Saturday, April 29

7 Personal Development Books Which Changed My Views On Life And Business

I love reading. There's nothing quite like becoming immersed into a completely new world. My favorite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, especially if it's a dystopian society (those kind of books always make me feel a little better about the real world).

But sometimes I put the fiction aside in favor of a bit of non-fiction. My favorite non-fiction books have always been self-help books - aka personal development books. Ever since I was a teenager I devoured books which promised to help me become a better version of me. Of course more often than not I didn't utilize the tips in the books so no change occurred. But every once in a while a book would really resonate with me.

The following is a list of my favorite personal development books which I have read so far. These are the ones which in some way or another really changed my way of things about something.

You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life - 7 Personal Development Books Which Changed My Views On Life And Business You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

This list is in no particular order as far as favorite to least favorite. However, if I had to pick a favorite 'You Are A Badass' would be it. Jen is a total badass and wants to help you recognize your inner badass too. She is funny! Jen is authentic, witty, and occasionally curses. There's a level of realness in this book which is often missing from other personal development books.

Like several of the other books on this list 'You Are A Badass' revolves around the law of attraction - that your thoughts, whether negative or positive, will influence the outcomes of your life. Make sure your thoughts are positive ones to ensure positives outcomes in your life!

Favorite quotes:
“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”

“You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. It’s got you wrapped in a warm gorilla hug of adoration. It wants to give you everything you desire. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to see what it sees in you.”

My rating: 10/10 - I loved this book!

'How To Win Friends & Influence People' is a classic for a reason, it really is a great book! I bought this book several years ago and didn't read it for years because I figured it would be boring since it's so old - nope! Still relevant. 'How To Win Friends' is all about building relationships in business. It teaches you how to make people feel like you care about them, how to get people to trust you more. The tips in it are so basic (like using someone's name and using it often) but so key to relationship building - which is very important if you're trying to run a business and build up a customer base.

This book is definitely a must-read for anyone running their own business, working in the corporate world, or even someone who wants to figure out how to get their boss, employees, or customers to like them more.

Favorite quotes:
“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

“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.” 

My rating: 10/10 - Some parts are a bit dated but overwhelmingly this book is a must-read and a timeless classic.

Year Of Yes: How To Dance It Out Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person - 7 Personal Development Books Which Changed My Views On Life And Business

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

This book is a bit different from the others in that while it does have great tidbits and advice it is more than anything else, in my opinion, an autobiography of a year in the life of Shonda Rhimes. In this book Shonda shares how, by spending one year saying "Yes" to all opportunities which came to her, she changed from being a depressed, overweight, near-hermit to being a vibrant, healthy, happier, and more socialiable woman.

The thing which makes this book truly stand-out is Shonda's writing style. Boy can this woman write! She is witty, oh so honest, and as real as it gets. After reading this book not only will you want to try your own year of the yes challenge, you'll also want to binge every season of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder!

Favorite Quotes:
“I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.”

“They tell you: Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big. As a matter of fact, dream and don’t stop dreaming until your dream comes true.
I think that’s crap.
I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing.”

My rating: 8/10 - A very inspiring story but a bit rambling at times.

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity - 7 Personal Development Books Which Changed My Views On Life And Business

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

'The Artist's Way' is not a quick read. It's meant to be read over the course of 12-weeks with weekly tasks to be completed and implemented into your life. This book is all about tapping into your inner artist and creativity, leaving behind old fears and self-sabotaging thoughts, and learning to believe in the fact that you are an artist - even if you don't believe it just yet.

The thing I love most about 'The Artist's Way' and want to continue to implement throughout my life as needed is the morning pages. Each morning when you wake up you write 3 pages in your journal. It doesn't matter what the pages are about you're just writing to write and get all those thoughts and mental blocks out of your head first thing in the morning so you can go on to have a more productive day. It's genius!

Favorite quotes:
“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” 

“Progress, not perfection, is what we should be asking of ourselves.” 

My rating: 7/10 - At times it gets a bit too spiritual and "out there" for my logic loving tastes but if you commit yourself to the weekly tasks and the morning pages this book can really be transformative.

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When To Quite (And When To Stick) - 7 Personal Development Books Which Changed My Views On Life And Business
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin

This book is short and sweet and to the point! In everything in life there are dips; in your career, your new business, learning a new hobby, you name it and at some point the going gets tough. This book is all about knowing if it's best to stick it out to the end of that dip or if it's time to recognize that you've hit a dead-end and are better off moving on. 

Favorite Quotes:
“Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.” 

“Stick with the Dips that are likely to pan out, and quit the Cul-de-Sacs to focus your resources”

My rating: 8/10 - it's very short but it shares a good message that anyone in business needs to hear about the dreaded dip.

The Secret - 7 Personal Development Books Which Changed My Views On Life And Business
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

'The Secret' is a book that I sincerely believe you have to be "ready" to read to truly appreciate. If you are interested in the law of attraction then this is the book for you. If you think it's all a bunch of hooky crap, then you probably won't enjoy this book at all.

With that being said, 'The Secret' is a powerful book that teaches you how your thoughts, whether positive or negative, can directly and greatly impact the outcomes of your life. If you are a spiritual person or someone who believes in the power of prayer then you will likely appreciate the message of this book. I am neither. However even despite this I do believe that having a positive mindset and outlook will greatly affect the outcome of many things. As positive thinking tends to lead to more positive action. If nothing else this book will help to reinforce the idea that our thoughts are very important to leading a happy, healthy life.

Favorite Quotes:
“There is a truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, and that truth is this: you deserve all good things life has to offer."

“You become what you think about most.. But you also attract what you think about most. (John Assaraf)"

“Whenever you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right. (Henry Ford)

My rating: 9/10 - This book is all about the power of positive thinking and having a grateful heart, I love it!

Rock Your Network Marketing Business: How To Become A Network Maketing Rock Star - 7 Personal Development Books Which Changed My Views On Life And Business
Rock Your Network Marketing Business: How to Become a Network Marketing Rock Star by Sarah Robbins

The majority of the content of this book was old news to me but it's a good primer for anyone new to network marking/direct sales. One analogy which changed my thought process of sponsoring/recruiting was the one Sarah tells about having gold bricks in your backyard. It's so easy to get discouraged when recruiting in direct sales, especially if your team is a bit lackluster and doesn't progress far in the business or even work much at all. But think of it this way, what if you KNEW you had a gold brick buried somewhere in your backyard. Would you stop digging after not finding it in the first hole? What about the tenth? When would you stop? I don't know about you but I'd never stop digging until I found that gold brick! Recruiting is the same way. Your gold brick (rockstar recruit) is out there somewhere. You just having to keep digging (recruiting) until you find her.

Favorite Quotes:
“Successful people always have their next goal in mind. Goals are dreams with deadlines.”

“If I told you that you had three gold bricks in your backyard, would you continue to dig until you found them? I would!”

My rating: 7/10 - Not a whole lot of original info here but it is a good primer and in my opinion the gold brick analogy is worth it's weight in gold.

You Are A Badass - 7 Personal Development Books Which Changed My Views On Life And Business

There you have it, seven self-help books which in one way or another changed my views about life or business - or in some cases both! There are so many amazing personal development books out there and I have only read a very small percentage of them. A few which are at the top of my list to read next are You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero, 
Get Over Your Damn Self: The No-BS Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business by Romi Neustadt, and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Tell me, what are the best personal development books which you have read thus far? Thus ones which made light bulbs go off in your head and which cased you to make some kind of change in your life. Comment below and let us know. I'd love to read them!

7 Personal Development Books Which Changed My Views On Life And Business


  1. What a wonderful list you have! There are several that I have been considering but I have not "pulled the trigger" yet. I will be! Thank you! I would like to add "The Richest Man in Babylon" by Clason and "The Peacemaker" by Sande. They have been incredibly helpful in my personal development from the perspective of money and relationships!

    1. Thank you for the recommendations! I haven't read or even heard of either of those before so I will definitely look into them. :)