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Best Books On Personal Development

By The Bach® Team
By The BACH® Team

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
—Dr. Seuss


There’s nothing like learning from the experiences of others. And books are a great way to do that. Creating a library of influential, personal development books is an excellent investment in ourselves. Here are six of our top recommendations:

“The 48 Laws of Power,” by Robert Greene

Greene — known for writing about power — has filled this book with some valuable takeaways. Tips like “win through your actions, never through argument,” and calls to choose more carefully who we spend time with, will all encourage personal growth when used healthily. (Check out our article on improving your emotional intelligence.)

“You Are a Badass,” by Jen Sincero

When the tagline of a book is “how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life,” you know it’s going to be a mainstay on the personal development bookshelves. Sincero, a New York Times #1 bestselling author, life coach and motivational cattle prod (her words!) is here to give you the gentle (and confident) push you need to get on with the life you were meant to live. (See our ways to feel more confident with your decisions.)

“Mindset,” by Dr. Carol S. Dweck

In this book, Stanford University Psychology Professor, Dr. Carol Dweck uses decades of research to show that “the view you adopt for yourself greatly affects the way you lead your life.” Unpacking the power of a “growth mindset,” Dr. Dweck helps readers to see how powerful it is to steer away from fixed mindsets and allow themselves to use criticism, challenges, and change to spur their personal development onwards. (Related: How do emotions affect decisions?)

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The Miracle Morning,” by Hal Elrod

Snooze-lovers rejoice! Hal Elrod is here to save the day. In this popular book, Elrod describes his five-step snooze-proof wake-up strategy and helps night owls beat the morning blues. Attempting to “change the world one morning at a time” is a noble cause, and a good pep talk to help you change your morning from woeful to wonderful might be just what you need. So, look no further than the pages of this book. (See also: tips to help emotional wellness woes.)

“The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up,” by Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is the queen of decluttering. Kondo believes that a clean and organized home, populated by only the things you use and love, can massively reduce stress levels and help us sleep better. She suggests readers handle everything in their homes, and ask the question, “Does it spark joy?” If the answer is “no” then it has to go. Ever felt slightly (or a lot) embarrassed by the level of things in your home? This book is for you. (See also: ways to alleviate racing thoughts.)

“The Bullet Journal Method,” by Ryder Carroll

Introducing the first book by the founder of the Bullet Journal, a journaling and mindfulness system that has taken the world by storm. After 20 years of trial and error, Carroll developed a method to combat the fact that, as he describes, “In the most connected time in history, we’re quickly losing touch with ourselves.” His method, known as The Bullet Journal, can become whatever you need it to be — calendar, to-do list, sketchbook, meal planner… the list is endless. The method is all about “tracking the past, ordering the present, and designing the future.” So, if you’re looking for a way to declutter your mind and be more mindfully productive, then give this book a read.

Happy reading!

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