9 Personal Development Books You Can’t Afford To Miss (Heard About Goldmines?)

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight – Robertson Davies

I truly believe that, books have the power to change our lives. I don’t just believe in that thought, but I have personally experienced it.  Without having read couple of amazing books on personal development and self-help,I wouldn’t have crossed many hurdles in my life. I am grateful to those books which have shaped (and still shaping) my life. After all, life is a journey in progress.

There are countless books on personal development topics. All of those personal development books or guides have some message in them that motivates you and inspires you. But to me, a great book is something that has sheer force to create a fire inside you to take an immediate action. A great book also opens your eyes and clears the dust on a common misconception which you believed since your childhood. Good book makes you powerful and confident.

Good books are rare and when you get hold of them,  you are unstoppable.

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Myself ready to get immersed in a book

I am sharing those wonderful books with you, so that you can get them (buy or borrow) and let the personal transformation begin inside you.

Here is the collection of 10 personal development books that literally changed my life.

#1.Influence – Psychology of Persuasion – by Robert Cialdini

Influence BookGenre: Persuasion, human psychology

Format I read: On my kindle

Summary: Influence, is a fantastic book if you want to explore deeper into the topic of persuasion and learn the secrets of how to influence people. Most importantly, you can apply the principles taught in the book to almost any sphere of your life. I highly recommend this book. You can get this book from Amazon

Highlights: Simple, yet powerful examples that demonstrate how small changes can bring astonishing results.

#2.Get Rich Click – by Marc Ostrofsky

Get Rich Click Book

Genre: Get rich using the power of internet

Format I read: Paperback

Summary:  Get rich click is a very surprise edition to my reading list, because most of the resources that teach to how to earn using internet are either websites or blogs. And I must say, I am not disappointed at all with this book. The book has very detailed information on how online businesses work and how you can make a fortune by leveraging the power of internet. I read this book very recently and glad that I got hold of this goldmine. Author covers internet landscape very well and shares numerous online money making methods and opportunities. Must have book.

Highlights: Book has excellent resources to quickly refer to any kind of information you need on specific topic on internet marketing and money making topics. Resources mentioned in last pages, real goldmine.

#3.The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – by Robin Sharma

monk who sold his ferrari book cover

Topic: Personal development

Format I read: Paperback and Kindle

Summary:  This international bestselling book is a real eye opener to a new life. It clears your thinking patterns and introduces to you , a new way of living simple , yet amazing life. Fantastically written by Robin Sharma, I have read this book on trains, home and listened to the audio version numerous times. You can read my full review of the book here.

Highlights: I liked the unusual flow (which, actually makes the book more interesting to read) of the book which unfolds as a story of personal experiences of a monk who once owned a Ferrari.

#4:Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink - The Power Of Thinking

Topic: Personal development, decision making

Format I read: Paperback

Summary:  Blink, reveals hidden secrets to making those perfect judgments and decisions in life. Narrated as a very interesting story, this book teaches you great things about thinking and judging people, situations.

Highlights: The power of thinking, without thinking. The title says it all.

#5.Rich Dad Poor Dad – by Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad Book Cover

Genre: Money management/Financial advice

Format I read: Paperback and on my Kindle

Summary:  I am sure, either you would have read this book already or at least heard about it. No wonder, the book occupies top slot when it comes to advice on financial planning and entrepreneurship.

Highlights: Loved the way author shares secrets to wealth and overcoming limitations to achieve financial abundance.

#6 Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction –  by Leo Babauta

Focus Free book

Genre: Getting things done

Format I read: PDF (This book is free to download)

Summary:  I have always admired Leo Babauta’s writing on his website, ZenHabits. I liked this book Focus, so much that I could instantly apply many tips from the book to my daily working routine. Results were very impressive. There are many such simple, powerful tips for achieving various goals in your personal/professional life.

Highlights: Simple language, actionable steps to implement.

#7.Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

Genre: Modern world progress/development

Format I read: Paperback

Summary:  Abundance is not your typical personal development book, but has a whole different angle to it. The book  consists of extensive research data and facts in science and engineering. It examines various social and economic development areas of modern day world reveals you what can happen in coming next few years.

Highlights: Facts, statistics and coverage on global topics.

#8.Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life – by Maxwell Maltz


Genre: Personal development

Format I read: Paperback

Summary:  Maxwell Maltz, MD , shares amazing advice with simple examples and life lessons to good health and success.

Highlights: Great examples, supported by research evidences.

#9.7 Habits of highly effective people – by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Genre: Personal development/Personal transformation

Format I read: Paperback

Summary:  This bestselling book by Stephen Covey is a handbook which you can use as a guide to creating the habits that can transform your life.

Highlights: Illustrative diagrams, actionable exercises. You can enlarge and print most of the diagrams on your notice board. They speak thousands words, themselves :-)

Your Turn

So, hope you liked above collection. What is your favorite among these? Do you want to add your own favorite book to the above collection? Let me know in comments section.



Naveen is a personal development enthusiast, life explorer, curiosity seeker and recently turned into an internet entrepreneur after leaving his 20-year-old (or young) IT career. He now runs a digital growth company called nvision digital (https://nvisiondigital.in)


  1. WOW !!! great :) . I will put all these books on my wishlist. They seem to be really interesting. I have already read “The monk who sold his ferari” . I am currently reading 7 habits of highly effective people :) . Will be writing a review on it soon on my blog
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    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Hi Sthuthi,
      Thanks for stopping by. I am glad that you read already two of these. Rest of them are equally amazing too !!.

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      You are spot on. The book has practical examples and top notch wealth making advices that never fails to inspire us

  2. Babu Manickan

    Good gng Naveen :-)

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Hi David,
      Get Rich Click is indeed a great book. Thanks for being here and sharing your opinion.

  3. Great post Naveen. This post motivates me to start on my next read.

  4. Love these books. Especially the rich dad, poor dad.
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