“Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s almost always due to personal growth.” ―John C. Maxwell
Some people are born leaders and some need to dig into personal development to advance their skills. Leadership is the most relevant of business topics, yet remains difficult to master.
Personal development books provide a roadmap for development in certain areas, but real development comes through practice and repetition. It’s all too easy to believe you are developing when you are not. Continuing your personal growth is the secret to a bulletproof career. Gone are the days when you held one industry career for decades. You hear more often burnt out VP’s becoming a yoga teacher which is a hard transition in itself and can’t happen without a strong mindset. Personal development is important for the workplace because it gives you a sense of direction, increases focus and effectiveness and strengthens your resilience.
Here are the top reads for your career and mindset.
1- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the classics. How to be successful? Encompass a balance of personal and professional effectiveness. The book teaches you both personal and professional effectiveness by changing your view of how the world works and giving you 7 habits, which, if adopted well, will lead you to immense success.
2- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Although this book is close to 90 years old, the principles still remain relevant. Based on 4 different goals, (Techniques in Handling People, Six Ways to Make People Like You, How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking and How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Rousing Resentment). When you’re right, try to win people gently and tactfully to your way of thinking. When you’re wrong, admit your mistakes quickly and with enthusiasm.
3- Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Elrod swears he has the key to making mornings — and, therefore, the rest of the day happier and more productive. The most outrageous part of all… It only takes six minutes a day. Miracle Morning is the best for a successful morning blueprint.
4- The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson
Jeff Olsen’s philosophy says “do all the tiny things that appear to be trivial but have a tremendous impact when done consistently over time.” These small insignificant daily tasks are the key to living your life full of success, a great career, and amazing relationships. Make the extra phone calls, get to work earlier and be consistent.
5- The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
It’s time to take action. The 5-second rule will help you move you to your goals, QUICK. Mel Robbins says “If you have the instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.” Talk about getting started on that dwelling project.