2020 has been an unusual year.
Unemployment rates are high, people’s lives have been altered by the pandemic, and political tension has never been so intense. All of these things and more have greatly impacted people’s mental and personal health.
When things get tough and the world gets shaken up, it can be an ideal time to check in with yourself and ask yourself what areas of life you’d like to reorganize.
Ready to use this extra time at home to curl up on the couch with a good book? Here are 13 of the most epic personal development books of all time.
End the year with a better you.
1. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Glennon Doyle book Untamed explores the ways in which women are “tamed” from birth by society.
Through the lens of her own life and laced with humor and humility, Glennon explores the ways that misogyny, body shaming, and religious doctrine cause us to shrink and conform as we grow into adults.
Get ready to laugh, cry, challenge your way of thinking, and of course, free yourself from society’s expectations of what a woman should be.
2. “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker
Everyone wants to be a money magnet, right?
We often find ourselves in financial holes because we don’t have the right attitude about our wallets. You can fix your wallet by fixing your mind.
This book will introduce you to ways of thinking about money that you’ve never even considered before.
3. “The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert B. Cialdini
If you’re ever wondered how to positively impact others and influence them to support the causes you care about, then this book is for you.
By reading this book, you’ll learn how to block peoples’ attempts at influencing you to make unethical choices, while simultaneously learning how to use the power of persuasion for yourself.
In the book, Dr. Cialdini discusses his own first-hand experiences going undercover with some of the world’s most persuasive people and organizations. He also presents the scientific research behind how we impact others—and methods through which we get influenced ourselves.
4. Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty
Pop into these pages to get the viewpoint from an actual former monk.
Jay Shetty will tap back into his old practices to teach you how to overcome your biggest obstacles in life. You’ll learn about love, happiness, and finding your life’s purpose.
5. “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert
Is fear holding you back from what you want? Read this book, and let your own creativity take over.
These pages will show you how to find inspiration around you. You’ll be breaking past some of your biggest walls using the power of creative processes.
6. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson
Let’s face it, a lot of personal development books contain gushy-mushy fluffy stuff that seems unrealistic. Approach self-development in an honest way with this book.
Learn how to successfully live in a flawed world within these pages, and get ready for a quick slap in the face.
7. “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero
Do you need a little kick in the butt? This book is the one for you. (Don’t worry, the edge of humor softens the confrontational blows a bit.)
This book is packed full of easy exercises to try out in your daily life, and it’s full of relatable stories. You’ll quickly realize that you can be your biggest obstacle in achieving what you want to do.
Get ready to laugh, cry, and kick life in the ass.
8. “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
Are you wanting to not only improve yourself but also improve your spirituality? Check out one of the best personal development books to finish off the year with.
This book quickly helps you realize one of our greatest enemies is our own mind. We are often trapped in negative cycles of thinking, and one of the best things we can do is choose not to think.
It sounds a bit crazy, right? Your mind will be blown when reading this book.
9. “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes
All of the Grey’s Anatomy fans should listen up! Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s, wrote this hilarious book to teach you the power of getting outside of your comfort zone.
It can be hard to believe a figure like Shonda is an anxiety-filled introvert, doing anything she could in the past to avoid things like public appearances. Her sister told her she never said ‘yes’ to anything so she challenged herself to say ‘yes’ to everything.
Read it for yourself, and see what you end up saying yes to for yourself!
10. “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… and Maybe the World” by Admiral William H. McRaven
Creating change doesn’t require a huge heroic act. It can start with smaller steps, such as making your bed.
If you want something hard-hitting and optimistic, this is one of the best personal development books for you. The author shares lessons he learned throughout his time as a Navy Seal and shares how you can also apply these lessons to your life.
11. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Many people steal their own joy. As basic as it sounds, it’s the simple truth.
Learn how to bring joy and freedom back into your life with this spiritual book. As you turn each page, you’ll find yourself further down the path of enlightenment.
12. “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
This book should join your shelf of personal development books. Why? Because it’s a one of the top-selling personal finance books of all-time and is a modern guide for how to create wealth by improving financial literacy .
It will teach you how to identify and acquire assets, understand cash flow, generate passive income, and create a wealth generation cycle for you and your family.
Better yet, it is a compelling story that will draw you in and keep you enthralled.
13. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
If fiction books are more your speed, make sure to check out this classic novel.
You’ll be so closely intertwined with the main character that you’ll feel like you’re the one learning all the lessons. It’s a wonderful story that offers guidance and a chance for self-discovery.
Life-Changing Personal Development Books
2020 has knocked all of us around. It’s time to get on our feet and leverage these personal development books to explode into our potential.
Some of the above books offer laughs, while others are educational or offer a dose of reality. No matter your style, you’ll find something for you.