Great Books for Personal Growth

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“Life puts some of the more valuable things on the high shelf so that you can’t get to them until you qualify. If you want the things on the high shelf, you must stand on the books you read. With every book you read, you get to stand a little higher.” ~ Jim Rohn

A growing list of personal development books that I have enjoyed and can fully recommend. As well as a few fictional favorites that have a good message. Enjoy!

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Happiness, Peace, and Successful Living

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama (happiness)

Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman (Positive Psychology)

The Power of Less by Leo Babauta (a life less cluttered)

Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina (continuous personal growth)

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain (visualizing your ideal life)

Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff (happy people habits)

Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins


Psychology, Thinking, and The Brain

The Human Brain Book by Rita Carter (all about the brain)

Making a Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen M.D. (healthy brain)

Brain Rules by John Medina (how the brain works – in a nut shell)

How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (emotional vs rational brain)

As a Man Thinkith and Above Life’s Turmoil by James Allen (rational thinking)

The Tipping Point and Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (instincts, decision making)


Productivity, Effectiveness, and Time Management

Getting Things Done by David Allen (time management, organization)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (developing positive habits)

Breakthrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump (speed reading)

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (motivation)


Success, Passion, and Goals

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (successful, conscious living principles)

Think and Grow Rich (A favorite of mine) by Napoleon Hill

The Art of War by Sun Tzu (strategy)

The Passion Test by Janet & Chris Attwood (discover your life passions)


Spirituality, Philosophy, and Wisdom

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama (happiness anywhere)

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (Living in the present)

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu (“Book of the Way”)

Plato, Not Prozac by Lou Marinoff (philosophy over prescription)


Friends and Family (Relationships)

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (relationships)

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (helping other, connectedness)

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (communication)


Money and Business

The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss (working smarter, working less)

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason (personal wealth)

Good to Great or Built to Last by Jim Collins (good vs great companies)

Rich Dad, Poor Dad (series) by Robert Kiyosaki (becoming wealthy principles)

The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach (becoming rich with average income)

Neuromarketing by Patrick Renvoise & Christophe Morin (marketing to the brain)

The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber (starting a business and pitfalls)

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene (power)



The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (your effect on the world)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (following your dreams)

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (philosophy of objectivism)

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (craziness of war)

2 thoughts on “Great Books for Personal Growth”

  1. Bobby Huang says:

    Great list of books here. The four hour work week changed my life completely. Haven’t chosen to read Rich Dad, Poor Dad yet, though Cashflow Quadrant by the same author is a big recommendation for the business section.

    It took me a good thousands of hours and many years to really understand the power of cash flow.

    Think and Grow Rich is a great choice as well, the book is really geared toward personal development. Many of folks I’ve met who have not read the book think it’s just about getting rich (which there is nothing wrong with).

    Keep writing some great articles man!

    1. Greg Yung says:

      Thanks Bobby! I’ve truly enjoyed all these books and Think and Grow Rich is definitely one of my favorites!

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