Top 25 Personal Development/Business Books

You’ve heard the saying that “leaders are readers” and “earners are learners.”

I have read hundreds if not thousands of personal development/business books and I get asked fairly often what I recommend.

So today I have put together my Top 25 Personal Development/Business Books. This list is in no particular order and is not exclusive as there are hundreds of books I would fully endorse –  but if you read all 25 of these books you will be a new person – I promise.

With that being said – if you have others you would like to add to the list, please add as comments at the bottom. Enjoy!

Top 25 Personal Growth/Business Books
1.    As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
2.    Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
3.    The Greatest Secret in The World – Og Mandino
4.    Strengths Finder 2.0 – Tom Rath
5.    Success Principles – Jack Canfiield (I prefer the audio version)
6.    8th Habit – Stephen Covey
7.    The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
8.    Aspire – Kevin Hall (right now only at
9.    Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
10.   Go For No – Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
11.    Harmonic Wealth – James Ray
12.    Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
13.    The Power of Belief – Ty Bennett (audio at
14.    7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
15.    Tribes – Seth Godin
16.    The Go-Giver – Bob Burg, John David Mann
17.    Permission Marketing – Seth Godin
18.    Built to Last – Jim Collins
19.    21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell
20.    The Speed of Trust – Stephen M. R. Covey
21.    Emyth – Michael Gerber
22.    The Answer – John Assaraf
23.    The Traveler’s Gift – Andy Andrews
24.    Happy For No Reason – Marci Shimoff
25.    Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin


6 Responses

  1. This is one I read years ago that really made me aware about the power of positive self image: Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life by Maxwell Maltz

    This was a fun read and had lots of stories on the power of ASKING: The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield

    This was the 1st of a series from Malcolm Gladwell that showed the science of how a small difference can make a huge impact. It really pertains to our business and word of mouth: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell


    With admiration,
    Willing Tan 陳威潾
    (from Malaysia)

    Attract it!

  2. I would have to recommend “The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen” as this has be very key to my early beginnings of my personal development.

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