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Top books for personal development

Top books on personal development of all time

"A wise man learns from his mistakes, and a wise man learns from the mistakes of others"

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Everyone is already writing books on personal development, but there are few that will stand the test of time. Today we will present you perhaps the best books, some of them were written many years ago, others are from our modern life. But they are all relevant today - some of them even top the charts. These books are the must-read literature for anyone who wants to develop their personal and professional world. 

How to make friends and influence others

Dale Carnegie (1936)

Almost a century after its publication, the book continues to be at the top of the personal development book charts, best describing human relationships. The principles Carnegie describes help millions of people climb the ladder of success - those who know the secrets of communication, the world. How to make people like you, win them over or change them, for their own good - the application of the described methods will help you develop yourself not only personally but also professionally.

The one-minute manager

Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (1981)

For 40 years, millions of managers from large Fortune 500 companies and small businesses around the world have used the techniques presented by Blanchard and Johnson in The One-Minute Manager. The secrets to increase productivity and job satisfaction are hidden in the management techniques of the organization and its employees - One-minute goals, praise and reprimands. All this is presented supported by research from medicine and behavioral sciences, which explains the strength of the proposed methods. The series of business books with stories of the One-Minute Manager gives many valuable lessons that managers are constantly confronted with. 

The seven habits of highly efficient people

Stephen Covey (1989)

One of the most iconic books on personal development, presenting a holistic and principle-centered approach to addressing personal and professional problems. It reveals the steps towards security, wisdom and strength, for dignity and justice in every sphere of life. From Covey's principles and ideas we can learn a lot of wisdom about the simplest things that we can inevitably apply successfully in our business.

The 80/20 principle: The secret to achieving more with less effort

Richard Kosch (1997)

Also known as Peretto's law, the 80/20 principle is a fundamental philosophy of many highly efficient people and companies. According to him - 80% of the results come from 20% of the root causes. In his book, Richard Kosch presents the powerful ideas on how to achieve great results with less effort and resources - the only thing that depends on us is to focus on our strongest 20%.


Daniel Kahneman (2013)

In his book Thinking, Kahneman describes his ideas exploring not always sensible decisions that people make - spontaneous and unconscious. There are two systems by which people make decisions - one is fast, intuitive and emotional, and the other is slower, more logical and more thoughtful. Involving in the conversation about how we think, Kahneman presents when we can trust our intuition and how to indulge in slower thinking. Comparing and mastering the two systems of thinking are the basis of business success.

12 rules of life - Antidote against chaos

Jordan B. Peterson (2018)

The world-renowned book by Canadian psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson provides many insights into the meaning of human life, the responsibility of each person to himself, society and the world. The 12 rules of life are presented with 12 essays, with which the author tries to get close to the reader and sincerely help people to live with dignity by realizing how important the role of each person is in this complex puzzle called life.

Don't care about fine art

Mark Manson (2016)

This is a different book in which author and blogger Mark Manson responds to the entire industry and self-help books that he says focus on what a person lacks, not what they already have in their lives. Most personal development books present the idea that one should always be positive and feel happy all the time. This is exactly what Mark Manson denies and gives readers a sobering reading that will make them see life from a different perspective and teach them not to care about so many things.

The monk who sold his Ferrari

Robin Sharma (1999)

The book became a worldwide bestseller and translated into over 50 languages ​​worldwide. It is based on the experience of its author Robin Sharma, who abandoned his career as a lawyer at the age of 25. It tells the story of the lawyer Julian Mantle, who after a physical and spiritual breakdown goes on a trip to the Himalayas. There he discovers how he can live peacefully, in joy and abundance. These wisdoms and tips are conveyed to readers in a fascinating way.

Think and get rich

Napoleon Hill (1937)

This is the most famous book on Napoleon Hill and is among the 10 best-selling books of all time. It was published in 1937. and since then it has remained relevant to all who are interested in how to be more successful in life. In the original book, Napoleon Hill tells the stories of millionaires of his generation and shows the principles of wealth. The main idea of ​​the book is how the power of thought and the right attitude can help people to be rich.

The power of positive thinking

Norman Vincent Peel (1952)

A best-selling book with over 5 million copies. Author Norman Vincent Peel sends a strong message to readers on how to achieve life satisfaction through faith and inspiration. The book presents various techniques for people to achieve their goals and be happy. Topics such as self-belief, improving personal and professional relationships and many other aspects of life are covered.


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