Books for a Year of Personal Growth

The activities for a year of personal growth are divided in four areas: mind, body, heart, and soul, with three topices within each. I recommend the following books for a personal growth journey.

MIND – Mental

• “Code of the Extraordinary Mind” by Vishen Lakiani
• “Getting Things Done” by David Allen
• “The Personal Efficiency Program” by Kerry Gleeson
• “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R Covey
• “Mindset” by Carol Dweck

MIND – Career

• “What Color is Your Parachute” by Richard Bolles
• “Now Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham
• “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working” by Tony Schwartz
• “Indistractable” by Nir Eyal
• “Designing Your Work Life” by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

MIND – Finance

• “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Richard Kiyosaki
• “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey
• “I will Teach You to Be Rich” by Ramit Sethi
• “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham

BODY – Physical

• “Breath” by James Nestor
• “The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner
• “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

BODY – Recreation

• “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyl
• “The Power of Fun” by Catherine Price
• “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon
• “The Art of Gathering” by Priya Parker

BODY – Organization

• “The Organizing Sourcebook” by Kathy Waddill
• “One Year to an Organized Life” by Regina Leeds
• “Get It Together” by Melanie Cullen

HEART – Relationships

• “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman
• “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John Gottman
• “Real Love” by Greg Baer
• “All About Love” by Bell Hooks
• “Getting Love Right” by Terence T. Gorski

HEART – Emotional Intelligence

• “Emotional Intelligence” by Dan Goleman
• “How to Control Your Anger Before It Controls You” by Albert Ellis
• “Taking Charge of Anger” by Dr. Robert Nay
• “Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” by Nathaniel Brandon

HEART – Social

• “You’re Not Listening” by Kate Murphy
• “Connect” by David Bradford and Carole Robin
• “We Should Get Together” by Kat Vellos
• “Getting to Yes” by William Ury

SOUL – Character

• “The War of Art” by Stephen Pressfield
• “Moral Courage” by Rushworth Kidder
• “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” by Andrea Rains Waggener
• “Grit” by Angela Duckworth

SOUL – Purpose

• “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
• “Upgrade” by Rana Florida
• “Living Forward” by Michael Hyatt
• “Is Your Genius at Work?” by Dick Richards

SOUL – Spirituality

• “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz
• “The Road Less Traveled” by Richard Peck
• “Fully Present” by Diana Winston and Susan Smalley
• “Emotional Life of Your Brain” by Richard Davidson

Download the Year of Personal Growth Booklist pdf and learn more at the Brand and Purpose Toolkit.

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