I love to read and I particularly love to read personal development books (you can take a look at last year’s reading list here). If you are just getting started or you are looking for some recommendations of good reads then take a look at my 10 Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read.

Darren Hardy:  The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your  Success

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, every day decisions will either take you to the life you desire or in the completely opposite direction.

Hardy maintains that all of the decisions that people make (however ‘small’ they may be) can have positive results if those decisions are guided by what he calls the Compound Effect Principle.

Throughout the book he demonstrates that taking very small, consistent actions in the right direction will lead to positive results in the long term.

Read this is if you feel like you are not moving towards your goals fast enough and getting demoralised by slow progress. 

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Dale Carnegie:  How To Win Friends and Influence People

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

Now considered a classic, Carnegie offers practical advice and techniques for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding.

His teachings can be applied to enabling you to win new clients and customers, developing your public speaking skills and winning people round to your way of thinking and many other areas of life and business.

Published in 1937 Carnegie’s advice is as relevant today as ever.

Read this for a dose of classic, old fashioned but as relevant today as it ever was, personal development wisdom.

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

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

When people say that a book changed their life, I usually think that they are being overly dramatic. However, ‘The One Thing’ really did change my life.

The authors provide practical advice on how to cut through the clutter of a busy world, achieve better results in less time and build momentum towards your goals while overcoming overwhelm and stress.

The central principle which they outline is that we should only focus on one thing and only when we master that one thing should we move on to the next.

When reading the book it makes perfect sense but once you start implementing the ideas into your daily life it makes even more sense.

Read this if you are feeling overwhelmed by everthing that you need to do (or think that you need to do!).

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Steven Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

This book was handed to me on the first day of my graduate job when I was 22 years old. It was and still is one of the most influential books that I have ever read.

An internationally respected leadership expert, Covey documented the seven habits adopted by the most successful people in the world.   As with most great ideas, the principles outlined are simple and your immediate reaction may be to think ‘of course we should do these things’.  But then you have to ask yourself the question ‘Do I?’

The second habit ‘Begin With the End in Mind’ had a fundamental impact on me. Now at the start of every project in my business and my personal life I take time to identify ultimately what I am trying to achieve and let the project flow from there.

Read this if you need a reminder of the simple things that you need to do to be more effective in your daily life. 

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Stephen Pressfield: Do The Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out Of Your Own Way

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

This is the book I wish that I had written!  One of the messages that I constantly give to my followers is that you have to ‘DO THE WORK’.

Pressfield’s book is a quick but powerful read that shows us how to overcome the resistance that we may feel and to get on and do the work required to complete a project.

Read this you have a plethora of half finished projects or notebooks full of great ideas not yet realised.

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Denise Duffield-Thomas:  Lucky Bitch: A Guide for Exceptional Women to Create Outrageous Success

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

I do love a bit of DDT for an inspirational kick up the backside.   Denise is your typical ‘girl next door’ who has done good. She has worked incredibly hard and built great success with her Lucky Bitch community and products but at the same time you can completely relate to her.

Denise is a life coach, author and motivational speaker. Inspiring yet practical, Denise’s sense of humour and down-to-earth advice will help you renegotiate your reality by harnessing the Law of Attraction and your own natural talents.

Lucky Bitch is straight talking and refreshingly honest and Denise makes it clear that it’s not enough to just read the book. You actually have to take specific actions if you really want to change your mindset and your life.

Read this and learn about a shining example of somebody (just like you and me) who did the work to build the business and life that she wanted.

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Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

This book was on my ‘must read’ list for years and I never got round to it. I picked it up and ‘tried it’ a few times but found it hard going. Eventually I decided to download the audiobook version and then I was flying. I loved it and have subsequently managed to read the text version a couple of times.

There is so much of this book that should be out of date (given that it was written in the 1930s) but it is not and, if anything, many of the messages in the book are more relevant today than ever before. Hill distils the money making secrets of America’s millionaires of the 1930s into a thirteen step programme to personal success.

If you struggle with this book like I did then please do persevere. It really is a little gem once you get into it.

Read this if you need help getting clear on your vision and what you need to do to make that vision a reality.

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Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

I was not a fan of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.  I really didn’t get why so many people were raving about it. When Big Magic was released I figured that since I hadn’t got along with ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ it wasn’t a book for me.

But I read and heard so many great things about it that I decided to give it a go and I am so glad that I did.  The first few chapters of the book are a bit ‘out there’ for a rationalist like me but Gilbert’s storytelling kept me enthralled.

Big Magic is also home to one of the best quotes ever about fear. You can read it here.

Read this for down to earth, practical advice on topics such as taking responsibility for your own creativity, making commitments, not needing permission from anybody else to take action and dealing with other people’s judgements and opinions.

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Ann Wilson: The Wealth Chef: Recipes to Make Your Money Work Hard So You Don’t Have To

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ann on a couple of occasions and think that the work she does at The Wealth Chef is outstanding.

In this book Ann lays out a step by step guide to creating financial freedom, including how to increase your quality of life while reducing your expenses.

Ann takes a holistic approach to wealth and throughout the book she encourages you to identify what rich looks like in all aspects of your life.

Personally I find the ‘chef’ and ‘cooking’ analogies used throughout the book are overlaboured at times but overall Ann provides excellent food for thought and hints and tips.

Read this if you want to get to grips with your own personal finances.

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Robert Kiyosaki: Rich Dad Poor Dad

Personal Development Books Every Woman Should Read

Rich Dad Poor Dad is another book that I knew that I knew I should read but never got round to it.   Rich Dad Poor Dad tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his 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 money work for you.

I read Rich Dad Poor Dad and The Wealth Chef in the same week and I came away from the experience declaring ‘why do we not teach this stuff in schools!’.

Read this to shift your thinking from the amount of money you generate to what you actually do with that money.

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