10 books to read for personal development

Books for Personal Development

A wise man once said to me “Whatever you see and hear consistently, over time will enter your heart and whatever enters your heart runs your life.”

Enough emphasis cannot be placed on the need to continually improve ourselves and this can only be done by learning from the experience and insights of others. Therein lies the beauty of books; You don’t have to live at the same time as the author or have a personal relationship with them for them to change your life.

Most of these books have helped change my thinking and improve my mindset, the others have been recommended by people who know what’s up and i hope to read them soon. A lot of these books are less than 100 pages and i  found places you can read them free of charge. I hope you’ll take advantage and read at least one of them, it’ll be worth your time, I promise. Enjoy!

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

 “A part of all I earn is mine to keep.’ Say it in the morning when you first arise. Say it at noon. Say it at night. Say it each hour of every day. Say it to yourself until the words stand out like letters of fire across the sky.”

Beloved by millions, this timeless classic holds the key to all you desire and everything you wish to accomplish. This is the book that reveals the secret to personal wealth. Countless readers have been helped by the famous Babylonian parables, hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth. In language as simple as that found in the Bible, these fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys.

Acclaimed as a modern-day classic, this celebrated bestseller offers an understanding of and a solution to your personal financial problems that will guide you through a lifetime. This is the book that holds the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money and using your money to earn more money.

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As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”

Literally a blueprint on living, this little gem serves as a course of action for approaching life in a meaningful manner. AS A MAN THINKETH contains practical philosophy for successful living, and has awakened millions to the discovery and perception of the truth

Weaving his way through the inner dynamics the human psyche, James Allen shows us what we already intuitively know: how changing ones’ mind-set can improve one’s circumstances – no matter how difficult. Written in a succinct, easy-to-digest style, AS A MAN THINKETH is a valuable tool for anyone serious about achieving a purpose-filled life.

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Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

 “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”

A War is Raging. Your Mind Is the Battlefield.

Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If you suffer from negative thoughts, take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles. In her most popular bestseller ever, the beloved author and minister shows you how to change your life by changing your minds.

She teaches you how to deal with thousands of thoughts you have every day and how to focus your mind to think the way God thinks. And she shares the trials, tragedies, and ultimate victories from her own marriage, family, and ministry that led her to wondrous, life-transforming truth–and reveals her thoughts and feelings every step of the way.

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The Second Revolution by Sam Adeyemi

“When you blame someone else for your situation, you transfer the responsibility for your success to that person.”

If like me, you have wondered why some individuals and even whole nations are locked in a cycle of failure and underdevelopment. Why many countries that attained independence from their colonial masters are still impoverished after decades, this book is for you.

As you read, you will discover how:

  • Oppression progresses from your environment to your mind.
  • Long after oppression leaves, you can still behave like a victim.
  • Slavery and colonialism breed victim mentality; poverty; mediocrity and irresponsibility.
  • To break free from the mindset of slavery and embrace true freedom.
  • To lead your nation to freedom.

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”

Think and Grow Rich is a timeless classic and should be read by students of business, people with entrepreneurial spirit, and anybody who is interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals. Think and Grow Rich, first published in 1937, took more than twenty years of research to compile. Napoleon Hill was a journalist and writer who later served as an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1936. His big break came with his interview of Andrew Carnegie in 1908. Intrigued by Carnegie’s assertion that the path to success could be broken down into a simple yet comprehensive formula, Hill accepted Carnegie’s challenge to study and interview more than five hundred extremely successful individuals to determine to what they owed their vast achievements.

This masterwork identifies thirteen principles that every person should adopt if they are serious about achieving success—all are empirically based in the aforementioned decades of research. Hill has synthesized what wealthy and/or exceptionally successful individuals have in common. This classic guide is one of the bestselling books of all time, having sold twenty million copies by Hill’s death in 1970. With razor focus, desire, persistence, and perseverance you too can join the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Andrew Carnegie. This book has guided many to success, and has sold millions of copies for nearly three-quarters of a century.

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Attitude is Everything by Keith Harrell

“The next time you are faced with a difficult challenge, focus on staying positive. Remember that your setbacks can be setups for even greater opportunities.”

This is an enlightening, inspiring, and practical guide for gaining control of your career and your life by ridding yourself of negative attitudinal baggage, building positive attitudes, and then turning them into actions to help you achieve your dreams.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R.Covey

“…to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

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The Etiquette Advantage: Rules for the Business Professional by June Hines Moore

“Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned manners…”

Even in a dog-eat-dog world, you should still know which fork to use.From proper grooming to proper attire, from dealing with foreign clients to dealing with the caterer, knowing the dos and don’ts of etiquette in the workplace is imperative for a successful business person.

In the midst of a marketplace that has abandoned its social graces, it is the responsibility of the mature Christian to act with propriety and kindness. June H. Moore, a businesswoman and believer, teaches corporate Christians how to behave commendably, respecting their fellow workers even in the ferocious world of commerce.

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

“It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position. ”

What would happen if a top expert with more than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life.

John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. The result is a revealing study of leadership delivered as only a communicator like Maxwell can.

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The Introverted Leader: Building on your quiet strength by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler PhD

“Because introverts tend to be more laid back, their insights, ideas, and solutions can fly under the radar.”

In our extroverted business culture, introverts can feel excluded, overlooked, or misunderstood. But being an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t be a great leader. Citing examples of highly successful leaders like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, Jennifer Kahnweiler shows that introverts can build on their quiet strength and make it a source of great power.

After highlighting the common challenges introverts face at work, such as stress, invisibility, and perception gaps, the book details a straightforward four-step process to handle work situations such as managing up, leading projects, public speaking, and many more. Kahnweiler provides numerous examples and leadership tips as well as a revealing Introverted Leader Quiz that pinpoints where focused attention will produce maximum results, The Introverted Leader will teach you to embrace your natural work style in order to advance your career, get the most out of the people around you, and add value to your organization.

Are you familiar with any of these books? Tell me how they helped you. 🙂

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  1. Before opening the post I knew richest man of Babylon would make the cut . Started it and left it half way. Will def go through it again.
    Thanks for sharing and for the links too.

  2. Man!!” This books are loaded. I have read them except the “introvert leader and business etiquette”. Would surely add it to my reading list of book to get.
    Thanks for sharing