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
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the best option...read it first then:
E- Myth Revisited- Michael Gerber
Think And Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill
How To Win Friends And Influence People- Dale Carnegie
The Greatest Salesman In The World- OG Mandino
Go to staples.com under audiobooks. Or audible.com under the subject matter such as organize yourself, sales/selling and so forth.
There are many books which will help you in personality development and thinking differently. One author I would recommend any time is Malcom Gladwell. His all books take you to think differently. Like Tipping Pont, Outliers, Blink etc..
Magic of Thinking Big By David Schwartz is really good book.
Who moved my Cheese is a small and beautiful book about the change in your work and life. Based on your taste you can direct your reading to interesting books.
goodreads.com is a good site to explore good books based on the feedback from the readers. Hope this helps...
John Palmer listed many of the books I've personally read. My recent read that opened my brain doors is THE CHARGE by Brendan Burchard.
I read a great book by James Altucher called "Choose Yourself" and now follow his blog at: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/
You've got a bunch of great answers to your question and I'll add my 2 cents worth. Spending time on personal development is critical in my mind. John Maxwell is an author that I have a lot of time for. There is a great book called " Life's Greatest Lessons - 20 things that matter most" and for the life of me I can't remember the author. I also really enjoyed " The Monk who Sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma.
" built to sell "
" good to great "
" what got me here won't get me there "
Brad Sugars " Instant " series of business growth books
" e myth revisited"
" leadeshio by the book "
" Bible "
" who moved my cheese"
" change your questions change your life "
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There are two really great books: Be Luckier in LIfe by Craig Forman - great all around tips on improving your odds of opportunity:http://www.amazon.com/Be-Luckier-Life-Simple-Secrets/dp/0990004708/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
The other one is Conversational Intelligence by Judith Glaser. This one is great at improving your communication skills, especially in charged situations or when you feel threatened.
I've found both really great reads.
On YouTube you can listen and sometimes read along with audio books. there are to many great inspirational books, seminars, videos to list but here are a few: I highly recommend all Jim Rohn teachings.
E- Myth Revisited- Michael Gerber ( Great business structuring)
Think And Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill (Need I say more)
The Richest Man In Babylon- George S Clason ( If you want financial independence)
Built to Sell - John Warrillow ( build a business that you can sell one day)
Wow! It looks like you've got a great list already.
One of my favorites this year has been: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High Paperback by Kerry Patterson
It is helpful with learning how to say tough things in a way that makes them easier to hear, being respectful of all parties, so you can get more done.