'Our minds are shaped by the books we read.' - Robin Sharma
One of the key things I've learned from successful people is that you should be continually working on yourself, and one of the best ways to do this is through books. If there is a specific characteristic you'd like to develop, or a skill you'd like to learn, then chances are someone has written a book or two on the topic!
If you develop your library of personal development based on your goals then you are undoubtedly going to start taking more steps in the right direction. Want to get fitter and healthier? Get hold of some books on nutrition and exercise. Interested in being a better spouse, parent, or friend? Buy some books on relationships and communication. Aiming to build a world class business? Find and consume as much information as you can on this topic! And that goes for ANY subject, there is a wealth of information out there.
My current personal development library is 43 books strong (this doesn't include my Kindle and Audible accounts, I'll save those for another day), and I'm only just getting started.
For those of you who are interested, here is the list of books currently on my shelf:
- A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda - Śrī Īśopanisad
- A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda - Bhagavad Gītā
- Allan & Barbara Pease - Why Men Don't Listen & Women Can't Read Maps
- Anthony Robbins - Awaken The Giant Within
- Anthony Robbins - Unlimited Power
- Brian Tracy - Eat That Frog
- Dale Carnegie - How To Win Friends and Influence People
- Daniel Goleman - Emotional Intelligence
- Danny Wallace - Yes Man
- Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth
- Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now
- Emmeline Pankhurst - My Own Story
- Eric Ries - The Lean Startup
- Eric Worre - Go Pro
- John Gray - How To Get What You Want, and Want What You Have
- Jim Rohn - Living an Inspired Life
- Jim Rohn - Seven Strategies for Wealth and Happiness (lent out to a friend)
- Dr John J Ratey & Eric Hagerman - Spark!
- Joseph O'Connor & Ian McDermott - Principles of NLP
- Kim Klavier - If My Product's SO Great, Why Can't I Sell It?
- Michael E Gerber - The 'E' Myth Revisited
- Michael Neill - Feel Happy Now!
- Michael Neill - You Can Have What You Want
- Morning Mantras
- Napoleon Hill - Think and Grow Rich
- Nigel Botterill - Botty's Rules
- Oliver Gassmann, Karolin Frankenberger & Michaela Csik - The Business Model Navigator
- Paul Arden - It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be
- Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
- Piero Ferrucci - The Power of Kindness
- Robert Butwin - Street Smart Network Marketing
- Robin Sharma - The Greatness Guide
- Robin Sharma - The Leader Who Had No Title
- Robin Sharma - The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
- Scilla Elworthy - Pioneering The Possible
- Sharon Maxwell Magnus - Think Yourself Rich
- Dr Spencer Johnson - Who Moved My Cheese?
- Stephen R Covey - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Susan Jeffers - Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway
- Susie Pearl - Instructions for Happiness and Success
- Tim Ferris - 4-Hour Work Week
- Timothy J Galpin - The Human Side of Change
Which of these have you read? Which are on your 'to read' list? And what isn't on my list that you think I should invest in? Comment or connect with me on Facebook to let me know!