I have been asked by many to give a list of great personal development books. I always hesitate to recommend any since some will read one of the books, think it’s bad and then discard the entire list. So know in advance that you may read these books and hate one or all of them. They may not be relevant to you or your life based on where you are at the moment you are reading the book. Books sometimes work for you based on your own timing. If the book resonates with you, then the timing was right for you to read the book. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t mean that it is a bad book, just that the timing wasn’t right for you to read it.
Another thing: Don’t expect too much from any book. You only need one good idea for a book to be a great book. Every page doesn’t have to be filled with earth-shattering, life-changing wisdom. One good idea is all you need. Read the book looking for that one good idea that you can act on. One idea, acted on, is more than worth the price of a book.
Also, some of these books are classics from many years ago and the wording, style and references are dated. Be broad-minded enough to get the message and not get hung up on the style or wording.
This is not a “best of” list. These are just a handful of great books that anyone seriously interested in personal development should read. There are many great books out there and you should read most of them. Also, this list is in no particular order.
“The Ultimate Secret to Getting Absolute Everything You Want,” by Mike Hernacki
“The War of Art,” by Stephen Pressfield
“Born Rich,” by Bob Proctor
“Real Magic,” by Wayne Dyer
“Greatest Salesman in the World,” by Og Mandino
“The Richest Man in Babylon.” by George Clason
“Think and Grow Rich.” by Napoleon Hill
“As a Man Thinketh,” by James Allen
“7 Habits for Wealth and Happiness,” by Jim Rohn
“The Magic of Thinking Big,” by David Schwartz
The new, revised, second edition of “Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get A Life,” the Wall Street Journal number one bestseller, that is due out Aug. 9. Or anything else by me. (Come on, it’s my list and my books have to be on it.)
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Larry Winget is a five-time New York Times/Wall Street Journal bestselling author. He is a member of the International Speaker Hall Of Fame. Winget is a regular contributor on many news shows on the topics of money, personal success and business.