Best Personal Development Books For Creating a Better Life
Reading motivational books can make a huge difference in how you see yourself and the world around you. Reading an inspiring book every day will help keep you in optimal condition and help you interpret yourself and the world more positively.
When you read a motivational book, you get inspired to smash through your limitations and are able to make better choices and take positive actions more often.
1. The art of War by Sun Tzu
According to this book, strategy, preparedness, and taking advantage of opportunities are key to achieving success by overcoming conflict.
“The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
“Thus those skilled in war subdue the enemy’s army without battle … They conquer by strategy.”
“To … not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues.”
“What is of the greatest importance in war is extraordinary speed: One cannot afford to neglect the opportunity.”
2. The Four Arguments by Miguel Ruiz
According to author Miguel Ruiz, four agreements in life are fundamental steps on the path to freedom:
Be impeccable with your word.
Don’t take anything personally.
Don’t make assumptions.
The motivational books basic premise is that the diligent application of these agreements will lead to personal freedom.
“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”
“Maybe we cannot escape from the destiny of the human, but we have a choice: to suffer our destiny or to enjoy our destiny.”
“You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices.”
3. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This educational and motivational book was first published in 1989 and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide in over 40 languages. The 7 habits touted by the book are:
Begin with the End in Mind
Put First Things First
Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Sharpen the Saw
“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and
he will become as he can and should be.”
“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself.”
4. How to Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This motivational book includes fundamental techniques in handling people, six ways to make people like you, twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, how to be a leader and change people without giving offense or breeding resentment, and seven rules for making your home life happier.
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
“The world is full of people who are grabbing and self-seeking. So the rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage.”
5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
Think small and you will have small success. Think big and you will have a big success. These are the core concepts espoused by this motivational book.
The author provides practical advice to overcome fear, have confidence, and above all, aim high.
“Think you are weak, think you lack what it takes, think you will lose, think you are second class – think this way, and you are doomed to mediocrity.”
“Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.”