Personal development books

Here are some personal development and life design books I recommend to study (by author, in alphabetical order)


David Allen – Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Being an achiever, you can easily use the time and self-management philosophy and solutions contained in this book to really get your things done.

Tags: productivity

Buy “Getting Things Done” at Amazon.com


Brendon Burchard – The Motivation Manifesto

It’s a beautifully written book on where to find, how to build and how to sustain your motivation.

Tags: motivation, life design

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Dale Carnegie – How To Win Friends And Influence People

It’s an almost one hundred years old classic on how to build great realtions with people. And great relations is step one to any influence.

Tags: relations, influence, leadership

Buy “How To Win Friends & Influence People” at Amazon.com


Robert Cialdini – Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion

You influence other people all the time. You’d better know how it works and how to use it. So that you benefit from it (and they, too).

Tags: influence

Buy “Influence: The Power of Persuasion” at Amazon.com


George S. Clason – The Richest Man In Babylon

It’s another classic on my reading list. It’s about some universal principles on how to become wealthy. “Wealthy” meaning much more than “rich.”

Tags: money, life design

Buy “The Richest Man In Babylon” at Amazon.com


Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

If I were to recommend one book in personal and professional development, it would be this one.

Tags: effectiveness, life design, personal change

Buy “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” at Amazon.com


Charles Duhigg – The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

You will find why I love this book here.

Tags: habits, personal change

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Hal Elrod – The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

Morning is the most effective time of the day … if you can make it so. This book will help you make most of it.

Tags: habits, life design

Buy “The Miracle Morning” at Amazon.com


Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish – How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

If you are a parent or a teacher, this book will help you understand why things don’t work between you and your kids. It will also help you develop new communication skills that will make a difference.

tags: parenting, communication

Buy “How To Talk…” at Amazon.com


Tim Ferris – The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

It’s an inspiration of how differently you can run you life (and your business).

Tags: life design, business

Buy “The 4-Hour Workweek” at Amazon.com


Marshall Goldsmith – What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

Here are my thoughts about the book and how it influenced me.

Tags: leadership, influence, habits

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Darren Hardy – The Compound Effect

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world.” – Albert Einstein

The compound effect is the big result of small everyday actions that multiply their effect over time. It’s up to you what quality of actions you will take and what quality results you will produce.

Tags: life design, habits

Buy “The Compound Effect” at Amazon.com


Napoleon Hill – Think And Grow Rich

Another classic on how to design a better self and better life. With “rich” referring not only to money but other aspects of a fulfilled life.

Tags: life design, self development

Buy “Think And Grow Rich” at Amazon.com


Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

It’s a must-read for set right mindset, vision and habits related to money management.

Tags: money

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Og Mandino – The Greatest Salesman in the World

Well… it’s not a set of selling techniques. It’s a though-provoking story about fundamentals of personal change and development. In sales and in life.

Tags: personal change, personal development

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Daniel Pink – Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

It’s is fascinating to understand how our (and other people’s) motivation works.

Tags: motivation, influence, leadership

Buy “Drive” at Amazon.com


Anthony Robbins – Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

It’s a classic of personal development. It’s long. It’s intense. It’s indispensable.

Whether it’s about your body, emotions or money, it’s a practical one-on-one coaching session with the #1 peak performance coach.

Tags: personal development, life design

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Jim Rohn – Five Major Pieces To The Life Puzzle

Yes, my life philosophy has been shaped to a great extent by this book. Besides philosophy, it is also about attitude, activity, results and lifestyle.

Tags: life design

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Gretchen Rubin – The Happiness Project

I wrote about the greatness of this book in this post.

Tags: happiness, habits, life design

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Shawn Stevenson – Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success

Do you like sleeping? Of course you do. Do you sleep well? Not necessarily.

You might not like all Shawn’s ways you can improve the quality of your sleep, but surely you will find some that will work with you. So that you sleep better. Good night 🙂

Tags: sleep, habits

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