• Chantal Porter

Best Self Development Books That You Can Read to Change Your Life

We all have moments when we feel like the world is really against us. In those times, we really can't think straight. It feels like we're getting an anxiety-attack mixed with a heart attack and God knows what else. I have gone through many different periods in my life. I have had some really good times and then get some not so good times. But it helps to know that this is all part of the grand scheme of things. You see, it is in those moments when you are about to fall face-forward that you find the strength to push through the trials that you are facing.

Over the past few weeks I have had to pause and take a few steps back to remember why I even started writing in the first place. For the longest while I was unable to answer that question. The truth is, I wasn't so sure anymore. Writing started to feel like a chore or a task that was just not giving me the instant gratification that I desired and I started to feel like I was lost. It was more about quantity that quality, if you get what I mean. I was consumed with putting out 3 articles per week even if they were not based on three of the best topics that I could possibly write about.

As I am writing this article right now, my eyes are becoming more open to how much I still don't know about myself. But as I have always said, life is a journey and ultimately if we could learn everything in a day, what would be the reason for our existence anyway? We are meant to learn some really hard lessons that only our individual struggles can teach us. We aren't perfect beings, living in a perfect world unfortunately, so some strain of struggle is inevitable. Struggle wears many different suits, in many different colours so don't for one second think that you can put it in a box.

Two persons may struggle with financial issues but their struggles can be very diverse in nature. Another two persons may have emotional issues, whilst having all the money in the world. So I guess by now you've gotten the point that I've been trying to make for the last few sentences. Life knocks you down, picks you up, twirls you a few times, gives you forehead kisses and ghosts you eventually. I hope I didn't trigger any bad breakup memories with that analogy but it is so true, so it's best to be prepared.

I have learned one important life lesson that I believe is truly important to remember- This world does not owe you a damn thing! Anything that you want, anything that you desire, you have to go out and grab it for dear life. If not, someone else who knows what they want will. In the event that they grab it before you, remember this; there's still room for everyone to be successful. Whenever you feel down or defeated don't settle for that feeling because there is better. Successful people never accept defeat or failure, they only accept the fact these two concepts are part of their personal growth.

I've been obsessed with how successful people actually become successful people. Looking from the outside you'd probably think that they got some extra brain cells that you are lacking. Well, unfortunately that is not true, so I guess you need to go excuse hunting again. It's pretty simple really, they have made it their life's work to develop the traits and habits that have gotten them to their current status and continue to help them with their personal development.

Now, I've come to learn that one of those success habits that they are really serious about is reading self development books. I know what you're thinking, how will a book make you mone? The answer is simple, it doesn't but it can help you to develop the skills that you need to make money. Furthermore, in moments when you are feeling really down a great motivational book might be exactly what you need to get you out of that slump. I've placed below a list of self development books that you can use to really pick yourself up when you feel like you've fallen down or your back is just too close to a wall.


1. Eat That Frog- by Brian Tracy

2. How To Win Friends and Influence People- by Dale Carnegie

3. Think and Grow Rich- by Napoleon Hill

4. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen R. Covey

5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck- Mark Manson

6. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business- by Charles Duhigg

7. The 48 Laws of Power- by Robert Greene

8. The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind- by Alan Wallace

9. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation- by Daniel J. Siegel

10. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny- Robin Sharma

Success requires that you take self development seriously. Nothing worth achieving will ever come easy. It requires sacrifices and struggle and a deeper understanding of failure. Here's a list of self development books that you can use to kick start your journey.

You were never created to live a mediocre life. So why accept your life as it is currently? If you are searching for something more, don't stop now. Get your mind right first and then everything else will fall into place.

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”-Mark Caine

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