American author and philosopher, Mortimer J. Adler, once said, “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
He couldn’t be more accurate. Reading to open up your mind and work on yourself can be a total gamechanger.
What’s more? A 2009 study from researchers at the University of Sussex showed that six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68 per cent. A bedtime reading ritual has also been proven to help you fall asleep faster and into a higher quality of sleep by separating your sleep time from whatever thoughts from earlier in the day have been rolling around in your mind.
Here are some of the best personal development books to read for a strong, healthy mindset.
1. ‘Un#@! Yourself’ by Gary John Bishop
This refreshing, BS-free self-empowerment guide by Gary John Bishop gives readers a no-nonsense, tough-love approach to help get them passed their limiting beliefs and into a life that they’ve (perhaps unconsciously) been longing for.
‘Un#@%! Yourself’ is a reminder to everyone that there’s absolutely no reason to doubt yourself, and that your dreams and ambitions are valid – no matter what you or anyone else thinks about them.
2. ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin S. Sharma
If you’re more into fiction, there’s no reason you can’t combine the benefits of personal development with a well-weaved fable. ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ takes readers through the journey of the protagonist, Julian Mantle, a high-profile attorney who suddenly sells all of his luxurious possessions and jets to India in pursuit of a meaningful existence.
3. ‘The 5 AM Club’ by Robin S. Sharma
Struggling to get up in the morning? Pick up a copy of ‘The 5 AM Club.’ Here, Robin Sharma walks readers through the concept he coined nearly twenty years ago that has helped his clients and readers maximize productivity, activate their best physical health and help keep daily stress at bay. The neuroscience-based practice will turn even the least likely of morning people into instant early risers.
4. ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen R. Covey
Named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ is a must-read for anyone looking to take their professional mindset and productivity to the next level. It’s been known to change the lives of everyone, from powerful CEOs to small business owners, thanks to the author, Stephen Covey’s timeless wisdom about life and purpose.
5. ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie
“You can go after the job you want – and get it! You can take the job you have – and improve it! You can take any situation – and make it work for you!” So much more than just a guide to interacting with people, Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ has been helping readers maximize their potential by way of social interactions since the book’s original publication back in 1936.
6. ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill
According to its cover page, this book could be worth a million dollars to you. ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill has been called the “Granddaddy of all motivational literature” and for good reason. A healthy combination of the Law of Attraction and the Law of Success, this classic book will change the way you look at your workplace, your ambitions and every other aspect of your life that you’re passionate about.
7. ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne
The more woo-woo inclined reader will particularly appreciate ‘The Secret.’ A relatively quick read, this book may change your life, if you let it. The book uncovers everything you need to know about the basics of manifestation and the Law of Attraction. It’s said that renowned inventors, theologians, scientists, and great thinkers, like Plato, Galileo, and even Einstein, were all attuned to this spiritual practice, which is how they managed to think outside the box and achieve such great accomplishments.
8. ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ by Tony Robbins
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve probably watched a few Tony Robbins documentaries on Netflix. Maybe you’ve even been to one of his live events, but no matter how much of his content you’ve consumed, don’t skip over ‘Awaken the Giant Within.’ This classic book was first published over 25 years ago, but it’s just as relevant today, thanks to its timeless approach to the psychology of change and self-mastery.
9. ‘12 Rules for Life’ by Jordan B. Peterson
In ‘12 Rules for Life,’ renowned psychologist, Jordan B. Peterson, walks readers through what everyone in the modern world needs to know – from the banal, like why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, to the more spiritual, like how bad karma will always await those who criticize too easily.
10. ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coehlo
One of the shortest but most powerful reads on the list, ‘The Alchemist’, is a fictitious account of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure, but instead, after trekking from Spain to Northern Africa and back again, discovers his true purpose in life, or his “personal legend.”