Personal Development Books

Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of self-development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.
– Jim Rohn

It would be nice to have more time to read.

But doesn’t it always feel like life gets busy and there’s no time to read or focus on personal development?

That’s seriously why I remember the quote above as much as possible.

In this post, I put together a list of the top 5 best personal development books I think everyone should read to improve their personal development.

Hopefully, this list takes some of the time away from researching what to read and makes it easier for you to get started. (Side note: I highly recommend reading at a certain time of day, every day. It will become a habit and you’ll be amazed at how much you read!)

So, here are my top 5 personal development books I think everyone should read…


1. Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself By Dr. Joe Dispenza

This is the best book I’ve ever read. It changed my life, and I continue to listen to it over and over. That’s how good it is.

The book shows you how to create a new future from your future, instead of repeating more of the past (which is what we do naturally, as human beings).

If there’s something you want in the future that you don’t have right now, this is the best book for it. Highly recommend it.

2. Alter Ego by Todd Herman

This book is remarkably similar to Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself, yet it’s from a completely different angle, making it very unique. I wrote about it and created a podcast about it here and here. Again, the concept is use visualization as the future person you want to be like to create the results in your life. The spin in this book is from the vantage point of athletes. I think this book is an amazing mindset book for people who don’t really like mindset concepts (example: I have a guy friend who hates mindset but loves this book). I highly recommend this one, as it was a game changer for me.

3. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

In this book, Pressfield talks about how to turn the resistance we experience from just about anything (a new job, starting a diet, writing a book, etc.) into an opportunity to “turn pro” (i.e.: accept the challenge and implement habits that will help us be the best).

This book is motivational and has practical tips throughout; however, it’s not exactly the deepest book I’ve ever read. That said, I loved it because it reinforced ideas about habits, discipline, and being successful that I already believed. It’s very encouraging.

4. Essentialism by Greg McKeown

This book will teach you how to make choices and prioritize your life so that you are living exactly how you want to live.

It will help you understand how to implement habits to be more productive, do less, and enjoy more. The book helps you learn that your everyday decisions are making a huge impact on your life down the road. It’s practical and actionable, but it is also philosophical.

I can’t highly recommend this book enough. It radically changed the way I make decisions and helped me understand and set healthy boundaries without feeling guilty about saying no.

5. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

This book is the OG of personal development (aka the original gangster!). It really is the foundation for learning that how you think is what determines the results you have in your life.

A widely known and loved quote from this book is:

As you think, so you are.
As you are, so you act.
As you act, so you attract.

This book is a no brainer. I’m a little bit obsessed, as I use all these concepts in my life. 🙂

*Bonus Reads*

It’s really hard for me to just make a list of 5 books!

There are just so many amazing books. If you set a goal of reading one book per month, you will be able to read 12 in one year.

So, I want to include a few bonus reads that I love…

  1. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell
  2. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  3. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins
  5. Atomic Habits by James Clear


A Final Note!

This post wouldn’t be complete without me mentioning The Five Minute Journal and the Productivity Planner. These are physical books, but they’re not meant to be read like all the others. They’re meant to be used to improve your life. Since that’s the point of this post, it felt like I should include them. I use both daily (one for gratitude and daily affirmations and the other for planning and productivity). I haven’t found anything that works better — they were game changers for me.