Top Personal Development Blogs



“You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.” —John C. Maxwell

This is my map of top personal development blogs.  It’s organized for fast scanning.  Where possible, I listed the blog owner because I find that behind every great well of wisdom, is somebody making it happen.

When I think of personal development, I think of hacks, skills, principles, patterns, and practices for improving mind, body, emotions, career, financial, relationships, and fun.

I distinguish personal development from self-help although there can be overlap.  I have a developer background so I tend to prefer personal development blogs that take more of a “design” or “engineer” approach (e.g. “you by design,” “life by design,” or “architect of life.”).

I also tend to prefer personal development blogs that are more holistic or integrated that include mind, body, emotions, and spirit, unless I’m looking for a focused niche.  In that case, I tend to like a lot of insight and depth on that specific topic.

It’s a living catalog of top personal development blogs, so let me know any great personal development blogs that I’ve missed.

It’s my way of making it easier to hop around the Web to find insight and action for work and life.

Top 10 Personal Development Blogs

  1. Barking Up the Wrong Tree, by Eric Barker
  2. Ben Greenfield
  3. Brian Tracy
  4. Darren Hardy
  5. Marc and Angel Hack Life
  6. Mark Manson
  7. Steve Pavlina
  8. The Blog of Timothy Ferris
  9. The Positivity Blog, by Henrik Edberg
  10. Zen Habits, by Leo Babauta

Top Personal Development Blogs A – Z

  1. A Daring Adventure, by Tim Brownson
  2. A Flourishing Life, by Gail Brenner
  3. Abundance Tapestry, by Evelyn Lim
  4. Actualized, by Leo Gura
  5. Addicted 2 Success, by Joel Brown
  6. Alltop Lifehacks Category
  7. Always Well Within, by Sandra Lee
  8. Asian Efficiency, by Aaron Lynn and Thanh Pam
  9. Becoming Minimalist, by Joshua Becker
  10. Ben Greenfield
  11. Brendon Burchard
  12. Brian Tracy
  13. Chris Kresser
  14. Danielle LaPorte
  15. Darren Hardy
  16. David Goggins
  17. Deepak Chopra
  18. Derek Sivers
  19. Develop Good Habits, by SJ Scott
  20. Dragos Roua
  21. Dumb Little Man
  22. Evan Carmichael
  23. Everyday Power
  24. Finer Minds, by Andrea Vega
  25. Gala Darling
  26. Goodlife Zen, by Mary Jaksch
  27. Greatist
  28. Gretchen Rubin
  29. I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sathi
  30. Impossible HQ, by Joel Runyon
  31. James Altucher
  32. James Clear
  33. Jim Kwik
  34. Keep Inspiring Me
  35. Life After College, by Jenny Blake
  37. Lifehacker
  38. Life Optimizer, by Donald Latumahina
  39. Live Bold and Bloom, by Barrie Davenport
  40. Lolly Daskal
  41. Make It Happen, by Arvind Devalia
  42. Marc and Angel Hack Life
  43. Marie Forleo
  44. Mark Manson
  45. Michael Hyatt
  46. Mind Hacks, by Vaughan Bell and Tom Stafford
  47. Motivation Grid, by Chris Nikolov
  48. Nerd Fitness
  49. Nisha Moodley
  50. Penelope Trunk
  51. Pick the Brain, by Erin Falconer
  52. Positive Writer, by Frank McKinley
  53. Possibility Change, by Peter Clemens
  54. Project Life Mastery, by Stefan James
  55. PsyBlog, by Jeremy Dean
  56., by David Cain
  57. Rob Wolff
  58. Rob White Media, by Rob White
  59. Science of People, by Vanessa Van Edwards
  60. Scott H. Young
  61. Selfish Mother Blog
  62. Seth Godin
  63. Simona Rich
  64. Skip Prichard
  65. Sources of Insight, by J.D. Meier
  66. Steve Pavlina
  67. Steven Aitchison
  68. Success Consciousness, by Ramez Sasson
  69. Talent Development Resources
  70. The Art of Manliness
  71. The Blissful Mind
  72. The Blog of Timothy Ferris
  73. The Emotion Machine, by Steven Handel
  74. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
  75. The Personal Excellence blog, by Celes Chua
  76. The Possibility of Today, by Sibyl  Chavis
  77. The Positivity Blog, by Henrik Edberg
  78. The Purpose Fairy, by Luminita Saviuc
  79. The Quintessential Mind, by Adrian Iliopoulos
  80. The Start of Happiness, by Brendon Baker
  81. The Urban Monk, by Pedram Shojai
  82. Theo J Ellis
  83. Time Management Ninja, by Craig Jarrow
  84. Tiny Buddha, by Lori Deschene
  85. Tony Robbins
  86. Tynan
  87. Unlimited Choice, by Amit Sodha
  88. Un Lost, by Thérèse Schwenkler
  89. Wake Up Cloud, by Henri Junttila
  90. Will You Laugh, by Will Chou
  91. Yaro Starak
  92. You Have a Calling, by Joseph Wilner
  93. Zen Habits, by Leo Babauta

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  1. Hi JD,

    This is an incredible list with many of my favorites and a few I have yet to meet. Thank you for this wonderful gift and for including my blog Always Well Within too. You are so generous, JD.

    I’m enjoying the recent changes you are bringing to Insights in Action to make even more user friendly. The way you are consolidating and presenting information is very resourceful. This is a great way to focus energy while Mercury is retrograde (till the end of the month). January will be the time to launch into new endeavors. I’m going to focus on similar activities in the coming week.

    I’m so glad to know you.

  2. Thanks JD for including me and also introducing me to some more great bloggers to check out:-)

    Wishing you all the best for the festive season.

  3. Not only an honor to be on this list and to be a small contribution in an area of deep passion, but a gratitude for all the other wonderful others on the list, most of whom I know and some of the new ones I need to learn about. Many thanks JD!

  4. Thanks so much for putting Graceful Balance on the map, J.D.!! Bravo for including your site there too. I look forward to venturing to some new sites thanks to you. The changes going on here have been wonderful. Keep up the awesome work. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the mention.

    My favourite out of them all is probably Urban Monk. Although he hasn’t been writing much lately there is a huge back catalogue of great posts there.

  6. Hi JD,

    Thank you for including my blog, it is an honor my friend 🙂 What a nice list you have got. It is a nice thing that you gathered all of the personal development blogs in one post. Thanks for sharing JD

  7. Hi JD .. I love these lists – your sight was so useful and now will be even more so .. because it’s good to have recommendations that we can trust .. rather than randomly search the net – & then are not sure of the source or the information etc .. It’s good to see some well loved friends on there .. thanks .. Hilary

  8. @ Alik — Thank you. Your earned it.

    @ Amit — It’s one big tribe 😉

    @ Sandra — I’m glad to know you too. Thank you for noticing the changes, and I like the way you framed it within the context of Mercury and January.

    @ Arvind — It’s a pretty amazing Web of people and blogs. It is a wonderful Web.

    @ Farnoosh — That’s what I look for this list — deep passion. Values are the common bond.

    @ Clearly Composed — Thank you for bringing balance to the table and adding your unique value to the Web 😉

    @ Positively Present — Thank you!

    @ David — Thank you. I added your suggestions. I originally had PluginID, but must have landed on the wrong pages and thought it was dead. I checked it out again, it’s alive and well. I’m glad to see Brian Tracy is on the scene. I wanted to add Stephen Covey and Tony Robbins, but when I went to their blogs, I couldn’t find enough signs of life. I think they’re investing more in their seminars. That’s fine, but I’d like to see them more in the blogosphere too.

    @ Ivana — It’s a great tribe of people on a growth path.

    @ Alex — Your welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

    @ Steven — Thank you. I included you because you bring depth to the table in some key areas.

    @ Evan — Urban Monk is especially insightful. I hope to see more of their insight flowing in the coming year.

    @ Lance — Thank you. Your raw and real contribution to the space is outstanding, and sets a great bar. You lead by example.

    @ Dia — Thank you. While I know I don’t have the complete list, I aimed for the 80/20 rule and I like having a quick map now for hopping around the Web.

    @ Hilary — Thank you. I like “sight”, it’s like a double-entendre 😉 I’m hoping I both save people time, surface some value that might be tough to find, and connect people in a common space. I like creating a way to look from the balcony.

  9. Thanks for the complementary mention in this list. I appreciate it. I was happy to see this site listed!!!

    Thanks J.D.

  10. Hi JD! Thanks so much for your kind mention. You compiled an awesome list with some incredible bloggers. I’m truly honored to be in such great company. Beautiful work! Loving blessings!

  11. @ Andrea — Thank you. You’ve built a beautiful blog and a wonderful tribe. It’s great to have you on the list.

  12. hello jd,
    how are you?
    apologies for not acknowleding this article on time.
    thanks for the mention, i really appreciate it.
    take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of the day

  13. @ Ayo — I’m doing well — thank you. Happy Holidays!

    @ Jonathan — Thank you. I hope it helps connect folks that share a passion for personal development. Happy Holidays!

  14. Holy cow, what a great list! I’m touched to be included, JD 🙂

    Although I have heard of most of the sites you listed, some are new to me, so thanks very much for the new recommendations to check out.

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and all the best to you in 2011.


  15. Hi J.D. — thanks for the appreciation, and I’m honored to be in such distinguished company. I know that you’re an executive and you have a very practical focus on this blog, and I appreciate that you can see the practical value of the ideas and techniques that I talk about for the business world.

  16. @ Karen — Thank you. I’m really looking forward to the contributions by this collective tribe to the personal development space this year.

    Best wishes for 2011!

    @ Chris — I’m a fan of success from the inside out and your focus on inner-engineering and taking a mindful path is a perfect recipe for results.

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    Keep up the good work,



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