So, you’ve decided that today is the day. No more being average, no more time wasting, and no more living below your potential. Today is the day that you start kicking ass, hustling, and taking names. Except there’s one problem: now that you have made “the” decision, where do you start?
Today I review 5 books that have greatly helped me in my personal growth journey, especially at the beginning when I had no clue how to even better myself. For each book, I will made sure to add a direct link to Amazon, that way you add any or all of these amazing books to your library as well! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are many books that could have easily made this list, so in the comment section below, tell us your top five personal growth books, because we are always looking for new book ideas, as well as ways to add additional value to our readers. So without further ado, here they are!
This was one of the first books I picked up when I began what I would call my personal growth journey. The thing that I loved most about this book, was the fact that it gave me permission to dream again. So often, we are told that we should “get our head out of the clouds”, or “face reality” when this book told me the complete opposite. Dr. Schwartz hits on some key areas in this book about ways to help you create that dream for your life.
He talks about your attitude, and how people are attracted to a person who smiles and has an overall positivity about their life. Additionally, he discusses dressing for success, as well as keeping your moral compass in alignment. For me, the greatest thing he talks about however is believing in yourself. You have to believe that no matter what people say, what life throws are you, that you can do it.
A classic, and a must read for any business owner, entrepreneur, or anyone looking to create any personal growth. The principles that this book teaches will not only make you are better business owner, but will also make you a better person, and a better friend.
He talks about the value of a smile, and how people mirror what they see. So when someone sees you smile at them, their natural reaction is to smile back. Not rocket science, but it’s funny how we will get wrapped up in our lives, our issues, our problems, that we forget there is a whole world of other people around us.
My favorite chapter in the book is when he talks about the value of listening, of being genuinely interested in what the other person is saying. How do we learn anything? From someone else! Whether it is a book, a YouTube video, or a face to face interaction, anything new is learned through people. Which means that everyone out there is the world can teach us something, which is an amazing thought when you stop and think about it!
Wondering how to become successful? Wonder no more! Napoleon Hill has done all the work for you by interviewing 500 of the most successful people in the world during his life. The 13 habits he writes about are the common habits he encountered over his time with these 500 successful people.
The main habit I took away from this book is the power of your mind. You are what you think. Therefore, he talks about “hacking” your subconscious and using what he calls autosuggestion to create a successful reality in your mind. Gone are those thoughts of fear, inadequacy, and failure. They are now replaced with thoughts of positivity, success, and abundance.
Another powerful message in his book has to do with goal setting and your plan of action. First, you must decide where in life you want to go. Second, you must then map your actions so that they reflect where you want to go. Powerful stuff!
Lastly, he talks about having what he calls a mastermind group. I see this and immediately think of mentorship. We all want to get somewhere in life, and why not have someone who’s already gotten there in our corner, help us navigate the in’s and out’s of what it took to get there.
4. Any book about creating habits in your life
Okay I know I know. I cheated on #4, but here’s the thing: there are so many amazing books on how to develop positive habits and cut out negative ones in your life, that I couldn’t choose just one!
You are what you repeatedly do. You show me a person’s habits, and I will show you their future. So often we find ourselves slipping into habits that may not necessarily be bad, but that aren’t getting us any closer to achieve the goals and dreams we have for our lives. Implementing new habits in our lives can take up to 21 days, which is why I am a big believer in tracking your habits till they become automatic. This also works for bad habits as well. The key is to take it one day at a time, always remembering your why. Why do I want to implement this habit into my life? Why do I want to get rid of this negative habit in my life?
If there would be anything you take away from this blog, it would be to assess your daily habits, and see if they are taking you closer to where you want to go, or further away.
- “High Performance Habits” by Brendon Buchard
- “Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy
- “Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson
- “Millionaire Success Habits” by Dean Graziosi
- “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey
- “Atomic Habits” by James Clear
No doubt you’ve seen Simon Sinek’s talks, and if you haven’t, I highly suggest that you do a YouTube search and prepare to have your mind blown! In his amazing book he talks about discovering your why. Why do you do what you do?
He ultimately says that emotion will trump reason every time. He uses Apple as a great example of this. They start off telling us why they make the products they do, and why they are here, then they go into the how they go about doing that, and finally the what which is the product they offer. He calls this the “golden circle” and it is a great method to use when deciding what actions you want to take for your future. Start with asking yourself why, become inspired, then figure out how you are going to get there and what it will take