Often, I hear people talk about self-help books as if they are a plague on society. These books, written not to be a one-size-fits-all approach but rather to help each person learn how to work through struggles in life, are often discounted as lesser than other genres.
There has long been the idea that emotional education is less important than other areas of the mind. Still, I can say with certainty that in 2020, emotional education needs to be done alongside all learning for the lessons of life to be truly effective. I can understand why that is, especially when you look at the list of the best personal development books as recommended by a survey of the CEO Library community’s finest.
Regardless of my job title at any given time, personal development has always been important to me. Self-help books have often assisted my need to find better ways to manage myself, interact with those around me, and understand how people are motivated.
Self-help books, which are more appropriately called personal development books, have often been the books that have left the most lasting impact on me. I’ve found that the themes, ideas, and theories laid out in these books are easily applied to many other areas of my life. When I need inspiration or have a problem I can’t seem to solve, I come back to them time and time again to regain my footing.
Of course, not all personal development books are a masterpiece that will change a life completely. I’ve read my fair share of books that just didn’t strike a chord with me. That is why I am now excited to work my way through a lot of different books so that I can share with you what are the best personal development books, such as the ones included on this list.
Best Personal Development Books: Expand Your Mind and Goals
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms
Finally, a leadership book that I can relate to this book is full of practical and accessible strategies.
The book is all about self-development, building a strong mindset that helps you to conquest problems and obstacles. We can’t be successful until we keep on learning and implementing new techniques to make them strong skills for us. The book is not only ideal to read just but also epitome enough for practical implementations.
The idea to change begins from thoughts. When you start anything from scratch, you follow a thought process to give practical execution to your idea and for that, you need strength, wisdom, power, courage, inspiration, and guidance.
This book is not only for entrepreneur or marketer instead it’s for everyone who loves to develop themselves to achieve heights in life. It has tons of practical knowledge on leadership; easy to put into practice in your life and career. Read this book and charismatically feel the change inside you.
The fact that top-down development methods are great on paper but have not produced benefits (so far) is a point Easterly has made before, heavily influencing yours truly in the formation his own argument against naive interventionism and the collection of humanitarians fulfilling their personal growth and shielding themselves from their conscience... This is more powerful: the West has been putting development ahead of moral issues, patronizingly setting aside the right of the people to decide their own fate, including whether they want these improvements, hence compounding failure and turning much of development into an agenda that benefits the careers (and angst) of humanitarians, imperial policies, and, not least, local autocrats *without* any moral contribution. Talking about a sucker problem.
To put it in an aphorism, they didn't ask the people if they would rather get respect and no aid rather than aid and no respect.
I do goal-setting. The first time I read about this was in Napoleon Hill's 'Think and Grow Rich,' I was 16 years old.
For business, I've read Influence by Robert Cialdini 3 times, and Traction by Gabriel Weinberg twice, so if number of times read indicates favor, then those are it. There are a whole bunch of others, like The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman, Confession of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy, The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, and Running Lean by Ash Maurya, that I've also enjoyed and recommend to people.
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Question: What books would you recommend to young people to be prepared for the future workplaces?
Answer: So many! So many by Seth Godin (Linchpin, The Icarus Deception, Purple Cow) Essentialism by Greg McKeown, Deep Work by Cal Newport, The Choice by Og Mandino, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, No More Dreaded Mondays and 48 Days To The Work You Love by Dan Miller, The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran, Will It Fly by Pat Flynn, The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews, QBQ by John Miller, The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. Wow, there are so many more, but that’s a start.
If my career path is hackers turned business people, I’d say:
Start with the basics and fundamentals:
- SICP: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
- Code Complete 2