My Top 5 Personal Development Book Recommendations for Success

I’m a huge advocate of continuous learning and part of that learning involves reading personal development books. The world is always evolving and changing and, if we want to stay ahead of the curve and at the top of our game, then we have to be committed to learning something new each and every day.

If you ever see my home office, you’ll find hundreds of books on a variety of different subjects. Reading—and applying what I read—has been a critical part of my success. I consider it one of my most important daily disciplines. I read for at least an hour a day—sometimes much more, like when I’m on a five-hour plane ride.

I’ve read over 3,000 personal development books throughout the course of my life, but these recommendations I’m about to give you are books that I consistently keep coming back to because they offer timeless insight into how we can grow as individuals in every area of our lives.

Here is my top 5 list of personal development books. the descriptions are from Amazon. For a review of each book watch my video above.

1) “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy

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The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve any desire.

If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want. You can get it here.

2) “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

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This is Napoleon Hill’s definitive landmark book (revised and updated for the 21st century) on how to unleash your full potential and achieve guaranteed success in life and work, by following the principles outlined in this book.

This book will also teach you how to conquer many common fears, such as Poverty, Ill Health, Criticism, Loss of Love and Death. “Think and Grow Rich,” indispensable reading for personal achievement. Find it here.

BONUS: “Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice” by Dr. Dennis Kimbro

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Author and entrepreneur Dennis Kimbro combines bestselling author Napolean Hill’s law of success with his own vast knowledge of business, contemporary affairs, and the vibrant culture of Black America to teach you the secrets to success used by scores of black Americans, including: Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, Dr. Selma Burke, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

The result is inspiring, practical, clearly written, and totally workable. Use it to unlock the treasure you have always dreamed of–the treasure that at last is within your reach. Get your copy here.

3) “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller

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You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions–and lots of stress. You want more productivity from your work and more income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Now you can have both. In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to cut through the clutter to achieve better results in less time and build momentum toward your goal. You will learn how to dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelmed feeling , revive your energy, stay on track, and master what matters to you. The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life–work, personal, family, and spiritual. Get it here.

4) “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferriss

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Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint. You can get it here.

5) “The Biology of Belief” by Bruce H. Lipton

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The Biology of Belief  is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts.

Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species. Get your copy here.

So now that you know a few of my favorite personal development books, I’d love to hear some of yours!

I’m always looking for new reading material, so please share in the comments below at least one must-read book that’s helped change your life. Then share one book you plan to start reading this month to achieve your personal growth goals.

Lay the foundation for a more joyful, abundant, and successful life by downloading the first 2 chapters of my New York Times Bestselling book The Success Principles. Discover how to produce only the outcomes you want to experience.

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50 Inspirational Quotes for Joy & Abundance

If you want to be successful and joyful, you must think inspiring, motivational thoughts. Sometimes we all need some inspirational quotes to help us through a tough moment in our lives.

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Every thought you think and every word you say matters. Your thoughts and words are declarations of who you think you are and how you perceive the world to be.

In the new year, resolve to think and speak to yourself with inspirational words. When you do this you are literally reprogramming your beliefs about yourself and the world you live in with each positive thought. The best part is — the universe will reward you when you change the way you speak to yourself.

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite inspirational quotes and motivational words to help you reframe the way you think for this year and beyond.

50 Inspirational Quotes for 2018

1. “Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve.” Jack Canfield

Motivate yourself with a collection of inspirational thoughts on confidence, success, life, and more.

Download my FREE Book of Big Ideas and Quotes here.

2. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

3. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro

4. “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.” – Jim Rohn

5. “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame them, it will not change you.” – Wayne Dyer

6. “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering

7. “Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” – Frederick Wilcox

8. “I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain

9. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

10. “First you jump off the cliff and you wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury

11. “Every single second is an opportunity to change your life, because in any moment you can change the way you feel.” – Rhonda Byrne

12. “You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts.” – Brian Tracy

13. “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty.” – Zig Ziglar

14. “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse

15. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

16. “If you want to lift somebody else up, lift up yourself.” – Booker T. Washington

17. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Hellen Keller

18. “Success consists of going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

19. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

20. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

21. “Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable.” – Jack Canfield

22. “We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope that we get to death without being too badly bruised or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.” – Bob Proctor

23. “The big secret in life is that there is no secret. Whatever is your goal, you can get there if you are willing to work.” – Oprah Winfrey

24. “The more you focus on and talk about what you do want. The faster you will manifest your dreams and goals.” – Stephen Covey

25. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

26. “A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.” – Bruce Wilkinson

27. “It’s always too soon to quit!” – Norman Vincent Peale

28. “He who stops being better stops being good.” – Oliver Cromwell

29. “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John Maxwell

30. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

31. “You’ve got to ask. Asking is, in my opinion, the world’s most powerful and neglected secret to success and happiness.” – Percy Ross

32. “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

33. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

34. “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” – Buddha 

35. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

36. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

37. “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.” – Jessie Potter

38. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” – Arthur Rubinstein

39. “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” – W. Clement Stone

40. “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, so long as you don’t stop.” – Confucius

41. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

42. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

43. “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde

44. “Action is the foundational key to all successes.” – Pablo Picasso

45. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy. – Dalai Lama

46. “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your should, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill

47. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

48. “It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry James

49. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

50. “People treat you the way you teach them to treat you.” – Jack Canfield

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Did I miss any of your favorite inspirational quotes? Let me know your favorites in the comments section below.

Remember, that success and progress begin with positive self-talk. You can motivate yourself with this collection of thoughts on confidence, success, life, and more with my FREE Book of Big Ideas and Quotes.

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The Key to Wealth: Pay Yourself First

Many people spend a lot of time trying to discover the key to wealth, or how to become rich.

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 “Don’t save what is left after spending, spend what is left after saving.” – Warren Buffett

In 1926, George Clason wrote a book called The Richest Man in Babylon — one of the greatest success classics of all time. It’s the fabled story of a man named Arkad, a simple scribe who convinces his client, a money lender, to teach him the secrets of money.

Becoming rich begins with a few simple rules…

Pay Yourself First

The first principle the money lender teaches Arkad is: “A part of all you earn must be yours to keep.”

He goes on to explain that by first putting aside at least 10% of his earnings — and making that money inaccessible for expenses — Arkad would see this amount build over time and, in turn, start earning money on its own.

Over an even longer time, it would grow into a lot of money, because of the power of compound interest.

Harness The Power of Compound Interest

If you’ve never heard that term before, compound interest is what happens when you earn interest on your savings, and — when left in the savings account — that interest begins to earn interest of its own. Given enough time, the earning power of that interest compounding on itself will eventually turn a small amount of money into a fortune.

Compound interest is one of the key reasons why paying yourself first – and starting early in life — is so essential if you want to accumulate wealth. We’ll talk more about that in a second.

Learn How to Invest

Now, the world’s most aggressive savers pay themselves first and make investing money as central a part of their money management as they do paying their mortgage.

To get in the habit of saving some money every month, immediately take a predetermined percentage of your paycheck and put it in a savings account that you don’t allow yourself to touch. Keep building that account until you’ve saved enough to move it into a mutual fund or bond account or to invest it somewhere else.

Investing just 10% to 15% of your income will help you eventually amass a fortune. Pay yourself first, then live on what is left.

This will do two things:

  1. It will force you to start building your fortune and
  2. If you still want to buy more or do more, it will force you to find ways to earn more money to afford it.

Never Dip into Your Savings to Fund a Bigger Lifestyle

Never dip into your savings to fund your bigger lifestyle. You want your investments to grow to the point that you could live off of the compound interest that accumulates, if necessary. Only then will you be truly financially independent.

Start Paying Yourself First Today

Keeping this idea of paying yourself first in mind, I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete after you’re done watching this video. Calculate what 10% of your income is, and commit to saving that much — no matter what!

To hold yourself accountable, leave a comment below with the most important thing you could start saving for. Is it your retirement? The ability to eventually quit your job and start a charity? Or maybe you need financial independence in order to start a brand new career doing work that you’re passionate about. I’ll follow up with you to make sure you’re staying on track!

Paying yourself first doesn’t have to stop with money. Learn how self-improvement and learning will pay dividends in your life. By improving yourself, you’ll attract more and more success into your life. You can begin to improve yourself by beginning to include positive affirmations in your life. They are the foundation for all self-improvement and positive thinking.

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You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com