Actual Books are great aren’t they? I can’t believe I have to specify if its a real book or not lol! (showing my age lol). How time and technology marches on…. In the sea of todays information overload, I truly believe there is nothing better than taking the time to hold a book, feel the pages beneath your fingers and let it take you to another place as you read. Even the look of worn out pages, underlined text, scribble all over it give it character. Beats an e -reader any day I reckon.Anyway folks, here is a list for my top 10 personal development books I have read and or reviewed.I hope you enjoy and maybe even take the next step of getting a copy of your favourite one. Enjoy!
40 authors wrote the Bible over a period of 1,500 years. These Bible writers wrote as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Moses was the first person to write portions of Scripture while John, the disciple of Jesus, was the last. Other famous people who wrote the Bible include: David, Daniel, Peter, Paul, Jonah, Isaiah, Solomon and David.
Believe it or not, this holy book is not a book about you must do this and not do that as some might have you believe. It contains some great practical information about issues that are as relevant today as they were 1500 years ago. It discusses human issues as diverse as self-esteem, personal development, wealth,legal issues, family drama, charity,politics,war,peace international trade etc.
This book, first published by Napoleon Hill in 1937, can best be summarized by the principle that our lives are a direct reflection of what we think about most of the time. This can materialise in a positive or negative manifestation of our lives. He illustrates this concept by laying out 6 steps that focus on defining just what it is that you want.
First. Fix in your mind what you want e.g. the exact amount of money you desire or the date you would like to graduate from university etc. Be specific here as to what the goal is actually required to be.
Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for what you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.)
Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess what you desire.
Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of what you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the goal, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ, SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF YOUR GOAL.
What a title right?The title seems to convey the message that if you read this book you will be able to con and manipulate people. It also suggests as we say here in Australia, you have no mates(friends) and if you read this you will be able to get some or more.Nothing could be further from the truth. First published by Dale Carnegie in 1936,it really is a great book about how to just get along with people pure and simple.
If you are looking for a guide to faith-based self-improvement, then this is the book for you. In one of the earliest contemporary self-improvement books first published in 1952, famous clergyman Dr. Norman Vincent Peale shows how you can overcome any obstacle, internal or external, through the dynamic combination of the “science of faith” with psychological counseling and modern medicine.
- How negative thoughts produce anxiety, fear, doubt and worry;
- How to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts;
- How to use prayer to improve your life; and
- How to heal your mind, body and spirit by combining science and religious faith.
The Greatest Salesman in the World is a book, written by Og Mandino, that serves as a guide to a philosophy of salesmanship, and success, telling the story of Hafid, a poor camel boy who achieves a life of abundance. The book was first published in 1968, and re-issued in 1983 by Bantam. A hardcover edition was published by Buccaneer Books in June 1993. In 1970, Success Motivation Institute purchased the rights to produce the audio recording.
If Mandino’s suggested reading structure is followed, it would take about 10 months to read the book as there is a detailed plan inside illustrating the core principles.
Success is determined not so much by the size of one’s brain as it is by the size of one’s thinking.
Case study after case study proved that the size of bank accounts, the size of happiness accounts, and the size of one’s general satisfaction account is dependent on the size of one’s thinking. There is magic in thinking big.
Think Big and you’ll live big. You’ll live big in happiness. You’ll live big in accomplishment. Big in income. Big in friends. Big in respect… Start now, right now, to discover how to make your thinking make magic for you. Start out with this thought of the great philosopher Disraeli: ‘Life is too short to be little.”
Two of America’s best-loved motivational speakers share the very best of their collected stories and favorite tales that have lifted the hearts of people everywhere. Canfield and Hansen bring you wit and wisdom, hope and empowerment to buoy you through life’s dark moments.
Stephen Covey’s book has sold a million copies a year since its release in 1989, has been translated into 32 languages, and forms the intellectual basis of a large corporation. This book discusses the following seven principles to help the reader along in their own journey on the path to success.
The seven habits discussed are:
1. Be proactive.
2. Begin with the end in mind.
3. Put first things first.
4. Think win/win.
5. Seek to understand, then to be understood.
7. ‘Sharpen the saw’.
Rich Dad Poor Dad is about Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father (poor dad) and the father of his best friend (rich dad)—and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The author presents six major lessons which he discusses throughout the book:
- The rich don’t work for money
- The importance of financial literacy
- Minding Your own business
- Taxes and corporations
- The rich invent money
- The need to work to learn and not to work for money
Are you in charge of your life? Or are you being swept away by things that are seemingly out of your control? In Awaken the Giant Within, Anthony Robbins, the bestselling author of Unlimited Power, shows the reader how to take immediate control of their mental, emotional, physical and financial destiny.
Well folks,I hope the above review has been helpful and informative.Please feel free to comment or contact me below.Thanks heaps.