5 Best Personal Development Books I’ve Read in 2018

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There are tons of personal development books on the market right now.  At times it’s difficult to keep up with all the new and exciting titles to come out in recent years.  As a lover of personal development books myself, I compiled a list of books I have been reading thus far in 2018 that have helped to change my mindset and give me a better perspective on life.

1.The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This book by the great Eckhart Tolle deals with the issue surrounding the element of time in our society.  He discusses how the most important time we have is NOW.  This book really touched my soul and there are some great anecdotes to take away from it that make you look at life differently.  Throughout the book, Tolle emphasizes the importance of not taking time for granted and not dwelling in anxiety over the future because again the most important moment in your life is NOW.

Best for people who deal with:  Anxiety


2.  Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

This book is seriously one of my favorite books I’ve read thus far in my life!  Rich Dad Poor Dad is a book about finances.  Robert Kiyosaki teaches you the basic principles of money in terms of assets vs. liabilities.  Additionally, he breaks down the mindset of most Americans when it comes to money management and the thoughts about money that have been ingrained in us since childhood. This book really changed my mindset on how I see and utilize my money!  He also delves in the basic principles of investing and making money without working a 9-5.

Best for people who need to learn: How money works


3.  How to be an Imperfectionist by Stephen Guise

If you struggle with being a perfectionist, this book will help you get over that mindset.  Stephen Guise writes in a friendly, open-hearted approach about his own struggles with perfectionism and how he overcame it.  The book is light-hearted yet practical in its delivery.  He discusses how limiting a perfectionist mindset can be and provides you with practical real world tips on how you can change your thought patterns to not see things so black and white when it comes to taking action.  This book is perfect for those in a state of paralysis about making mistakes or procrastinators with a root cause of perfectionism.

Best for people who:  Procrastinate and fear mistakes/embarrassment 


4.  Radical Self Love by Gala Darling

Self-love is super important.  At a time where I was struggling to find self-love within myself, I came across this beautiful treasure!  Gala Darling’s book is literally a guide to living your best life, free of worry and anxiety about what people think.  Her overall message in the book is to do more things for yourself that you love and live life with intention.  The best way to really love yourself and your life is to create the life that you want!  She provides a guide on how to manifest your dreams, visualize what you want and use the law of attraction to obtain those rewards.  I did come into the book thinking that it would be more about self-esteem but instead it was more of a life guide towards living the life you truly want and loving yourself in the process.

Best for people who:  Want to live their dream life


5.  The Mastery of Self by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. 

Don Miguel Ruiz is a master story-teller.  Many of you probably read his extremely popular book “The Four Agreements.”  The Mastery of Self was written by his son, Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.  In this book, he uses Toltec wisdom to prove his points about life and the best way it should be lived.  The Mastery of Self deals with conquering fears within yourself and mostly knowing who you are.  It, at times is a guide, demonstrating how life works, and essentially proclaims that when you have mastered yourself you have essentially mastered life.  He provides great wisdom about how we should interact with others and ourselves.  Additionally, he deals with self-love and self-acceptance as well.

Best for people who:  Struggle with self-acceptance


Hope this list was helpful.  What are some of your favorite personal development books you’ve read so far in 2018? Comment below!


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Kendra Annette is a lifestyle blogger, Yelp elite, wanderlust and personal development junkie.

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