My self development – Great personal development books!

I have found since starting this journey that that making myself an income that will achieve my goals of early retirement and obtaining a wealthy lifestyle, that only one person can give me this. That person is me and for you it is the same. I have taken to reading/listening to numerous books in the process of trying to change me, and therefor my end result.

I have taken on board numerous successful people telling me that the only way to change the outcome is to change me! So my self development has become a crucial part of trying to change my path to ultimately change my outcome. So far I have reviewed below for you just some great personal development books I have read in these last few months.

These are in no particular order as I feel that I have gained insight from all, I am also a great believer in taking the best (most appropriate to me) bits from every source and accumulating my plan of Action.

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

This was the first book that was recommended to me by a friend and ultimately put the idea of self development squarely into my brain. Throughout this book the author tries to make the reader Money Conscious!! This was a pretty new concept to me but makes a lot of sense. He also details a plan of action to state from the outset what you want to achieve, write down your goal, your reason for wanting this and how you will achieve it.

Napoleon Hills six steps to acquire Riches –

  1. Fix an exact amount of money you desire
  2. State what you will do to achieve this
  3. Establish a deadline for its aquisition
  4. Create a plan of action
  5. Write a statement with the above details in it
  6. Read the statement aloud twice daily with belief that it will come true.

I found this book to be truly inspirational, and I took from it a lot of new information to put towards my own personal development. I do personally rate this as a very good starting point in any ones self development plan.

Personal Rating – 8/10

Length – 390 pages

How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie

I personally loved this book and have ended up reading it twice back-to-back in case I missed any of the points made during my original read. How to win friends and influence people is a (does what it says on the tin) type of book. I revolve around relationships and communications with others.

I think we are all aware that business, life and relationships all require good communication with others and therefor I feel that we are missing a trick by not teaching this book to all school age children as I can’t help but feel we would all have gained something from it.

Dale carnegie breaks it down into four main sections –

  1. Essentials of engagement
  2. Six ways to make a lasting impression
  3. How to maintain trust
  4. How to lead change

As you can see from just the above short list, it is clear that any and all of these skill enhancements will and can help any of us through our day to day lives.

Personal rating – 9/10

Length – 270 pages

The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy

This is another general life skills book. While it is geared largely towards business and making money it is clear from the outset that any of these principles can be applied to almost anything that seems currently insurmountable. Darren Hardy breaks down the concept that if we carry out very small tasks consistently they will build to achieve our larger and ultimate goals.

This book is a small quick read but is straight to the point. Ultimately Darren suggests we can change anything we don’t like with small deliberate actions over time. I tend to head back to this book when I feel myself getting lead of track by the multitude of distractions we face daily. Also, as a bonus each chapter has its own action points at the back end of each which if you implement will see you on the road to change using The Compound Effect.


Personal rating – 8/10

Length – 165 pages

Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T Kiyosaki

This book is truly a wonder of the world. If you are anything like me and feel that there has to be a way to achieve the life that I choose to live and do it before the age of fifty I highly recommend that you read this book. It is truly eye-opening and so much so that not only did I read it I also then ordered another two one for my son and one for my daughter.

Between this book and How to make friends and influence people I am convinced there should be a curriculum within schools for how to succeed in life. This one book will go a long way to achieving that if just fifty percent of young people were to read it. Robert Kiyosaki discusses the relationship he had with Two dads, (one his real father and the other his friends dad) His own father a highly educated man and his “Rich Dad” a business owner with little educations. He breaks this down into six lessons of life,

  1. The Rich don’t work for money
  2. Why teach financial litteracy
  3. Mind your own Business
  4. The History of taxes
  5. The Rich invent money
  6. Work to Learn – don’t Work for Money

I have to say I have only just completed this book and it has me bouncing of the walls with ideas and new opportunities that I can see. I will without doubt re-read this book again probably in the next week or so. I will also be looking at others in the series.


Personal rating – 9.5/10

Length – 210 pages


As I am sure you have worked out from the above details I am a strong believer in reading to learn more information. If you want to change your own personal life then I would highly recommend it.

Please feel free to leave any comments you may have or your own reviews.