7-amazing-personal-development-booksOK, I have to be honest with you. Not too many years ago, I had no use for personal development books. I thought that they were generally a waste of time, and basically full of old wives tales.

How I came to that conclusion is a long story. So I will spare you an E-Book right here and give you the very short version!

I was taught many things growing up. Hard work, honesty, integrity, and many great personality traits. However, proper self-esteem and learning to love myself for who I am was not included in that equation.

Several years ago though, through guidance from my dear wife, a close friend, and others, I began to see the necessity of personal development. I started by reading a book that another friend of mine had recommended to me, and thus my journey began.

It had been years since I had actually read through an entire book. I know, I know, that may seem absurd and maybe even a little foreign to you, especially if you are a book nerd, but it is the truth. I always had an excuse as to why I didn’t, but in reality it was simply based on my belief that it was a waste of my time.

So I began to read, a bit reluctantly at first, but soon became hooked! I read more books in the next 2 – 3 months after that, than I had read in my previous 10 years combined. I have since read quite a few books and would like to share some of my favorites with you.

These are books that have literally changed my relationships, the way I view myself, the way I view God, and even things like learning how to better relate with my kids. They have shaped the way I do business and interact with others. It is absolutely amazing what reading the proper material can do for a soul.

I have compiled a list below of some of my new favorites, and hope that they will benefit you as much as they have me!

1 ~ “Lead… for Gods Sake”, by Todd Gwonger

If you’ve ever asked yourself why you do what you do, or wondered what your purpose is in life, this book is for you.
The lives of an intensely-driven basketball coach, an ultra-successful CEO, and an unassuming janitor all intersect in this captivating parable about leadership, relationships, and the pursuit of success. An unforgettable story packed with profound truths, LEAD . . . for God’s Sake! will challenge you to think deeply about who you are as a leader, what success means to you, and why you do what you do. Whether you’re leading a business, a team, or your own family, this book is the first and most important step to becoming the leader you were meant to be.

2 ~ “How to Win Friends & Influence People”, by Dale Carnegie

For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.


* Three fundamental techniques in handling people

* The six ways to make people like you

* The twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking

* The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

3 ~ “Who Moved My Cheese”, by Spencer Johnson

Change has always been a huge deal to me. I never liked it, AT ALL!

With Who Moved My Cheese? Dr. Spencer Johnson teaches the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change – an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable.

Most people are fearful of change because they don’t believe they have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Spencer Johnson shows us that what matters most is the attitude we have about change.

4 ~ “Rich dad, Poor Dad”, by Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad—and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

5 ~ “Switch On Your Brain”, by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Supported by current scientific and medical research, Dr. Caroline Leaf gives readers a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology. She shares with readers the “switch” in our brains that enables us to live happier, healthier, more enjoyable lives where we achieve our goals, maintain our weight, and even become more intelligent. She shows us how to choose life, get our minds under control, and reap the benefits of a detoxed thought life.

6 ~ “The Circle Maker”, by Mark Batterson

According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, “Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker―a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

7 ~ “What to Say When You Talk to Yourself”, by Shad Helmstetter

Each of us is programmed from birth on, and as much as 75% or more of our programming may be negative or working against us. In this newly updated and revised eBook edition, Shad Helmstetter shows the reader how to erase and replace past mental programs with healthy, new programs that can be positively life-changing. Considered by many to be one of the most important and helpful personal growth books ever written.

So there it is, some of my top favorites to get you started on your reading journey. I hope that these books will change your life as much as they did mine.


~ Joe