in faith-based ideas occasionally without being preachy. Her tagline of “I built a multimillion dollar company with a high school diploma and a google search bar” is amazing.
  2. 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell: This is one of those books that I highlighted and underlined so much it would have been easier to underline the parts that we’re huge “ah-ha” moments. Please do yourself and read this, if it’s the only book you read on this list.
  3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey: as a person certified to teach the 7 Habits, I would be WAY off base if I didn’t include this one here. I think this book is on every.single.list for personal development I’ve ever seen. There’s a reason for that.
  4. High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard: Brendon’s books are SO dense and packed with useful information and ideas. It’s almost ridiculous how much you can get out of one of his books (and  put 3 on this list!) Make sure you have a notebook and pen with you while reading this one!
  5. Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard: Again, have a notebook and a pen….and a highlighter….
  6. The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard: This book is PERFECT for getting to know your audience and figuring out how to speak to them and present yourself in order to hit your highest effectiveness. Gold here, pure gold people.
  7. Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop: The title of this book really turned me off and I avoided reading it for quite some time, but I’m grateful I decided to dive in. There is some profanity in it, which is not my style at all, but the ideas in this book? AMAZING. It’s all about mindset and recognizing the thoughts we think and the words we speak have a direct affect on our daily lives. Read it.
  8. Living Forward by Michael Hyatt: I am a HUGE fan of goal setting and looking to the future. That’s what this book is about, really beginning with the end in mind. Love it.
  9. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: When I first read “Eat Pray Love” it kind of changed my life. Oh man, so good. Then she came out with a few other books that weren’t my style (to each his own people! it’s all good!) but then….then she wrote this! Need help being more creative? Giving yourself permission to take the jump? Read this
  10. 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss: Holy cow life changer. I didn’t read this book until years after it came out, but it changed my view on how much time and energy I put into my business and being more aware of where I WANT to spend my time and energy. There’s so many great tips and ideas in here, from daily scheduling, to retirement and even hiring virtual assistants etc.
  11. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes: Shonda wrote some of my absolute favorite shows (Greys Anatomy….Scandal….) and is a single mom to 3 girls. She is your typical workaholic mama. Her go to answer for everything was “no” for so long (and I can relate to that!) so she decided to change that for a year…and say “yes.” The book is a quick read with some great insights.
  12. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson: This is a very faith based book. If that’s not your thing, then that’s cool, but it’s mine! This book is about praying and about praying and asking for your dreams. It’s pretty amazing.
  13. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann: A great book about selflessness and paying it forward.
  14. The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte: This book is a completely different way of looking at your future. As opposed to naming what you want in the future, name how you want to FEEL in the future. What are the core feelings you want in your life in the future? It’s a workbook style (which I LOVE) and a life changer for sure.
  15. Talent is Never Enough by John C. Maxwell: This is the first John Maxwell book I ever read. And every page I just couldn’t get enough of these mind-blowing ideas that I could put into my life and see immediate changes. It’s a quick read and very valuable!

I would love to hear about your favorite personal development books,

please do share!

1 thought on “The 15 Best Personal Development Books

  1. Thanks for sharing! I’m always looking for great reads. My all time favorite Personal Development books are: think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill, all books by Jen Sincero, 12 rules of life by Jordan B Peterson, and Mindset by Carol Dweck.


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