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4 Effective Personal Development Books That Will Improve Your Life

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Do you desire a better version of you that excels in every aspect of life?

Are you invested in your career growth and would love to see remarkable changes in your personal development?

If your answers to this question are ‘yes’, then this article is for you.

Personal development is the goal of every growth-oriented individual, and reading books on personal development is one of the effective ways to actualise this goal and take the reins of your life.

One of the ways to achieve personal development is to read personal development books that will improve your life and fast track your career growth as well.

So, here are the top 4 influential Personal Development Books that will improve your life:


1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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The ability to influence and manage people is one of the most sought after skill in today’s world as people can be challenging to manage if you do not learn the ropes of effective communication.

This globally influential book is your best bet to sharpening your communication skills and ensuring your personal development.

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie helps you to understand how human psychology works and maximise that knowledge to create profitable and long-lasting relationships with people.

Some of the tips shared in the book are include: understanding how people think and behave to unravel the motive behind some of the decisions they make. By not condemning people, you endear yourself to them. Give sincere and honest compliments when necessary. Motivate people by showing genuine interest in them and treat them with kindness.

You get to know people better by initiating great conversations with them and asking open-ended questions. The book also teaches you how to improve your listening skills, manage arguments by finding common ground, and respecting people’s opinions and choices without forcing your opinion on them. These and more are some of the useful tips you will find in this phenomenal book.


2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

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This is one of the widely read books on personal development. In this all-time classic, Stephen shared insightful tips on how to cultivate productive habits that will make you efficient and succeed as an individual and in any given career of your choice.

These habits, once implemented daily with conscious efforts, will help you become productive and guide your journey to the top of the success ladder.

The universal laws of success outlined in this book are applicable in all areas of life. With an emphasis on harnessing the power of your mind, positive thinking, personal development, self-control, and effective communication, this mega-famous book is a must-read.

Above all, this book emphasises the narrative that personal development is a continuous process – a journey and not a destination.


3. The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr Norman Vincent Peale

The human mind is regarded as one of the most powerful engines on the earth. Hence, the importance of your thoughts cannot be overemphasised. Your mind is capable of enhancing your personal development or stunting its growth. The power rests with you.

This is why Dr Norman took us on a journey to explore the power that your mind wields and how it can influence your personal development.

This book provides the foundation upon which a positive mindset and attitude towards life are built. It will help you break free from the habit of unproductive thinking and worrying so that you can focus on overcoming life challenges with a more optimistic approach.

This international best-seller also preaches the message of faith and inspiration, encouraging readers to channel their mental energy towards positive thinking. It will motivate you to believe in yourself and abilities while keeping hope alive for the limitless possibilities that the future holds on your journey to self-discovery and personal development. This is what guarantees lifelong happiness and mental stability.

4.    Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy.

Procrastination is one of the silent killers of personal development. It impedes your mental growth and prevents you from achieving your goals. If not properly addressed in the early stages, it can go on to become an insurmountable challenge that will disrupt your journey to personal development.

Brian Tracy nipped this widely known cancer in the bud by providing easy yet effective ways to overcome this roadblock to your life goals.

The author likened our daily tasks to frogs that need to be eaten (done) one step at a time rather than postponing till a much later time.  The suggestions in the books are practical and actionable, making it an important contribution to your overall personal development. He highlighted the importance of writing your goals on paper, focusing on them till they achieved, and overcoming distractions that may sprout in the course of accomplishing your goals,

It’s not about reading the book alone but meticulously applying the principles therein. For in your actions, lies your freedom from procrastination.


These effective personal development mentioned above are a few of the thousands of other personal development books out there that will improve your life and aid your journey to personal development. However, these are the top four that resonates with me and have been an instrumental factor in fast tracking my career growth.

Get them now and see remarkable changes in your overall mental and career development and when you apply the insightful tips in them.

Cheers to your personal development.

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Ayobami Fasusi

Ayobami Fasusi is an African writer with an unrepentant love for storytelling. Writing is her escape from the numerous thoughts screaming “Pick me! Pick me!” in her head. She currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
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17 thoughts on “4 Effective Personal Development Books That Will Improve Your Life

  1. My favorite is “EAT THAT FROG” I have read over 5 times and never get tired of reading it cause it has a new message every time I do…. Thanks for sharing

  2. Well done sweetie… More wisdom… And more of God’s grace for you to get to the Greater height…
    I will try and read this book as recommended by you…

    Well done dear

  3. Wow
    Thanks for sharing this
    About one month ago, someone recommended the first book for me and a friend oo
    An Uber driver…he talked about how the book was great and all😁😁 and now here it is once again
    I’m definitely checking it out

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