One of the most rewarding and powerful ways to learn and grow is through books. As an avid reader and personal growth and development enthusiast, I’ve delved into countless books that have transformed my life. In this blog post, I’m excited to share the top books that have given me the best investment return. So whether you’re just starting your journey of personal growth or looking to take your life to the next level, these books will inspire, educate, and transform you.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.Mahatma Gandhi
My top personal growth and development books
1. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is a well-known success coach, author, and speaker who has helped millions achieve their goals. In “The Success Principles”, Canfield shares 64 principles he has used to help people succeed personally and professionally. The book is divided into six sections, each covering a different aspect of success, including personal development, relationships, and money.
My take-home message:
The Success Principles reiterates the importance of taking responsibility for our lives. Canfield emphasizes that we have the power to choose our thoughts, feelings, and actions and that by doing so, we can create the life we want.
2. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie is one of the most influential self-help authors of all time. In How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, he provides practical advice for overcoming worry and anxiety. The book is based on interviews with successful people who have overcome fear and scientific research on the topic.
My take-home message:
I love this book so much that I read or listen to it at least once yearly.
One of the key takeaways from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living is the importance of focusing on the present moment. Carnegie encourages readers to take action in the present rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.
3. How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Another classic by Dale Carnegie, “How to Make Friends and Influence People”, is a must-read for anyone who wants to improve their social skills. The book provides practical advice on how to build relationships, communicate effectively, and influence others.
Take-home message: One of the key takeaways from How to Make Friends and Influence People is the importance of showing genuine interest in others.
Carnegie concludes, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
I also learnt essential tips for boosting my confidence.
4. Public Speaking for Success by Dale Carnegie
Public speaking is one of the most common fears, but it is also an essential skill for success in many areas of life. In Public Speaking for Success, Dale Carnegie provides practical advice for overcoming fear and delivering effective speeches.
One of the key takeaways from Public Speaking for Success is the importance of preparation. Carnegie emphasizes that the most influential speeches are well-rehearsed and well-organized.
If you want to improve your public speaking skills, you should consider joining Toastmasters.
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a bestseller self-help book by Stephen Covey that provides practical tips for personal and professional success. The book is divided into seven habits, each focusing on personal growth and development.
One of the key takeaways from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the importance of proactivity and taking responsibility for our lives. In addition, Covey emphasizes that we have the power to choose our responses to life’s challenges and that by focusing on our circle of influence, we can achieve tremendous success and happiness.
6. The Leader Without a Title by Robin Sharma
Robin Sharma’s book, “The Leader Without a Title”, is a powerful guide for anyone who wants to lead a life of purpose and impact. The book provides practical advice on conducting yourself, influencing others, and making a difference. Sharma emphasizes the importance of owning your life and becoming a leader, regardless of your position or title. He provides numerous examples of individuals who have successfully adopted this mindset.
Key take-home message:
You don’t need a title or position to be a leader. Leadership is a mindset, and anyone can lead from where they are.
7. The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma
Another book by Robin Sharma, “The 5 AM Club”, is a must-read for anyone who wants to maximize their productivity and achieve their goals. The book provides a step-by-step guide on how to wake up at 5 AM every day and use the first hour for personal growth, learning, and exercise. Sharma argues that the early morning is the most productive time of the day and that we can achieve more by utilizing this time.
Key take-home message:
Early morning is the most productive time of the day, according to the findings described in this book. Waking up early and using the first hour of the day for personal growth can help you achieve your goals.
8. The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
The “Laws of Human Nature” by Robert Greene is a comprehensive guide to understanding human behaviour and psychology. The book profoundly explains the factors that drive human behaviour, such as emotions, motivation, and social influence. In addition, Greene provides many examples from history and literature to illustrate his points, making the book informative and engaging.
Key take-home message:
Understanding human behaviour and psychology is essential for personal growth and effective leadership.
9. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a classic self-help book by Napoleon Hill that provides practical advice for achieving financial success. The book is based on interviews with successful people, including Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. It provides a blueprint for attaining wealth and success.
One of the key takeaways from Think and Grow Rich is the importance of mindset and the power of positive thinking. Hill emphasizes that we can succeed in any area of life by visualizing our goals, believing in ourselves, and taking nonstop action.
10. Mastery by Robert Greene
Mastery by Robert Greene is a book that provides a roadmap for achieving mastery in any field. Greene emphasizes the importance of deliberate practice, mentorship, and learning from failures. He gives numerous examples of individuals who have mastered various areas, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, and Benjamin Franklin.
Key take-home message:
Mastery requires deliberate practice, mentorship, and learning from failures. Anyone can achieve mastery in their chosen field by adopting these principles.
11. Man’search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Man’s search for meaning is a memoir by Viktor Frankl that provides a powerful account of life in a Nazi concentration camp. The book is divided into two parts, the first detailing FrFrankl’sxperiences in the camp and the second providing his philosophical perspective on life and meaning.
One of the key takeaways from MaMan’search for Meaning is the importance of finding meaning and purpose in life, even in the most challenging circumstances. Frankl emphasizes that by finding meaning, we can overcome adversity and find greater fulfilment and happiness in life.
12. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a fictional story by Robin Sharma that provides practical advice for living a more fulfilling life. The book follows the story of a successful lawyer who leaves his job to embark on a spiritual journey.
One of the key takeaways from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is the importance of mindfulness and living in the present moment. The book emphasizes slowing down, practising self-reflection, and cultivating inner peace.
13. Who Will Cry When You Die by Robin Sharma
Who Will Cry When You Die a book by Robin Sharma that provides practical advice for living a more fulfilling life. The book is divided into 101 short chapters, each providing a different piece of advice.
The importance of living a purpose-driven life. Sharma encourages readers to find their passion, pursue it, and focus on positively impacting the world.
14. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now is a spiritual guidebook by Eckhart Tolle that provides practical advice for living in the present moment. The book emphasizes the importance of letting go of negative thoughts, accepting the present moment, and finding inner peace.
One of the key takeaways from The Power of Now is the importance of mindfulness and the practice of being fully present in the moment. Tolle emphasizes that we can find greater peace, happiness, and fulfilment by focusing on the present.
The above books have had a profound impact on my personal and professional growth, and they have the potential to do the same for anyone on a journey of personal growth. Each book provides practical advice and insights on personal development, from overcoming worry and anxiety to finding meaning and purpose in life.
By incorporating the lessons from these books into our daily lives, we can achieve tremendous success, happiness, and fulfilment. I hope you find these books as helpful as I did.
Have you read any of the books above? What are your best books for personal growth and development?
I would love to hear your thoughts.
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Odii Nkemakolam Rex says
Thank You very much Sir for this list of life building books. I read a number of them before, I will buy the other ones. Thanks.
David Onu says
Hello Nkemakolam, I’m so happy you found my top list of personal growth books helpful. Do well to spread the message to your network, and join my free subscriber list to receive notifications about my new posts in your inbox. Thanks.