I was inspired to share my 5 must read personal development books after listening to Lisa Nicole Bell’s podcast Behind the Brilliance. You may remember reading her Chasing Free Feature a few months back. On her most recent podcast she shared her top ten books, so be sure to check it out. 

After listening to the episode I started thinking about what books would I recommend my readers to read that I feel are life changing. I selected books that I find myself revisiting often. Some of the books I may have mentioned on the site before, but that's how you know they're great reads. :)

Before you check out any the books I am going to share, the Free Your Mind Journal is a must have for all women who are on a journey to being free. 



The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This book was life changing for me. No seriously, my whole thought process on how I viewed life shifted after I read this book. I started to get really clear about what I wanted for my life and the steps I needed to take to get there. It’s a quick and easy ready and if you want your life to change you have to be intentional about applying the agreements every single day. (and trust me it's not easy)

The 4 agreements are…

  • Be impeccable with your word

  • Always do your best

  • Don’t take anything personally

  • Don’t make assumptions

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is an oldie but goodie. If you want to sharpen your people skills then this book is for you. The principals mentioned in the book are practical, but yet overlooked by so many including myself.

For example, principle #3 is, remember the person's name and call it easily, and you have paid a subtle and very effective compliment.

I can always remember a face, but I suck at remembering names so this is a practice that I’m working on since I'm out and about meeting people all the time. 


Choose Yourself by James Altucher

After reading this book last year, I feel like a light bulb went off in my head reminding me that I needed to choose me first as I go through this journey of being free. For as long as I can remember I’ve been following someone else’s plan for my life versus creating a plan that felt good to me. I desired a plan that lined up with my values and living in purpose. I love how the author says that you should love yourself enough to choose yourself. Powerful, right?


The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino

Ok, I know you’re probably thinking what does this book have to do with personal development. But it does. It’s all about creating healthy habits in order to be successful in your life. Not just material success, but being successful in every area of your life. I refer to this book as a little book of wisdom and inspiration.

There are 8 practices/affirmations that the author describes in great detail that if we implement them in our everyday lives we will be successful human beings. 


Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant

Not sure if you know or not, but I LOVE Iyanla. I've read a couple of her books and last month I even saw her speak at a conference here in Cleveland. This little book of daily devotionals is packed with inspiring messages for you to meditate on. I’ve shared a number of excerpts from the book on IG & FB that really speak to me. 


Since I read A LOT of books, these are my top five must read books, for now. Click the button below to get a full list of books that I read for the 52 Books in a Year Challenge


Let’s Chat!

Have you read any of the books listed? What’s your favorite personal development book that you highly recommend?