I’ll start off this post by letting you know that I love books. They’re my weakness. I have enough books to last me a lifetime, but I keep adding to the collection. My favorite kind of books are personal growth books. I love to read about new ways to improve myself and my life. I want to share with you my list of top ten books that will change your life.

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I firmly believe that books are a great investment and a powerful way to transform your life. The books I have listed below are all books that I have personally read and have seen improvements from. I sometimes listen to books using Audible. You can sign up for an Audible free trial and get two audiobooks of your choice for free.

Click the picture above to get started with your free trial. I love audiobooks because I can listen to them while I’m driving or while I’m on flights. They’re more convenient than physical books and there’s just something so inspiring about listening to the author read their book to you in their own voice. If you’re into personal growth as much as I am, get ready to add some of these books to your reading list!

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is the first personal growth book I read and I highly recommend it to everyone. Even if you don’t think you need to grow, you should still read it. This book teaches you how to effectively communicate with and influence others. Through this book, I learned how to cultivate genuine friendships and how to be more empathetic. The biggest thing I have learned from this book is how to get people to agree with my way of thinking while still being respectful towards them. I’ve read this book several times and have embedded the advice deep inside my brain. It’s a must!

2. You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

I received this book as a college graduation present and have read it numerous times. I love this book because the author, Jen, is so relatable and personable. It feels like a friend is talking to me when I read this book. It’s inspiring, empowering and fun. This book completely changed the way I view myself. Because of this book, I stopped feeling sorry for myself and doubting myself. This book taught me to analyze my self-destructing thoughts and actions and how to destroy them. As a result, I learned how to take big risks and how to create a life I love living.

3. Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is a genius. He never ceases to amaze me. This book taught me everything I know about social media. I took his advice and implemented it into my strategy. Because of this, I’ve had great success with my marketing strategy. This book taught me how to change my mindset about social media so I can accomplish more. Gary goes over some popular social media platforms in detail and gives you an idea of what kind of content you should be posting to each platform. My favorite part about the book is that he includes stories from people who have used each platform and how they used it to develop their brand. This book is perfect for those of you who are wanting to up your social media game.

4. Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

This is the perfect book for those of you wanting to launch a successful side hustle. The author, Chris, has launched several profitable side hustles and teaches you how to do the same in just twenty-seven days. He gives you practical, step-by-step guidance without overcomplicating things. The book is also filled with examples of people who have launched side hustles and how they did it.

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

Timothy Ferriss is right up there with Gary Vaynerchuk for me. This is the one book that my husband swears by. It completely transformed his life. This book has taught the both of us how to use our time more efficiently. After reading this book, I realized that there is a difference between being productive and being busy. This book taught us how to setup our business properly so we can work from anywhere and travel wherever we want to. This book has altered our perception about life and time management. If I had to pick only one book to recommend to you from this list, it would be this one.

6. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki

This book changed the way I think about finance and my personal spending habits. This book taught me that if I want to grow rich, I have to buy things that generate income. I learned that I should stop spending my money on things that will cost me more money in the long run such as fancy cars and huge houses. My biggest takeaway from this book is that you should let your money work for you rather than spending your whole life working for money.

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

Tony Robbins is beyond inspirational. He’s a motivational guy who knows his stuff about personal finance. Every sentence of this book has had an impact on my life. He speaks simply yet with a great amount of zest that makes me want to take action immediately. He covers the topic of financial freedom extensively in this book. In addition to his own advice, he interviews successful people and shares their secrets in this book. He explains the most complex financial concepts in a simple way so you can become financially free.

8. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss

I know I already put another book written by Timothy Ferris on this list, but I had to put this one on here too. This book is exactly what it sounds like–Timothy Ferriss put together a book of advice from people who have been influential to him. Some of these people include Ray Dalio, Maria Sharapova, Terry Crews and many more. These leaders share their insights about failure, success, relationships, money, habits, learning and other topics. This book is one of my all time favorites.

9. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

If you don’t know already, Gary Keller is the cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc. He shares how to overcome things that block our success and how to leverage our productivity, purpose and priorities. This book taught me how to focus on one thing at a time and give it my full attention. Furthermore, it taught me how to avoid common productivity killers so I can meet my vision faster.

10. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

I learned from this book that if I want to succeed, I have to be able to sell my ideas in a compelling manner. The author, Carmine, analyzed hundreds of TED Talks and interviewed top presenters. She reveals nine secrets from successful TED presentations so you have a strong framework for your own presentations. She makes it possible for you to give a memorable, impactful and engaging presentation. In addition, she helped me overcome my fear of public speaking. Because of this book, I am more confident when I give presentations.

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Which one of these books have you read? What are your favorite personal growth books? Let me know in the comments below.

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About Author

Disha is a travel and lifestyle blogger who has visited 85+ countries with South Africa and the Maldives being her favorites. She gets butterflies sharing her travel and life experiences through words. She loves freedom, sunflowers, and long walks on the beach with her husband. She's obsessed with helping others live a life they don't have to escape from. Lastly, she makes travel more accessible and attainable for others.

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  1. Always look forward to your blog posts, Disha. Have read several of these and you’ve made the others sound like ones I’d like to read in the future.

    1. Her books make me want to take significant action that day! I didn’t know she has a new book coming out. Ordering it now! 🙂

  2. This is a great list! I’ve read a few books on this list and I’m excited to read the ones I haven’t read yet that are on your list. Keep up the great content!

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