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10 Must Read Books for Personal Growth

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If you have known me for awhile, you know that I am an avid book reader. I always have been and thankfully, my kids seem to be bookworms too. A great family day out for us is a trip to the bookstore, where we can read and peruse books for hours. I always have an ongoing list of must read books for personal growth, and I check them off as I go. When people ask me how I stay so sane when I have little time to myself, I tell them I read. Funny, but true!


Over the last couple years, I have gravitated towards non fiction books and I believe that has been a large source of my inspiration and growth as a business owner. I not only read business and leadership books, but I read inspirational books and personal development books. I do have an Audible membership that I use often, but there is something about having a book in your hand and underlining and taking notes in it. Yes, I write in most of my books and I am so glad I started. It helps my mind retain the information with clarity, and organize it. I used to be a collector of information, but I never really put what I learned into practice. Now, I choose books based on what I need in my life, and I take notes and make an effort to put that knowledge into practice. I truly believe I am a better wife, mother, friend and business owner because of what and how I read.

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I thought I would share some of my favorite personal growth books with you, in hopes that it may inspire you to start on a journey to become the best version of yourself.


Must Read Books for Personal Growth Here is a list of my top 10 books for personal growth and development #personalgrowth #booklist #personalgrowthbooks #wahm #selfimprovement




The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown

The subtitle of this book is ‘Let Go Of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You Are.’ Yes, the title says it all and I can tell you this book was amazing. I held off for awhile on reading this book because I figured I already knew who I was. It’s funny, those books that you think you don’t need are usually the ones that will make the biggest impact. I learned that I do care what people think, and I do tend to put on a face to hide my imperfections. Brene gives ten guideposts to take us on a journey- one that involves our hearts, minds and soul. Read it, really.


The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

I learned about this book in one of my coach trainings and it has been life changing. Honestly. I tell everyone about this book. If you struggle with time management, productivity, priorities, inspiration…read this book. Hal emphasizes the importance of getting up early- very early. He teaches us to take the first hour of each day and set the day up for success.  This book will help you learn how to wake up each day with more energy, motivation and focus on taking your life to the next level. Hal also has a Facebook group for those putting his advice into practice here.


The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy

The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. We often think we need to take drastic measures to change our life, our circumstances, our finances etc. In this book, Darren explains that it is those small things you do day after day that add up to those life changing moments.


Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth has been a best selling author for years. In this book, she offers insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.


The Success Principles – Jack Canfield

A friend recommended this book to me about ten years ago and I never finished the whole thing. I was still in the…I don’t really need to change anything about me phase. Jack Canfield is the creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In this book, he helps you get from where you are to where you want to be, teaching you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions – whether in business or in your personal life. He gives 64 timeless principles to show you exactly what to do.




The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz

This was another book recommended to me in a coach training, but it is for so much more than business. I would recommend this book to anyone. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction—but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.


The Circle Maker – Mark Batterson

The subtitle of this book is ‘Praying Circles around your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears.’ This book…eye opening for me. God cares about our dreams and He will answer. When we pray small prayers and dream small dreams, God doesn’t get glorified. It’s those big, scary dreams where God gets to show off his work. It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker―a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people.


How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie

In our fast paced world, we hear more and more people suffering with anxiety and depression. In his best selling book, Dale offers practical formulas you can put into practice today to overcome your worry habit. He shows you how to reduce your business and financial worries, but also how to embrace who you are and live with happiness.


Atomic Habits – James Clear

You may be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of this book! This book contains four simple laws to help you set and maintain good habits. These laws will change your life.


15 Invaluable Laws of Growth – John C. Maxwell

I can’t possibly give you a list of personal growth books without the personal growth book, right? John C. Maxwell is one of my favorite authors, especially his leadership books. However, this book is for everyone – business woman or not. He shows the importance of becoming a lifelong learner and why we need to constantly work on ourselves. This is a book you will want to work through slowly, so you can implement each law. And then, you’ll want to reference it again and again. It’s that good.


And there you have it – my top book recommendations to help you reach your potential. I promise you that even if you only read a few of theses this year, your life will be forever changed. One of the best gifts I have given my family is my love for personal growth. I would love to hear about your favorite personal growth books!

Looking for more book lists? Check out 25 More Books For Personal Growth and Development.



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    Alyssa Dawson
    August 3, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Oh I love this! What a great list of books too. I’m always looking for a good new book to read!

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    August 3, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Okay, everyone seems to be recommending You Are a Badass, I guess I need to go read it! Great list!

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    Luna C. Lupus
    August 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    This a great list of books, some of them I’ve already read and really enjoyed! 🙂

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    Flavia Bernardes
    August 3, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Love your list and already googled a few of those. Thanks for sharing!

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    August 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Ok, adding some to my to-read list!

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    August 3, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I’ve read one of these and heard of two others. All are going on my to read list!

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    Erin | A Welder's Wife
    August 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I love lists like this! I have heard of a few of these, but some are new recommendations! I love good self-help books, so I will have to check into some of these! Thanks for sharing!

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    August 4, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I have read several of those books!! Great reads!

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    Corsica Nambiar
    August 4, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I just bookmarked this, I’ve been so behind on reading, but good books are a must!!

    Corsica | kissesfromcarolina.com

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    Tara Berries
    August 4, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Those are some really great books, thanks for sharing. I am sure you have heard of it but if you haven’t, Lean In: Womwn, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg is very empowering.

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    August 4, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Adding some of these to my list! Can’t wait to feel inspired while reading something new 🙂 XO, Nicole // http://www.empirestyles.com

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    August 4, 2016 at 11:15 am

    These all sound great! Going to look more into them now!

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    August 4, 2016 at 11:22 am

    What a great list of books, especially The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. That one is currently sitting on my nightstand to be read next.

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    August 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    This is a great list! There are a few I have not heard of and am going to put on my list! Thank you.

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    August 5, 2016 at 7:41 am

    John Maxwell is my favorite too! He spoke for my company at our annual convention in June and it was incredible! I’m going to be adding these other books to my list!

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    Elizabeth Ann
    August 5, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I will definitely be reading some of these books. Thank you so much for sharing these! Such a great list!

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    Rachel G
    August 5, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I’ve read several Dale Carnegie books–I love his style, and he really has great, down-to-earth advice. You caught me though–I don’t read a lot of non-fiction…it’s always the fiction books that draw me like magnets, haha!

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    August 5, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Big Magic is the only one on my list but I will have to try some of the other ones on your list as well.

    xoxo, Jenny

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    August 5, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Love this list! I recently read Big Magic and now I can’t wait to pick up a few more 🙂

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    Wendy Tomlinson
    August 5, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Great list. The Success Principles is my favourite. And there are a couple I haven’t heard of so thanks very much.

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    August 5, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Great list – I need to check some of these out especially How to Stop Worrying and Start Living!

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    Neely Moldovan
    August 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Big Magic is such a great book!

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    Sabrina Mimosi
    January 6, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Definitely adding these to my reading list!

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    February 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    This is great! These will definitely help me reach my 2 books per month goal. Thanks for posting 🙂

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    March 29, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Fantastic list Terryn.
    Books that are life changing “in a good way” are definitely the way to go!
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    A personal favorite is “The Alchemist”- Paulo Coelho

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    May 18, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Great suggestions!!! There’s a few I haven’t read yet, thank you!!!!
    I’m reading “Present over Perfect” right now and it’s AMAZING!!!!

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      May 23, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      I agree, isn’t it great! Really makes you rethink your priorities!

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    January 2, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    This is a great list! I’ve heard of many of these, but not read any! Adding some to my postpartum reading list now!

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    Julie Anne Peters
    July 2, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Terryn, love your list! Noted!

    about book “The Gifts of Imperfection”:

    This book put words to things I do or emotions I have and it has been extremely beneficial to me. Brene Brown is helping me to understand myself and others. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to sort out things in your life. This is in my top 10 list and I will be reading to it again!


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    Bhumika Gyanani
    April 22, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Amazing list! I’ve read one of them and adding two of them to my reading list.

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