Personal Development Books

Personal Development Books

recommended reading list of personal development books:

Productivity, Time Management, Effectiveness

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (personal effectiveness)
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen (workflow and productivity)
  • Simple Rules by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt (taming complexity)
  • Maximum Achievement and Time Power by Brian Tracy (time management)
  • The Now Habit by Neil Fiore (overcoming procrastination)
  • Organizing From the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern (getting organized)
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths and StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Marcus Buckingham (finding your strengths)
  • Master Your Workday Now by Michael Linenberger (daily workflow, book review)
  • Is Your Genius at Work? by Dick Richards (finding your genius, book review)
  • The Power of Less by Leo Babauta (personal effectiveness through simple habits)
  • Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman (optimism)
  • Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers (overcoming procrastination)
  • Raise your voice by Santosh Pandey
  • 21 ways to fund your destiny by Santosh Pandey

Business, Success, Wealth

  • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle (greatness)
  • Little Bets by Peter Sims (turning small failures into big wins)
  • The Pumpkin Plan by Michael Michalowicz (counter-intuitive strategy for growing a business)
  • The Innovator’s DNA by Jeff Dyer et al (disruptive innovation)
  • The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman (business basics)
  • The Type-Z Guide to Success With Ease and The Millionaire Course by Marc Allen (wealth alignment, Type-Z Guide review, Marc Allen interview)
  • Small Time Operator by Bernard B. Kamoroff (starting a small business)
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (wealth)
  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur by Bill Murphy (business success)
  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs (presentation skills)
  • Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber (history of debt and money)
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu (slaughtering your enemy efficiently)
  • The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene (ensuring your enemy doesn’t slaughter you first)
  • The Psychology of Winning by Denis Waitley (victory)
  • Stein on Writing by Sol Stein (writing skills)
  • Manifesting for Non-Gurus by Robert MacPhee (clarifying and experiencing your desires)

Consciousness, Awareness, Spirituality

  • Lucid Dreaming and Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge (lucid dreaming)
  • Ask and It Is Given, The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent, and The Vortex by Esther and Jerry Hicks (manifesting intentions)
  • Power vs. Force by David Hawkins (levels of consciousness)
  • The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (consciousness and awareness)
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra (manifesting intentions)
  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield (consciousness and awareness)
  • Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman (inner peace)
  • Cosmic Trigger Vol I, Vol II, and Vol III by Robert Anton Wilson (weird doesn’t begin to describe it)
  • The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard (awareness and forgiveness)
  • Far Journeys by Robert Monroe (astral projection)

Meaning, Purpose, Philosophy

  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (wisdom)
  • The Warrior Within by John Little (Bruce Lee’s philosophy)
  • As You Think aka As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (power of thought)
  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu (wisdom)
  • Life on Purpose by Dr. Brad Swift (discovering your purpose, book review)
  • There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, The Power of Intention, and Inspiration by Wayne Dyer (spiritual problem solving, finding your purpose)
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (finding meaning in the Holocaust)
  • Freedom by Adam Kokesh (free book on liberating yourself from enslavement)
  • A Child Called It, The Lost Boy, and A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer (abuse and recovery)
  • Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff (cultivating unconditional happiness and inner peace)
  • Re-Create Your Life by Morty Lefkoe (overcoming limiting beliefs, also see The Lefkoe Method)


  • Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay, When Good People Have Affairs, and I Love You But I Don’t Trust You by Mira Kirshenbaum (outstanding books on diagnosing relationship issues)
  • Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá (one of the best books on human sexuality)
  • The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman (love strategies)
  • Opening Up by Tristan Taormino (open relationships and polyamory)
  • Open by Jenny Block (one woman’s journey from monogamy to open marriage)
  • The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton (ethical polyamory)
  • Spiritual Polyamory by Mystic Life (relationships and unconditional love)
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (social skills)
  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg (communication)
  • Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray (male-female communication)
  • Should I Stay or Go? by Lee Raffel (healing vs. ending relationships)
  • Uncoupling by Diane Vaughan (how relationships end)

Biographies, Memoirs

  • The Pixar Touch by David A. Price (Pixar story)
  • Super Mario by Jeff Ryan (Nintendo story)
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (personal effectiveness)
  • Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick (adventures of a notorious hacker)
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes (delightful memoirs of the making of The Princess Bride)
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Holocaust story)
  • True Strength by Kevin Sorbo (Kevin Sorbo bio)
  • iWoz by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith (Steve Wozniak bio)
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs bio)
  • Masters of Doom by David Kushner (id Software story)
  • Losing the Signal by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff (rise and fall of Blackberry)
  • Genius by James Gleick (Richard Feynman bio)


  • The China Study by T. Colin Campbell (health, book review)
  • Spark by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman (mental benefits of cardio exercise)
  • You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren (bodyweight exercises)
  • Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzler (tough 30-day fitness trial)
  • Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn (heart health)
  • Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution by John Robbins (health and ethical food choices)
  • Eat and Run by Scott Jurek (endurance training)
  • The Sunfood Diet Success System by David Wolfe (raw food diet)
  • The 80/10/10 Diet by Douglas Graham (low-fat raw food diet)
  • Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman (why a cattle rancher stopped eating animals)
  • The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion by Pete Egoscue (pain-free structural alignment)
  • Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins (laughter as medicine)

Mental Development

  • The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne (develop a superior memory)
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (mental clarity)
  • Your Brain at Work by David Rock (useful brain research)
  • The Social Animal by David Brooks (social aspects of the brain)
  • Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain (visualization exercises)
  • Brain Building in Just 12 Weeks by Marilyn vos Savant (boosting intelligence, mental clarity)
  • The Tipping Point and Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (social and mental phenomena)
  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom (Will we become immortal or extinct?)


    • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (history of the Mongol empire)
    • From Yao to Mao by Kenneth J. Hammond (Chinese history)
    • Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary (Islamic history)
    • Spycraft by Robert Wallace et al (history of spy tech)
    • The Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hager (fascinating story of scientific discovery)
  • Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman (history of the Bible)


  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman (inconceivably fun)
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (great sci-fi novel, better than the movie)
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (an important book to grok)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (eminently quotable fun)
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (the insanity of social conditioning)
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (the insanity of war)
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles (darkness of adolescence)
  • Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (grandiose classics)
  • Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony (fascinating fiction series): On a Pale Horse (Death), Bearing an Hourglass (Time), With a Tangled Skein (Fate), Wielding a Red Sword (War), Being a Green Mother (Nature), For Love of Evil (Satan), And Eternity (God)
  • The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer (the Trojan War and classic Greek mythology)
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (stranded boys turn into savages)
  • Mark Twain: Four Complete Novels by Mark Twain (a true literary genius)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (outgrowing your old self

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