It’s no secret that I love to read. I’m often asked what’s my favorite genre, or what are some of my favorite books. I always struggle to answer. I love books of all kinds and refuse to box my love for them into genres. This week, I want to share some of my favorite personal development books. These books have helped me with everything, including depression, networking, self-confidence, and dating. Here are 6 books that I recommend to help pull yourself out the fog, and get back to being a better you. (This post contains affiliate links which mean I earn a small percentage if you buy one of these books.)
Managing Your Mind
This book really was the foundation for pulling myself out of depression and turning my life around. There are chapters on relationships, mood, traumatic experiences, and the list goes on. All the chapters didn’t apply to me (and all probably won’t apply to you), but the ones that did really hit home. As I navigate this rocky road called life, I refer back to this book for guidance. I highly recommend this for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety, or those who just need to take better control of their life.
The Defining Decade
This book was recommended to me by a friend. It’s important to have people in your life who believe in you more than you do (blog post on this coming soon). I’m forever grateful for her and this book. I was a little skeptical at first. Being in my late 20s, I didn’t expect this book to be too helpful. Although some parts are geared towards those a little younger than me, I still found this book to be extremely valuable. Meg talks about identity capital and why it’s important, weak ties, social media, dating, and so much more. She covers all bases. This book really helped me put things in perspective.
You Are A Badass
This book was also recommended to me by the same friend. She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself, and this was her way of showing me just how much of a badass I really am. This is hands down one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve ever received. It will leave you feeling on top of the world. Jen talks about manifesting your life, self-imposed limitations, building confidence and becoming a BADASS. If you take away nothing else from this post DO NOT IGNORE THIS BOOK! It will seriously change your life. My little summary can’t even compare to the magic between these pages.
The Power of Habit
Have you ever wanted to make a change in some aspect of your life, or develop new (and better) habits? If the answer is yes then this book is for you. It really breaks down how, and why, habits are formed and how to break bad ones. It has really helped me identify bad habits in my life. I’ve been able to come up with better productivity habits, get into a fitness routine, and take back my life.
How to win friends and influence people
If you want to get better at networking, become a better leader, or learn how to deal with different kinds of people, then you need this book. This may come as a shock to some of you, but I’m actually a pretty shy and reserved person. Networking and interacting with new people has never been my strongest area. This book has really helped me enhance my people skills. It’s also good for anyone who works in a profession that has a high level of customer/client interaction (sales people, retail associate, consultants, etc). The book goes through techniques to get more people to like you (one thing I never had a problem with ), dealing with confrontation, and manipulation (but in a good way I promise).
48 Laws of Power
If you haven’t heard about this book then you’re probably living under a rock. This book is regarded as the number one book in leading a successful and powerful life. It teaches you the rules of life and how to essentially rise to power. The book references great philosophers such as Machiavelli and Sun-Tzu (I hear his book is great too). It shows you how to apply each law in everyday life. I recommend reading the entire book, cover to cover, first. Then refer back to each law as needed. Not all laws will apply to your life in the moment but eventually, they will. This is my handbook to life and I’d be lost without it.
What are some personal development books that have added value to your life?