100 Best Personal Development Books to Read Before You Die

I often get asked - what books have inspired you?, what books have you read that helped you to grow the most?.

As I've encountered quite a great personal development books over the years, I sat down and made a complete list

Below is my list of 100 personal development books you want to read before you die.

Beside Nonfiction I also added a few Biographies at the bottom of the list. 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 non-fiction personal development books of all time:

Top 100 Nonfiction Personal Development Books

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

This deeply inspirational story of triumph of the human spirit over the evils of the Nazi regime, tells the courageous story of a Holocaust survivor, determined to live through his ordeal. His remarkable secret to salvation was to deeply imagine his life having a higher purpose. This belief allowed him to survive the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp he was confined to.

My key takeaways from Man’s Search For Meaning:

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

“The Way of the Superior Man” is a man’s guide to authentic spirituality and masculinity to help men show up in the world in a way that best serves them. Insights, exercises and advice make this book indispensable to any looking to improve himself. Deida guides men on how to navigate many topics, such as modern love, work, spirituality and intimacy so men can live lives full of integrity, authenticity and freedom.

My key takeaways from The Way of the Superior Man:

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3. A New Earth
by Eckhart Tolle

Spirituality guru, Eckhart Tolle enlightens his readers about the cost of allowing ego to dominate one’s life. He shares how to liberate oneself from that limiting mindset to transcend into a new state of consciousness. He points out how protecting the ego leads to preventable suffering around the world, to inspire a new wave of collective consciousness.

My key takeaways from Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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

To awaken where you are, right now, today one must seize the present moment. Eckhart Tolle encourages his readers to realize they only have this very moment to enjoy and teaches them how to think and feel in a way that allows them to live each day to its fullest. The clear, uplifting prose makes the book a great introduction to intentional living and spirituality, for those new to mindfulness.

My key takeaways from The Power of Now

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

It is human nature to create tribes, be they interest based, political, based on a shared set of values. Humans are a social species that thrives when organized together around a common desire. All tribes need a leader, to galvanize it’s members. Entrepreneurs, leaders or anyone wishing to have a strong positive impact in the world, needs a strong tribe behind them. “Tribes” explains the historical and psychological importance of tribes, as well as how to create a strong, unified tribe brought together through the power of the internet.

My key takeaways from Tribes

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6. The Untethered Soul
by Michael A. Singer
- The Journey Beyond Yourself

The Untethered Soul is a New York Times Bestseller, co-published with the Institute of Noetic Science, is a roadmap for freeing oneself from the thoughts and emotions that prevent one from what they desire. Author and spiritual teacher Michael A Singer uses meditation and mindfulness exercises to change the way his readers experience themselves and the world around them so they can let go of limiting beliefs that keep them feeling stuck.

My key takeaways from The Untethered Soul

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

Big Magic is a cheerfully optimistic invitation to dare to live a creative life chasing dreams from the woman who introduced the Bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love”. She dives into the nitty gritty of what creativity is, how it happens and how important is to living a fulfilling life. She inspires and educates her readers to dream big, ten she gives them the the attitudes and habits needed to choose to go for what we want in life, instead of choosing fear. Authors, writers, painters, or aspiring business owners or travellers will feel inspired to take first steps by Elizabeth Gilbert’s empowering words.

My key takeaways from Big Magic:

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8. The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a simple but powerful novel that tells the spellbinding story of a young Spanish Shepherd on a mysterious quest for treasure in faraway lands. This symbolic adventure is a testament to how far our dreams can take us, if we have the courage to follow them into the unknown, but also that our deepest desires are met from within.

My key takeaways from The Alchemist

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

Micheal A Singer takes the reader on a wild ride throughout his life to get to the heart of what spirituality means to him, so he can enlighten others. He side steps the spirituality one upmanship, the cacophony of differing opinions on how to live a meaningful life by sharing insights from his own journey. Readers are taken on a wild ride through his time as a solo truth seeker, successful computer program engineer and humanitarian to learn how to trust their own inner process that will take them to a place of lasting satisfaction.

My key takeaways from The Surrender Experiment

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

A movement in it’s own right, visionary Timothy Ferriss gives his formula for escaping the rat race, so the masses can retire, long before they are 65. Ferris reveals how he created location independence and financial freedom lifestyle, that allows him to work only a few hours each day from anywhere in the world.

My key takeaways from The 4-Hour Workweek

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

“The Power of Full Engagement” is for a practical, science based guide for those who feel they are constantly burning the candle at both ends trying to balance their personal and professional obligations. This book proves one does not have to sacrifice their health in order to get ahead at work. Full of strategies, tips and techniques, readers will learn how to better manage their time and look after their health so they get more done while feeling their best.

My key takeaways from The Power of Full Engagement

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

“The War of Art” inspires anyone aspiring to do great things, as an artist, entrepreneur or writer to beat their own mind so they can finish what they started, or start what they would like to create. Pressfield tells it like it is, giving creators the toolbox to identify their barriers so they can unleash their full potential. Sufferers of writers block, or any kind of creative stagnation will appreciate the candid wisdom and strategies put forth in this book.

My key Takeaways from The War of Art

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

“The One Thing” is a much needed reminded in today’s multi tasked world that the overlooked essential ingredient to success is the ability to stay focused when chasing your dreams. Successful people are not distracted. They do not let anything stand in their way of achieving their goals. This book provides a bullet proof plan to help those struggling to follow through to tune out all of the noise.

My key takeaways from The ONE Thing

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Sapiens
by Yuval Noah Harari
- A Brief History of Humankind

Anyone who has ever wondered why humans have managed to dominate the planet will enjoy this scientific account of human history. Harari explains in great detail the genetic and psychological traits that were most valuable to humans to be able to conquer other human species and non-human species. Readers will marvel at the ingenuity of the human spirit, borne from our unique genetics.

My key takeaways from Sapiens

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The 5 Second Rule
by Mel Robbins
- Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

Motivational speaker and CNN host Mel Robbins reveals the small simple hack which can create big, lasting changes in life, if applied consistently. Her approach to crushing procrastination and decision fatigue aptly named the 5-second rule, instructs anyone who is about to make a decision they will regret to count down backward from 5 seconds, to give themselves 5 only 5 seconds to act. Mel credits this technique to being instrumental in saving her marriage, career, finances, inspiring anyone to achieve their best in 5,4,3…

My key takeaways from The 5 Second Rule

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

“Zero to One” is a peak inside the mind of American venture capitalist Peter Thiel, as he shares how he became a Billionaire by selling Paypal, co-founding Plantir then investing in Facebook. With optimism and clarity, Thiel walks readers through the process of how to create innovative products that crush the competition by turning startups into monopolies. Aspiring technology startup founders will benefit from learning about his perspective on how to gain a competitive edge through innovation, although his philosophy can be applied to being successful as an entrepreneur as well as in life.

My key takeaways from Zero to One

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

A tribute to the introverts among us, Susan Cain’s witty, well researched book tells the story of those who prefer to listen rather than speak. She makes the case that introverts are often overlooked compared to extroverts in the dominant culture. She delves into their psyche and unique strengths so introverts and extroverts alike can better understand this personality type.

My key takeaways from Quiet

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Rework
by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

ReWork is an essential book for anyone starting a business, or who simply feels overwhelmed at work. Part cultural commentary, part advice column, “ReWork” is a cultural phenomenon itself, as a pioneer in both the normalization of remote work and saying no to toxic hustle culture. To get more done in less time at work, “ReWork” delivers candid advice with heart and bravado, shaming workaholics into re-thinking their workflows and attitudes about professional achievement.

My key takeaways from Rework

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

Rich Dad Poor Dad is the story of two fathers; one has a collection of diplomas but is financially poor and the other is a high school drop-out but financially wealthy. The book explains the financial habits passed within families that help families with resources achieve upward mobility, while families with less capital struggle to do the same. Financial literacy, acquiring wealth through assets and financial freedom are all discussed in detail, making it a fascinating read for anyone who has ever wanted to become financially independent.

My key takeaways from Rich Dad Poor Dad

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

Simon Sinek, author of best selling business books, “Better Together” and “Leaders Eat Last” shares a simple way leaders can inspire others. His approach has inspired businesses, thought leaders and activists around the world to motivate others to be more innovative, more productive and more engaged. “Start With Why” follows influential leaders throughout history who motivated others to rally behind them, innovate better products and create movements of their own, by starting with why.

My key takeaways from Start With Why

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

Eric Ries, an entrepreneur and business blogger enlightens entrepreneurs looking for an edge in their business, by revealing his method for creating a business that will stand the test of time. His method, of staying small enables businesses to be more agile, ultimately making them more adaptable to change. He reveals how startups can make products customers want, sell them faster and cheaper than their competitors.

My key takeaways from The Lean Start Up

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

The words of Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius highlight a truth any high achiever has lived by, obstacles are opportunities in disguise. “The Obstacles in the Way” provides a recipe to follow so anyone can triumph in the face of adversity. The stories of great inventors, entrepreneurs and pioneers of their time who overcame obstacles are analyzed so anyone can emulate their success.

My key takeaways from The Obstacle Is the Way

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

New York Times business reporter, Charles Duhigg examines what habits are, their importance and how to change them so anyone can change their life or business. He explains why some people and companies are able to change their habits, when others cannot. He marries science and storytelling to demonstrate how in every aspect of society around the world-from parenting, to product design, to leading successful social movements the ability to change everyday behaviors is the bedrock of success.

My key takeaways from The Power of Habit

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

Street-smart, foulmouthed blogger Mark Manson reinvents the self help genre by simultaneously mocking it while re-writing the rules. A Bestseller, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” is for people seeking radical change in their lives who do not feel they are best served by conventional self help books. It is a vulgar, but well researched appeal for those struggling to get the most from life to re-frame their thinking so they can focus on what truly matters.

My key takeaways from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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

Knowledge workers and consultants who have ever wanted the secrets to building wealth will rejoice. This workbook reveals the mindsets as well as the habits of the world’s most successful people. The exercises, techniques and principles throughout this workbook guides the reader through their motivations, to help them create a plan to become wealthy.

My key takeaways from Think & Grow Rich

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Antifragile
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Things That Gain from Disorder

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb uses a systems thinking approach to understand the world, through the lense of fragile and anti-fragile traits. He argues the key to resilience is embracing volatility, being adaptable, learning from mistakes, and having a plan for adversity or uncertainty. These traits are critical components of an anti-fragile system, whether that is an economy, ecological or biological system, an investment strategy, or a business plan. Shocks to the system are inevitable, so the people and systems designed to withstand change will persevere.

My key takeaways from Antifragile

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Influence
by Robert B. Cialdini
- The Psychology of Persuasion

In the New York Times Bestseller, psychology Professor Robert B Cialdini uses his thirty-five years of research to explain the psychology of why people say yes. This book explains the how and why of automatic influence. He breaks down the six components of any skilled persuader so anyone can ethically get anyone to say yes, in business or every day life or detect manipulation.

My key takeaways from Influence

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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
by Kamal Ravikant

The simple guiding principal that changed everything in Kamal Ravikant’s life, was to radically love himself in every action he did, every word he said. This revelation has touched the hearts and minds of world leaders, catapulting him from a deep depression into a life firmly rooted in purpose and action. In this bestselling self published powerhouse, he shares his personal struggles and how how his mantra became the catalyst that saved him.

takeaways from Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

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Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius

The ancient private notes written by the only Roman Emperor who was also a philosopher, are a profound read for anyone also grappling with large, existential questions. Marcus Aureliu’s words of self encouragement as he tried to make sense of himself and his place in the world are a remarkable testament of the insatiable thirst of for order and knowledge ingrained in the human condition.

My key takeaways from Meditations

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

World Renown Stanford Psychologist tells the world about a powerful discovery she made as a researcher. She found that those who view their abilities as beng able to be developed were able to excel in multiple areas in life-academics, arts, athletics, music, but those wo viewed their abilities as fixed were not as accomplished. Any organization, individual, teacher, healer or leader can instill this mindset to motivate others or themselves to achieving outstanding success.

→ My key takeaways from Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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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

Hardened spirituality skeptic Dan Harris set out on a quest to tame his mind, stumbling upon meditation to find to his shock he actually felt more calm and in control. He decided to share his discovery with the world, starting with better understanding the science of meditation so he could convince fellow skeptics to join the meditation band wagon. Readers are taken on a journey through self help and science through interviews with self help experts, the military and the scientific community to better understand why meditation is so effective and how they can also reap the benefits.

My key takeaways from 10% Happier

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

People of all income levels, from all walks of life, looking for more control over their lives will learn a system that will give them financial freedom. This system along with wisdom for over 50 leading financial experts gives readers the tools to devise a lifetime income plan. Tony Robbins dispels common myths about how to save and invest so anyone can build their own empire.

My key takeaways from MONEY Master the Game

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

Our lives are the products of the small choices we make everyday, so having helpful habits is essential to living a successful life. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is a no-nonsense guide that teaches the seven habits successful people use in business and in life. Readers will learn how to accept and manage change so they are better equipped to take advantage of new opportunities they create.

My key takeaways from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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When Things Fall Apart
by Pema Chodron
- Heart Advice for Difficult Times

American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron in a collection of short but powerful essays compassionately answers the question, how does one live their life, in the face of fear, anxiety and pain? Self-help and spirituality are woven together to create a beautiful mosaic of hope in a sea of despair; making it indispensable for anyone seeking the wisdom and courage to overcome the obstacles in their life.

My key Takeaways from When Things Fall Apart

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Wherever You Go There You Are
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life

Wherever You Go, There You Are a time tested classic first published in 1994, is a gentle introduction to mindfulness. Jon Kabat-Zinn celebrates simplicity, as a guiding principle to a meaningful life, to be cultivated daily. He explains what mindfulness is, the benefits of meditation and how anyone can start savouring the present moment today.

My key Takeaways from Wherever You Go There You Are

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The Art of War
by Tzu Sun

This ancient treatise to the ancient human mainstay, war by Chinese military strategist, Tzu Sun, teaches anyone the tactics of successful warfare. These strategies can be applied when creating a plan to outsmart any adversary or to inspire others to rally behind you in times of crisis. Anyone thinking tactically about how to build their empire, as a business owner, or trying to win a war against themselves would benefit from this book.

My key Takeaways from The Art of War

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The Compound Effect
by Darren Hardy
- Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

The Compound Effect teaches those looking for a radical overhaul of their life how to get on top of their finances by choosing to hold themselves accountable for everything that happens to them. Hardy teaches readers how to take control of their life with small steps every day. After reading “The Compound Effect” anyone will be inspired to ditch their excuses so they can execute.

My key Takeaways from The Compound Effect

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The Five Love Languages
by Gary Chapman
- The Secret to Love that Lasts

This book deciphers how romantic partners can best understand each other in order to make their beloved feel more loved. Chapman categorizes people into 5 ways of relating to love based off behaviors and communication style, called “love languages.” He teaches readers how to care for their partner based on what love language they have. Anyone who has ever felt misunderstood or neglected by their well-meaning romantic partner will greatly appreciate the mysteries of love explained in a straight forward manner.

My key Takeaways from The Five Love Languages

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

This business survival guide breaks down the common stumbling blocks small businesses face from conception to becoming a mature enterprise, so entrepreneurs can make a foolproof plan to achieve their goals throughout the life cycle of their business. It dispels common misconceptions and assumptions business owners have so an aspiring startup founder or seasoned entrepreneur can build a thriving business.

My key Takeaways from The E-Myth Revisited

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Blink
by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

In this breakthrough bestseller, Malcolm Gladwell revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant - in the blink of an eye - that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"--filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

My key takeaways from Blink

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

One of the pitfalls of modern life is that so many of us feel isolated from each other by the very feelings we have in common: the feeling of shame, of not being good enough, of failure. Daring greatly is a roadmap for cultivating courage through letting go of shame, embracing vulnerability, and letting ourselves be seen. It is a transformative new vision written by psychologist and researcher Brené Brown for the way we lead, love, and work.

My key takeaways from Daring Greatly

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

In our ever distracted world of social media and email, the ability to do “deep work,”meaning perform difficult tasks with a with uninterrupted focus for long stretches of time, is becoming increasingly compromised. Part social commentary, part instruction manual, storytelling and candid advice are used to motivate his readers to get the most out of their workday by changing their habits. Newport warns his readers of the professional cost of not having the systems in place to have a strong work ethic.

My key takeaways from Deep Work

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Mastery
by Robert Greene

Robert greene walks readers through the process of achieving mastery, teaching them how to tap into their potential so they too, can become masters. This book combines practical knowledge and wisdom, reveals the secrets of greatness from geniuses over history. “Mastery” is filled with interviews from nine leaders in their fields, analyzing their lives, and the lives of accomplished people before them in the arts, inventors, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs to tease out the secrets of their success

My key takeaways from Mastery

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

This book uses 10 rules to create a paradigm shift that will elevate readers to new heights in their lives. Personal stories are the backbone of this self help Bible, guiding readers to look within to design the life they desire. Lakhiani’s teaches his audience how to redefine the their lives, by examining their personal criteria for success, so they can begin to live a life they never dreamed was possible.

My key takeaways from he Code of the Extraordinary Mind

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

Selling 8.5 million copies, “The Four Agreements” is a household name. Inspired by ancient Toltec wisdom, this book is a guide for welcoming more freedom, love and possibility into everyday life. It is a code of conduct to let go of self limiting beliefs so anyone learn how to embrace more joy in their life. Readers will learn how to reframe their thinking so they can take powerful steps in their self development journey.

My key takeaways from “The Four Agreements

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

Productivity consultant David Allen presents his work-life management system to help anyone maximize their accomplishments while minimizing their stress. His simple but effective “Get Things Done” method helps anyone feel more relaxed by creating an external to-do list then breaking those items into smaller action steps. The benefits of this method are more clarity, focus, and achievement.

My key takeaways from Getting Things Done

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Flow
by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
- The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly examines the psychology of the “flow” state of mind to help anyone get more from life while getting more done. The flow state is an all-consuming state of sustained focus, creativity, and contentment, critical to high achievement and enjoyment in life. She uses research from interviews with a wide range of people from all walks of life who regularly enter the “flow” state to offer actionable tips to help anyone get more from life but tapping into their “flow”.

My key takeaways from Flow

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Essentialism
by Greg McKeown
- The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism is a radical guide on simplifying life so that anyone can achieve their goals by only focusing on what truly matters. His approach champions self-care, minimalism, fiercely protecting time. Central lessons in McKeown’s teachings are taking the time to know what is most important to focus on, then choosing to focus on those things above all else. It may sound obvious to sleep, know your priorities and stop to smell the roses, but in today’s hyper-fast “want more, do more, be more” culture, it is too easy to get swept away in the rat race of business.

My key takeaways from Essentialism

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12 Rules For Life
by Jordan B. Peterson
- An Antidote to Chaos

The 12 Rules For Life is a candid, accessible, well-researched self-help instruction guide for anyone questioning how to best engineer the life they desire using a simple set of rules. Peterso’s multifaceted approach uses science, storytelling, psychology and philosophy to explain how each rule will benefit the reader and how to incorporate each rule into their everyday life.

My key takeaways from 12 Rules For Life

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Loving What Is
by Byron Katie
- How Four Questions Can Change Your Life

Byron Katie offers 4 questions for anyone looking to feel more in control of their life. In her view, stress is caused by our reaction to events, rather than the events themselves, therefore the best course of action is to focus on what you can control and better understanding your own emotions. “Loving What Is” is for anyone in need of a step by step guide on how to use their inner psychology to change how they react to stressful events.

My key takeaways from Loving What Is

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

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself is an accessible, compassionate scientific answer for anyone who has ever wondered if they are genetically doomed to repeat their mistakes. Dr. Joe Dispenza uses scientific research to show anyone that they can reprogram their brain to better serve them. Real life examples and cutting edge science are woven together to help anyone to change their mind, about changing their mind.

My key takeaways from Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

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The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene

This controversial, ruthless tactical playbook for getting what you want is a best seller for a reason. Everyone wants the skinny on obtaining power. Greene instructs his readers on how to outsmart the competition, win the approval of others and take control using lessons from history. He dissects the psychology of his strategies, so anyone can use them to their full advantage.

My key takeaways from The 48 Laws of Power

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

The Dalai Lama shares his wisdom about happiness in a series of interviews with psychologist Howard C Cutler. His Holiness uses stories as well as meditation exercises to convey his idea of happiness, showing anyone how to feel happier in everyday life through mindset changes. The simple actionable tips allow anyone to welcome more peace into their life.

My key takeaways from The Art of Happiness

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

This New York Times Bestseller demonstrates how to dig deep to learn new habits, ditch self limiting beliefs so anyone can transcend their own limits. Readers will be inspired to break down their own barriers to success, welcome more love and happiness into their lives by gaining a better understanding of the roadblocks within their own psychology.

My key takeaways from The Big Leap

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

The Presence Process is a self-guided procedure to put anyone seeking to reprogram their emotional responses to stressful events, firmly in the driver seat of their own life. The emotional regulation procedure revealed is an invitation to heal, by choosing to react in a different way, but also to embrace emotional awareness in the non-stressful moments as well. Brown shines a light in dark places, by explaining the childhood psychological origins of conditioned responses, so anyone can lead a calmer life.

My key takeaways from The Presence Process

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The Power of Decision
by Raymond Charles Barker
- A Step-by-Step Program to Overcome Indecision and Live Without Failure Forever

The foundation of a live well lived is making sound decisions. This guide examines what a good decision is, how decisions are made and how to prevent indecision from taking hold of one’s life. The cost of poor decisions and indecisions as well as the role of the subconscious mind are explored, so readers can learn how to create the life they have always wanted, one decision at a time.

My key takeaways from The Power of Decision

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

Shawn Achor, a happiness expert featured on the Oprah Winfrey show as well as published in top psychology journals reveals his secrets to achieving success and happiness in this New York Times Bestseller, “The Happiness Advantage”. It is a habit building system for getting ahead at work, improving relationships to ultimately live a more meaningful, productive life.

My key takeaways from The Happiness Advantage

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

“The Happiness Hypothesis” answers the question, what is happiness? Haidt examines happiness through a historical lens, to demonstrate what has made people happy throughout the ages. The reader is taken on a journey back in time using psychology, history and science to fully immerse themselves in the deeper questions within the quest for happiness.

My key takeaways from The Happiness Hypothesis

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

Neuroscientist, philosopher Sam Harris discusses psychedelics, the illusion of self and meditation as a rationale, scientific approach to spirituality. Those desiring spirituality without the dogma of religion as well as those curious about the inner workings of the mind will enjoy this book that explores the influence science has on spirituality. Modern neuroscience is interlaced with anecdotes from Harris’ own life to help anyone to live a more balanced, fulfilling life.

→ My key takeaways from Waking Up 

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The Seat of the Soul
by Gary Zukav
- 25th Anniversary Edition

Gary Zukav makes the case for a more meaningful life, arising from an alignment of personal values in one’s actions, words and intentions. Living this way shifts consciousness so that all actions are more intentional. He teaches how to better understand internal motivations, how to better align life with the higher purpose of the soul-harmony, cooperation, sharing and reverence for life to create a paradigm shift that causes a ripple effect throughout an individuals life, ultimately throughout all of mankind.

My key takeaways from The Seat of the Soul

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Never Split The Difference
by Chris Voss
- Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It

Former International FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss lets readers into his head so they can learn how to successfully negotiate in any area of their lives. In this guide he shares the nine essential strategies and he used to successfully negotiate with terrorists, bank robbers and other criminals who had taken a hostage. Ordinary people will learn how to best negotiate in their own lives, for their salary, with their spouse or at work

My key takeaways from Never Split The Difference

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Power vs. Force
by David R. Hawkin
- The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

Healing psychiatrist, David R Hawkins explains human psychology using chaos theory, nonlinear physics dynamics and particle physicals. He focuses on how to understand the decisions humans make to help readers better navigate the world. He explains human consciousness, free will within the matrix of our reality and the forces outside of human control. Anyone looking to be humbled, fascinated by the human mind will be fascinated by the truths within this book.

My key takeaways from Power vs Force

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Letting Go
by David R. Hawkin
- The Pathway of Surrender

Psychiatrist, David R. Hawkins shares a technique he has used in his practice to help patients release themselves from what is holding them back in life. This technique can be used to remove doubt, fear, anger to access more creativity, joy, love or contentment for the participant. This technique can be used in every day life by anyone from all walks of life looking for healing, or a more fulfilling life.

→ My key takeaways from Letting Go

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Nonviolent Communication
by Marshall Rosenberg PhD
- Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values

Veteran Peacemaker, Marshall Rosenburg teaches his readers the 4 steps to creating harmony and better accord in their lives through their words. Readers will learn how to use empathy to speak their truth, while acknowledging the emotional needs in others, how to dissolve volatile situations and how to disarm powerful emotions like fear, anxiety or anger in their tracks. Families, businesses, students, teachers all ove the world ave benefitted from this approach, now ordinary people can also learn how to create more peace in their lives.

→ My key takeaways from Nonviolent Communication

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

“You Are a Badass” is the much needed kick in the pants for anyone who is unsure of how to reach their highest potential. Bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero invents a genre of her own within self help. Readers will laugh their way through this book as Sicero uses her signature tough love, potty mouth humor to push the reader to examine the thought patterns holding them back in life.

→ My key takeaways from You Are a Badass

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

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

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Status Anxiety
by Alain De Botton

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

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

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

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

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

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The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne

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

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#GIRLBOSS
by Sophia Amoruso

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

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A Course in Miracles
by Dr. Helen Schucman

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

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Ask
by Ryan Levesque
- The Counterintuitive Online Method to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Big Short
by Michael Lewis
- Inside the Doomsday Machine

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Siddhartha
by Hermann Hesse

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Thinking, Fast & Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

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

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

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

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Conversations With God
by Neale Donald Walsch
- An Uncommon Dialogue

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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. Shoe Dog
by Phil Knight
- A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

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


Biographies - Honorable Mentions

The Art of Asking
by Amanda Palmer
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

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

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

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

Open
by Andre Agassi
- An Autobiography

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

Buffett
by Roger Lowenstein
- The Making of an American Capitalist

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