I spend lot of quality time for my personal development and has enhance me by doing it.
Here is the books which i consider as Text Book for My Own Personality development and empowerment.
Book set which is written by Dale Carnegie
1. How to win friends and influence people ?
2. How to Develop Self-Confidence And Influence People
These books are with all the real incidents with solutions. I consider it an Encyclopedia for my self.
Hope, It will also be useful to you.
Just joined MosaicHUB today and see lots of great reads, audios and videos listed here. Go for it and take a peek at the growing archives on iTunes and the like (most are free to listen/watch. Nice!)
I'm launching a Podcast series myself (for my GetUNstuckNOW.org coaching system) next month. Already recorded 6/28 segments including one shortly that directly answers your question: "Your Mind Does More that You Think!"
Joshua, I'm just North of Toronto (where in ON are you?)
I continually work on my own development and support others to do the same in my work as a coach. I have recently completed a pretty comprehensive first draft of a values clarification and mission statement building process. IMO these are the core fundamentals of personal development. An audio reading of the process is up on my site for free (http://mrmichaeldale.com/2014/02/21/what-you-do-and-why-constructing-a-meaningful-mission-statement-audio/) or if you want support I would be happy to discuss that. There's lots of other useful free articles on the site as well and I have a book coming out soon that I would, without ego highly recommend. It will be free on iBooks for a while I'll send you a link when I have one.
Joshua, I would approach it differently.
How do you learn best?
If you are comfortable with learning by reading then the books should work OK. But if you prefer to learn having watched the action being performed, then videos will work better.
What I would recommend may be different for you and may not be the best way for you to learn.
I would make sure I know how I learn best and then target the right learning materials.
What exactly do you want to learn? I can offer up a list of materials for guitar playing. But I guess you want something more focused, we just don't know what.
I think the "book" that has helped me the most is "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. I actually listen to the 10 week class that he did with Oprah a number of years back. It was an easier listen and very interactive. There were lots of questions addressed by Mr. Tolle as folks were able to "call in" and ask and he would then answer and discuss. You can still find this online if you search for it. It is worth the effort to find and listen to. I listen now at least once a year and always find it valuable.
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher, Daniel Shapiro. And the even popular
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, Bruce Patton
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
The Psychology of Winning by Dr. Denis Waitley.
Just Listen by Mark Goulstone
Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright
3 good books:
Influencer - Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, et al
Drive - Daniel Pink
Getting Naked - Patrick Lencioni
If you are looking to develop your Emotional Intelligence, namely how you:
Connect with others,
Your own reflections and self esteem,
Ability to flex and adapt to changing environments,
Maintain optimism and general mood
Then I recommend The EQ Edge by Steven Stein
Fantastic resource that helps individuals have both a reference, great practical solutions and a place to document their development plans