10 Best Personal Development Books to Read

We need to start publishing more articles that highlight awesome personal development books on Wealthy Gorilla.

They’re so powerful, and provide such a great amount of knowledge. In this article I want to highlight the 10 best books to read, in my own opinion, for personal development.


Why should you read personal development books?

When it comes to personal development, thousands of authors have transferred all their accumulated knowledge into something that you can simply just pick up and read.

Think of some of the things you’re struggling with in life at the moment, or have been at some point in time. Now think about this: the answers you’ve been seeking to help you through those situations have been lying in a book store or library this entire time.

Somebody who’s already gone through everything you’re going through, has written down their advice for others to pick up.

That’s why you should read personal development books.


Why should you read these books regularly?

I’ve had the opportunity to speak to many amazing people over the past couple of years; and more recently, people have said that they read a certain book every month. There’s one book that they read every single month, without fail.

Although the book varies, the principle is the same.

Reading a book every single month constantly reinforces the knowledge and the morals within the book in your mind. Sometimes we read these books, and a couple of months later all this information is gone. We forget. And that’s natural.

So here’s the thing. If you read a book that empowers you, and you read it regularly, you will never lose that empowerment. You will never lose that knowledge. You will take it and act upon it everyday without a slip or hitch.


The 10 Best Personal Development Books

Best Personal Development Books to Read

The books I’m about to list are based on my own opinion. However, they’re constantly coming up whenever I get interviewed or interview others. They’ve also been best sellers, and are continuously read again and again because of the power and knowledge they can provide.

Here are Wealthy Gorilla’s recommendations of the 10 best personal development books we think you should read regularly.


1. The Magic of Thinking Big

The Magic of Thinking Big - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: David J. Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking Big is a book that I’m planning on reading once a month.

And it’s number one on this list because it provides something that everybody needs to be successful: the belief that you can achieve big things in life.

Believing in yourself, and being able to see the bigger picture are the major topics that this book covers. For any dreamers, you can’t not read this book. It’ll leave you with a much more positive and confident mindset.

I spoke to someone who challenged his students to read this book every month for the next 5 years. And if they weren’t doing well in life by that time, he would personally write them a cheque for $10,000.

Only one of his students took and completed the challenge, and he is now doing very well for himself. And he definitely hasn’t asked for that cheque.

Amazon Review

“If you are truly seeking the kind of success and abundance that makes your life 100% livable – you must read this book.”


2. Never Eat Alone

Never Eat Alone - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: Keith Ferrazzi

I’m halfway through Never Eat Alone, despite it being published many years ago.

It’s another incredible self-development book, that focuses on helping people become more social, build connections with others, and improve the way they communicate.

You know how the old saying goes; it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. By reading Never Eat Alone, you’re able to pick up the knowledge to do just that.

Amazon Review

“Keith has long been a leading marketing innovator. His way with people truly makes him a star. In Never Eat Alone, he has taken his gift and created specific steps that are easily followed, to achieve great success.” – Robert Kotick, Chairman and CEO, Activision


3. Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich is another of the classic personal development books, that was actually brought up recently when I interviewed Ashley Zahabian, a 21 year old motivational speaker.

Ashley mentioned to be that Think and Grow Rich was the book she read every month!

Napoleon Hill studied many millionaires to find out the ways in which they were different than others. What made them who they are, and able to have the financial freedom they have.

Many people think of this book as the original self-development book, and what an incredible and motivational book it is.

Amazon Review

“If you asked me to recommend to you the single best ‘success’ book I have ever read, my answer would be a very definite ‘Think and Grow Rich’.”


4. How to Win Friends & Influence People

How to Win Friends & Influence People - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends & Influence People is an incredible book for those looking to develop their social skills a lot!

This book is something like 3rd or 4th on Tai Lopez’s top 100 book recommendations.

In this book, you’ll learn all the essential techniques to making people like you, being able to deal with them better, and also becoming more persuasive.

Thousands of people have used the principles in this book to change their lives, ever since it was released. And people are still continuing to do so.

Amazon Review

“When I was 12 years old my best friend gave me a copy of this book and told me that I might find it interesting. He could not have been more right, for I delved deep into the book and I finished it in a matter of 2 weeks.”


5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: Stephen R. Covey

Exactly as the title suggest, Covey dives into the 7 habits high achievers have in life. He also lists different techniques you can use to adopt those habits, and also become a highly effective individual.

The important thing to mention, which makes this book so brilliant, is that Covey isn’t just targeting how to become wealthy.

The habits in this book are to become “effective”, both in your personal life and your career. They apply to all areas of your life.

Amazon Review

“Simply put: motivational and life changing. Even as an efficient individual, this will give you the drive that we all sometimes loose. Very organized and well written.”


6. The Alchemist

The Alchemist - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is an inspiring story, that follows a boy wishing to travel the world in search of treasure.

During his journey, he recognizes and experiences the other types of riches this world has to offer.

This story teaches people all about recognizing opportunity, and being able to follow our dreams.

This is definitely one of the best personal development books for dreamers and ambitious individuals.

Amazon Review

“If you like to ponder the meaning of life, then let your mind and spirit mull over the lessons in this book. It’s a quick and enjoyable read that will provide some new insights, or remind you of some old one’s that you’ve forgotten.”


7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do

The Power of Habit - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: Charles Duhigg

We act out of habit the majority of the time during our daily lives. The question is, why do we do this? And how we change our daily habits to healthier and more effective ones.

The Power of Habit explains why habits exist, and how we can all begin to adopt new habits that will helps us achieve our goals.

The key to achieving success is understanding how habits work, and this book outlines everything clearly.

Amazon Review

“This is a great book about the power of habit and what we can do to change our habits in business, life, and society.”


8. The Charisma Myth

The Charisma Myth - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: Olivia Fox Cabane

The myth is that charisma is not something you can adopt. You either have it or you don’t.

‘The Charisma Myth‘ sets out to tear this myth to shreds, and prove that anyone can become charismatic, influential and more persuasive.

There some great life skills you can pick up from this book, and it’s definitely worth reading for higher personal development.


Amazon Review

“So many self help books are ‘all gong and no dinner’ but I found this book to be a refreshing exception.”


9. Managing Oneself

Managing Oneself - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: Peter F. Drucker

The king of personal development books; Managing Oneself is out there to show you that regardless of how low down on the ladder you start, you can rise to the top.

To do this, you’ll need to take control of your life, in every aspect.

You need to keep yourself at the top of your own game, to rise to the top of your career. Give it a read, you won’t be disappointed.

Amazon Review

“I couldn’t put this one down, and gleamed much wisdom from it. I would almost call this book Drucker’s personal insight on how to manage your life.”


10. The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene - Best Personal Development BooksWritten by: Richard Dawkins

Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin, Watson, and Crick, Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene.

Suppose, instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves, as we had since Mendel’s work was rediscovered, we turn it around and imagine that “our” genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes.

That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years, and we haven’t thought of evolution in the same way since.

Amazon Review

“I believe that unless we wish to rely on luck throughout our lives we need to embrace reality as closely as possible, which is what a first-rate book like Dawkins’ helps us to do.”



Wow, what an amazing collection of the best personal development books! Let’s quickly list them again for anybody doing some quick reading:

  • The Magic of Thinking Big
  • Never Eat Alone
  • Think and Grow Rich
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • The Alchemist
  • The Power of Habit
  • The Charisma Myth
  • Managing Oneself
  • The Selfish Gene
  • In Conclusion

    We strongly recommend that you read these books as soon as you can!

    As for the likes of The Magic of Thinking Big, Never Eat Alone and Think & Grow Rich, pick one or two and read them every month. Without fail!

    Your life will begin to change! Trust me.

    How many of these best personal development books have you read? Leave a comment below.

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