5 Great Reads for Personal Development

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It’s about that time of year when resolutions start to fall to the wayside, and we settle into our routines and even our ruts. Between work and personal obligations, the thought of accomplishing long-term goals can easily seem daunting, if not impossible. Still, reading is the most efficient way to take time for yourself while also furthering your career and personal goals. After all, they say you are what you read, and if you want to be successful, these reads are a great start.

1.  Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Psychologist Angela Duckworth takes a comprehensive look at what truly contributes to success. Whether you are a cadet at West Point or a teacher, Grit talks about how to achieve your goals and reach your full potential. This book doesn’t stress the importance of sheer genius, but rather talks about how to learn to be a high-achieving, constantly improving individual. Grit is perfect for anyone looking for encouragement and inspiration, while seeking optimal performance in their everyday lives.

2.  The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman

Written by the cofounder of LinkedIn, this book talks about the importance of self-branding and how to set yourself apart from other working professionals. Instead of rehashing traditional approaches of getting ahead in the business world like revamped cover letters and glowing résumés, Hoffman encourages professionals to treat their careers like a start-up. That is to say, Hoffman suggests taking risks and being bold to propel people yourself forward and upward in the business world. This is a great read for anyone worried about becoming or remaining stagnant in their career path.

3.  Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

This New York Times bestseller leads readers through two different systems of thinking (fast and slow), and how each of them shape and influence our professional and personal lives. Teaching readers when intuition is helpful or detrimental, Kahneman urges the importance of slow thinking and how it can benefit you in crucial work-place decisions. This book is the solution for any professional seeking to fine tune their ability to make judgments of any sort, whether you’re planning your next marketing strategy or an evening out.

4.  The Fire Starter Sessions : A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte

The least traditional and most genre-bending of the books on this list, LaPorte pulls from Buddhism, traditional worksheets, and much more to change our perception of the American ideals of success and how to achieve it. Arguing for harnessing personal strengths rather than focusing on becoming well-rounded, LaPorte cites passion and unwavering devotion as integral to success. This book is a great read for anyone passionate about spirituality or looking to redirect their entire paradigm through which they view success.

5.  The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World by Chris Gillebeau

For anyone questioning their purpose within their career and the world, look no further. This book is all about changing the world, your life, or maybe just your career on your own terms. Life is an adventure we are meant to explore, and Gillebeau teaches readers how to create their own lifestyles and define success in a personal way. Promoting the ideas of self-interest and common good, Gillebeau wants each person to know creativity and nonconformity are not exclusive of success.

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