Personal Development Books

Personal Development Books

“Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.” — Kim Collins

This is a collection of the best personal development books at your fingertips.  You can browse personal development books by categories including achievement, happiness, positive thinking, and more.

I cycle through a lot of books on improving effectiveness in work and life.  Below is an organized set of some of my favorite personal development books.  I lean towards books on personal excellence, looking for key principles, patterns, and practices.  This includes anything from improving interpersonal skills to thinking skills.

One of the way I find the best personal development books is I ask the smartest people I know, which books changed their lives or improved their effectiveness?  It’s one of best short-cuts for finding the real gems.  It’s also how I find a lot of books that some people have never heard of.


Top 10 Personal Development Books

  1. Brilliant NLP, by David Molden
  2. How to Have a Beautiful Mind, by Edward de Bono
  3. Overachievement, by John Eliot
  4. Personal Development for Smart People, by Steve Pavlina
  5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey
  6. The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership, by Joelle K. Jay
  7. The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield
  8. Unlimited Power, by Tony Robbins
  9. Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman
  10. What You Can Change and What You Can’t, by Martin Seligman


Getting Started

Achievement, Goals


Career Development

Character, Attitude

Choice, Decision Making

Communication Skills

Courage, Confidence

Emotional Intelligence


Habits, Principles, Practices

Happiness, Feeling Good

Interpersonal Skills, Relationships




Motivation, Self-Discipline

Positive Thinking, Optimism


Purpose, Passion


Spiritual Intelligence




Thinking Skills, Intelligence


Work-Life Balance


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