100 Personal Development Books to Read Before You Die

I often get asked, "What books have really inspired you?", “What books have you read that helped you to grow the most?". As I've read quite a lot of books over the years I don't always remember them all when asked, so it was about time I sit down and make a complete list.

Below is my list of 100+ personal development books you want to read before you die. I divided it into two categories: Biographies and Nonfiction. The reason I associate biographies with personal development is because I find them very effective for driving growth. Learning from the lives of others can provide incredible insight and life lessons.

With this in mind, let's start with my top 10 biographies of all time:

My Top 10 Nonfiction Books

1. Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

2. The Way of the Superior Man
by David Deida
- A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire

3. A New Earth
by Eckhart Tolle
- Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

4. Sapiens
by Yuval Noah Harari
- A Brief History of Humankind

5. Tribes
by Seth Godin
- We Need You to Lead Us

6. The 4-Hour Workweek
by Timothy Ferriss
- Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

7. Big Magic
by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Creative Living Beyond Fear

8. The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

9. The Lean Startup
by Eric Ries
- How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

10. The War of Art
by Steve Pressfield
- Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

My Top 10 Best Biographies

1. Unbroken
by Laura Hillenbrand
- A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

2. Shantaram
by Gregory David Roberts
- A Novel

3. Wild
by Cheryl Strayed
- From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

4. Endurance
by Alfred Lansing
- Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

5. Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson

6. Losing My Virginity
by Richard Branson
- How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

7. Marching Powder
by Thomas McFadden
- A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America's Strangest Jail

8. A Life Without Limits
by Chrissie Wellington
- A World Champion's Journey

9. Way of the Peaceful Warrior
by Dan Millman
- A Book That Changes Lives

10. Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
- One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time


Nonfiction - Runner Up

The Power of Full Engagement
by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
- Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

Getting Things Done
by David Allen
- The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

The One Thing
by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
- The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
- A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Zero to One
by Peter Thiel
- Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Quiet
by Susan Cain
- The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Rework
by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Rich Dad Poor Dad
by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not!

Rising Strong
by Brene Brown
- How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Siddhartha
by Hermann Hesse

Start with Why
by Simon Sinek
- How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

The Obstacle is the Way
by Ryan Holiday
- The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

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

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
by Mark Manson
- A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Think & Grow Rich
by Napoleon Hill and Toks K. Oyegunle
- The Consultant and Knowledge Workers Edition

Thinking, Fast & Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

Abundance
by Peter Diamantis
-The Future Is Better Than You Think

Antifragile
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Things That Gain from Disorder

Bold
by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
- How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World

Good to Great
by Jim Collins
- Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

Influence
by Robert B. Cialdini
- The Psychology of Persuasion

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
by Kamal Ravikant

Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius

Mindset
by Carol S. Dweck
- The New Psychology of Success

Biographies - Runner Up

Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert
- One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Night (Night Trilogy)
by Elie Wiesel and Marion Wiesel

Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

I Can See Clearly Now
by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

Chasing the Wind
by Steve Fossett
- The Autobiography of Steve Fossett

On Writing
by Stephen King
- A Memoir Of The Craft

FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL
by Vinnie Tortorich and Dean Lorey
- Adventures in the Weight-Loss Game

The Game
by Neil Strauss
- Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

Finding Ultra
by Rich Roll
- Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

Unlikely Destinations
by Tony And Maureen Wheeler
- The Lonely Planet Story

Total Recall
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
- My Unbelievably True Life Story

Dying to Be Me
by Anita Moorjani
- My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi

I'm Here to Win
by Chris McCormack
- A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance

Proof of Heaven
by Eben Alexander
- A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

The Priority List
by David Menasche
- A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons


Nonfiction - Honorable Mention

MONEY Master the Game
by Tony Robbins
- 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey
- Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

The Art of War
by Tzu Sun

The E-Myth Revisited
by Michael E. Gerber
- Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

Blink
by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Conversations With God
by Neale Donald Walsch
- An Uncommon Dialogue

Daring Greatly
by Brené Brown
- How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Deep Work
by Cal Newport
- Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Stealth Marketing
by Jay Abraham
- How to Outmaneuver, Outwit & Outmarket Your Most Formidable Competitors Before They Know What's Hit Them

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover
by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
- Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

Mastery
by Robert Greene

Status Anxiety
by Alain De Botton

The Anatomy of Peace
by The Arbinger Institute
- Resolving the Heart of Conflict

The Art of Learning
by Josh Waitzkin
- An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind
by Vishen Lakhiani
- 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms

The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills
- A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

The Happiness of Pursuit
by Chris Guillebeau
- Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

The Millionaire Fastlane
by MJ DeMarco
- Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime

The Millionaire Next Door
by Stanley Thomas
- The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars
by Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan

Biographies - Honorable Mentions

Two Lifestyles, One Lifetime
by Les Leventhal
- An Inspiring Journey From Rock-Bottom Hopelessness to Wildly Extravagant Possibility

The Nazi Officer's Wife
by Edith H. Beer and Susan Dworkin
- How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Robert M. Pirsig

The Road Less Traveled
by M. Scott Peck
- A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

Walden
by Henry David Thoreau
- Life in the Woods

It's Not About the Bike
by Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins
- My Journey Back to Life

The Truth
by Neil Strauss
- An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
- A Memoir

Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer
- A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

Touching the Void
by Joe Simpson
- The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival


Nonfiction - On my Reading List

#GIRLBOSS
by Sophia Amoruso

80/20 Sales and Marketing
by Perry Marshall
- The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More

A Course in Miracles
by Dr. Helen Schucman

A Guide to the Good life
by William B. Irvine
- The Ancient art of stoic joy

Ask
by Ryan Levesque
- The Counterintuitive Online Method to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy...Create a Mass of Raving Fans...and Take Any Business to the Next Level

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself
by Dr. Joe Dispenza
- How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

David and Goliath
by Malcolm Gladwell
- Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Essentialism
by Greg McKeown
- The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Fooled by Randomness
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Marco Polo Didn't Go There
by Rolf Potts
- Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer

Out of Your Mind
by Alan Watts
- Tricksters, Interdependence, and the Cosmic Game of Hide and Seek

Purpose-driven Life
by Rick Warren
- What on Earth Am I Here For?

The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene

The 5 Love Languages
by Gary D. Chapman
- The Secret to Love that Lasts

The Art of Happiness
by Dalai Lama
- A Handbook for Living

The Big Leap
by Gay Hendricks, PhD
- Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

The Big Short
by Michael Lewis
- Inside the Doomsday Machine

The Black Swan
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- The Impact of the Highly Improbable Fragility

The Checklist Manifesto
by Atul Gawande
- How to Get Things Right

The China Study
by T. Colin Campbell and M.D. Thomas M. Campbell II
- The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health

The Defining Decade
by Meg Jay
- Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now

The Happiness Advantage
by Shawn Achor
- The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

The Happiness Hypothesis
by Jonathan Haidt
- Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

The Inside Out Revolution
by Michael Neill
- The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
by Marie Kondo
- The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The Presence Process
by Michael Brown
- A Journey Into Present Moment Awareness

The Success Principles
by Jack Canfield
- How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

The Total Money Makeover
by Dave Ramsey
- A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Tiny Beautiful Things
by Cheryl Strayed
- Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Tools of Titans
by Timothy Ferriss and Arnold Schwarzenegger
- The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Waking Up
by Sam Harris
- A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

You Are a Badass
by Jen Sincero
- How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Biographies - On my Reading List

Open
by Andre Agassi
- An Autobiography

10% Happier
by Dan Harris
- How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

Many Lives, Many Masters
by Brian L. Weiss
- The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives

Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramhansa Yogananda

Elon Musk
by Ashlee Vance
- Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
by William Shirer
- A History of Nazi Germany

Auschwitz
by Miklos Nyiszli and Bruno Bettelheim
- A Doctor's Eyewitness Account

The Last Lion
by William Manchester and Paul Reid
- Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

Year of Yes
by Shonda Rhimes
- How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

The Everything Store
by Brad Stone
- Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Delivering Happiness
by Tony Hsieh
- A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

The Surrender Experiment
by Michael A. Singer
- My Journey into Life's Perfection

Buffett
by Roger Lowenstein
- The Making of an American Capitalist

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