Personal Development

Personal Development

Start with Why
by Simon Sinek

In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn, inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY — the third most popular TED video of all time.

Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? It all starts with why!


7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Steven Covey

This is one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations. Learn how to develop habits that will change your life.

I’ll continue to post what I consider to be transformational books, so check back often for additional suggestions. You can also click here to see a more comprehensive (and growing) list of titles that can help you scale up your business.


The Answer
by John Assaraf and Murray Smith

New York Times bestselling author John Assaraf and business guru Murray Smith—two hugely successful entrepreneurs—combine forces to bring their insights and techniques together in a revolutionary guide for success in today’s business environment. They employ cutting-edge research into brain science and quantum physics to show how leaders can actually rewire their brains for success. They demonstrate the beliefs, habits, thoughts, and actions that they have used to build eighteen multimillion-dollar companies.




How Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie

One of the most groundbreaking and timeless best sellers of all time, Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. How to Win Friends & Influence People focuses on:

-Six ways to make people like you

-Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking

-Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment


The SPEED of TRUST: The One Thing That Changes Everything
by Stephen M .R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill

Stephen M.R. Covey shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients and, employees—is essential to a successful organization. In fact, Covey postulates that trust is the essential ingredient for any high–performance, successful organization. The Speed of Trust offers an unprecedented and practical look at exactly how trust functions in every transaction and relationship. It also discusses how to establish trust immediately so that you and your organization can avoid bureaucratic check–and–balance processes that are so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.




Crucial Conversations
by Stephen M .R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill

The first edition of Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to:

  • Prepare for high-stakes situations
  • Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue
  • Make it safe to talk about almost anything
  • Be persuasive, not abrasive

Steven Covey says Crucial Conversations, “draws our attention to those defining moments that literally shape our lives, our relationships, and our world. . . . This book deserves to take its place as one of the key thought leadership contributions of our time.”


As Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul®, “The quality of your life comes out of the quality of your dialogues and conversations. Here’s how to instantly uplift your crucial conversations.”


The Oz Principles
by Roger Connors and Tom Smith

At the core of the authors’ message is the idea that when people take personal ownership of their organization’s goals and accept responsibility for their own performance, they become more invested and work at a higher level to ensure not only their own success but everyone’s. Now more than ever, The Oz Principle is vital to anyone charged with obtaining results. It is a must have, must read, and must apply classic business book.

QBQ: The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life
by John Miller and Kristin E. Lindeen

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, addresses the most important issue in business and society today: personal accountability. A lack of personal accountability has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining, and procrastination. No organization-or individual-can achieve goals, compete in the marketplace, fulfill a vision, or develop people and teams without personal accountability. Instead of asking questions such as, “Who dropped the ball?” “Why can’t they do their work properly?” this book encourages questions along the lines of “How can I improve this situation?” “What can I contribute?” or “How can I make a difference?” It also provides a method for putting personal accountability into daily action, which can bring astonishing results: problems get solved, barriers come down, service improves, teamwork grows, and people adapt to change

The New One Minute Manager
by Ken Blanchard
For decades, The One Minute Manager® has helped millions achieve more successful professional and personal lives. While the principles it lays out are timeless, our world has changed drastically since the book’s initial publication. The exponential rise of technology, global flattening of markets, instant communication, and pressures on corporate workforces to do more with less are all things that have dramatically changed the business world. Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson have written The New One Minute Manager to introduce the book’s powerful, important lessons to a new generation.
Now Discover Your Strengths
by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton

How can you develop your strengths if you aren’t even aware of them? Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, Chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder® Profile. This book contains a unique identification number that allows you access to the StrengthsFinder Profile on the Internet. This Web-based interview analyzes your instinctive reactions and immediately presents you with your five most powerful signature themes. This book will show you how to leverage them for powerful results at three levels: for your own development, for your success as a manager, and for the success of your organization.


Strength Finder 2.0
by Tom Rath

All too often in the business world, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions to discover their top five talents. StrengthsFinder 2.0 unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes. Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself—and the world around you—forever.


Emotional Intelligence 2.0
by Travis Bradberry

In today’s fast-paced world of competitive workplaces and turbulent economic conditions, leaders are searching for effective tools that can help them manage, adapt, and strike out ahead of the pack. It’s no secret the emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your success. But knowing what EQ is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ via four, core EQ skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential. Patrick Lencioni, author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, says, “This book can drastically change the way you think about success…read it twice.”




The Flipside
by Dr. Flip Flippen

Flip Flippen has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people—from business leaders like Jack Welch and Mark McCormack (founder of IMG), to sports figures like Terry Bradshaw and NASCAR drivers, to the 150,000 people who trained with his company, The Flippen Group.

The vast majority of Flip’s trainees find themselves asking, “How can I accomplish more in my life, both personally and professionally?” and “How can I get better/go further/be happier in the time I have left?” His Personal Constraint Theory helps them zero in on their primary self-sabotaging behavior and actually turn it into their greatest asset.

What if, instead of focusing on the things you already do well, you knew how to honestly identify those habitual behaviors that continually get in your way and prevent you from really succeeding? These weaknesses (or “personal constraints”) are what keep you from success. Correct these behaviors and you’ll see a dramatic surge in productivity



The 4-Hour Workweek
by Tim Ferriss

The concept of retirement (and the rest of the deferred-life plan) is outdated. There is no need to wait for retirement.  In fact, in unpredictable economic times there is every reason not to. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweekis the blueprint for achieving your goals.  You’ll discover:

  • How the author went from earning $40,000 per year (working 80 hours per week) to earning $40,000 per month (with a 4-hour workweek)
  • How to outsource parts of your life to overseas virtual assistants for just $5 per hour (freeing you up for other pursuits)
  • How to eliminate 50% of your work within 48 hours by applying the principles of a forgotten Italian economist

• How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”


Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor Frankel

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a “book that made a difference in your life” found Man’s Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.



Smarter, Faster, Better
by Charles Duhigg

At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently—they view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways. Productivity relies on making certain choices. The way we frame our daily decisions; the big ambitions we embrace and the easy goals we ignore; the cultures we establish as leaders to drive innovation; the way we interact with data: These are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive. Learn to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done without sacrificing what you care about most—to become smarter, faster, and better at everything you do.


The Slight Edge
by Jeff Olson

The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to success. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. This approach shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you. The Slight Edge is “the key” that will make all the other how-to books and self-help information that you read, watch and hear actually work.




Purpose Driven Life
by Rick Warren

Rick Warren begins with the assumption that you are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever! Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. The Purpose Driven Lifeis a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century—a lifestyle based on God’s eternal purposes, not cultural values. Rick Warren offers wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come.



The 10X Rule
by Grant Cardone

Most business people only operate with three options: Action/no action, retreat, or normal action (“business-as-usual”). Those options will only lead to ordinary results at best. Extreme success is, by definition, outside the realm of normal action. If you want extreme success you must understand the coveted 4th degree of action, know as the 10 X Rule, which is the principle of “Massive Action,” allowing you to blast through business clichés and risk-aversion while taking concrete steps to reach your dreams. You can behave like everyone else and settle for average results, or you can remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success.




Awaken the Giant Within
by Tony Robins

Wake up and take control of your life! From the bestselling author of Inner Strength,Unlimited Power, and MONEY Master the Game, Anthony Robbins, the nation’s leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life. The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.




The Magic of Thinking Big
by David Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction—but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. This book gives you those secrets! Believe you can succeed and you will: Cure yourself of the fear of failure; Think and dream creatively; Discover you are what you think you are; Make your attitudes your allies; Learn how to think positively; Turn defeat into victory; Use goals to help you grow; Think like a leader.




The Power of Habit
by Charles Duhigg

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. From the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.




Think and Grow Rich
by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” The most famous of all teachers about success spent “a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort” to produce the “Law of Success” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill drew on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth.


As a Man Thinketh
by James Allen

As a Man Thinketh (originally published in 1903) is now considered a classic work on self-development. The main idea of the book is that thoughts form a person: noble thoughts create a noble person; Low thoughts make a person low. The book illustrates the use of the power of thought to change human capabilities.

Quotes From As a Man Thinketh:

  • Men do not attract what they want, but what they are.
  • A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
  • Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these, if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built.
  • [While] Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, [they] are unwilling to improve themselves. They therefore remain bound.
  • Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought.
  • Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves.


The Seasons of Life
by Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn shows the parallels between life and the changing seasons. He helps readers realize that seasons willchange and that there are things they can do to utilize each seasons to maximize the rewards. It is based on the parable of the sower and the reaper and explores what to do in one season to ensure success in another season. Rohn covers topics such as:

  • The Cycles and Seasons of Life
  • The Effect of Environment on Circumstance
  • The Value of Attitudes
  • The Constant, Predictable Patter of Change
  • Seasons of Life (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)
  • Defeat: The Best Beginning