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Can you remember your favorite book as a child? The one you insisted on reading over and over and over until you drove your parents batshit crazy?
Mine was Bugs Bunny’s Carrot Machine. My parents still remember most of the words to this day.
What about a book you obsessed over as a teenager?
How about as an adult? A little more foggy there?
Well that’s why we’re here – to fix that.
Reading isn’t a habit we should let fall by the wayside just because we’re getting old and dusty. Even though we aren’t children anymore, we’re still growing (hopefully), and reading is still fundamental to that growth.
I’ve already shared my list of the 10 most inspiring books for creative millennials, so this list is a little different.
I’m calling these personal development books because “self-help books” just doesn’t sound as sexy. No matter what you call them, these 11 books will help you on the road to building a profitable life you truly, truly love.
11 of the best personal development books for millennials
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen sincero
If you’re a sucker for entertaining self-help books, this is the one you should start with!
Jen Sincero will hype you up and teach you how to use that hype to overcome your weaknesses, flaunt your strengths, and create a dope life.
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by gary john bishop
Do you thrive on tough love? That’s what you’ll get from Gary John Bishop.
This read is moreso a handbook that empowers you to get over the excuses, limitations, and restrictions you knowingly (or subconsciously) place on yourself.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
One of the most powerful books I’ve ever read in my life. This one has truly withstood the test of time.
Through insights from highly productive, successful people, you’ll learn 7 key lessons that you can start applying to your DAILY life instantly.
Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior by Mark Goulston, MD and Philip Goldberg
Self-defeating behaviors come in many shapes and sizes: obsession, self-pity, guilt, inaction…
These are all examples of how we get in our own way and sabotage our own success. Dr. Goulston and Mr. Goldberg offer the antidote.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck PhD
What type of mindset do you have? Do you think your abilities are set in stone or that you can learn new things and accomplish your wildest dreams?
Learn how to transition from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset – the key to succeeding in every aspect of life.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
By now you’ve probably heard of the benefits of decluttering: organizing your home and life.
Marie Kondo explains how taking the time to purify your home of anything that detracts from its joy leads to an internal mindset shift and lasting life change.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
The premise of this New York Times Bestseller is simple: Change your habits = Change Your Life.
If you can understand your habits and how to change them, you can achieve any goal – personal or professional – you set for yourself.
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
Procrastination can keep you from building a profitable life you love, but there are ways to overcome it.
Brian Tracy teaches how to be productive without getting bogged down by neverending to-do lists. The answer lies in focusing on the most important tasks first aka “eating the frog.”
Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Tony Robbins
Did you hear me? I said, “…by Tony Robbins.” No further explanation necessary.
Fine, if you must know, in this particular #1 bestseller, Tony Robbins is breaking down how you can master every aspect of your life, from your mindset to your emotions, your body, and your money.
Tony Robbins is an expert in behavior change, which is exactly what millennials like you are looking for.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
*cues Yola Da Great* for this #1 New York Times Bestseller. Mark Manson completely flips that idea that you need to “think positively” in order to manifest a better life.
This book takes a more reality-driven perspective – that accepting reality as-is is a better way to love yourself, take charge of your life, and achieve your greatest potential.