Do you have a growth plan? If you’d asked me this a few years ago I would have answered with, what even is a growth plan?! Well simply put, it is an intentional plan that you set for your own growth & improvement.
For me this journey began when I started building my own business in 2013. Since then Personal development has been a huge part of my life. Not only has it helped me achieved what I have in my career & business to date, the things that I have learned I have been able to transfer into so many other areas of my life. It’s helped me gain confidence & belief that I didn’t have and lift the bar on any limitations I previously set myself. It’s helped me overcome huge life challenges I faced and opened my eyes up to what’s possible when you work on your mindset.
Personal growth does require you stepping out of your comfort zone and sometimes acknowledging parts of yourself that need to change or improve in order to grow. But without a doubt it’s the best investment you will make, because the best project you will ever work on is yourself!
The decision to grow has impacted my life more than anything else and I’m passionate about helping people experience this as well, so I have put together a list of the top 10 self-development books that I personally have read and that have massively impacted my mindset and life. These are books that have not only had a massive influence on my life but are also highly recommended by some of the most successful entrepreneurs, influencers and achievers from around the world.
As Jim Rohn said, “Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.”
It took a while for me to get into the habit of reading and what I would suggest is starting with 10 pages minimum a day, carve out 30 minutes of quiet time either in the morning or at night to do this, as you start to implement this daily, you’ll start to enjoy it more and really see the knowledge and value of the books you are reading show up in your life. Reading is an incredibly powerful form of learning. Another great way to do this is through audiobooks – you can download Audible and monthly you get 1 credit to use on an audio book. When I drive anywhere I am always listening to some form of audiobook and this is definitely a faster way to get all that information. I tend to listen to books at least 2-3 times as quite often your mind will be multi-tasking whilst you are listening.
If you change your thinking you can change your life, that is a fact! The best place to start with self-development is with your mind. For me personally, it’s helped me be able to manage my own thoughts, my habits and my emotions, to make sure I am on the right path for happiness and success. This is one of the most popular self-development books on the market today. Jack Canfield has taken all the most successful techniques for self-improvement and combined them with the unique insights he gained whilst building an $80-million-dollar business from nothing. He has distilled this knowledge into the genius that is The Success Principles.
This was one of the first personal development books I read and today I use it as my bible and roadmap for life. Within the book it contains 64 timeless success principles that successful men and women have used throughout history. Don’t let the size of this book put you off, the content within it provides so much value and the success I am now experiencing in life I put down a lot to the principles I have applied from this book.
One of my favourite principles is principle number 5 – Believe in Yourself. “If you are going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. Believing in yourself is a choice. It is an attitude you develop over time.”
I live my life my life by this principle and without a doubt it’s served me so well in achieving the things I have in the last few years. Try it out for yourself and see how belief impacts your life!
April 2018 marked 21 years since Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad first made waves in the Personal Finance arena. It has since become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world. Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
The book is not just about money though, it’s about our mindset around money and how we view it. It’s about how we are taught to think, how we are programmed by schools, family and our friends to look at the rich as greedy and opportunities as risks. The book is attempt to reprogram your mind to look at why we do what we do, why do we buy all these shoes, clothes, cars, jewellery. Is it because we have earned it or are we just trying to maintain an image?
To me the most important thing it teaches is that being educated is the key. Educated in our motives, in money and in the world around us. And the most important lesson is that educated does not always mean a degree or qualification. Being educated means knowledge in money mindset, financial education, the economy, success habits, and know that all of these can be learned anywhere at any time.
This is a must-read for anyone, it opened my eyes up to different ways I could create more financial security in my own life. It can revolutionise the way you perceive money and your beliefs around it all. I coach everyone that I work with to read this book as it is key to helping them make the shift from an employee (take out mindset) to an entrepreneur mindset.
This is a great go-to-book following on from Rich Dad, Poor Dad. In this book he really breaks it down and shows you the difference between the left side of the quadrant and the right side and how important and financially solid the right side can really be for you and your family to earn financial security and freedom. It made me realise how valuable asset income is and that even in self-employed roles we can still be on the hamster wheel of trading time for money, which ultimately leads to little security as if you stop working, or for whatever reason can’t, you stop getting paid. This is such a powerful book to educate yourself on the different ways to earn income and how if you do want financial freedom and security it is smart to build multiple streams of income in the right hand side of the quadrant.
The book was written for people who want to change their lives and create more financial security and freedom.
The book is essentially divided into three parts:
Part 1 will show you the fundamental differences between people in the four quadrants. It will show you why certain people gravitate towards a particular quadrant, and they often get stuck there without realising it. As well as looking at where you are now and where you want to be in five years time.
The second part of this book is about change. It looks at who you have to become in order to achieve your goals.
The third part explains how to transition to the right side of the CASHFLOW Quadrant. You will learn the Rich Dad secrets on the skills you will need to become successful as a B or an I. It will help you choose your path to financial freedom.
In this book, Mel Robbins explains a simple concept called the 5 second rule and shares some stories of people who applied it and witnessed the positive change it brought in their lives. There’s no overwhelming motivation in here, the book only makes you face yourself and admit that the only person standing in your way is you, not your condition, not your family or society. As human beings, we have that gift to ignore what’s happening around us and despite wanting something so bad, we still manage to find an excuse to implementing the actions we need to achieve something we really want. That’s what this book is about, it allows you to stop lying to yourself about why you aren’t taking the necessary action to change your life and start doing what really matters for you.
Using the science of habits, her own life stories and facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins explains the power of a “push moment.” Then, she gives one ridiculously simple tool that you can use to become your greatest self. More than 8 million people have watched Mel’s TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world’s largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement.
If you are someone who lacks motivation, suffers from the habit of worrying (that use to be me constantly) or even suffers from anxiety, then this book can help. If you want to become more confident, break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt, beat fear and uncertainty, stop worrying constantly about insignificant things and just feel happier, the simple tool Mel shares in this book can help. The 5 Second Rule although incredibly simple, is a tool that can transform your life when applied correctly and stop you from holding yourself back.
As Mel says, ‘The secret isn’t knowing what to do—it’s knowing how to make yourself do it.’
The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the correct daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. In this book you start to learn why some people achieve all of their dreams & goals whilst others continue chasing them or give up altogether.
The main concept in this book is the compound effect of your habits and choices, something the author, Jeff Olson, calls the Slight Edge. Everything you do, every decision you make, every action and inaction has a slight positive or negative impact on the final outcome. But just like compound interest, all these slight choices and actions stack up over time, creating a huge momentum in either a positive or a negative direction. According to the author, it is very, very rare that success (in business, personal finance, health, relationships,) is the result of a “big leap” or overnight success. It is the effect of the compound of small, almost insignificant, actions over time that lead to your success or in some cases failure.
I personally listened to this in audio-book form and find the author very easy to listen to. It’s one of the books I go back to all the time as the principles are things that need to be applied over and over again. This is one I listened to early on in my personal development journey and can honestly say it’s been life changing!
If you are someone who hits snooze on your alarm daily, regularly eats bad and unhealthy, chooses to watch Netflix or a soap on TV instead of going to the gym or plugging into something educational or inspiring; and think that none of these choices impact your life negatively. Then this book will give you the wake-up call you need and make you question your habits and choices and make you realise that everything compounded is creating the results in your life.
My wish is that you decide to pick up one of these books and enjoy reading it whilst applying the principles and knowledge into your life. If this has been of value to you, I’d love to hear from you or for you to leave a comment below, feel free to connect with me on Instagram or Facebook and reach out to me. I have also linked all the books to Amazon so that when you click on the titles, you can purchase them directly from there. I look forward to hearing from you and watching your transformation!
In this blog I have listed the first 5 of my top 10 self-development books, I can’t wait to share with you the other 5 books in my next blog.