A few weeks ago I wrote a short blog piece about the five best personal development books for beginners titled “I Don’t Need That Positive Crap!” It was to get people introduced to the subject in a simple way. I believe that one idea from these books can change a life. This is the next level for you personal development gurus. If you have progressed past the stigma of, “I don’t need this positivity ‘bull crap’”, then you are ready for these gems.
I believe these next five books are better understood once you’ve gotten a taste of personal development. These books will take you and your growth to the next level. As you develop you will learn more from these books and more about yourself, return to them again and again.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This titan is considered one of the greatest of all time. Napoleon Hill studied some of the most successful people in history for over twenty years before writing this book. Many of the top business and success gurus of today cite his book as their business bible. It is deep in its lessons, and I believe that now that you have some personal development under your belt it will change your financial destiny.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is another classic from the old country. It was written a number of years ago, but its principles are as true today as they were then. He cites famous people in history and stories on how to do exactly as the title reads: win friends and influence people. I don’t care what you do, influence, charisma, and likability are crucial to success in all areas of life. This book will teach you how to create rapport with new people faster and have better relationships with people you know.
- Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is incredible! He is one of the top personal development trainers and speakers in the world. This book is an amazing look at the science of becoming the best you can be. It dives deep into the psyche and will help you to make instant changes in your mind ,which in turn will change your life. Be careful, after you read this book you will have no more excuses to fall back on.
- The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
I love Darren Hardy. He is the chief editor of Success Magazine and one of the champions bringing personal development to the masses. His book is newer and it’s the all around entrepreneur guide. If you are new to the game or are a seasoned professional this book is for you. His stories and insights are priceless in teaching the ups and downs of becoming an entrepreneur.
- The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
I love all of Seth Godin’s stuff. His simplistic, yet intelligent style of writing makes all his books worth reading. This book specifically stuck me because it is talking about how we are all keeping ourselves down and not rising to our full potential. The Internet has changed the game and it is more important than ever for us to give the world our gifts and express our “art”. We all have special abilities that we do not use because society has told us not to. This book will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and “soar”.
Do not be intimidated by the title of Advanced Personal Development. It sounds like the next course in your master’s degree program at the university and those are zero fun. I am willing to bet that these five books will bring more value to your life than most master’s degree programs too. These books are fun and they will change your life if you take the time to read them. The reason I say, “Advanced” is because I believe that you will get more value from these titles if you have some personal development experience already. I hope these books enrich your lives as much as they have mine. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think and learn from them.