There are several books that I recommend to those wanting to improve their personal development. Here they are in no particular order:
Maximum Achievement- Brain Tracy
E- Myth Revisited- Michael Gerber
Think And Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill
Rich Dad Poor Dad- Robert Kiyosaki
Outwitting The Devil- Napoleon Hill
How To Win Friends And Influence People- Dale Carnegie
The Greatest Salesman In The World- OG Mandino
The Richest Man In Babylon- George S Clason
As A Man Thinketh - James Allen
It all depends on what it is you aim to develop, and what aspect of your life you want to improve upon.
In case your goal is a professional one, I would start by identifying what it is exactly that you would like to achieve, and match this to someone that has met, or exceeded, this goal succesfully. Then I would approach said person and set up a "coffee date" in order to ask them for tips and perhaps a list of related literature or training. If the two of you click, it might even be worth asking this person to function as a mentor - not to hold your hand each step of the way, but as a soundingboard, and someone knowledgeable to check in with, from time to time.
In case you are looking to improve a certain area of yourself, i.e. patience, understanding, communication, discipline, etc., it would probably be best to just google books and read reviews to see which appeal to you. A lot of websites allow you to read a few pages of the book, giving you an idea of the tone and intention of the author, and get a real feel of whether this particular book is for you or not.
Personally, I really like Jason Womack´s book, called "Your Best Just Got Better"
It focuses on increasing productivity and efficiency by gaining momentum, allowing you extra time to do what you want. This could be more time for sports, and family, but also for attending a course, or professional improvement, should you wish to apply it this way.
The tone of the book is friendly and conversational. Drawing from personal experience and research alike, Jason keeps it simple, but helps with looking at things objectively.
Anyway, I hope the above was of help. Please let me know if you would like to specify exactly what it is you wish to develop, and then take it from there.
Wow, there are so many great books and thought leaders out there! Here are just some books to start with:
Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
To Heal A Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility by Rabbi Sacks
10 Fun Things to Do Before You Die by Karol A. Jacowski
The Purpose Driven Life: What on earth am I here for? by Rick Warren
I would also recommend watching MarieTV, reading Ramit Sethi's finance blog, Mr.MoneyMoustache, Nomoreharvarddebt.com, anything by Chris Guillebeau, marcandangel.com, pickthebrain.com, Dale Partridge, and even....
The list goes on and on....
Here's what I'll do since I'm an inspiration blogger and launching a talk show around this topic, I'm going to offer a free Google Helpout session to anyone who wants to learn more about personal development and living a life of purpose: http://ow.ly/skJUj
Joshua: My favorite book (really an audio book) is by Herb Cohen. It's called Negotiate This! By Caring, But Not T-H-A-T Much (read by the author). Over the last decade I have made each new member of my team listen to the 9 disk set and I always re-listen to it at the end of each year. Mr. Cohen has been a practicing negotiator and mentor to business executives, entrepreneurs, corporations and governmental agencies including the Department of State, the FBI, the CIA, and the US Department of Justice. He served as a direct consultant to Presidents Carter and Regan on combating terrorism and delivered his input and advice to the White House during the Gulf Crisis and the current war on terrorism. I find his style to be entertaining and his simple nuggets of information to be both practical and useful. This audio book is not for business professionals, it is for anyone that wants to improve the outcome of their dealings with anyone.
Ted Talks – Look for the inspiration section http://www.ted.com/talks
A few books..
"It’s not how good you are, it´s how good you want to be." - Paul Arden
"Whatever you think think the opposite" - Paul Arden
“Predictable Irrationality: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions” – Dan Ariely
“Life Lessons: How Our Mortality Can Teach Us About Life and Living” by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
“Change Your Thinking with CBT: Overcome Stress, Combat Anxiety and Improve Your Life” by Dr Sarah Edelman
“Feel the fear and do it anyway” - Susan Jeffers
“The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self”- Julia Cameron
“The Road Less Travelled” - M.Scott Peck
“Blink: The power of thinking without thinking" - Malcolm Gladwell
"Outliners" - The story of success - Malcolm Gladwell
I spend a lot of time on personal development & think it's incredibly important. I like that Natascha split her answer into Professional/Personal development because that would absolutely be my recommendation as well.
In terms of professional development, I invested a lot of time into discovering who the thought leaders are in my industry and reading whenever they post. You can find thought leaders on guest blogs, social media, or books they've authored. Additionally, it's good to participate in forums with other professionals in your industry. Google+ communities is my favorite place to do this right now.
As for personal development, my favorite book thus far has been "The Art of Happiness." It's coauthored by the Dalai Lama and western psychologist Howard Cutler, who is on a journey to better understand eastern medicine and the Dalai Lama's philosophies. It's an incredible & eye opening read that I highly recommend to anyone interested in personal development.
What a great list of recommendations already provided to you Joshua. I will just echo their points that your development has to include both personal and professional.... as they are integrated. More importantly, another way to look at it is that you have to develop both your Mindset and Skillset... you will never optimize the latter without the former. So find things that will enhance and improve your mindset.... then identify the skillsets you want to improve and set goals for that as well.
I highy recommend Audi Book Summaries. They are monthly subscription company and summarize the top books annually. They capture the essence of the book without having to read it entirely. If you enjoy the synopsis of the book, of course, you can order the book in its entirety.
They have various categories of books including: business, leadership, sales, etc.
You can order their summaries on CD or in paper summary form. Listening to the CD's while driving in the car is very efficient and can provide the equivalent of a University degree over three years.
I hope this helps.
Books like Leadershift by Orrin Woodward, Toughen Up! by Claude Hamilton, Launching a Leadership Revolution by Orrin Woodward, First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, Leadership and Liberty by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady,George Washington on Leadership by Richard Brookheiser, and A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink
3 good books:
Influencer - Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, et al
Drive - Daniel Pink
Getting Naked - Patrick Lencioni
There are tremendous amount of books/Co's etc
by some of the top experts in the business. Improving one self begins with the understanding you must hold yourself accountable for any action you commit to. To learn how to do this, I am recommending two of favorite books. First is called QBQ, The Question Behind the Question by John Miller and the second, The Success Principles by Jack Canfield.
Hope this helps,
Because for me 'improving' starts from knowing where you are today, I just started with "Business Model You" by Timothy Clark, Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur (and many contributers)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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...
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
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?)
" 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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