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,

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

  1. Geeth says:

    Half way reading Think & grow rich U r great to introduce authors like Napoleon Hill to those who didnt know about them.

  2. Karam Qusai says:

    thank you for your help

  3. Asher Nitzan says:

    I would appreciate getting one or two recommended update books which dealing with the subject of how the individual personality is created (What is the part you born with and what are the other parts that influence shaping the personality during childhood and after):Personality Development
    Many thanks in advance,

    Asher Nitzan

  4. Linda Achieng oganga says:

    I will look for all these books and read them.
    Thankyou Robin for sharing freely.
    You are amazing. God bless you

  5. shyamdeep singh says:

    words are not enough to support my feelings about you. I am lucky that I got a chance to know and learn from you.
    your books have done wonders in my life. its a good source on inspiration. keep producing such good books that can really change the life of people in this era of growing technology. I specially love the magic rule 21…..:)

  6. indrajeet kumar says:

    Sir I want to destroy my all negativity…. Nd want ki +ve motivation constant basis PR milta rhe…taki Mai kuch acha kar sakun….sometisomething diff… Plz sir help me

  7. Kitai Sampa says:

    What a fantastic list of Books. Of the 10 books listed, I’ve only read one (2. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill). I guess I have to go in search of the rest. Thanks for sharing this list.

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  11. Adil says:

    Thanks for sharing the wonderfull list of life changing books.
    I have read Think and grow rich by Napoleon hill and would like to recommend all to read the book “The law of success” by napoleon hill it’s audio book also can be downloaded from torrent and listen on daily basis save in your mobile,i did so and really it is very helpful in every walk of our life.

  12. Noe Apa says:

    thanks for sharing the information..hope you guys will do the same work in future

  13. Ramona says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this priceless books with us. Also i would like to include here The School for Gods, by Stefano Elio D’Anna. You’re an inspiration to me, thaks to YOU i do dream big, i do want to become the best version of me, YOU transformed my life.

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