7 ‘Must Reads’ for your Personal growth journey

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Personal growth is always an ongoing process and is never something that happens just once. One of the best ways to improve yourself is by learning from people who are better than you are at something.

The saying that you’re the average of the 10 people you spend the most time with is absolutely true. If you spend your time around people with an advanced mindset and unique approach to life, you’re going to act just like them.

While we can’t physically be with some of the people we would like to be around, we can certainly still learn from them through the information they’ve publicly shared. 

For anyone who’s looking to improve themselves and broaden their thinking, books (and audio books) have proven to be a wealth of knowledge. And I think these 7 books should definitely be on your reading list if you haven’t read them yet. Some of these books were written several years ago but the value they provide is still helpful til date.


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7 essential books for anyone who wants to experience personal growth. 

1. The Only Skill That Matters by Jonathan A. Levi

The Only Skill is one book that equips you with what you need to take on the challenges of the future in your professional and personal life. 

Jonathan shares an approach anchored in neuroscience that guarantees help in becoming a super learner in the book.  

You also learn unique techniques for reading faster and improving your ability to recall information.

With the amount of information we get every day, it’s easy to fall into the trap of information overload. Reading this book would help you stay on top of everything in order to keep our jobs or adapt to the new demands of modern life.

2. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Jack Canefield is a familiar name to anyone interested in personal development. In the book; The Success Principles, Jack shares 65 methods for experiencing a transformation in your life. This book contains lots of useful tips and ideas on improving your life and achieving success.  

Some may argue that the book is regurgitating information that is already well known but the compilation of all 65 tips in one book creates a great opportunity to refresh your mind on the path to success. 

3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 

To think that a book written over 80 years ago would still provide this much value till date is surreal. Think and Grow Rich is one of the evergreen personal development books because the fundamental principles it teaches are still the smae till now even if things have been modernized a bit. 

Many successful people have mentioned that the insights they got from reading this book had a part to play in their success. The book is definitnely a clasic that hsould not pass you by.  

4. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen

If we were discussing organization and productivity, this is definitely a book I would suggest you read. David really doubles donw on solid strategies that would help you plan all aspects of your life (personal and professional) even if things were really hectic. 

It may not be easy to follow every single one of the strategies shared in this book but following the fundamental principles could prove to be a game-cahnger in your life and how it’s organized. 

5. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

This book is a personal favorite of mine because it embodies all I want to be. Some may say that it doesn’t necessarily concern people who like their 9-5 job and enjoy going to work. I think it’s still a great opportunity for everyone to broaden their minds and know what’s possible. 

The book focuses on succeeding with a digital and nomadic lifestyle. It challenges the status quo and causes you to think wider. It helps you free up time so that you focus on the things you love most and not just surviving. 

If you care about succeeding in the online space and being a master of your time, you should definitely consider this book. But if you’re focused on learning about productivity, personality and attitude, this may not be the perfect choice for you. 

6. Let Go! by Pat Flynn

If you’re looking for a bit of inspo then Pats’ book is definitely for you. 

Pat is a normal guy who decided to work as an entrepreneur online when the market for architects was getting tough. .

Pat shares the challenges he faced in this inspiring story and the keys to his success.

I think the most value this book provides is giving you hope and driving you to believe that you can do whatever you set your mind to. If you’re looking for the drive and some form of push to take the leap, Let Go is the book for you. 


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7 Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial by Tony Robbins

In this book, Tony focuses on helping you take charge of all aspects of your life-physical, mental, emotional and financial. Only when you are at the peak of performance in all categories can you truly be your best self. The book still has some inspirational undertone like many of Tony’s books do. 

Reading this book however propels you to take some form of action (at least it did for me) 

Taking control and balancing all of these parts is fundamental in building a well-rounded life. Because what is financial health when your mental health is suffering right?

These are just 7 great books I think are worth a mention. There are lots of books out there that provide value as well. 

Finally, reading books just for the sake of reading would be a waste of your precious time. Implementing what you learn is what makes the difference between those who know how to succeed and those who truly do. What kind of reader are you? 

What other books would you add to this list? And which of these would be your next read?

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