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Want to transform your life and find more balance and meaning while being inspired? These are the personal development books to start with. They’re classics!
Personal development doesn’t have to be boring and difficult. It can be exciting, eye-opening and very entertaining. These are my favorite personal development books that I can read over and over a gain. They’re classics!
When it comes to personal development my motto has always been: “I read all the self-development books so my friends don’t have to.”
I’ve always loved reading and learning new hacks and techniques and some of my friends and even co-workers used to come to me when they had some problem that needed some clarity. They knew that I either had a solution from some awesome book or I would find it for them. And while doing that I read and re-read a lot of books from the personal development category.
But out of everything I’ve read, these 5 books are my all time favorites and I recommend them and quote them over and over again.
5 best personal development books (of all time)
These 5 books are THE books to read if you’re starting your personal development journey, but they’re also THE books that you can read and re-read over and over again.
So here we go! The 5 personal development books of all time you should read first! (They’re not in any order, because they’re all just too good to compete with each other.)
Psst! I also made you a pretty printable so that you can start keeping track of all the books that you’re reading.
After reading this book you’ll never resist the change again. And I mean NEVER.
Way under 100 pages with pictures.
Fast-read. Fast results. Irresistible. Eye-opening. Fun.
And did I mention it’s about mice?
Buy the book >>> Who Moved My Cheese
Wow! What a book.
I still haven’t complete finished it. And I started to read it a long time a go. It just takes me so long to digest.
But this is those kinds of books that you need to take your time with. Read a little. Think a little. Make some changes. Read a little and think a little and make some more changes. And continue… for the rest of your life.
Buy the book >>> Ask And It Is Given
Can’t be described has to be read to understand.
Will. Transform. Your. Life. Trust me.
Btw. When I was first reading this I thought it was a story about a real person. Well, it wasn’t. How embarressed was I to realize that. I had already been telling about the book to others. But because of this book and it’s teachings, I feel so centered and self-accepting that I can share this (embarrassing) story here.
Buy the book >>> The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
This classic has saved my relationship and reunited me and my hubby numerous times.
The original and always entertaining.
Has an answer to all questions you’ll ever have about your relationship.
You just might not like the answers, but you’ll get over them after you see the results.
Note! I like to read this book without thinking so much that women are certain way and men the other. Sometimes I find myself from the things that are for the martians. And that’s ok. The main point is to understand that you and your significant other might handle things differently and respect the other even though their choices and habits might be difficult to understand.
Buy the book >>> Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
I don’t know if others consider this book a personal development book, but this book has changed me the most. And every time for the better.
This is THE book to take with you on a deserted island.
It has all the life lessons you’ll ever need, disguised in short simple stories.
This book needs to be digested for years. The layers are endless. And it WILL make you cry.
If books would be vegetables, this would be an ONION.
Buy the book >>> The Little Prince
Which personal development book should you read first?
I would always start with The Little Prince.
If you are resisting change, or you have to deal with someone who is, then read about the mice and the cheese.
If you want better relationship with your significant other, then check out the Mars and Venus book (but remember to be open minded.)
And if you’re ready for your life to completely change, then go with Robin Sharma’s book.
And after reading all those others you’re ready to the Ask and It Is given book.
With that said, those are just recommendations. Any self-development book you pick up and read is great. Because in that moment you’ve already started your personal growth journey.
A printable book tracker
The pretty printable book tracker is a perfect addition to your planner or you can use it as-is. This might be a good way of tracking books in your book club if you’re part of one!
The book tracker is US letter size and it comes in 3 different colors. It has a place to write down the name of the author, the title of the book, the month and the year you read it (either when you started or when you finished the book) and then you can rate the book with a simple 3-start scale – bad, good/ok, excellent.
The printable booktracker looks like this:
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