Top 5 Personal Development Books


Here is my list of the best self-improvement books to turbo-boost your career and your personal life.
   
1. How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This is a must-read book for anyone who aspires to be a person of influence. It has sold millions of copies over the years. Carnegie shows the simple techniques you can use to get people to like you, to win people to your way of thinking, and to change people’s minds while keeping their loyalty. The lessons in this book will pay dividends the rest of your life. 
    
2. Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss. I highly recommend this book for anybody seeking to improve their life. Ferriss interviewed top performers in the world (including writers, athletes, business owners, spiritual leaders, actors, and more) to identify key tips and techniques peak performers use to be productive and successful. This book is an absolute treasure trove of success tips. 
    
3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Covey identifies the seven core principles and habits necessary to succeed in life. Daniel Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human said it best: “Every so often a book comes along that not only alters the lives of readers but leaves an imprint on the culture itself. The 7 Habits is one of those books.” If you want to be effective and successful in life, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a must-read. 
   
4. Grit by Angela Duckworth. The key to success isn’t talent or IQ but a combination of passion and persistence known as “grit.” Chapter 7 alone - “Practice” - is worth the price of the book. I happened to read “Grit” while I was training for a strenuous cycling event, and after reading about the way “gritty” athletes approach practice I changed how I was training. Duckworth says elite performers practice differently than other people - they engage in deliberate practice to work on their weaknesses or to reach specific objectives. So after reading “Grit” I started training with more intensity, doing focused drills and exercises to build leg strength, cardio, and mental toughness. The new, “gritty” approach paid off for me, and I successfully completed the cycling event. 
    
5. Think and Grow Rich: The 21st-Century Edition: Revised and Updated by Napoleon HillDon’t make the mistake of assuming this is just a book about getting rich, because it is so much more. Hill studied the lives of dozens of the wealthiest, most successful men of his era, including Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie and Charles Schwab, and reveals the key traits that helped them to rise to the top. Yes, this book is “old-timey” but in my opinion it is still a must-read for the valuable insights about wealth and power, and overcoming the mental barriers that hold many people back from becoming successful. 
    
So that is my list; are there any books you would add?