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Personal Development Books Revisited

Personal Development Books Revisited

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I’ve updated my Personal Development Books collection.   If you’ve seen it before, you’ll notice it’s a lot cleaner and easier to scan.  If you haven’t seen it before, hopefully it is one of the most complete lists of personal development books that you’ve come across.

Personal development books hit a sweet spot for me because I’m a fan of continuous improvement and excellence.   I’ve found that books are the short-cut in today’s world.  While they don’t make up for having great mentors, they do provide a fast path to some of the best principles, patterns, and practices around.

To make this list useful, while keeping it simple, I organized the personal development books into different buckets:

  • Achievement and Goals
  • Body
  • Career Development
  • Character and Attitude
  • Communication Skills
  • Decision Making and Choice
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Focus
  • Habits, Principles, and Practices
  • Happiness and Feeling Good
  • Interpersonal Skills and Relationships
  • Intuition
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Motivation and Self-Discipline
  • Positive Thinking and Optimism
  • Productivity
  • Purpose and Passion
  • Self-Awareness
  • Spiritual Intelligence
  • Strengths
  • Stress
  • Thinking Skills and Intelligence
  • Wealth
  • Work-Life Balance

It’s also worth noting that I spend a few hundred dollars on books each month, so I tend to cover a lot of books.  Also note that I don’t really just books by their writing, but instead on their effectiveness for delivering prescriptive guidance.  I try to find books that solve problems and share useful insights and actions.  My main judge for a book is whether it teaches me something relevant that I can use and put into practice.

I’m always growing my collection of personal development books, so feel free to share with me your personal favorites.