The 10 Best Personal Development Books?

By Robin Sharma
Author of the #1 International Bestseller “The Leader Who Had No Title”

Greetings from New York City.

Just did a light run through Soho (exercising FIRST thing in the morning has been such a game-changer). You owe it to yourself to try it for 7 days.

Now I’m settled into creative mode. Great Colombian coffee. Book-filled room. Fresh flowers. (Another tip: your environment dramatically influences your creativity).

So, I wanted to share some more good information with you in my ongoing OBSESSION to help you Lead Without a Title + build out a life THAT MAKES HISTORY.

I’m often asked which books are most transformational for people like us who want to do fantastic work and lead our best lives.

So here are 10 of the best. Read them. Share them. Study them. LIVE them…

  1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull. By Richard Bach.

    With lines like: “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation,” this book will move you deeply. I re-read it in Thailand. Still amazingly good.

  2. Think and Grow Rich. By Napoleon Hill.

    Fantastic book. Not so much about financial wealth as it is about the making of a rich life. You’ll learn how important it is to have a burning desire (this galvanizes your focus and causes the release of your creativity) + the imperative of setting clear goals + the value of “a mastermind alliance”. This book truly changed my life when I was starting out as a self-published author with nothing but a dream in my hands. Times were tough. This book got me through.

  3. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. By–well, Marcus Aurelius.

    Marcus Aurelius was a warrior—who then became a Roman emperor. He wrote his lessons on greatness and a life well lived during a multi-year military campaign. Someone got his notes. And put it into this book. I go back to this book often. It strengthens my character. And resolve to help more people.

  4. Steve Jobs. By Walter Isaacson.

    One of the best books I’ve ever read. Period.

  5. Long Walk To Freedom. By Nelson Mandela.

    Nelson Mandela’s one of my heroes. Noble. Courageous. Focused. A visionary. If I could be 1/100 of who he is, I’d be overjoyed. This is his autobiography. You’ll walk with him through his days as a lawyer, his time as a disruptor, his prison years and his period as the positional leader of South Africa.

  6. Stop Acting Rich. By Thomas Stanley.

    Thomas Stanley became famous for “The Millionaire Next Door”. But this book–not so well known–is exceptional. He explains the concept of “The Glittering Rich”, shares how too many of us live beyond our means and how to create true financial freedom. Like most of the books I read, I listened to it.

  7. As You Think. By James Allen.

    Maybe 10 times. That’s at least how many times I’ve read this book. And like all great books, it seems better+wiser and deeper every time I read it. Of course, the book hasn’t changed. Just my ability to grasp the information. And understand the concepts. This book is all about the power of your daily thinking. And how it drives your life’s behavior. As you know so well: your behavior shows us your beliefs. And this awesome book will inspire you to build new ones.

  8. The Magic of Thinking Big. By David Schwartz.

    Uber-practical. Tons of value. Great concepts, like “Go Through Life First-Class.” Every student, teammate and human being should read this book (along with “How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie–that work should also be on my list. True.).

  9. Talent is Overrated. By Geoff Colvin.

    Read this one a few years ago. Changed the way I viewed Genius. Confirms a lot of the work of exceptional performance researchers like the famed Anders Ericsson that talent is less about natural gifts and far more about devotion to a skill, relentless practice and patience. Another superb audiobook.

  10. Spark. By John Ratey.

    One of the best books I’ve read in years. I’m on my 3rd reading. Shares the latest (and so fascinating) research on how exercise transforms the brain, our performance, our productivity and even builds a new type of brain that is excellent at resisting stress. Please do your life a giant favor. And read this book. Today!

Ok. So there you go. Some of my favorite books. Go study them. And use them.

Please remember, ideas–flawlessly translated into reality are the keys to breathtaking success. And you becoming more of who you truly are.

Oh–and definitely make some time each day to read. Small little advances in your knowledge base lead to quantum improvements in your performance over time.

Thanks for making the time to read my posts. I work hard to make them valuable for you. So we get you to your best. Sooner versus later.

Be great. And dream even bigger. The world needs you to shine.

Speak soon,

68 Responses to “The 10 Best Personal Development Books?”

  1. Ashen Amaranayake says:

    Thanks Robin for sharing this wonderful list.. please post another list like this with lot of good books

  2. Manish says:

    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaccson was just a bad book for me. All it showed was what a dickhead Steve Jobs was to people and how controlling his personality was. The rest are good.

  3. jeshan says:

    I’m surprised that you didn’t mention The 7 Habits. What is your opinion of it?

  4. Julaayi says:

    I wonder how I didn’t come across this wonderful post. Never late than before. Will start reading all of them.

    Thanks Robin. You are just awesome.

  5. RIYA says:

    Hi robin

    sincere thanks to you for all your efforts . You have created a different world for us where we can live happily and cherish all moments of life. My husband was going throgh major crisis in life and your books have helped him a lot to face the failure and convert them into success. God Bless you and your family. Like you have changed my family life , i promise you that this process will go on from my side also.

    Thank you very much Robin. Be Blessed and happy.

  6. Surya says:

    Hi Robin,

    I have read some of the books you mentioned but learning that you have read those books not only once but several times really amazes and inspires me. Now I should follow what you do.

    With thanks,
    Surya

  7. Uma says:

    Hi robin it took me so long to get my hands on one of your books, I don,t know why but now I just can’t put it down. It’s life ‘s lessons fantastic book thanks.

  8. Dhilip says:

    Thanks Robin !!!

    I love to read books but i dont know what are good books that make a man perfect.. Today i just buy a book ” Who will cry when you die ” by Robin Sharma .. if i visit this page earlier definitely i ll bought one from this 10..\

    Thankss…

  9. Priti Dhruva says:

    Hi Robin !

    Would like to thank you sincerely for your good work and the positive impact which you are making on the mind of people. Currently I am reading ‘Who will cry when you die’ and i have learnt how to bring positivity in my life.

    Thanks a ton !

    Regards,
    Priti

  10. Ekta pundir says:

    Hello Robin sharma,
    I have read your books the monk who sold his ferari, The grea tnessguide2, Who will cry when you die, Megliving,
    I want to ask that i should next book.
    These books change my life.
    Thankyou

  11. Usman says:

    totally inspiring books by the author that reshapes our life

  12. MARAMU SATHISH says:

    hi robin sharma
    iam one of the biggest fan of you because the way you write books is inspired me a lot …especially “when you die, who will cry” is roadworthy … thank you very much robin for writing such great books…

  13. anindita dasi says:

    read Jonathan Livingstone SEAGULL…..GREATBOOK.Have you read’MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH?by M.K.Gandhi.I admire Nelson Mandela too.thank you Robin.How is your lovely family?Anindita.

  14. Ankur says:

    Thank you so much.

  15. Divya says:

    Robinji is the best….there’s none better than him…..the real game changer…..

    thanks a lot for serving us the best….thanks for the list…..thankyou robinji…..

  16. Kara says:

    What a great, trans-generational list! I have read many of these, but not all; I have some work to do.

    I would add “Simply Successful” by Evan Dorren; I just finished it. It’s an easy, yet meaty read; heavy on personal responsibility, and emphasizing a well-tuned balance of effort in our pursuits of health, relationships, and financial success.

  17. Armina says:

    Dear Robin, thank you very much!

  18. aruna says:

    thank you Rabinji..

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