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15 Of The Best Personal Development Books

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Last month, I put together a list of the best personal development books for April. Part of me was planning to make this a monthly feature anyway, but firstly I wanted to see how popular it would be, too. Very much so, apparently. After all, books like this can be potentially life changing!

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Must read books | Once again I have put together a list of 15 of the very best personal development books on the market, but this time for May. These books are great all year round and include advice for self improvement, business, time management, organisation and mindfulness. Each book comes highly recommended & could be life changing

I've had tons of emails from people telling me they loved my recommendations from April. So, here we are again. Granted, we're a few days into May now (oops). Luckily, however, these books are amazing at anytime, not just May, so we're all good!

Where have I got all these recommendations from? Well, in January, I made a list of 100 of the best Personal Development books I wanted to read in the next year or so. I have just decided that you might like to join me in this.​

The books on this list are chocked full of secrets to success, personal growth tips, and personal development habits of highly effective and successful people. I try and read books like this every day and I feel that taking action from them is one of the keys to success.

These are books I have either already read it, listened to it on Audio, have read quickly on Blinkist (I LOVE Blinkist!), or have on my bookcase (or Kindle) waiting to be read. I promise I am only recommending books I will be reading myself. Come back next month, too, for more book recommendations.

The book descriptions below are modified from Amazon, but I will try and do my own book reviews soon.

15 Of The Best Personal Development Books

15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. 

Calm by Michael Acton Smith

Calm by Michael Acton Smith

Modern life is hectic and relentless: trains delayed, endless emails filling the inbox, kids squabbling before bedtime... There has never been a more important time to rediscover your pause button. Calm is the book that will show you how to take back a little bit of peace, space and all-important calm. This book contains the simple tools, tricks and habits that will change the rest your life. 

168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam

168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam  

There just aren't enough hours to do it all. Or if we don't make excuses, we make sacrifices- taking time out from other things in order to fit it all in. There has to be a better way...and Laura Vanderkam has found one. After interviewing dozens of successful, happy people, she realised that they allocate their time differently than most of us. Instead of letting the daily grind crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there's time for the important stuff. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer.

Habit Stacking by S J Scott

Habit Stacking by S J Scott

You eat a healthy breakfast, have a great conversation with your loved ones, and then begin your workday focusing on the important tasks. Then, throughout the day, you complete other habits that positively impact your top goals. I guarantee you’d feel more fulfilled, get more accomplished, and have a better direction for your career.  All of this is possible when you add DOZENS of small changes to your daily routine. These habits don’t require much effort.

Get your Sh*t together by Sarah Knight

Get your Sh*t together by Sarah Knight

How to stop worrying about what you should do, so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do. Ever find yourself snowed under at the office - or even just glued to the sofa - when you really want to get out (for once), get to the gym (at last), and get started on that daunting dream project you're always putting off? Then it's time to get your sh*t together.

Flawd by Emily-Anne Rigal

Flawd by Emily-Anne Rigal

For anyone wanting to prepare for the social-emotional challenges they have to look forward to in school or dealing with the insecurities that arise while finding your way in the world, as well as anyone who cares about young people (parents, teachers, mentors, psychologists, social workers and such), FLAWD is an energetic guide for seeing flaws as the doorway to something more. With dynamic advice from teens and celebrities around the world, FLAWD is a perfect manifesto for readers looking to stop hate in the world.

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life...

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim

The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. In this timely guide to mindfulness, Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk born in Korea and educated in the United States, offers advice on everything from handling setbacks to dealing with rest and relationships, in a beautiful book combining his teachings with calming full-colour illustrations. 

It’s Okay to Laugh by Nora McInerny Purmort

It’s Okay to Laugh by Nora McInerny Purmort   

Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey "boyfriend" until she met Aaron--a charismatic art director and comic-book nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron's hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, each other, and Beyoncé...

Gratitude Works! by Robert A Emmons

Gratitude Works! by Robert A Emmons

Recent dramatic advances in our understanding of gratitude have changed the question from "does gratitude work?" to "how do we get more of it?" This book explores evidence–based practices in a compelling and accessible way and provides a step–by–step guide to cultivating gratitude in their lives. Gratitude Works! also shows how religious, philosophical, and spiritual traditions validate the greatest insights of science about gratitude.

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk in LEAVE YOUR MARK. She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers and for people who are well on their way. With a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, something she knows a thing or two about, Aliza is your sassy, knowledgeable guide to the contemporary working world, where personal and professional lines are blurred and the most important thing you can have is a strong sense of self.

Disclosure: If you purchase anything from links in this post or any other, I may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, I only ever mention products I love and would recommend whether I was being compensated or not.

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