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The Ultimate List of the Best Self-Development Books

Originally, the term “self-help” was used to describe this genre of book. But “help” has such a negative connotation – like you have a problem that you need help with. If you’re still thinking of them as “self-help” books – STOP! Think of them as Self-Development or personal development books. There is always room for learning and growth. Learning about life, about others, about yourself, your habits, your ways of thinking, about business… That’s what these books help with – so basically everything.

The way I think of things, everything is related. Mindset has to do with money-mindset and vice-versa, and these books certainly overlap in those categories and teachings.

I just LOVE these kinds of books. I highlight and underline and make notes when I read them. In fact, I use a pen as a bookmark.

Trust me, if you’re struggling with something, in any area of your life, your mindset is a part of it. And elevating and constantly trying to improve yourself, will help you see success and positive results in all aspects of your life from relationships, to parenting, work and business, to weight loss and fitness.

Whether you are a blogger, freelancer, online business owner of any kind, entrepreneur of any kind, parent, wife, husband, friend, business person… Choose a book that speaks to you first and go from there.

I will continually update the list with my favorites. And please do let me know your favorites in the comments, so that I can check them out too! I love recommendations!

Mindset Books

177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class – Steve Siebold

This was one of the first books that I read when I started reading self-development books, oh I don’t know, about ten years ago. Wow, that seems like a long time! I fell in love with reading books like this and have read many more since.

177 Mental Toughness Secrets is a great read, especially if you’re new to self-development books. Each chapter is about a page long and includes an inspirational quote, an action step for the day and another resource for more related information. Quick, easy to digest chapters that break down the differences between an “average” and “world class” way of thinking.

How Successful People Think – John C. Maxwell

Maxwell was the nest person that I learned of. He writes about success, leadership, successful leadership, successful thinking, healthy attitudes… you get the idea. A world renowned leader in the personal development space.

You are a Badass – Jen Sincero

This is my new favorite! I just loved the witty style and humor throughout the book. The subtitle speaks for itself – How to start doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life. Doesn’t that sound awesome?!

It really spoke to me and I have since recommended it to every single one of my girlfriends. I don’t know about you, but when I read an amazing, like life-altering, book, I just want everyone around me to read the same book! I ordered her next book listed below before I finished this one because I knew I wanted to dive right into it!

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

Money Mindset

You are a Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero

Jen continues to delight with wit and humorous anecdotes throughout the book. This time with a focus on money-mindset, You are a Badass at Making Money will help you work through your money mindset issues, so that you can move past them once and for all.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – T. Harv Eker

This was the first book recommended to me, particularly around money mindset. It teaches you how to think about money. If you’ve never considered that there is a way you should be thinking about money, then this book is for you!

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Considered to be one of the standard books when it comes to business and money mindset, this classic by Napoleon Hill will not disappoint. I have so many notes and underlined phrases in this book! The book recommends reading it over and over again, so that you drill it’s principals into your mind. That reminds me… need to read this one again!

Outwitting the Devil – Napoleon Hill

A bit of a different style of book that definitely requires all of your brain power! Tantalizingly interesting though!

Love and Relationships

The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman