My reading pace for personal development books has picked up, as I started the year completing six books in six weeks. Now I have finished 9 more personal development books in the last six weeks, or 15 books total for the first quarter of 2019. Here is the full list with some brief thoughts on each:
1 – “The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money” by Jill Schlesinger
I feature just a few books on my Forbes column and dedicated a post on Dumb Things, a comprehensive personal finance book by one of my favorite finance journalists.
2 – “Reducing Your Cancer Risk” by Carl Helvie
This book is more of a list of resources for alternative wellness.
3 – “Truthful Living” by Jeffrey Gitomer based on an early manuscript of Napoleon Hill
This book could be of interest to diehard Napoleon Hill fans.
4 – “Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss” by Rajeev Balasubramanyam
One of my favorite books so far this year, this book is an allegory about a single-minded, ambitious professor who loses out on the Nobel prize and embarks on self-discovery, and as a result, a more balanced life.
5 – “The Having” by Suh Yoon Lee and Jooyun Hong
For fans of the Law of Attraction, I would recommend Abraham Hicks books over this one.
6 – “The Book of Mistakes” by Skip Prichard
Great for quotes, but otherwise an average entry in the motivational genre
7 – “Generating Business Referrals Without Asking” by Stacey Brown Randall
Recommended for entrepreneurs, this is a thorough discussion of business referrals and made me think differently about this overlooked business strategy
8 – “Purpose and A Paycheck” by Chris Farrell
Great source of positive success stories for career longevity in your 50’s, 60’s and beyond.
9 – “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks
Recommended for challenging your mindset on thinking big. This is a nuanced book, and I want to revisit it myself and re-read it. It’s the kind of book you can pull different lessons from depending on when you come to it.
10 – “Money Mastery”, a collection of books by David Neagle
Neagle is big in life coaching circles, and his message is also about thinking big. I would strongly recommend Hendricks book which is more nuanced and insightful. I would also recommend books by T. Harv Eker or Anthony Robbins over Neagle’s books.
11 – “Employee Millionaire” by HJ Chammas
A real estate investing book, specifically about keeping your day job and investing in rental real estate on the side, this one is strictly for beginners only. The author kept emphasizing his own beginner’s journey and the self-deprecating style detracted from the otherwise solid overview of getting started in rental real estate.
12 – “Choose To Win” by Tom Ziglar
If you like Zig Ziglar, this book is by his son, who took over the business. It’s a solid motivational book, if you don’t mind the frequent Christian references.
13 – “It’s All About Relationships” by Karen Rancourt
One of my favorite books so far this year (I already sent a copy to one of my clients), I also dedicated a post on my Forbes column about this thorough approach to communication and relationships in work and life.
14 – “Maybe It’s You” by Lauren Handel Zander
Handel Zander has built a very successful coaching business, and her life coaching approach is taught at leading universities. So I was excited to get a copy of her new book which lays out her methodology. I thought the life coaching advice was sound but the examples in the book are overly relationship-focused. The Handel Group methodology is much better presented in their online course, Inner U. (Full disclosure: we are affiliates of the Inner U course and receive a referral fee if you register.) If you want life coaching from a book, I recommend the life coaching books by Talane Miedaner or Thomas Leonard.
15 – “I’m Possible” by Jeremy Cowart
Fascinating autobiography of a struggling student who ultimately graduated with an art degree and built a successful career over multiple career changes as a graphic designer, web developer, celebrity photographer, and now hotel start-up entrepreneur. This is a fun, inspiring story. The anecdotes of Cowart’s volunteer work in Africa were particularly moving.
What personal development books do you recommend?