There is nothing I love more than cuddling up and reading a good book. These days my reading material consists of lots of personal development books.
Blogging and creative writing in general requires you to be a constant fountain of creativity. It also requires an immense amount of dedication and a generous dose of business sense. Add to that, the need to be personable and desire to help people and you have a recipe for a very unique set of skills.
When looking for personal development books I consider how well they will feed the skills I am trying to develop. My favorite books are ones that are entertaining to read and deliver actionable information.
This means they need to have more substance than a girl power pep talk or someone tooting their own horn about how they got rich quick doing something.
Today I am sharing 5 of my favorite personal development books that keep me inspired creatively and driven toward success.
Creativity inc. By Ed Catmull
Catmull is the president of Pixar Animation if you were wondering.
While this book talks a lot about business management and teamwork, I found it useful to help keep my creative fountain flowing. I was able to use some off the techniques on my own and other ideas would be great for a mastermind group.
This book really helped my come up with some creative solutions for my business and content plan.
Start By Jon Acuff
Acuff is one of those authors that you either love or hate. I happen to love his books. If you haven’t read this one yet, you should. Especially if you are one of those people that puts stuff off or waits for the “perfect” time to start.
News flash: There will NEVER be a perfect time! Just start and learn along the way.
The book offers much more than that and I go back to it when my drive begins to fizzle or I need to start a new project.
Start Something That Matters By Blake Mycoskie
Do you know what the company TOMS is? In short it is a company that sells shoes and other items and gives back to causes around the world on a one for one basis. Their slogan is “Every Purchase has a Purpose.”
I had never heard of TOMS until I started giving Stitch Fix a try. In my first box I got a pair of TOMS booties. They were the most beautiful shoes I had ever seen. I am pretty conscious about where and how clothing is made so I did a little digging to see what TOMS was all about.
That is actually how I found this book. I was so impressed by the website I had to know what was in the book. One of my largest goals is to teach English in Africa one day. This book will help me get there and keep me inspired along the way.
It also kept me focused on helping people whether online or off. That is what the world needs. More people willing to help other people.
How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie
This book is a classic. If you are a blogger, you must read this! Okay, I must confess that I used my Audible credit for this one…but it was worth it. The delivery of the reader is amazing and the music dashed within really adds to the overall feel of the book.
The title of the book is pretty self-explanatory. He gives you very actionable ways to do exactly what the title says. It is amazing and easy to implement with a little practice.
A funny thing started happening after I read this and began applying it to my life. Not just my blogging and social media life but REAL LIFE…
I became so much happier! I was getting less annoyed with my husband and kids (admit it, we all get annoyed with them sometimes) as well as random people in town. My family was responding to my requests without argument and my beloved and I were butting heads less (we are doing a major reno on our home it is amazing how it can put a rift in your relationship! *sigh*).
All because of this book. Amazing I tell ya!
The 12 Week Year By Brian P. Moran
The basic premise of the book is that you will accelerate your success by thinking in terms on 12 weeks instead of 12 months. This school of thought keeps the sense of urgency in place, which is what many entrepreneurs need to stay motivated.
This is a fantastic book and one of the best uses of twelve bucks I have had in a long time. If you take your wildest career dreams and use the steps in this book you will change your life.
Now, don’t misunderstand me. This is no easy feat. It still requires hard work and massive amounts of dedication. This book gives you actionable steps to make a huge change in your business.
Can you tell I love personal development books? The first personal development book I ever read was “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” My grandfather gave it to me and my husband when we got married.
He really felt that if we both used the ideas in the book it would make our marriage stronger. At the time I thought it was odd as I didn’t really see this as a “marriage” book but I understood where he was coming from.
I can’t really say it has helped our marriage, but it did help us understand that we both need to be committed to growing as people together.
Ever since then I have been hooked on these type of books.
Do you love personal development books? If so tell me what your favorites are in the comments below! I am always in search of a new read!