Personal development and self help books review.
If it’s on a list of recommended reading, the review is probably here.
Updated: 4/12/21. This post is constantly being updated as I review more books! So check back for new content often.
I read a book that changed my life. Literally. You can read the review here: “The ONE Thing.”
And it started me a kick. I’ve been reviewing all the personal development and self help books I can find.
Instead of YOU having to try them all, I’ve done the work for you. Below- sorted by order of recommendation- are all the books you need.
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These are the books that you should read NOW. Drop what you’re doing. Invest the money. Or run to the library. These are books that have the potential to dramatically change your life.
‘Going small’ is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It’s recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most.Gary Keller & Jay Papasan, The ONE Thing
It’s realizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.
By applying the one thing, you can completely change your life. In fact, I now have my ONE thing each week highlighted on the very top of my weekly planner.
If you don’t read a single other book in this post, read this one!
These were books that I really, really recommend. But they’re on the second-tier. While I recommend everyone read them, they’re not quite as life-changing as the ones above.
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. He starts with this (true to me) fact: “My observation is that about 1 person in 20 is achieving a significant measure of his or her goals in life: financial, professional, personal, in terms of relationships, in terms of health, in whatever terms you want to look at. 1 in 20. Or about 5”.
He then explains one of the most basic concepts we need to know. But one that is often overlooked. I highlighted this in my post “Goals vs. Systems.”
It’s the idea that our small actions- repeated day in and day out- will have the biggest impact over our long-term results. The graphic above basically summarizes the whole book. He also emphasizes that without effort on our part, we’re likely to default to the easiest, least effective actions. Meaning a downward trend is inevitable without deliberate action on our part.
The author illustrates the idea multiple different ways. With multiple different examples. And in multiple different areas of life. I think it’s so that if one of the examples doesn’t quite “click” with you, maybe a different one will. My favorite quote is his busting one of the ideas I HATE about self help…that if you want it bad enough it will happen.
It wasn’t for lack of trying, and it wasn’t for want of desire. If you’ve ever been told, “You’ll get it if you just want it bad enough,” I’m here to let you off the hook: it simply isn’t trueThe Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen
Overall, definitely worth a read. Especially if you’re ready to make small changes consistently and finally see real results.
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I hate to include this category. Because I respect anyone who has written a book. I’ve only written one (Personal Money Management) and it includes a bunch of printables to walk people through the content. So I know writing is hard.
But in the interest of saving your time and money…skip these books. There are just better ones out there.
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Do You Have a Book to Recommend?
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